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NELK
Nelk logo.jpg
Personal information
OriginMississauga, Ontario, Canada
OccupationOnline Entertainment
Websitewww.fullsend.com
YouTube information
Channel
LocationNewport Beach, California
Years active2010–present
GenrePranks, lifestyle
Subscribers7.42 million[1]
Total views1.22 billion[1]
NetworkFull Send Entertainment
Associated acts
  • Kyle Forgeard
  • SteveWillDoIt
  • Jesse Sebastiani
  • Lucas Gasparini
Salim The Dream
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2019
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2020

Last updated: 09 Jul 2022

Nelk (stylized as NELK), also referred to as the Nelk Boys,[2] is a Canadian-American YouTube channel and entertainment company.

They are known for their prank videos, vlogs, and their brand Full Send Entertainment. The group's founders, Kyle Forgeard and Jesse Sebastiani, have been referred to as "two of the most recognizable personalities for young people in North America".[3]

Content and brand[edit]

Nelk's videos, in addition to pranks, are themed around North American college culture. The group's videos combine vlogs of their party lifestyle with footage of their actual pranks.

Nelk is known for popularizing and later trademarking the slang term "Full Send" (stylized as FULL SEND) which Forgeard defined as meaning "any activity you do, give it your absolute best".[4] The group has also popularized a number of other terms, including "Rona Season," a reference to the group's constant consumption of Corona beer. Sebastiani has referred to the group's trademark words as "Canadian-influenced slang".[5]

Nelk operates the Full Send clothing brand. The clothing is sold in one-time Supreme-style "drops", where each style of clothing has limited availability and is only available once.[6] Once the entire drop is sold out, no Full Send clothing can be purchased until the next drop, when new styles will become available. Nelk sells almost $100 million worth of apparel every year.[7]

Nelk owns a hard seltzer brand called Happy Dad.[8][9]

The group hosts a podcast called the Full Send Podcast.[10] Every episode has featured a guest. Notable guests that have been on the podcast include Donald Trump, Mike Tyson, Elon Musk, Andrew Tate and others.

Subsidiaries[edit]

Subsidiary Type
NELK Main YouTube channel
Full Send Main brand and YouTube channel
Full Send Podcast Podcast and YouTube channel
SteveWillDoIt YouTube channel
Full Send Golf YouTube channel
Sunday YouTube channel
Happy Dad Hard seltzer brand
FullSend.com Merchandise and exclusive content website

Members[edit]

Current and recurring members include Kyle Forgeard, Stephen Deleonardis, Salim Sirur, Gabriel Poncio “SexyGabe”, Aaron "Steiny" Steinberg, "Jimmy Gambles" (Arthur Kulik),[11] and "Cousin Jay" (Jordan Nwanne).[12] Canadian filmmaker Austin Ermes is NELK's Director of Content.[13] Nelk Headquarters is located in Newport Beach, California.[14] Nelk also has an offshoot location in Miami, Florida under SteveWillDoIt LLC. The group previously resided in Ontario, Canada, and Los Angeles.[15]

Jesse Sebastiani was a founding member of the group. Prior to joining NELK, was known for his self-published documentary, Saved by the Status,[16] and his role in the MTV show Careless Teens.[17] Years after joining, he expressed his displeasure with his and the group's lifestyle. In a tweet posted on January 29, 2020, he wrote, "I hate fame... I've lost almost everything I use to love about life".[18] He eventually became less active in NELK videos, and in late 2020, he began primarily working on the Full Send brand.[19]

Other former members of the group include Niko and Marko Martinovic, and Jason Pagaduan. Niko and Marko, who are twins, were members of Nelk in the early development, but left in 2015 to pursue YouTube independently. Gasparini left in 2017 citing concerns of his association with the channel's content, which consisted of public misconduct which would affect his career outlook, as well as the pursuit of educational studies as a plumber.[20] He then returned in 2021 joining the rest of the team in Los Angeles.[21] Pagaduan, who was known by his Instagram handle "905shooter" or simply "9-0," was withdrawn from the group in October 2019 for behavioral misconduct from sexual harassment allegations stemming from Pagaduan sending direct messages of a graphic and sexual nature to fans, and for incompetence and laziness resulting in his failing to do the work assigned to him by Forgeard.[22]

Main members[edit]

Member Hometown Role
Kyle Forgeard Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Nelk Co-Founder and Owner

Co-Host of Full Send Podcast

Stephen "SteveWillDoIt" Deleonardis Oviedo, Florida Member; CEO of SteveWillDoIt LLC
Salim "Salim the Dream" Sirur Sacramento, California Member; CEO of SalimTheDream

Recurring members[edit]

Member Hometown Role
John Shahidi Los Angeles, California President
Sam Shahidi Los Angeles, California CEO of Happy Dad Hard Seltzer
Austin "Ausgod" Ermes Toronto, Ontario, Canada Director of Content/Lead Editor
Jordan "Cousin Jay" Nwanne San Francisco, California Videographer

Recurring member SalimTheDream

Drew Hill Toronto, Ontario, Canada Nelk Manager
Gabriel Poncio Aimores, Brazil Executive Assistant
Arthur "Jimmy Gambles" Kulik Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Member
Bob Menery North Andover, Massachusetts Former Co-Host of Full Send Podcast
Dana White Hermon, Maine Honorary Nelk Member
Tyler Chaffee San Jose, California Bird Coordinator
Bradley Martyn San Francisco, California Recurring member SteveWillDoIt LLC
Neel Alwani Miami, Florida CEO of Timepiece Trading LLC.

Recurring member SteveWillDoIt LLC

Aaron "Steiny" Steinberg Denver, Colorado Co-Host of Full Send Podcast

History[edit]

In 2010, Forgeard created the YouTube channel, at the time called NelkFilmz, along with other founding members Niko and Marko Martinovic, and Lucas Gasparini.[20] In 2014, Forgeard met Jesse Sebastiani at an MTV Canada conference, who would soon after become a prominent member of the group.[23]

In January 2015, Nelk posted a video titled "Coke Prank On Cops" in which they told police officers in Los Angeles that they had "coke" in the back of the car, leading the officers to think that they were referring to cocaine when in reality they were referring to Coca-Cola. In May 2016, the video became a subject of controversy.[24] The group received a warning, and the Los Angeles Police Department released a statement informing the public that the prank was illegal and warning potential copycat pranksters against doing so.[25] The video has received 49 million views and is currently their most viewed, having almost three times as many views as their second-most viewed video.

In June 2017, it was announced that Gasparini had left because he no longer wanted to pursue Nelk as a full-time career.[26] He re-joined later in 2021.

In January 2019, Sebastiani was arrested during a prank in which he walked into a Barnes & Noble store with fake blood smeared on a white jumpsuit and asked workers for books on covering up a crime scene. He was charged by Columbus, Ohio police department, and found guilty of disorderly conduct in the Ohio Court of Common Pleas.[17]

In May 2019, Stephen Deleonardis joined Nelk after being discovered by Forgeard for his drinking and smoking challenge videos.[citation needed]

In August 2019, Nelk participated in a "spin the globe challenge", and ended up in Europe. In Ireland, Nelk planned a meetup in a public park, but failed to notify the local police. The meetup got out of control, with large mobs of fans swarming the area in an unsafe manner, causing the meetup to be cut short.[27] Afterward, Jason Pagaduan was removed from the group. In February 2020, Nelk moved into a residence in Los Angeles, California which they refer to as the "Full Send House". Salim Sirur and Cousin Jay also joined Nelk at this time.[citation needed]

In May 2020, Forgeard, Deleonardis, Sirur, along with several other members were arrested for disturbing the peace while filming a prank at a Target store in Mississippi. They were later released on bond.[28]

In September 2020, the police department in Normal, Illinois announced an investigation into Nelk after they hosted a flash mob of about 200 people on-campus at Illinois State University in violation of COVID-19 regulations.[29][30] Following this, YouTube announced a decision to totally demonitize the Nelk YouTube account in addition to most of their specific videos, so that no money could be earned from YouTube. They attributed the decision to the platform's Creator Responsibility Policy, which mandates that creators do not engage in “on- and/or off-platform behavior [that] harms our users, community, employees or ecosystem," claiming that Nelk had harmed YouTube users by hosting a group of people and thereby violating COVID-19 regulations.[31] Chris Koos, the town's mayor, also stated that he intends to pursue legal action against Nelk.[32] A week later, police in Seaside Heights, New Jersey broke up a gathering of about 1,500 people at a house being rented by Nelk, which violated New Jersey's COVID-19 restrictions. Nelk, despite no intentions to draw a crowd, was eventually kicked out of the house by the landlord and 8 fans were arrested.[32] Governor Phil Murphy called the event "knucklehead behavior".[33][34]

In October 2020, Nelk members Forgeard, Deleonardis, and Sirur traveled overseas to Abu Dhabi. Later the same month, members met with President Donald Trump on Air Force One during one of his 2020 presidential election rallies.[35] They were also seen to dance to the "Y.M.C.A." song with President Trump onstage following his rally.[36] They met Trump again in July 2021 at UFC 264.

On March 23, 2021, Nelk was unable to upload a video due to suggestions by their attorney in relation to an arrest warrant filed against Forgeard in Texas.[37] That same month, CBS reported that Nelk was responsible for a series of physical assaults at a group meet in Fort Worth, Texas on March 15.[38]

On May 31, 2021, Nelk revealed their own brand of hard seltzer called Happy Dad. The beverage became available for purchase on June 14, 2021 in select US states, and is expanding to other locations over time.[39] Happy Dad Seltzer is produced and packaged at Minhas Breweries & Distillery in Monroe, WI.[40][41]

On September 8, 2021, Nelk uploaded the first episode of their "Full Send Podcast", exclusive to YouTube and Apple Podcasts.[42]

In January 2022, the Nelk Boys and their crew were intentionally kicked off a Caribbean cruise ship in the Bahamas on board Celebrity Summit, and shared a video of their shenanigans aboard.[43]

On March 9, 2022, Nelk interviewed Donald Trump on an episode of the Full Send Podcast.[44] In less than 24 hours, the interview received 5 million views on YouTube, which was soon after removed by YouTube. Within a week, Full Send Podcast became the second most popular podcast in the US on Spotify.[45]

On August 5, 2022, Nelk released an interview with Elon Musk on the Full Send Podcast, which acquired over 2 million views in less than a day.[46]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Streamy Awards[edit]

The YouTube Streamy Awards, or commonly referred to as the Streamy's, are presented annually to recognize and honor excellence in online video, including directing, acting, producing, and writing.

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref(s)
2021 Creator Product Happy Dad Hard Seltzer Won [47]

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