In 2006, Sam Baron co-wrote, directed and starred in a UK response to the "Saturday Night Live" (1975) rap video "Lazy Sunday" which became successful on the internet.
Since then he has produced numerous short films with longtime collaborator Raph von Blumenthal. The pair have also created and produced three pilots for television series.
The first show, entitled "Tom's Life", was a sitcom about high-school students who get themselves into wacky adventures to distract themselves from their depressingly comfortable middle-class suburban lives. It gained popularity on the internet video website YouTube but was never developed into a full series.
The second show, entitled "Lemon Party", was a surreal comedy sketch show starring the two creators in every single role. The show also gained a large following on the internet and was picked up by the UK television network Trouble, where the individual sketches were screened as part of another show, "MyTV: Homegrown" (2006).
The pair were also invited to host two episodes of that show, performing original material written for the occasions. The first version of the hour-long Christmas Special they presented was decided to be too controversial and was subsequently banned. Their entire work had to be entirely re-written and re-shot at last minute, to comply with the channel's broadcast standards.
Shortly after, Sam and Raphael won a contract from MTV to produce a global warming awareness video in Japan, which was shown around the world Al Gore's Live Earth events in 2007, and screened on MTV worldwide. The video, a rap about climate change produced by Mark Whelan and Cake Group Ltd., also became a popular viral video on the internet.
The third television pilot is 2008's "House of the Rising Egos", co-created by the pair with comedian Jack Miller. They describe the show as an "anti-sitcom", a faux-documentary about four university students who move into their first house together.
The sitcom pilot, in which Sam Baron plays 'Sam', Raphael von Blumenthal plays 'Raph' and Jack Miller plays 'Jack', started off as a web-series, with short webisodes on YouTube. But when these also became popular, the decision was made to create a TV pilot for the show.
Together they have written an as-yet-unproduced feature-film, as well as several additional television pilots. They continue to produce short comedy videos for YouTube and their own website.
His second documentary, "Family Rights Group", was screened at The Barbican Cinema in London on December 14th 2004 as a double-bill with Ladybird Ladybird (1994). It was introduced by director Ken Loach.
His uncle is the director Ash Baron-Cohen.
He was featured very briefly in the documentary 'They Made Me Do It Too: The Cult of Donnie Darko' on the Director's Cut DVD for the film Donnie Darko (2001).
His cousin is William Greenblatt.
He is related to Mark Robson.
His UK response to the "Saturday Night Live" (1975) rap video "Lazy Sunday" was downloaded over 50,000 times in the first month it was online. It received praise from SNL writer Jorma Taccone and "Lazy Monday" creators Mark Feuerstein and Sam Friedlander, and a clip from the video was featured on CNN.
Son of Simon Baron-Cohen.
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