Name: Ryan Higa
YouTube Style: Comedy
Official Website: www.HigaTV.com
Ryan Higa was one of the earliest ‘big’ YouTubers and uploaded his first video in 2006, during the infant stages of the website.
The channel was created by Ryan and his friends Sean Fujiyoshi, Tim Enos and Tarynn Nago, but over time Higa became the main face of the channel. His earliest videos were recorded while he was attending high school and featured the entertainer lip-syncing to various songs.
NigaHiga gradually started to create more comedy videos and his channel soon became the most subscribed on YouTube. In 2010, Ryan became the first person to surpass 3 million subscribers.
Ryan’s time on YouTube has not been without its troubles. Two of NigaHiga’s most popular uploads, How To Be Gangster and How To Be Emo, were once removed by YouTube. In 2009, the YouTuber’s account was temporarily suspended due to copyright issues.
These legal struggles lead to Ryan removing all of his original lip-syncing videos, as well as other uploads that featured copyrighted music.
Ryan launched HigaTV in 2011, which serves as his second channel, hosting vlogs and behind-the-scenes footage of the videos that feature on his main channel.
Both Ryan and Sean Fujiyoshi starred in their own film in 2008, Ryan and Sean’s Not So Excellent Adventure, which received mixed reviews from fans. One viewer said: “I definitely recommend Nigahiga, but seriously, stay away from this movie. It is god awful”.
Another fan commented: “Okay; it isn’t the greatest film of all time, but it’s still pretty damn good, especially when you consider that just a few months ago these two kids were making amateur videos for Youtube”.
The film, which was directed by Richard Van Vleet, was later released on DVD in the USA in 2009.
Ryan has since been involved in a number of short film releases, including Ninja Melk, which was a short film about ninjas.
NigaHiga still regularly produces content for the channel, usually uploading a new video each week, with new content receiving around 3-4 million views.
Ryan’s channel has over 13 million subscribers and is currently the 16th most subscribed channel on YouTube.
Popular Uploads (As of March 2015)
1) Nice Guys
The Bromance music video on the NigaHiga channel is both funny and catchy. It’s a perfect representation of the style and tone of Ryan’s YouTube channel. We recommend it as a great way to begin a journey into the world of NigaHiga.
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