Brooke Brodack

Brooke Brodack
Brooke Brodack ROFLCon 08.jpg
Brodack at 2008 ROFLCon
Brooke Allison Brodack

(1986-04-07) April 7, 1986 (age 35)
Other names Brooke Alley
Years active 2005–present
Known for YouTube personality
YouTube information
Genre Vlog

Brooke Allison Brodack (born April 7, 1986), also known as Brookers, is an American viral video comedian mainly known for her short videos posted during YouTube's early years, which led to a contract from the mainstream media.[1] In 2006, The New Yorker called her "the first real YouTube star."[2]

Brodack was born in Putnam, Connecticut. She has been making videos since she was nine years old.[3] Graduating from Wachusett Regional High School, she then attended college at Worcester State College, Quinsigamond Community College and Mount Wachusett Community College, ultimately dropping out of all three. Brodack worked from 2003 to 2006 as a receptionist and hostess at the 99 Restaurant,[4] and she volunteered (2003–05) for the NEADS program (Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans) in Sterling, Massachusetts.[5]


Brodack began posting her short comedic videos on her "Brookers" YouTube channel in September 2005. By June 2006, she was offered an 18-month development contract from Carson Daly, the host of a late night show on NBC,[6] however nothing came of this contract and it was not subsequently renewed. From July 3 to August 17, 2006, her "Brookers" channel was the most-subscribed on YouTube. She was named a "Crossover Star" by The Wall Street Journal on its New Media Power List on July 29, 2006.[7]

Brookers directs, edits and performs in her videos, most of which have been set at her family home in Holden, Massachusetts. The New Yorker has called her videos "defiantly madcap."[2] Her single-most popular video, "Crazed Numa Fan!!!!", a lip-sync parody of an earlier Internet meme, Numa Numa Dance by Gary Brolsma (itself a parody of "Dragostea din tei" by O-Zone),[8] has been viewed on YouTube over 8.2 million [9] times. Her younger sister, Melissa "Missy" Brodack, performs alongside her in many videos, including "Crazed Numa Fan!!!!"[4]

Her video "Chips," a spoof suspense drama about eating potato chips, has been called "brilliant" by Entertainment Weekly, which has listed it among the "great moments in YouTube history."[10]

From August 2006 to April 2007, she played a large role on a Daly-hosted, NBC-sponsored video contest website, It's Your Show TV[11] posting many videos there.[12] She appeared on The Tyra Banks Show (December 6, 2006), as a judge for a student video competition. In February 2007, she released "The Sound of Your Voice," a viral music video for Barenaked Ladies.

From May 2007 to March 2008, Brookers had her own web channel,, which was offered through, a new service Daly helped to found. She participated in the 777 (July 7, 2007) YouTube gathering in New York City. In November 2007, she released, "Ozzy's Magical Glasses n' Stuff," a viral video advertisement for a live auction of Ozzy Osbourne items on the Auction Network, for which she was paid "a solid five figures" by the Palisades Media Group.[13]

Brookers has experimented with non-comic videos, such as The Falling, and she has collaborated with other talents, including the New York-based comedy troupe The Tenderloins, the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe Studio 8 Comedy, LLC, viral video creator Caitlin Hill ("TheHill88") and the lifecasters iJustine and Sarah Austin of Pop17.

Brooke also appears in a number of WestHavenBrook video series alongside John Soares, including the Vacuum Consortium series, where she plays Agamemnon Tiberius Vacuum's nemesis, "The Brodack", and Go Sukashi!, produced by Douglas TenNapel in association with Watanabe Entertainment and Dentsu, where she plays Sukashi's girlfriend Bethany.

From mid 2013 to early 2017, she lived in Vadodara, India; working on video workshop lectures in collaboration with Design Infinium.

As of February 2017, she relocated to Los Angeles.

On July 12, 2017,[14] Brodack deleted her YouTube account. She also deleted her Twitter and set her Instagram profile to private.

In mid-2018, she returned to YouTube on a new[15] self-titled channel. This channel also no longer exists.

In 2019 Brodack created a new YouTube channel.[16]

Viral videos

In addition to her "Brookers" YouTube channel, Brodack in January 2006 established a second channel, "QuietRiot," and she began posting videos there regularly in the summer of 2007. Collectively, they have received about 2,000,000 views. Since early 2006, she also has given improvised, audience-interactive comic performances on live webcam video, hosted by such services as Stickam, Ustream, and BlogTV, where in May 2008, she launched her live "BrookeBrodack's Show." Many of these performances have been recorded by fans, who have released them or sections of them as viral videos.

See also


  1. ^ Martin, Denise (2006-06-12). "Daly digs YouTube talent". Variety. Archived from the original on 2021-01-09. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  2. ^ a b Ben Mcgrath (October 16, 2006). "It Should Happen to You". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  3. ^ Audette, Ashely (2006-06-14). "Brookers Interview". Archived from the original on February 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-03.
  4. ^ a b Hardy, Michael (2006-06-27). "The self-made star". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  5. ^ "NEADS". Archived from the original on 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2007-01-31.
  6. ^ Collins, Scott (2006-06-19). "Now she has their attention". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2017-10-18. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  7. ^ Jurgensen, John (2006-07-29). "Moguls of New Media". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2007-09-22. Retrieved 2007-05-20.
  8. ^ Feifer, Jason (2006-06-11). "Video makers find a vast and eager audience". Worcester Telegram. Archived from the original on 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2009-04-03.
  9. ^ Video on YouTube
  10. ^ Juarez, Vanessa (2006-08-22). "YouTube nation". Archived from the original on 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  11. ^ It's Your Show TV Archived December 10, 2006, at the Wayback Machine,
  12. ^ Carly Mayberry (2006). "Daly expands domain with Net projects". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  13. ^ "Crazier Train". OMMA. January 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2009-04-03.
  14. ^ "Brookers". Archived from the original on 2017-08-22. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  15. ^ "Brooke Brodack". YouTube. Archived from the original on March 9, 2019. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  16. ^ "Brooke Brodack". YouTube. Archived from the original on July 6, 2019. Retrieved December 19, 2019.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Most-subscribed YouTube channel
July 3 – August 17, 2006
Succeeded by