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Group members from left to right, top to bottom:
Daniel, Luke, James, Beau, and Jai
|Subject(s)||Pranks, stunts, skits, mockumentaries|
|Notable works and roles||Awkward Train Situations #2|
|Members||Beau Brooks (aged 20)
Jai Brooks (aged 18)
Luke Brooks (aged 18)
Daniel Sahyoune (aged 19)
James Yammouni (aged 18)
The Janoskians (Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation) are a YouTube comedy entertainment group originally from Melbourne, Australia, who are now based in Los Angeles. The group mainly performs pranks and stunts. They began posting videos on YouTube in September 2011.
Their videos mainly consisting of the five members doing pranks, performing gross-out humor on the unsuspecting public and each other, and filming mockumentaries, dares, and skits. Some of their stunts are physically demanding and risky in nature. Their videos have over 56 million views worldwide.
The Janoskians offer material on social networking services, such as their Facebook, Twitter and Keek pages, and are the subject of fanfiction. As of 10 January 2014, the group's YouTube channel has over 1,250,000 subscribers.
The group's members are Beau Brooks, Jai Brooks, Luke Brooks, Daniel (Skip) Sahyoune, and James Yammouni. The boys grew up together; three of them (Jai, Luke, and Beau) are brothers. Luke and Jai are twins, and Beau is their older brother. Daniel and Beau finished high school but Luke, James, and Jai dropped out to focus on the group.
Their first video was uploaded in September 2011. The videos were initially intended for sharing among friends to show off their pranks, but as time went on they became popular among the general public. In an interview member Beau Brooks said their video "Awkward Train Situations" was a part of the beginning of their "kick-off" launch as a label.
Pranks and stunts
The Janoskians became popular through the "outrageous" stunts they pulled. The group executes the pranks on each other or in public. Some of the past acts they have done are ones such as sleeping and farting in public. Other stunts are dares which are physically demanding such as eating raw meat, overeating until sick or putting their hands into things such as a mouse trap for shock humor.
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Luna Park (Melbourne)
Whilst in Perth, Western Australia, the group scheduled a meet and greet event at Westfield Whitford City shopping centre on 7 July 2012. The event attracted 3,000 teenagers, mostly girls, who met the group and obtained autographs. Many fans arrived early and camped out to ensure they had a chance to met the members.
Not A Boy Band
The Janoskians had scheduled a meet and greet at the Wet Seal store in the Beverly Center in Los Angeles on 13 October 2013. The group expected only expecting a few hundred people, but when thousands of fans arrived, the event was cancelled and the mall was evacuated.
On 22 February 2014, The Janoskians organised a meet-up in Times Square, New York. Twenty thousand female teen fans arrived, hoping to meet the group of get autographs. Police closed off 7th Avenue at 43rd Street for several hours and hustled the group into Foxwoods Theater, leaving the waiting fans disappointed.
In 2012, the Janoskians signed a contract with Sony Music Australia. Their first single, "Set This World on Fire", co-written by Beau Brooks, was released in September 2012 on the Janoskians' YouTube channel, first as an audio file, and later with an "unofficial" video. The Janoskians encouraged their fans to create their own videos for the song.
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The Janoskians have been criticised for their reckless, dangerous and juvenile behaviour. Media commentator Prue MacSween stated that, "Their act – if you can call it that – is so juvenile, and I think really irresponsible. It's astounding the power of the internet now. It just tells you that this global audience can be viral and suddenly nobodies with very little talent can suddenly be known by the world." Members of the group have stated they believe their fans know the material is intended only for entertainment. One member said:
"It's what we want to do. We want to push the boundaries, we just want the reactions out of people. Each single person that we do it to, we go and say 'sorry this is what we're doing it for, this is the purpose' and they're cool with it. If they're not we don’t put it up. We are normal children. The clips are just an act at the end of the day, just entertainment."
The Janoskians then took to Twitter to mock MacSween for her comments by opening up the Twitter account 'Prune McSwineflu' (@MsMcSwineflu) after they featured the parody character in one of their YouTube videos.
Cyberbullying and lawsuit
A bullying campaign against the Janoskians resulted in an injunction being filed against the perpetrator by the courts. The perpetrator posted racist and homophobic material on the group's Facebook page, posted YouTube threatening videos, and spoiled a charity auction by making a high bid on the item on offer and then refusing to pay.
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