Andy Milonakis has spent the past two months in the mountains on the island of Crete, Greece at his grandparent’s house. Almost every day, he livestreams the gorgeous landscape to thousands of viewers on Twitch.
The 45-year-old television star, content creator, rapper, influencer, and comedian has managed to keep his career alive for nearly two decades after he went viral pre-YouTube. Listing his accomplishments sounds a bit like you created a career with a random generator: he achieved mainstream success on MTV with “The Andy Milonakis Show,” voiced a microwave in a children’s television show, started a rap group with actor Simon Rex, and pioneered real-world live-streaming on Twitch.
Insider spoke to Milonakis about his career, how he got his start live streaming on Twitch and what he hopes he can achieve in this next phase of his career.
Milonakis was the first viral star to get his own television show
Milonakis was born in 1976 in Katonah, New York with a congenital growth hormone deficiency that gives him the appearance and voice of an adolescent.
After high school he moved to Queens in the late 90s and dabbled in the world of comedy, taking improv and writing classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater while working in tech support at an accounting firm as a day job.
In the late 90s, he was an early participant in internet comedy with his “child actor” website, where he posted photos of himself “making really weird faces” and wrote with “really bad grammar that’s misspelled on purpose to just make me seem totally out of my mind.”
“Back then, nobody succeeded making comedy on the internet, it wasn’t even a thing,” Milonakis said.
Brian Lynch, the future screenwriter of “Minions” and “Hop” invited him to be a part of his website AngryNakedPat.com in “1999 or 2000” Milonakis recalls. By the early 2000s, before YouTube was founded, Milonakis had posted over 100 videos on the site. In 2003, he was debating giving up on the videos because they weren’t getting many views] but he felt the sudden urge to purchase a plastic ukulele from a lady selling them from a shopping cart.
“My friends invited me to a Superbowl game and I just, I didn’t really like sports. So I was like, I’m going to make a video about it,” Milonakis recalls.
Filmed on a grainy webcam, Milonakis changed his life trajectory after he posted his breakout viral hit, “The Superbowl is Gay.” The three-minute clip of Milonakis calling everything from DVDs to McDonald’s “gay,” outdated and somewhat offensive humor by today’s standards, went viral at the time. Radio stations across the country contacted Milonakis for interviews.
One of those original viewers was Jimmy Kimmel, who had started hosting his Jimmy Kimmel Live show and found an affinity for the comedic actor. Over the next couple of years, Milonakis would make guest appearances on the talk show, with Kimmel saying in a 2005 Washington Post article that “his comedy is something that probably would have been around a long time ago if kids had access to video cameras and editing machines and the Internet.”
Kimmel’s endorsement led directly to MTV, according to Milonakis. An executive had been badgering Kimmel for a television show to pitch, which started as scrounged together clips from the web and Jimmy Kimmel Live. With the talk show host spearheading the pitching process, it led to a pilot, which was one of 20 vying for a spot to be made into a television show. Milonakis’ show eventually won out.
The Andy Milonakis Show premiered on MTV in 2005 and ran for three seasons. The show was an absurdist, surrealist nightmare that used random people as actors. Man on the street segments where he plays up his childish persona are intertwined with celebrity appearances from early aught icons like Hillary Duff and Lil Jon.
The show was a massive success and turned Milonakis into a traditional celebrity. Over the next two decades he made appearances or lent his voice to shows like Adventure Time, The Kroll Show, and Crank Yankers. But ultimately the world of TV wouldn’t be where he made his biggest and longest impact.
He appeared on Snoop Dogg’s internet news show, hosted his own YouTube cooking show called “Andy’s Hungry Voyage,” and had a fairly successful rap career.
Milonakis’ YouTube channel has half a million subscribers and has pulled in over 100 million views since it was created in 2006. “G L O G A N G,” his 2015 music video featuring Chief Keef has over five million views and his group Three Loco with Riff Raff and actor Simon Rex has over 10 million views across their dozen or so videos from 2012.
Andy joined Twitch and pioneered the world of IRL streaming
In 2016, Milonakis started to gain renewed attention with his Twitch streams. After initially streaming PS4 and PC games, Milonakis turned to “Pokemon Go,” the highly successful mobile game where users capture Pokemon by exploring the real world.
On that first stream, Milonakis recalls, he went from “a couple hundred viewers to 1,200.” Over the next year, he’d gain 200,000 followers, who watched him order tacos, walk around Los Angeles, and hang out with other streamers.
Milonakis quickly fell into a crew of influencers who streamed on Twitch’s “IRL” section, who frequently did outrageous stunts for clicks.
“I would walk up and down Hollywood Boulevard with like the craziest people, the weirdest drunks,” Milonakis said. “I would be drunk, like making out with chicks and like just doing stupid sh–.”
“At the time, it seemed fine I guess, but looking back it sounds like hell,” Milonakis said. “And then once I wizened up, I was like, ‘Oh, man. Why do I just have to be here? I can be traveling.'”
In June of 2017, Milonakis met up with streamer EXBC in South Korea and fell in love with the idea of IRL streaming while traveling, which led him to Japan and Greece. Until the pandemic hit in 2020, Milonakis was traveling as much as he could, streaming to thousands in the process.
“I really do love the ability to be my own boss and fly all over the world and stream it live,” Milonakis said.
Milonakis says he regrets a lot
Milonakis has been making videos online for 20 years and regrets a large amount of time where he said he worked at “10% capacity,” he said.
“I don’t want to live my life where I just constantly am a workaholic and I don’t enjoy life, but I feel like I could’ve given it a lot more,” Milonakis said. “I’m not beating myself up over it, but it could have been pretty dope to work harder during those years.”
Milonakis has no plans of slowing down. His idol is Anthony Bourdain and hopes to one day create a show with his unique brand of humor, spitballing the idea of going to the best “sushi place in Japan and taking the food very seriously” but then dress up “as a ball of rice doing a rap video.”
“I think a lot of people write me off as that stupid, weird kid, which I am in a lot of ways, but I feel like I have more to offer,” Milonakis said. “I feel like when people kind of judge me and look at me in a weird way, I feel like I have my head on my shoulders and I feel like I’m very socially aware. I know how to talk to people and know how to treat people. And when I do really weird, crazy shit, I feel like people don’t expect that of me.”
It’s easy for investors to take big bets on companies like Google and Facebook. It’s much more challenging to find the fledgling startup that is set to become the next industry titan.
For decades, hedge funds have dominated public markets, through activists demanding major changes at blue-chip stocks or quants supercharging the speed of trading. Now managers are turning toward private markets, investing billions into top startups.
Managers like Tiger Global are pumping so much into private markets that traditional venture capitalists are grumbling that they can’t find any deals for their own clients, and more firms are expected to get in.
Insider compiled a list of the top 20 dealmakers at the most important shops.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the electric-vehicle maker been wrong to lower the maximum charging capacity for some vehicles.
“If we are wrong, we are wrong,” he said on Twitter on Friday. “In this case, we were.”
Tesla agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle claims it had reduced the charging capacity on some vehicles in 2019, according to a settlement agreement filed in US District Court in San Francisco on Wednesday.
The agreement included payments of $625 each to the owners of 1,743 Model S vehicles that temporarily had their maximum charging capacity reduced.
In another Friday tweet Musk expanded on his company’s thinking about lawsuits and other claims.
“Tesla policy is never to give in to false claims, even if we would lose, and never to fight true claims, even if we would win,” he said.
The settlement agreement would bring to a close a class-action lawsuit filed in August 2019 by David Rasmussen, who said a software update reduced the range and charging speed of his Model S.
The lawsuit said the company released the update in May 2019, limiting battery charging on some vehicles by about 10%. After three months of a 10% reduction, it was lowered to 7% for seven months, the lawsuit said. Software updates in May 2020 restored much of the charging capacity, court filings said.
The settlement would provide “many times” the $175 estimated loss per vehicle, according to court filings.
A hearing on the settlement agreement was scheduled for December 9 with Judge Beth Labson Freeman.
A Tesla customer in California said in a class-action lawsuit that the tech company raised the price of Solar Roof projects multiple times after he signed a contract.
According to Babek Malek’s lawsuit, the first 41% price increase was a “corporate decision.” The suit called the company’s actions a “bait and switch.”
Malek, of West Hills, filed the complaint this month, adding to a handful of other federal class-action lawsuits over Solar Roof price changes filed in California and Pennsylvania. Each of the lawsuits said Tesla raised prices after customers signed contracts. A California judge was set to decide whether some or all of the lawsuits would be combined into a single class-action lawsuit.
The details of Malek’s contract changes followed a pattern similar to what other homeowners described.
In January, Malek he said signed a contract for $64,735 to have a Solar Roof installed on his 3,615-square-foot roof.
In April, Tesla on its website raised Malek’s contract price by 41% to $91,400, according to his complaint.
“[Malek] made several attempts to contact project advisors at Tesla to no avail,” the lawsuit said. “He finally was able to make contact with one advisor, who gave no explanation for the change in the contract price other than ‘corporate decision.'”
In June, Tesla again upped the contract price, raising it to $95,107, about 47% higher than his original contract, according to the complaint.
In July, Tesla decreased the expected electricity output of Malek’s Solar Roof and also decreased the price to $90,367.44, the complaint said.
Tesla didn’t respond to a request for comment. Lawyers for Malek also didn’t respond to a request for comment.
As with previous complaints filed over Solar Roof pricing, Malek’s suit sought class-action status. The suit said Malek in June opted out of an arbitration agreement in the newest contract.
The lawsuit said Tesla violated the Truth in Lending Act, breached its contract, and violated several California laws.
“Many customers have waited months before being presented with a new, more expensive contract, thereby starting a new clock for their installation timeline,” Malek’s complaint said.
Southwest Airlines filed a lawsuit against Skiplagged, a flight search engine, in a second legal challenge against flight-search sites that display the airline’s cheap flights.
The airline said both Skiplagged and Kiwi.com broke its website’s terms by displaying ticket prices. It previously filed suit against Kiwi.com. Southwest said it only allows online travel agents to sell tickets for its flights with the airline’s permission.
In its newest lawsuit, filed last week in US District Court, the airline said the two travel sites appeared to be working together. It said Skiplagged’s flight data came from Kiwi.com.
“Neither Skiplagged nor Kiwi is authorized to display Southwest fares or sell Southwest flights,” the airline’s lawyers wrote in the complaint.
Southwest didn’t respond to a request for comment. A lawyer for Skiplagged declined to comment.
“We cannot comment on the latest lawsuit itself, but what is appearing here is a sense of panic from Southwest,” a Kiwi.com spokesperson said. “Trying to hold back freedom of choice brought about through tech innovation with aggressive legal action is a sad situation from an airline that was a disruptor themselves.”
Southwest in early June had sent a cease-and-desist letter to Skiplagged. In the exchange of letters that followed, Skiplagged denied the claim, saying it didn’t scrape Southwest’s website for info. Skiplagged also said it had removed Southwest’s heart logo from its website.
“Given these facts, I assume it is not necessary to go into detail on the many mistaken assumptions and assertions in your letter,” Skiplagged CEO Aktarer Zaman wrote in an email to Southwest in late June. “I trust this resolves the matter.”
In the following letters, which were included in Southwest’s lawsuit, the companies were unable to negotiate a solution.
“It is beyond dispute that Southwest routing information is widely available through multiple public-facing sources, which undermines [Southwest’s] Letter’s suggestion that Skiplagged is republishing confidential information,” wrote Skiplagged’s lawyer, Irwin B. Schwartz, of BLA Schwartz, in the final letter.
Skiplagged earlier this month filed a pre-emptive lawsuit in New York, its home state, asking a judge to rule on whether it had broken Southwest’s terms.
By filing its new lawsuit in Texas, Southwest moved to keep its legal fight against the flight-search engines in its home state. Southwest sued Kiwi.com in Texas earlier this year.
If you own and use Apple devices, you may want to sync your files and data to iCloud so that you can back them up and access them regardless of where you are and which device you have handy.
By syncing through the service, your files stay up to date across all your devices, so you never have to worry about accidental deletion or not being able to access something you uploaded via your iPhone on your Windows PC, for instance.
iCloud for Windows lets PC users store their files without taking up any space on their computer. It also makes the iCloud files easily shareable with colleagues, friends, or family through File Explorer.
How to download iCloud for Windows
If you want to use iCloud’s features on your Windows PC, downloading and installing the software is a relatively simple and quick process that will get you up and running within a few minutes.
You can download iCloud for Windows directly from the Microsoft Store by clicking Get followed by Install and following the on-screen instructions as the installation progresses. You may need to wait a few minutes for the download to complete before you can proceed.
If you would like to install the iCloud program for Windows manually rather than through the Microsoft Store, you can also download the file directly from Apple. When prompted, follow these instructions.
1. Click Save File and when the download completes, open the file by double-clicking it.
2. Read through the terms and conditions and then select I accept, followed by Install.
3. After installation is complete, click Finish.
Note that you may need to restart your computer for the installation to complete. Once you have done so, you’ll be able to enter your iCloud username and password to begin using the program.
The Tokyo Olympics held its opening ceremonies on July 23 after a one-year delay, welcoming thousands of athletes from 205 countries and states. The international competition will continue through August 8 with events from 33 different sports.
Live broadcasts and streamed events from Tokyo are available every day on NBC and other NBC affiliate networks. Free highlights and select live events are also available on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service. You can find full channel details and schedules for upcoming track and field, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, and soccer events in our individual articles for each sport.
Because the event was originally planned for last year, this year’s Summer Olympics are still being called the Tokyo 2020 Games. Japan hosted the Winter Olympics in 1998, and last hosted the summer games in 1964.
How to watch the Olympics
To watch the Olympics you’ll need access to NBC and its affiliated networks. Olympic coverage is spread across multiple NBC channels, including NBC Sports Network, CNBC, the Olympic Channel, the Golf Channel, and USA; Telemundo and Universo carry Spanish language coverage. You can find channel details and schedules for track and field, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, and soccer in our breakdowns for each sport.
If you have a pay-TV provider with access to NBC’s various channels, you can use your account information to stream every Olympic event online via the NBC Sports app or the NBCOlympics website. You can also visit NBCOlympics.com to view the daily Olympics schedule with specific network information for every event.
NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, also features daily highlights, docuseries, commentary, and a limited selection of live events for free. Peacock is available on iOS and Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire, Xbox, web browsers, and select smart TVs.
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Live TV services with NBC coverage of the Olympics
If you don’t already have a cable or TV provider, you can use a live TV streaming service like YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, or FuboTV to watch the Olympics live on channels like NBC, NBC Sports, and USA.
Of those options, Sling’s Blue plan is the most affordable at $35 a month ($10 for your first month) for NBC, USA, and NBC Sports. However, to watch all of NBC’s live Olympic coverage on Sling, you’ll need to add the $11 sports package to get access to the Olympic Channel and Golf Channel, as well as the $6 news package for CNBC.
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How to watch the Olympics opening ceremony
The opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics was broadcast live on July 23 at 6:55 a.m. ET on NBC. If you have a pay-TV provider with access to NBC, you can stream a replay of the opening ceremony via NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports app, or any live TV streaming service with access to NBC.
The opening ceremony is also available to watch on-demand via Peacock, NBC’s standalone streaming service.
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Key dates for the Tokyo Olympics
July 20 – Olympic competition begins with softball matches at 8 p.m. ET
July 23 – Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony at 6:55 a.m. ET
While Wi-Fi may be the more easily available option for connecting to the internet these days, many homes and businesses still rely on Ethernet to create networks between devices as well as between those devices and the online world.
What is Ethernet?
Ethernet is the most common type of local area network (LAN) technology, and it involves a hardwired connection to the internet through Ethernet cables. These cables – such as Cat5, Cat6, and so on – are used to tether a device to an internet router and transfer data.
Ethernet has the benefit of being faster than Wi-Fi thanks to its use of cables for a wired connection and its lack of reliance on radio waves; it also happens to be more stable and secure for the same reasons.
Ethernet functions on a local area network (LAN) basis, connecting a series of computers over a distance of up to about 10 kilometers, typically in a school or workplace setting within the same building.
While Ethernet might seem slightly outdated in the age of wireless connection, it remains highly useful for particular, intensive tasks, such as video streaming and virtual communication.
Stability: By the same token, Ethernet tends to make for a more stable connection to the internet than Wi-Fi, as its tethered cables provide a stability that a dependency on wireless frequencies can’t consistently offer.
Security: Ethernet connections are also more secure since you can control who has access to the LAN; if someone isn’t connected to the LAN, they have no access to its data and devices.
Disadvantages of Ethernet
Accessibility: It’s more difficult to add users to an Ethernet network as doing so requires empty router ports and cables, and many devices such as tablets and mobile phones don’t have built-in Ethernet ports.
Transportability: The hardwired, physical connection of Ethernet isn’t easily transportable from one location to another or even from one device to another.
Cost: Because Ethernet connections require equipment to facilitate, they can be expensive to expand and take a considerable amount of time and energy. While a single home office may be relatively simple to outfit, expanding it throughout a house, office building, or campus takes some effort. Professionals may even be required if additional wiring is needed.
Prelims start at 6 p.m. ET, while the main card is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET.
Every UFC Fight Night is included with ESPN+, which costs $6 a month or $60 per year.
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UFC veteran middleweights Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland will headline this weekend’s UFC Fight Night on July 31. The entire event will air on ESPN+ and ESPN, with prelims scheduled for 6 p.m. ET and the main card starting at 9 p.m. ET.
Hall’s recent record includes four straight victories, with the last two coming against former champions Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. Strickland has also won four straight matches and boasts a career record of 23 wins and three losses.
UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland will have limited attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though UFC has started welcoming fans back to its larger pay-per-view events, like the upcoming UFC 265.
Here’s the match schedule for UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland
Ryan Benoit versus Zarrukh Adashev [Featherweight]
Jinh Yu Frey versus Ashley Yoder [Women’s Strawweight]
Danny Chavez versus Kai Kamaka [Featherweight]
Chris Gruetzemacher versus Rafa Garcia [Lightweight]
Collin Anglin versus Melsik Baghdasaryan [Featherweight]
Main card – 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN
Bryan Barberena versus Jason Witt [Welterweight]
Niklas Stolze versus Jared Gooden [Welterweight]
Cheyanne Buys versus Gloria De Paula [Women’s strawweight]
Kyung Ho Kang versus Rani Yahya [Bantamweight]
Uriah Hall versus Sean Strickland [Middleweight]
How to watch UFC Fight Night matches
UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland is separated into two parts: the prelims and the main card. The entire event will broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN+, starting with the prelims at 6 p.m. ET. The main card will begin at 9 p.m. ET.