Joe Hanson (born February 23, 1983) is a writer and comedian living in Los Angeles. He is best known for his work on Current TV, Smash Cuts and Joe Goes.
Hanson made his first TV appearance in 2005, in the first season of the show The Beauty and the Geek. Joe and his partner Erica were eliminated in the second episode.
In 2005, Hanson and his production partner Hassan S. Ali created the Joe Gets series for Current TV, which spanned 50 episodes and was sponsored by T-Mobile. The series involved Joe exploring fish-out-of-water situations, like entering trips to California, Indiana, Nevada, Missouri, South Dakota, Alabama and New York. Joe also made the satirical series What's Wrong With, the music video parody Viral Superstar, and interviewed celebrities at Elton John's Oscars Afterparty, including George Lucas, Eddie Van Halen, Prince, Carmen Electra, Carson Daly, John Waters, Salma Hayek and Rick Fox.
In 2008, Hanson started "Bino White Weekly," in which he made a rap song every week as Bino White. The topics ranged from Nintendo to Twitter to Science, and each track was accompanied by a YouTube video. He did this for 52 weeks, breaking Crooked I's record for weekly rap songs.
In 2009, he joined the cast of Smash Cuts, a syndicated clip show on The CW and CBS affiliates.
In 2010, Hanson started the Web series "Joe Goes," in which he visits conventions, events and countries, to have funny interactions with people. The episode "Joe Goes To Exxxotica Expo" went viral, making the front page of the Huffington Post, and getting over 550,000 views combined on YouTube and Funny Or Die. Other episodes have included visits to Anime Expo, Amsterdam, London, Bangkok, Finland and the press junket for Tron: Legacy.
He also created the website Fake Rap News, which is similar to websites such as The Onion, for hip hop. The website has been shutdown since.
Hanson is a graduate of the University of Chicago and grew up in Fosston, Minnesota.
He also appeared in March 2012 in the music video for the song by Julian Smith on YouTube "Eat Randy" featuring as 'Randy'. The video has gained over seven million views to date.
He is mentioned as a writer for Ray William Johnson's 'equals three'.