Today, YouTube announced the winners of its first-ever YouTube Awards and, frankly, I'm not at all surprised that locals Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox scooped up an award for Best Comedy Video.
Padilla and Hecox are the dynamic duo known as Smosh (I interviewed them last summer for The Bee) and in the last year or so, the Carmichael residents have been tearing up YouTube with their kinda-goofy, crazy-funny clips.
Anyhoo, Padilla and Hecox's clip for "Stranded" was the one that nabbed the YouTube award. (They're in good company, too - OK Go and the "Ask a Ninja" team also were honored. For a complete list of winners, go here.)
And, because awards mean attention, Padilla and Hecox are already getting some major notice. The pair appeared this morning on NBC's "Today" show. Jennifer Padilla, Anthony's stepmom, tells me that the pair got the good news Saturday but had to keep it top secret until today.
"We're all so thrilled and ecstatic and so proud of them," Padilla says.
Best of all, she adds, success hasn't spoiled them.
"They're still humble and polite and just want to keep doing what they're doing," she says. "They're just focused on putting out more videos."