Doug Walker, popularly known in social media as “That Guy WithThe Glasses," is a film reviewer, critic, comedian, actor, and internet celebrity. He is famous among his fans for “Nostalgia Critic,” web series, which was launched on YouTube in 2007. He created, directed, edited, and performed in the videos of the web series. Doug, acting as the imaginary character “Nostalgia Critic,” satirically criticizes movies from his childhood to present times, and presents an analysis of the subject of the story with his justifications. In his videos, he criticizes and ridicules feature and animated films and serials with his humour bashings, bitter comments, and mockery of those which he finds to be badly written, poorly scripted, and amateurishly acted. The web series also showcases many “Top 11 Countdown” segments and features a series of “Old vs. New” sections where Doug Walker compares popular films like Batman, Cinderella, Chocolate Factory, True Grit, and Spider-Man with their new remakes. He is famous for his sarcastic reviews, insult comedy, surreal humour, black comedy, off- colour humour, parody, and deadpan. He is one of the founders of the production company 'Channel Awesome.'
Rise to Stardom
Douglas Darian Walker earlier used to work as an illustrator. He started to post series of self-explanatory videos “5 Second Movies” on YouTube where he and his friends shared jokes about some movies.
Later in July 2007, he went on to launch a comedy web series on YouTube titled “Nostalgia Critic." In this series, he uploaded videos where he as “Nostalgia Critic” sarcastically criticized movies.
In 2008, he and his associates announced the search for a female face to review mushy, sentimental films, and television programmes with women as targeted audience. This idea named “The Nostalgic Chick” was a sidequel of his earlier venture and this competition was won by Ellis who was famous as ‘The Dudette."
His reviews became popular, but he had to remove the video series from YouTube in April, 2008, due to copyright issues and infringement complaints by the '20th Century Fox' and 'Lionsgate' and he had to shift to his own independent website called ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com.
However, later in 2009, they again featured on YouTube as a result of a contract between Blip (American media platform for web series content) and the company.
Later in 2012, Douglas Walker and his brother announced to terminate the “Nostalgia Critic” series as they thought they had stretched the character too far. However, on January 22, 2013, he released a short video titled “The Review Must Go On” and also announced his decision of bringing back 'Nostalgia Critic' and on February 5, the series was brought back with the review of the film “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” and he stated that the show would have a new episode posted every other Tuesday.
When he has not much to review, he posts “Nostalgia Critic Editorials” and discusses topics related to films. Nostalgia Critic had around 100,000 to 300,000 viewers every week and more than one million page views every month and by July 2009, the website had received more than $11,000 through online donations and above $10,000 monthly only from advertisement and thus he earned around $53000 including $32,000 alone from 'Nostalgia Critic.'
When he became financially sound due to his website videos, he left his previous job. Of all the videos in the 'Nostalgia Critic,' 496 episodes were directed by him. Due to his rising popularity, many like-minded reviewers were attracted to him and they collaborated to form the online media production company “Channel Awesome” with Mike Michaud as CEO, Doug Walker as actor and presenter, Rob Walker as screenwriter and CCO. Some of his most popular videos on 'Channel Awesome' are “Was the Killing Joke That Bad” (686), “Alvin and the Chipmunk" (1.1 m), and “The WEIRDEST Jack and the Beanstalk" (786K).
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Behind the Curtains
Doug Walker was born on November 17, 1981, in Naples, Italy. His father, Barney Walker, was a naval officer and his mother, Sandra Polkow Walker, was a former opera singer and a therapist.
Doug Walker studied film in Northern Illinois University and majored in Communications. After finishing his college, he worked as a janitor and later as an illustrator to earn a living. He has a brother named Rob Walker, who is an executive producer and creator of the web series “Nostalgia Critic." He has also acted and co- written in many of Dough’s critic videos.
His grandfather was a specialist in frozen foods, and he created a filling for pies with no sugar crystallization.
Doug got married to Robin Poage on June 15, 2012. He currently resides in Naperville, Illinois.