Where Are The Fred T-Shirts

You may never have heard of Fred, but he is a hit “with the kids”. So much of a hit that his YouTube show is sponsored by a little IM/texting device called a Zip-It, which he has seamlessly blended in to his show. What I find amazing is how the show sold out so shamelessly and yet so seamlessly it almost adds to the show’s appeal. The show consists of a 14 year old kid playing a 6 year old kid, with a high pitched squeaky voice, it’s kind of like Peewee Herman. Here’s a sample episode (be warned i don’t believe anyone can be ambivalent about this character):

The show is incredibly popular and in fact every episode get 3+ million views. The crazy folks at Blogscoped calculated that the Fred videos have been watched a total of 48 million times. Robert Scoble may call it stupid, but I think that is selling short the very clever and deliberate ascent to stardom of this internet celebrity. If you watch the first and last episodes of Fred you can see how the character has developed over 2 years from a very rough first attempts to a fully realized character today.

Anyway, my point is he has sold out so seamlessly that why the hell isn’t he selling the t-shirt that he wears in every episode?

20 Responses to “Where Are The Fred T-Shirts”

  1. justin says:

    i have watched one or two of them and I really just find this kid annoying. I don’t know why he has 3 million views? I see his face on my iphone under most viewed for the week for the past two weeks. I rather have a Tourette’s Guy t-shirt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqtr_RvR3sY

  2. Eric Stoller says:

    At first he’s annoying and then it starts to get funny. I think my brain just melted.

  3. justin says:

    lol

  4. karllong says:

    as I said, no one is ambivalent about them. I actually find it pretty funny, and annoying just like PeeWee Herman, I do have a huge amount of respect for the way he has actually developed the character and how he’s leveraging that with some real sponsorship.

  5. mingled says:

    Weird, and more than just a little disturbing. How would they make the t-shirt so high pitched?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Just make it tight.

  7. ERic says:

    You can buy a Fred Shirt At- http://www.cafepress.com/FredTees

    There Not perfect But worth it!

  8. D-Boy says:

    The ones on Zazzle.com suck. they look like someone drew that and the braces look like crap.

    There are ones on eBay right now
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&I

  9. joe says:

    These are the best ones iv found …… fredtshirts.com and the seller has some more comming soon the ones exactly like fred has on

  10. Kat says:

    i love fred he is sooooooooooooooooo funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want a fred shirt.

  11. Emma says:

    Hi i am in love with fred.I have been looking for a fred tshirt every where and i cant find 1.i saw this girl with 1 and i was so jelouse.

  12. tj says:

    hi fred i think your fred vidos rock i love when you try to ride kevins bike ha ha!!!!!!

  13. JP says:

    Check out http://www.smoofer.com. Free shipping in Canada.

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