Funhaus (pronounced "fun-house"), often abbreviated as FH is a YouTube channel owned by Rooster Teeth based in Los Angeles, CA, run by a group of gamers, gaming journalists, content producers and on-camera hosts, which features members of the former Machinima.com group 'Inside Gaming'. Their content mostly consists of game play videos, as well as podcasts, video game news segments and game shows reviewing video games, movies, technology products, google trends and television shows of various genres in a retrospective and comedic manner in addition to fan Q&As and game shows. The channel was launched in February 2015.
Hosted by the former cast of Machinima Inc's Inside Gaming (Adam Kovic, James Willems, Bruce Greene, Lawrence Sonntag, Matt Peake, and formerly Sean "Spoole" Poole and Joel Rubin), along with former GameTrailers hosts Elyse Willems, and Omar de Armas, the channel produces and hosts a large variety of gameplay videos of various genres in a retrospective and comedic manner, in a similar manner to Achievement Hunter, where the team claims that they "will play everything from GTA to the crappiest games they can find". These range from forgotten trash like Demo Disk where they play games from late 90s demo CDs and drinking games because they claim that they are "responsible adults". Most of their gameplays are single-player, with either Adam or Lawrence as the test subject while Bruce and James serve as comedic commentators and background spectators. On occasion during the middle of the gameplay video, Adam or lawrence will rotate out giving Bruce and James a chance at the controls. Their Funhaus GTA 5 Gameplay is a series where the crew (either one person or 4 crew members) would play GTA Online matches, usually with the fan community.
In addition to game play, Funhaus also produces podcasts and field fan Qs&As (mostly about games), including segments, and, (until November, 2016), they did regular news content for The Know, appearing on the Rooster Teeth news channel on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (with Adam Kovic and Bruce Greene as co-anchors while Lawrence, James and Elyse as recurring secondary co-anchors, alsooccasionally appearing alongside Ashley Jenkins, Jon Risinger, Ryan Haywood, Gus Sorola and formerly Meg Turney until her departure from Rooster Teeth and The Know in June 2016). They will also be performing Let's Plays, event coverages, live streams, fan meetups and fan events at various conventions and expos (such as LPL, RTX, PAX etc.) as well as collaborations and crossovers with other fellow friends and colleagues from Rooster Teeth, YouTube, and beyond, who "wouldn't be [too] embarrassed to be seen with them", according to the team. Since their founding, Funhaus has collaborated with Achievement Hunter and The Know (which they still do with AH but no longer produce content for The Know as of November 2016), in addition to ScrewAttack (now Game Attack), Kinda Funny, The Creatures (who have now dissolved as of July 2017) , Cow Chop, Sugar Pine 7, Game Grumps, Smosh Games and other members of the LP family.
Joining forces with leading production company Rooster Teeth in 2015, Funhaus has already amassed 1M+ YouTube subscribers and 500M+ channel views. Since its founding, Funhaus has grown to become a major core component of Rooster Teeth next to Achievement Hunter, hosting a wide variety of videos related to video games. Their website, formatted to the Rooster Teeth website was launched in 2015 along with the Funhaus YouTube channel. The most frequent videos are hosted by the five most prolific employees: Adam Kovic, Bruce Greene, James Willems, Lawrence Sonntag, and Elyse Willems, with recurring secondary appearances from head editors Matt Peake and Omar de Armas. As of December 2016, Funhaus clocks over 200,000 Twitter followers and over 1 million subscribers on their YouTube channel. Bruce Greene currently serves as the General Manager and Main Head of Funhaus with Adam Kovic as his right-hand man serving as the creative director after Joel Rubin resigned from his position as Channel Director of Programming.
As of December 21, 2017, it was announced that Funhaus would be getting retooled with transparency switch ups, coming into effect in spring of 2018. These changes include less GTA gameplays, Comment Show probably gone for good, Dude Soup switching days, Demo Disk and Wheelhaus will be going on rotation with one another as well as more "skit" based videos with higher production like Talking Stalkings, Avatar, Skaters vs Surfers etc. Editors like Peake, Don, Bones, Omar etc. will be rotated in more videos as they'll have less editing to do and to avoid everyone becoming stale/burned out. The team is hoping for a more community interactions, live events, livestreams etc. Last but not the least, there would also be a "Funhaus TV", which will be a 24/7 stream of their archive, with new/live content being spliced in regularly.
History and Creation Edit
- See main article: Funhaus/Creation Timeline.
Funhaus is best known as the "Inside Gaming" of Rooster Teeth, a brand under the name of the RT company. Inside Gaming is the main editorial brand by the company of Machinima Inc. Originally a Halo exclusive show under the name Inside Halo and later video game news show on the Machinima main YouTube channel, it later branched out into its own multimedia conglomerate that covers gameplay, live action skits, Q&As, podcasts, reviews, and previews. Coverage of gaming news, previews, and reviews was provided for more than 600,000 weekly viewers through daily and weekly shows on its YouTube channel hosted by then employee Adam Kovic under the alias "The Dead Pixel" and Mike Rouse, also known as "sodagod'. Mike's position was later replaced by fellow Machinima Inc staff member Bruce Greene during the relaunch. He was often seen in Halo 3-themed machinima form in his lava-red Recon helmet.
Inside Gaming is the successor to Machinima's discontinued segment, Inside Halo, which was less successful because of the lack of news surrounding the Halo series. Inside Halo was developed and hosted by "Soda God" who alternated weekly hosting with Adam Kovic who became the only host. Eventually an official co-host, Matt Dannevik, joined Kovic on the set of Inside Gaming Daily; he was laid off in December 2012. Producers Bruce Greene and James Willems regularly co-hosted with Kovic, and have started their own YouTube channel under Inside Gaming. Inside Gaming also hosted its own annual awards show, the "Inside Gaming Awards" in Los Angeles. The awards show celebrates the biggest developers and achievements in the video-games industry, and features top gaming choices by viewers and the staff of Inside Gaming. Categories in which games are selected include, among others: Game of the Year, Best Online Multiplayer, and Best Original Games.
On January 26, 2015, the original Inside Gaming cast (Adam Kovic, Bruce Greene, James Willems, Lawrence Sonntag, Matt Peake, Joel Rubin, and Sean "Spoole" Poole) announced that they would be leaving Machinima and later officially join Rooster Teeth under the new name Funhaus. They left on January 27.
On April 2, 2015, The Inside Gaming Twitter account tweeted that they would be making an announcement the following week, followed by a confirmation of the announcement the next day. On April 9, 2015, The Inside Gaming YouTube Channel uploaded a video announcing the return of the show along with former IG Co-host Matt Dannevik. Matt Dannevik announced in a video that he would be returning to Machinima and taking over the Inside Gaming channel, with help from other members of Machinima. On the same day, Matt posted an AMA on /r/insidegaming where he answered questions regarding the revival of the channel. As of 2015, Phil Jasicki was the only member of the original crew to not leave the company with the rest of the team. On April 9, 2015, former IG daily co-host Matt Dannevik confirmed that he would return to host the daily news segments.
The new cast of Inside Gaming comprises Brandon Winfrey, Chloe Dykstra, Phil Jasicki, Stephen Ford and Shane / Shibby.
Gameplays last between 10 and 20 minutes. Some other gameplays are between 25 and 30 minutes. The longest gameplay has been around 40 minutes.
Most of FH's gameplays are usually single-player game-plays, where one person is the "lab rat" (test subject) while the other several cast members serve as background commentator and spectators, very similar to Achievement Hunter's "Let's Watch" series but the time duration is between 9 and 17 minutes. When it comes to these majority single-player gameplays, such as in Demo Disk, Wheelhaus (parody of Steam Roulette), One Dollar One Hour, Mod gameplays, etc., Adam or Lawrence is generally the test subject host at the mouse, keyboard and Xbox controller who is operating the gameplay controls, mostly being silent due to him focusing on the technicality aspect of the gameplays, while Bruce, James and other co-hosts sit in the background provide comedic commentary over the games. Sometimes during these single player gameplays, Adam or Lawrence will opt out during the middle of the video giving the others (Bruce, James) to be temporary test subjects.
On several occasions, the team will perform multiplayer co-op gameplays (like Human Fall Flat) where all four guys (Adam, Bruce, James, and Lawrence) both play the game and provide commentary from individual desks (mostly in multiplayer first-person shooter video games)
Examples of these mupltiplayer co-op shooter video games include (but not limited to) CSGO, Verdun, Payday 2, Deep Rock Galactic, Golf with Friends, Depth, Raft, What The Box, Portal 2, H1Z1, Attack on Titan, Day of Infamy, Halo 5: Guardians, Overwatch, Rainbow Six Siege, Battlefield 1, Warface, Smite, Dirty Bomb, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Gears of War 4, Friday the 13th, Dead By Daylight, Golf With Your Friends, The Division, Dead Rising 4, Star Wars Battlefront, Warhammer Vermintide, For Honor, Space Engineers, ARK: Survival Evolved, Dead Realm, GTA heists, PUBG, Fortnite Battle Royale, Call of Duty, Call of Duty World War II, Depth Coop, Gmod Prop Hunt and Murder Coop, Octodad, Destiny, Destiny 2, Killing Floor 2, and more.
The most popular multiplayer co-op gameplay the guys do from their individual gaming setup desks is Overwatch, which seems to show their teamwork at its best.
Funhaus has two podcasts their primary host-talk show podcast titled "Dude Soup", where they talk about various topics including gaming news, pop culture, video games, technology products, TV shows, world news, relationships, and more.
The second podcast, Filmhaus, is a movie podcast mostly talks about reviewing and previewing movies (of varying genres) of the year (both old and new) and the crews opinion on them. The podcasts generally stars four (Adam Kovic, Bruce Greene, Lawrence Sonntag, and James Willems) members of Funhaus, with occasional guest appearances from other Rooster Teeth employees. Dude Soup focuses on comedy, gaming news and game culture in general.
The format of the podcast varies. Some are formatted which one member sits on the chair closest to the camera operating the mouse, keyboard and Xbox, playing the game, browsing the web and watching web videos (which are relative to the topic being discussed) while others sit in the background. Others show the hosts sitting on couches (similar to the RT Podcast format) with one member giving a powerpoint presentation on the trends, internet news about reviewing video games and technology products (as well as google trends, stocks, news about movies, TV shows, and world news) in a retrospective and comedic manner.
Fan Q&As Edit
Their biggest fan Q&A show is Open Haus. Episodes run between 9 and 15 minutes. The hosts are seen sitting at their individual gaming desk setups (as they would during the play-through of multiplayer co-op gameplays such as Overwatch and Rainbow Six Siege), some of the hosts have another member sitting beside them, with the team answering questions from their fans in a laid back, nonserious, retrospective and comedic manner. The videos also have photo-shopped images and green-screen effects of the staff...in unusual situations spliced in at at regular intervals. These questions are taken from the subreddit, YouTube comments, and on Twitter.
Online Popularity Edit
Before their departure from Machinima, The Inside Gaming YouTube channel had garnered more than 700,000 subscribers with their videos having a regular view count of more than 200,000. In early 2013, /r/insidegaming was created by former crew member Jaysagus which by 2015 had 20.000 users or “actors”. The Inside Gaming Twitter account which was created on April 2009 has since gain more than 178.000 followers while their Facebook pagehas more than 113.000 likes.
Inside Gaming is often criticized for using clickbait-style thumbnails and titles for their videos. On October 30, 2014, Inside Gaming uploaded a podcast video titled “Xbox One VS PS4: CONSOLE WAR” in which they address why they use clickbait for their videos.
- See main article: Cast & Crew#Funhaus.
The members of Funhaus are often referred to as Hausmates (pronounced as "house-mates") by the Funhaus community. The main Funhaus hosts are: Adam Kovic, Bruce Greene, James Willems, Lawrence Sonntag, and Elyse Willems.
Sean Poole, or Spoole, announced in early February 2016 (shortly following one full year of employment) via a Reddit blog post that he was amicably resigning from his position, leaving Funhaus and Rooster Teeth on good terms, as he had already missed his family and friends in Seattle, and wanted to pursue his personal dreams. While he has left Funhaus, he still continues to stream on Twitch more often, full-time.
Joel Rubin also announced his resignation and departure two months later early April 2016. He primarily worked as the Channel Director of Programming on Funhaus (the same role, job and position back at Inside Gaming) and in his announcement post, he said that Funhaus has essentially expanded, developed and evolved to the point where he felt that he and his boss job duties weren't needed there anymore, especially now that the team, after over a full year, already had a lot of experience and knowledge of how to run, program and function their YouTube and Twitch channels by now and on their own, so he felt that it was time for him to move on to "another challenge". That, and he felt that he wasn't being challenged careers wise. On April 19, 2016, Joel worked at SourceFed and SourceFedNERD as the Channel Programming Director in a similar role until late March 2017, when SourceFed was cancelled by Group Nine Media although he still stays to reside and work in LA continued to reprise his role and voice his character in Sex Swing: The Animated Adventures, until the series eventual cancellation.
Funhaus upload videos daily and most of them are weekly episodes of popular shows. Every once in a while they will upload gameplay videos of miscellaneous games, or make live action shorts, skits and more. Most gameplay videos have video recordings of the crew in a corner of the screen.
Demo Disk Edit
- See main article: Demo Disk.
Perhaps Funhaus' most popular show, Demo Disk started when a fan of Funhaus gave the guys a collection of old demo disks in a disk binder. In each video, James picks out a disk from the binder and hands it to Adam, who installs and plays the game demos on the disk. Most of these games are terrible and/or broken, giving James and Bruce the opportunity to make jokes and commentate over the gameplay.
The life of every disk they try ends with Bruce snapping it to pieces. Videos also include occasional visits of the "Rule 34" pages of whatever character, movie, game or show is brought up in conversation.
Dude Soup Edit
- See main article: Dude Soup.
Dude Soup is the weekly podcast run by Funhaus. Lawrence is the main producer of Dude Soup, he introduces topics and does ad reads on the show. The video recordings of the hosts are paired with gameplay footage, usually relevant to the topic(s) being discussed. Subjects usually revolve around video game news, game development or journalism, and sometimes movies, or internet drama.
Every episode starts off with an intro by Lawrence, following the structure "Welcome, everyone, to a [small description] [adjective] bowl of Dude Soup". Dude Soup is also live streamed weekly for Rooster Teeth First members on roosterteeth.com.
'Dude Soup' was one of the names that the team was considering for their new channel, back in February, 2015. They claim it was between 'Funhaus' and 'Dude Soup', and they decided on the former. Then, when trying to think of a title for the podcast, they felt 'Dude Soup' was too good a name to pass up.
Funhaus Cartoons Edit
- See main article: Funhaus Cartoons.
Monthly videos where the funniest and most memorable moments in Funhaus videos are animated with 3D cartoony characters.
Fan Show (Sponsor Only) Edit
Previously known as Fan Art and Art Haus, Funhaus find and showcase the best of the Funhaus community in any given week. Majority of these videos revolve around putting pieces of Funhaus fan art in the spotlight.
Several videos were made back when Funhaus started, but the show disappeared for a while, due to the time it took to make them and the amount of views that the videos were getting. Nowadays weekly 30-minute Fan Show episodes are available to FIRST members on roosterteeth.com. Fan Show is livestream- ed before the start of every Dude Soup episode.
Funhaus comments Edit
This show, which was originally part of podcast episodes, consists of the guys congregate around the main office space, picking and printing out comments submitted by fans, and responding to them appropriately. It's common for these comments to be negative or disagreeing of a particular Hausmate's opinions, and Funhaus Comments gives the crew an opportunity to publicly address them.
Funhaus Shorts Edit
- See main article: Funhaus Shorts.
Live-action skits, live action sketch comedy shorts (action comedy live action short films). Very similar to Rooster Teeth Shorts. It stars Adam, Bruce, james and Lawrence with occasional appearances from other Rooster Teeth employees. "Funhaus Tourism Bureau" is one of the mini-series of Funhaus Shorts.
GTA 5 Gameplay Edit
One of the more "regular" gameplays, a group of 3-4 go into GTA Online custom matches and compete with fans. Often displaying how unskilled all of them are at Grand Theft Auto 5. In the game lobbies they also try to talk the fans that have headset microphones. The GTA 5 gameplays are frequently streamed live on their YouTube channel, several days before the fully edited videos get uploaded to YouTube. Funhaus GTA 5 Gameplay is a series where the crew (either one person or 4 crew members) would play GTA 5 Online matches, usually with the fan community. One popular GTA 5 series on Funhaus is the Funheists, where 4 guys go on cooperative heist missions online. It debuted in the early days of Funhaus, disappeared for a year, and came back in April, 2016.
Open Haus Edit
- See main article: Open Haus.
Open Haus is the weekly Q&A show by Funhaus very similar in style to the Q&A series they had on Inside Gaming, every episode has the crew answering 6-7 questions submitted on Reddit threads. The hosts are seen sitting at their individual gaming desks (as they world during the play through of multiplayer co-operative first person shooter video games).
While the focus of the show was originally to answer gaming-related questions that fans had, more recent episodes showcase Funhaus answering funny, silly, sometimes hypothetical questions. They even make fun of that every fact, sometimes joking about the nature of comments or how unfunny Open Haus is.
In earlier episodes, Adam, Bruce and James would answer questions with another member, such as Lawrence or Joel. But improvements in office space has allowed them to feature the entire crew in every episode.
Other Shows Edit
FAQ Podcast (Cancelled) Edit
- See main article: FAQ Podcast.
FAQ, or "Funhaus Answers Questions", where Funhaus have 5 to 10-minute Skype calls with fans, who ask them questions regarding a particular topic in gaming. The final episode of the FAQ Podcast aired on August 21, 2015.
Related Series from Inside Gaming Edit
Some Funhaus content is simular to Inside Gaming's.
Steam Roulette Edit
Steam Roulette is a series of the IG crew playing random games on Steam using Steam Roulette. Certain games such as Chaser and The Sims 3 would branch out into their own gameplay series.
GTAIV Mod Gameplay Edit
GTAIV Mod Gameplay is a series where the crew would play a heavily modded Grand Theft Auto IV, often resulting in the game becoming unstable and prone to crashing. The show is notable for featuring guest stars from the video game industry such as Jason Zumwalt (The voice of Roman Bellic in GTAIV) and Oliver Vaquer (The voice of Robert Lutece in Bioshock Infinite). It is currently the most watched series, with its most popular video having more than 1,500,000 views as of 2015.
Drunk Series Edit
The Drunk Series is a gameshow where the crew would play a specific game that was handpicked and place certain rules where the participants must take shots (i.e. : One death while playing Dark Souls equals one shot) which usually resulted in the crew becoming intoxicated.
Force Quit Edit
Force Quit is a live action mockumentary series detailing the daily lives of the Inside Gaming crew working on Machinima. The series would become notable due to its low view count, becoming a joke among the crew.
The Inside Gaming Podcast is a weekly podcast show where the Inside Gaming crew talk about events in the video game industry and provide commentary on the subject. Though originally the format involved the crew speaking together face to face, later episodes involved them simultaneously playing video games.
The Movie: The Game Edit
The Q&A is a weekly segment where the IG crew would answer questions submitted to them by the community on the IG subreddit.
GTA Online Gameplay Edit
GTA Online Gameplay is a series where the crew play matches on GTA Online. Originally beginning as a challenge series similar to the Imaginary Achievements series on Achievement Hunter, it later involved basic online matches. The crew would often play alongside members of the fanbase, prominently Nate, Turbid, Katybacon, Jessicore, Sizzle, and others.
Achievement Hunter Rivalry Edit
From the day Funhaus began, a rivalry was born between it and Rooster Teeth's other gaming channel, Achievement Hunter. Jokes at how lazy Achievement Hunter are very common to see in Funhaus videos.
- When Jon Risinger had designed the Funhaus logo, they had several options that they could go with in terms of color. One of the reasons they landed on orange was because it is a great opposite color to Achievement Hunter's green.
- Funhaus and Achievement Hunter have battled it out several times in videos, in games such as Rainbow Six: Siege, Smite, GTA 5 and more.
- A YouTube video was released showing fans how to pronounce "Funhaus". It is really pronounced as "fun house".
- Funhaus refers to their fellow Rooster Teeth friends and colleagues as "Hausmates". These include YouTube channels The Know, Rooster Teeth, Achievement Hunter, LetsPlay, The Slow Mo Guys and Red vs Blue
- The team was already known online Machinima’s old Inside Gaming department, and have previously appeared on season two of Rooster Teeth’s competition show The Gauntlet.
- The Funhaus guys will not only play games on their channel, but will also release a podcast, cover related events, participate in fan Q&A sessions, contribute to Rooster Teeth’s news show The Know, and appear on Rooster Teeth’s video podcast. Members of the Austin production company Rooster Teeth (which was acquired by YouTube multi-channel network Fullscreen in November 2014) alongside its department Achievement Hunter will occasionally be seen in Funhaus’s projects, too.
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