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Let's Talk About Area 51 is the 1st episode of the Smosh series Meme Academy. It was released on August 12, 2020.

Video Description

Welcome to Meme Academy, where your teachers Courtney & Olivia are breaking down how the Area 51 meme led to an actual, real life, government raid in 2019.
This video was shot with a very limited crew. All cast & crew followed all CDC and California COVID-19 precautions and filming guidelines.




  • Director: Monica Vasandani
  • Head Writer: Monica Vasandani
  • Written by: Courtney Miller, Olivia Sui, & Kurt Maloney
  • Editor: Mike Small
  • Executive Producer: Ryan Finnerty
  • Production Manager: Alicia Gaynor
  • Production Coordinator: Nancy Azcona
  • Production Assistant: Jacqi Jones
  • DP: Brennan Iketani
  • Camera Operator: Kevin Rygg
  • Gaffer: Tim Baker
  • Sound Mixer: Greg Jones
  • Art Director: Cassie Vance
  • Art Department Assistant: Yasmeen Mughal
  • Set Dresser: Tayler Nicholson
  • Assistant Editor/DIT: Matt Duran
  • GFX: Brittany Metz
  • Content Manager: Kiana Parker
  • Stage Manager: David Hill
  • Executive Assistant: Sammie Miller

Fan Interaction

  • A fan commented: "Plot twist: Courtney and Olivia are both aliens telling us what happened, that's why there in space."
    • Smosh replied: "👀"