Doug Wins Entrepreneur of the Year!

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Comments (185)
  • dragondan1987
    Way to go. Hopefully next year you can win again!
  • Kashidom
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    Let's just hope it's something relevant, this time xD
  • Annie-Mae
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    Well awesome Doug and sorry that the rewards was such a drag. I've been school scholarship awards that had more involvement with the audience then that.
  • cheetaboy7
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    Hey, at lest it was better than the Spike VGAs.
  • Gregdawg
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    Congrats, you and the site deserve it!

    PS, why does Antoine Dodson look like a chick? 0_o
  • Asuka Soryu
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    Society. From the earliest moments of our life, gender roles are assigned, and hair like that is considered only for women, so when you see a guy who doesn't have a brawny-man look with that kind of hair, you instictively see it as a woman, even if you know it's a guy.
  • rockybalboa211
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    Yeah, but Welshy has long hair and I don't associate him as a woman. I mean Antoine's hair does not look like Welshy's hair, yet I mean Welshy could probably get his hair to look like that. I mean overall Nash to me has the greatest hair in the world. I'll just shut-up sorry.

    Also Doug...you deserve every single award ever made in existence! :D
  • REBELComx
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    welshy also has a very angular and chiseled face and some facial hair.
    Antoine, on the other hand has a softer look... the woman's blouse and jacket didn't help.
  • DarkMessiah
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    Or, it could be the fact that he's an open homosexual. Society may have something to do with it, sure. But, gay dudes like Dodson tend to dress their part.

    And yes, he is gay. It is a fact and he's admitted it.
  • axlryder
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    @evangelionchick, I'm pretty sure he was asking for what reason did he look like a woman, not why he seemed to appear feminine. Furthermore, his entire outfit was sexually ambiguous, not just the hair.
  • trlkly
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    I'm not surprised. As far as I'm concerned, you guys got the whole Internet reviewer thing started as being something other than people joking around on YouTube.

    I also think that you should do a mention of blip.tv, who are so gracious in allowing you to use content that might get (spurious) take down notices, unlike YouTube, which assumes they are all legit, and will ban you for making a mistake.
  • boozyone
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    I'm pretty sure what goes on here is still just "people joking around" lets not get crazy now.
  • BarryLikesBnBns
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    I totally understand the point your *really* trying your best to get across without sounding too pompous, and this awards show sounds like it tanked like YouTube live.
    Nothing worse than a pseudo-entertainment, business awards show, especially when they limit the talent they are showcasing!
  • Bauzi
    Judge awards > viewer's choice awards almost in every case.

    I didn't know of these awards. They are kinda nice.
    I hope they listen to your suggestions. They could also use some musical acts like Lonely Island for the live show.
  • August M.
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    Congratulations!
  • Sammich
    I love you.
  • HarryCane
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    Wait; a Internet award show that didn't give it's main awards to some people who are not related to a massive Money Making company?!?! I'm amazed!

    The award show sounds intresting; It would have been fun to have gone! Hopefully you will win a Streamy award next year or something!
    And this award show sounds like a brilliant idea. I'm sure those Rooster Teeth guys have won some awards! But an award show dedicated to people who get off there arses and try to perform/do something via the Internet!
    But the Interviews, people leaving, stealing your minute of glory and overall feeling rushed? Thats just pathetic. I do hope this doesn't turn into the VGA's... I realy doo!

    But im glad you won the award! You may not have belived you deserved it but look at what you have created, TGWTG.COM which spawned Blsitered Thumbs which has both spawned and collected huntreds on Internet celebrities. Your a Entrepreneur alright :) and as many youtube comments say:
    Your Doug Walker, and you own half the internets!
    But 'yeh you accepted the award of Behalf of Channel Awesome; then you all deserved it :D
  • Taufiq91
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    Congrats Doug!
  • Ota-Kun
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    Way to go Doug! You've worked hard enough, keeping our collected attentions on this site is no menial task, way to go!
  • LaCapitana
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    The Oscars always have people filling in the seats, even when people leave they call up people to fill in those seats so it doesn't seem like the place is empty. I think the audience of these award shows needs to learn that audience participation is a huge part of what makes awards show fun to watch, even though you might not realize it. I think that was also part of the criticism for the VGAs, in that the audience did not look like they were having fun at all. Imagine if you saw stand-up comedy show, and then the camera panned over to the audience and no one was laughing. It'd be a bummer to watch.

    At least part of the awards were fun! Go Channel Awesome!
  • Charles_Thoreson
    You should have dressed up as Tommy Wiseau and explained how awesome you were...and when they try to force you off the stage you yell "You're tearing my shirt apart Mashables!" That would have killed! Congrats Doug!
  • Jetwash  - Idea!
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    Why don't you guys host your own awards show? A Thatguywiththeglasses award show!
    Where you give random (usually funny) awards to the reviewers on this site.
    I'd definitely watch that.
    You may also want to give special mentions/awards to random commentors or something like that (And the Most Retarded Comment goes toooooooo....).
  • DarkMessiah
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    That is a really good idea, actually.

    "Best TGWTG troll? Angry Movie Dork."
  • lezdevil666
    I love this idea I would so watch it!!
  • Disinformation
    Congratulations on the award and hopefully someone listens to your advice
  • Pay-Ten
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    Aw, I'm sorry not many people were there to watch you get your award. Also, I feel you deserved your award: coming from a guy who talked about transformers on youtube, to bringing together several great reviewers onto an awesome site. That in itself is a huge achievement (bigger than AD talking about his sister's attempted rape. Just saying...)

    Congrats on your award (whether you feel you deserve it or not)!
  • XxFidgetxX
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    What's the point in downing Dodson? Seriously...it's not like he beat Doug out for an award or something...
    You think he doesn't deserve as much time as he got at the awards? Well...you realize how big his "song" is don't you? You realize how much money he made from it right?
  • Divide By Zero
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    I'm thinking it's more the fact that AD's kind of an accidental celebrity. Doug and the Channel Awesome guys work hard to entertain us, they put a lot of effort, talent, and time into making us laugh and informing us. And we appreciate it. Makes it a little galling to see that one guy who did that thing that one time given such a spotlight by comparison. I don't think that's terribly unreasonable.
  • XxFidgetxX
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    Accidental or not that doesn't give good reason to unashamedly bash the guy. Also, believe it or not Antoine Dodson is a lot more famous than Doug Walker. That's not a slam...it's just the absolute truth. How he got famous is irrelevant. If you're going to just slam someone just because the kind of walked into their situation then why stop at Dodson? Why is he the target? Like I said, of all things to bitch about, why bitch about the one person that had nothing to do with how the awards show was run?
  • Divide By Zero
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    Heh heh, yes. And the The Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, and the Spice Girls are all far more famous than ninety nine percent of the musicians on the planet. Fame can be arbitrary like that, and is often manufactured. It doesn't alter the fact that seeing them receive accolades over and above people with talent and staying power is.. well... frustrating.

    I'm sure Dodson is a perfectly nice guy, but he's not interesting to me beyond that video of him raving about his sister. In fact if the video hadn't pointed out that he WAS that guy, I wouldn't have known him from Adam. Being the subject of a viral video is not the stuff of legend. I wish him the best of course, and may he parlay his spotlight into something interesting. I'd be eager to watch.

    In the mean time, you have to admit that shoving Doug to the end like that and then cutting off his routine because they opened the bar too early was rather shabby treatment by comparison.
  • XxFidgetxX
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    I understand what you mean, but people like the guy. You can't say he doesn't deserve SOMETHING out it though.

    But yes, I completely agree with you that Doug's award was handled rather horribly. Mashable should be ashamed of their awards show this year.
  • Pay-Ten
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    whoa whoa whoa, I wasn't putting AD down (or "unashamedly bash the guy"); I love him! Trust me, I quote him all the time still. Hell, I bought his song on itunes.
    I wasn't "bitching" about his fame, like Divide by Zero said. He just got famous bc of how he acted on the news. Yea, he's more famous, but he didn't really DO anything to get it. He just got angry at someone who tried to violate his sister. Doug went out and made his little empire, making his fame more meaningful (and how I was trying to point out that that is why he deserved his entrepreneur award).
  • XxFidgetxX
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    Fair enough. I understand where you're coming from now.
  • DarkMessiah
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    Well, the song is catchy, I'll admit. But technically, it wasn't his work. He was just an angry black guy on the news. It was the guys on YouTube who AutoTuned him and made him famous.

    Even more so, it is pretty sad that he got more attention than his sister, who was a victim of attempted rape.
  • Damonashu
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    I applaud you Doug, not only did you stay humble and insist that the award should go to Mike and the people at channel awesome as a whole, but you even thanked your viewers despite how down right idiotic a lot of us tend to be. It sucks that you guy had to cut your bit down too, I can imagine just how disheartened you were considering the effort you put into it. Still the part that you did managed to do was pretty funny, I particularly liked the way you built up to the punchline.

    Hopefully the people from the mashables decided to check this site out for feedback and are doing better to improve their show next year, er... this year? And yeah it was a big ass hole move to build up how epic things are going to be only to pretty much say "Haha, too bad for you suckers that it's invite only."
  • XxFidgetxX
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    Aww, why the hate for Antoine Dodson, Doug? I live about an hour away from Huntsville and actually ran into him once. He's a really really nice guy.
  • LaCapitana
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    No one is downing Dodson, it's just odd that they would give someone who is not known for any kind of talent a special spotlight, especially when it was as drawn out as Doug said.

    Autotune the News should get the credit for making that song awesome.
  • XxFidgetxX
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    Doug pretty much called him an idiot in this video...not sure how much more you have to say to down someone. And Autotune the News does get a lot of credit...but it wouldn't have happened without Dodson or his permission PERIOD.

    I'm sorry. I love TGWTG as much as the next person, but to attack Dodson reeks of fanboyism. People are getting their panties in a wad because their lord and savior Doug Walker wasn't the star of the show at an internet awards show. Like it or not...there are things bigger than TGWTG on the internet, and like I said earlier that's not a bash against them, just the cold hard truth.
  • moonloon
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    You're getting your "panties in a wad" far more than anyone else. Why are you so upset over this? You've made multiple posts on this one subject, while the only thing Doug said in the video was that the segment with Dodson went on too long. He made jokes during it because he's a comedian. Have you watched the video of Doug in Austria? He makes sarcastic comments all through it, at legitimate works of art no less. If you don't understand comedy, and that it rarely comes from a negative place, why are you on a comedy site?

    Chill out. Don't take everything so seriously, you'll be much happier for it.
  • XxFidgetxX
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    Trust me when I say my funny bone is perfectly healthy. Yes, I realize Doug makes sarcastic comments at times like the Austria video. The thing I don't think you realize is the Austria video was more for show. He wasn't doing it to be mean or hurtful in that video. In this video it was a conversation between someone he knew that happened to get picked up on camera. Far difference my friend. If you can't tell that Doug is legitimately calling him an idiot...then I don't know what to tell you.

    Also, trust me, I'm chilled. Just because I take issue with something doesn't mean I'm raging at my computer. I just happen to not agree with pointless name calling, moreso from users than with Doug himself. That's all, nothing more, nothing less. So please, I don't need advice for a happier life.
  • stillravenmad
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    You really think "would an idiot have hair like that?" is a serious attack on him? Hell, he was even talking in his "smartass" voice. You do know that people make smartass comments in personal conversations with each others, not just when they're trying to entertain people, right?
  • XxFidgetxX
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    I do know that, I also know that most people don't outright call someone they don't know an idiot without meaning it. Listen people, I'm not trying to get on Doug's case. If he didn't really mean it then fine, he didn't. I just didn't like it. The world will go on I promise. I'll continue watching his videos and laughing my ass off. I've got nothing against him. Man you people are like rabid animals. lol
  • stillravenmad
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    How am I like a rabid animal? I'm just as entitled to my opinion as you are. Please point to the spot where I attacked or disrespected you in my post, and I will be happy to clarify and apologize.
  • Vasioth  - An idiot?
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    Uh... can you give me a quote of what could be interpreted as Doug calling Dodson an idiot? Maybe I just missed it out but I watched it a 2nd time just to make sure and right enough... nothing. Saying somebody went on too long basically means that too much time was given to the one person. It's not a negative thing, it's more of a "this could have been more time dedicated for further nominee's to have their say" kind of segment.

    And the fact that your last comment was about the happier life crap means this obviously got to you too. Paradox's much?

    Other then that, yay for an award you didn't want Doug :p ?
  • XxFidgetxX
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    rofl I said it out of the fact that I really am a happy person. I just took a small issue with what he said (the fact that you couldn't hear it isn't my problem). Listen, guys, I'm not looking for an e-fight here. If I'm wrong I'm wrong. I probably am. I tend to be wrong at times. Calm down and have a good rest of the day. lol
  • RinstarElite  - I told myself I wouldn't do this, but...
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    "I love TGWTG as much as the next person, but to attack Dodson reeks of fanboyism"

    You left at least three comments making a big stink about Doug and whoever else insulting Dodson, so...Hypocrite much?

    Anyways I didn't come to bash you, I just wanna impart some wisdom from personal experience. Don't take things so seriously. Doug made one off handed comment about the guy being idiot,but it's not like he derailed the video for 2 minutes solely for the purpose mercilessly attacking the guy. It was a sarcastic comment that lasted a second. I wouldn't really categorize that as "hate".
  • PIE!!!  - @Fidget
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    He was making a jokey smartass comment. It was no offense to AD. Really, man? You're making a fuss over this?
  • LaCapitana
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    With an attitude like that, I'm sure Dodson is beyond caring what people think of him.
  • XxFidgetxX
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    You're probably right.
  • ElegeantFencer
    The hell? YOU are the one who made a deal over such a small issue like that. All Doug did was make a comedic remark. It's funny how people like you can't admit that they're wrong and attempt to turn the tables, making it seem like you're the cool-headed one and the opposition is making it a big deal, when in fact YOU are the one who is making it a big deal.

    The fact that you keep coming back to this video just to reply to the comments that argue against your falsely perceived accusation further proves my point.
  • Semudara
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    You mis-interpreted him. That's why you got offended.

    Watch the video again, if you must. Maybe then you'll see what everyone else understood clearly. But don't foist your meaningless outrage on everyone else.

    He WAS just joking. He's not a mean person, you know. ^_^
  • wonderBOY316
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    why would they show Melvin for the nominaton clip
  • Gethenian
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    @wonderBOY316 I know, right? The pre-Donation Drive video with the banana would have been a MUCH better choice...
  • stillravenmad
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    I'm pretty sure that's the Joker practicing the scar story sketch.
  • ThatSwissGuy
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    That wasn't Melvin, that was the Joker sketch (you know, how the Joker got his catchphrase).
  • Semudara
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    Which, may I add, is one of his best sketches EVER!
  • Gethenian
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    1. First of all, congratulations to EVERYONE AT CHANNEL AWESOME who makes this site what it is. Every single one of you deserves this award. ^____^ While I absolutely love Doug's work, I agree that it's the collective effort that makes this place deserving of an entrepreneur of the year award in a way no single individual could ever claim responsibility for. And I think the reason for that has to do with how this site fosters an entrepreneurial mindset in people who have had an opportunity now to be inspired to pursue their passion in entertainment in a way that would not have otherwise been possible. Hell, I'm not even a producer for the site and for the first time in my life since finding this place and spending a few months getting to know people here, I'm getting to be able to use my creativity as a source of income, which blows my frickin mind, since it's taken me 26 years of living on this planet to figure out how to do that.

    2. Planning an awards show is hard. I know, because events planning is my real-life grownup professional weekly paycheck job. But this one DOES sound as if it could have been planned BETTER. The fact that only 20% of the audience was still paying attention by the end of the ceremony is evidence enough of that. Perhaps this show needs to give more focus to its theme and how to more thoroughly interest its audience in ALL awards categories and SHOW THE AUDIENCE WHY THEY SHOULD CARE. Having great entertainers come on every so often is nice, but an awards show should also be about why these awards even matter, and if more than half the audience has left or gone to the bar in the back of the theater by the end (and by the way, seriously, bar in the theater, wtf????), you're doing it wrong. Even if you do get Cirque du Soleil to sponsor and perform during the awards.

    3. Doug, are you actually part of some kind of hive mind? Because your award acceptance bit is basically identical to a comedy video "review" my wife and I wrote and partially filmed over this weekend. It's uncannily similar to the point of being kind of freaky. Right down to having the same character using the same kind of jokes in the same order. ...accidental psychic connections for the WTF? :P

    4. Congrats again to Doug and all of Channel Awesome. You all continue to inspire and entertain us all. :)
  • k1i9lle9r1a  - Way To Go.
    This award show, AS I see it is... ahem... s*it? of course!!!

    It's a really good thing you won the award. And if you ask me you DO deserve it. I've never had so much fun on the internet. tgwtg.com is the best place to go to have fun.

    Oh, btw about a year ago, I was helping with a presentation about you Doug and the crew. And we(I mostly mean the crew I was in cause I was just a computer guy :D:D) did a good job cause we won second place. we could've won the 1st one if the judge from our university didn't bitch out and say it was not fair to give credit to his own university guys. That's why we lost the 1st place.

    What I want to say is that everything (I mean almost) related to this website or to you is drowned in SUCCESS. Yep that's right :D:D

    So congrats again.
  • themrginger
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    Congrats on the award man. I actually nominated you for that in the way that I was more nominating the site. Because I think the site and the all the people who run the site and are members of the site deserve this award. So I guess I got what I wanted so congrats to That Guy With the Glasses.

    P.S Did anyone else that we know get awards? Did Spoony or AVGN get one?
  • KernCore
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    Congratulations Doug! You're awesome :)
  • Robert the Kid
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    Oh this is great news. Congratulations Doug!
  • VulpesMundi  - Congrats~!
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    Congratulations and + respect for giving credit to the whole of Channel Awesome. You all deserve it. Keep up the good work. :3
  • Scott
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    Congrats Doug, I was down in Vegas for CES but unfortunately couldn't attend Mashables due to the 21+ limit... also I didn't have money for the ticket *shakes fist*
  • Dadaph
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    Woooh, grats!
  • Disthron
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    This is the first I'm hearing about this, but congratulations. I'm glad you had a good time.

    So is this for any entrepreneur or an internet exclusive thing.

    Well, you people sure do produce a grate show. You're on of the reasons I hardly watch TV any more.

    Also... you are looking really healthy. It's weard, but I just realized that you seem to look really pail in your NC videos. Maybe it's the lighting, I don't know.
  • DarkMessiah
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    Actually the lighting does have something to do with it. They have lights set up all around the area, I think. So it is very bright in there.
  • Mides
    This award ceremony sounds like it was absolutely miserable. Why are you being so nice, Doug?
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