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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 group, pranksters, singers, entertainers, and stunt performers, based in Melbourne, Australia. But, in late 2013, The Janoskians relocated to Los Angeles, where they are currently living. They began posting comedy videos on YouTube in September 2011 and have caught the attention of Justin Bieber, Liam Payne, Jason Derulo and Ellen DeGeneres.
Their channel was created on 7 July 2011 with their videos mainly consisting of the five doing pranks and performing gross-out humor on the unsuspecting public and each other. They also perform stunts that are physically demanding and risky in nature, mockumentaries, dares and skits. In totality, they have over 65 million total video views worldwide and above 2 million hits on both the Awkward Train Situations videos as of May 2013.
The Janoskians have achieved teenage pop fandom with several social networking services, such as their Facebook, Twitter and Keek pages, and even fanfiction. As of 10 January 2014, the group's YouTube channel has over 1,250,000 subscribers.
The group was formed with five teenage boys. Members of The Janoskians are Beau Brooks, Jai Brooks, Luke Brooks, Daniel (Skip) Sahyoune, and James Yammouni. The boys had grown up together as kids (three of them, Jai, Luke and Beau, are brothers. Luke and Jai are twins, and Beau is their older brother). Their first video was uploaded in September of 2011.
The videos the group uploaded were meant to be shared with friends showing off pranks. As time went on other people shared their videos and they became popular to the 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. Two of the boys, Daniel & Beau, finished high school but three (Luke, James, Jai) dropped out to focus on the group.
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)
On 31 March 2012, the group scheduled a meet and greet with their fans at Melbourne's Luna Park theme park. The event concluded with the police shutting down the theme park due to the amount of people that attended. Luna Park management promoted Saturday's event as a chance for fans to meet and greet "the boys", who would be signing autographs and posing for photos between 1pm and 4pm. But police cancelled the event just after 2pm. The attendance was unexpected, estimating between 1500 and 2000 people were waiting to see the Janoskians, with another 2000 to 3000 at the park as normal visitors.
A police spokeswoman told The Age this morning that "police were concerned for the safety of people attending". "As a result of the swelling crowd, it was decided the event was to be cancelled," she said, adding that police, the event organisers and venue management worked together "to disperse the crowd".
Whilst in Perth, Western Australia, the group scheduled another meet and greet event at Westfield Whitford City shopping centre on 7 July 2012. The event attracted approximately 3,000 teenagers, mostly girls, who got to meet the group and have autographs signed by them. Many fans had camped outside the shopping centre in the early hours of the morning to meet the group. According to The West Australian, the Janoskians event had "overshadowed" a previous show held at Whitford City that morning, by The Voice winner, Karise Eden.
Not A Boy Band
On 4 April 2013, the groups official Twitter announced a tour, while the name, Not A Boy Band, was confirmed around the same time. The tour will visit England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, America, New Zealand and Australia.
In 2014, the janoskians confirmed an upcoming 2014/2015 tour but have yet to announce dates.
The Janoskians had a meet and greet at the store 'Wet Seal' in the Beverly Centre. They were only expecting a few hundred people to show up, but instead thousands showed up. Everyone had to be evacuated- including people not meeting them, as people were getting hurt due to all of the screaming fans running everywhere.
On 22nd February 2014, The Janoskians organised a meetup to be taken place in Times Square, New York. 20 thousand female teen fans swarmed Times Square resulting in fans getting stepped on and trampled. Police closed off 7th avenue and 43rd street for several hours and hustled the group into the Foxwoods Theater.
In late 2012, they teamed up with MTV Australia to produce an 8 episode web-show of their own entitled The Janoskians: MTV Sessions. The show, as well as many bonus episodes, would go on to be posted to MTV Australia's official website over an 8-week period.
In 2012, the Janoskians signed a lucrative deal with Sony Music Australia and soon after announced the release of their debut single. The resulting single, "Set This World on Fire", co-written by Beau Brooks, was released in September 2012 on the Janoskians' official YouTube channel, first as an audio file, and later with an "unofficial" video. The Janoskians also encouraged their fans to create their own videos set to the song. They later received their own VEVO channel on YouTube, where an official video was posted on 9 October. In March 2013, The Janoskians announced that they had signed a deal with recording artist Jay Sean and they were featured in the music video to his single "Where You Are". The Janoskians announced in April 2013 that their new single will be released on 17 May 2013 called "Best Friends".
In early 2014, the Janoskians announced via Twitter that they would be releasing another song unlike their previous songs.
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The Janoskians have been criticised for their reckless, dangerous and juvenile behaviour, and pushing their boundaries too far. 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." The group deny that they're being bad role models, arguing everyone realises it's all an act, and in defence of the criticisms they 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 hate and bullying campaign rose against the Janoskians, which allegedly later went to the courts, although this has not been verified by the group themselves. The alleged reasoning for legal action was the scamming of an auction which was set up by the group. Prior to this, a hate page was created on Facebook with more than 19,000 fans whom have left threats of violence along with racist and homophobic slurs towards the group. Victoria police stated that they were not intervening with the allegations and wouldn't comment whether they were investigating the hate page or the creator of it.
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