Cole at VidCon 2014
|Born||Louis John Cole
28 April 1983
Cobham, Surrey, England
(14 August 2016)
|Total views||222.0 million
(14 August 2016)
|Catchphrase(s)||"Peace out, enjoy life and live the adventure"|
|Subscriber and view counts updated as of 14 August 2016.|
Louis John Cole (born 28 April 1983), better known by his online alias FunforLouis, is a British film-maker and YouTube personality from Cobham, Surrey, England. He has a following of over 1.8 million on Instagram and over 769k on Twitter. 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 centre to help homeless youth with music and videogame facilities. The Boombus project now receives funding from local council wards.
Cole started to post daily vlogs on to his channel FunForLouis on 31 December 2012 with a video titled 'Pancakes and Bicycles | LA Trip Day 2'. He has released over 1207 vlogs consecutively as of 20 June 2016. Through this, Cole has managed to gain over 1.8 million subscribers as of August 13, 2016.
In 2016, Louis with one of his good friends Dave Erasmus, a Youtuber and philanthropist, founded The Solvey Project.
In August 2016, Cole was criticized for his vlogs from his visit to North Korea. He was accused of promoting North Korea and his videos were described as propaganda for the North Korean regime. He said he disagrees with the ideology of the regime and was not funded by their government.
In his 1000th vlog uploaded on 3 January 2016, Cole announced that his friend Raya, a fellow YouTuber, is now his girlfriend.
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