Cole at VidCon 2014
|Born||Louis John Cole
28 April 1983
|Known for||Food for Louis, Fun for Louis|
Louis John Cole (born 28 April 1983) is a British film-maker and YouTube personality from Surrey, England. He is best known for posting a daily video blog on the channel "FunForLouis" which documents his life and travels adventuring all over the globe. Cole originally found fame through filming eating stunts on another channel, "FoodForLouis" but has since taken these videos down to focus on the positive message and trajectory of "FunForLouis" where he encourages viewers to "Peace out, enjoy life and live the adventure".
In 2007 Cole purchased and renovated a double-decker bus, equipping it as a mobile center to help homeless youth with music and videogame facilities. The Boombus project now receives funding from local council wards.
Fun for Louis
Cole is best known for his YouTube channel FunForLouis. In May 2012 he began to chronicle every day of his life, beginning with a road trip with friends to Norway. Over the years Cole has flown all over the world promoting an adventurous and nomadic lifestyle, travelling with friends and encountering people and cultures from all walks of life. In 2013 Cole made a video documenting his year entitled EPIC WORLD ADVENTURE. The video has been viewed over two million times and earned him press on Metro UK and The Huffington Post among other internet publications. In May 2015 Cole announced that he had signed to the Discovery Communications' digital Seeker network, simultaneously revealing that he is planning a new original series “Flying the Globe” (working title), to debut later in 2015, which will feature him circumnavigating the globe in a small aircraft on a 60- to 90-day trip as he visits 22 cities.
Food for Louis
Previously to "FunForLouis", Cole regularly posted videos in which he was seen to eat a range of unusual foods, including locusts, a raw heart, maggots, a frog corpse, ragworms, and scorpions on his first channel "Food for Louis". In 2012, Cole ate his live pet goldfish in one of his vlogs. Following the incident Cole said, "I don't want to inflict any pain on these animals, which is why I try to kill them instantly."
- Johnathan Stayton. "Louis is on the right route to help youth". Get Surrey. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- Poppy Bradbury. "Boom Bus offers bored youngsters something to do". Ealing Gazette. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
- Thring, Oliver (17 April 2012). "The man who eats live animals". The Guardian blog (London). Retrieved 23 April 2012.
- Laura Hibbard (19 October 2011). "Louis Cole, Web Series Star, Eats Live Scorpion". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- "RSPCA launch cruelty probe after man eats goldfish alive in shocking YouTube stunt". The Daily Mail. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2015.