Star Wars fan, Corey Vidal (born December 7, 1986) is a Canadian online video content producer and digital media consultant. His YouTube videos have been seen over 71 million times and he has over 200 videos as of July 2013. His YouTube channel profile has been viewed over 9 million times. In December 2007, Corey was one of the first Canadians to join the YouTube Partnership Program. Corey has over 226,000 subscribers.
In February 2013 he was named Niagara’s Entrepreneur of the Year in Innovative Small Business for his video production company ApprenticeA Productions.
A notable success is his most popular video, a Star Wars a cappella tribute to composer John Williams – a video of Vidal lip-syncing to a song written in 1999 and recorded in 2002 by a cappella comedy troupe Moosebutter. The video was featured on YouTube Canada’s homepage on November 3, 2008, and then again on the Worldwide homepage three days later. It appeared on the homepage of MSN.com, and was featured by MSN Videos and StupidVideos.com. As of February 2013, the video has been viewed over 17 million times since its upload on October 27, 2008. The video quickly became Canada’s #1 Top Rated (All Time) and #1 Top Favorited (All Time) Entertainment video, and received many other All Time Honors both in Canada and Worldwide. It was also ranked as one of YouTube’s Top 100 Rated videos of All Time, although YouTube retired the Honors system in November 2011. The Maclean’s Book of Lists named it in their list of ’10 Canadian viral sensations’ in 2012.
On December 7, 2008 the video was nominated for a 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards on CBS as “Favorite User Generated Video” of 2008. It faced competition in its category from other viral videos such as Barack Roll, Fred Goes Swimming, Where the Hell is Matt? (2008), and Wassup 2008. Vidal attended the red carpet event in Los Angeles on January 7, 2009.
Corey Vidal – Star Wars A Cappella Tribute