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Roman Atwood
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Personal information
Born Roman Bernard Atwood
(1983-05-28) May 28, 1983 (age 35)
Millersport, Ohio, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation YouTube personality, comedian, vlogger
Shanna Riley (m. 2001–2008)
Brittney Smith (m. 2018)
  • Curtis Atwood (father)
  • Dale Atwood (brother)
YouTube information
Years active 2009–present
Genre Comedy
Subscribers 14.1 million (RomanAtwoodVlogs)
10.5 million (RomanAtwood)
Total views 4.4 billion (RomanAtwoodVlogs)
1.4 billion (RomanAtwood)
Network Studio71
Associated acts Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, Dennis Roady
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2013
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2016
Subscriber and view counts updated as of 11 January 2018.

Roman Bernard Atwood (born May 28, 1983) is an American YouTube personality, comedian, vlogger, and prankster. He is best known for his vlogs, where he posts updates about his life. His vlogging channel, "RomanAtwoodVlogs", has a total of 3.6 billion views and 13 million subscribers. The channel is currently the 50th most subscribed channel on YouTube. He also has another YouTube channel called "RomanAtwood", where he posts pranks but he has been inactive on it for almost 2 years. His prank videos have gained over 1.4 billion views and 10.4 million subscribers. Both of these channels are in the top 100 most subscribed on YouTube, and he became the second YouTuber after Germán Garmendia to receive two Diamond Play Buttons for his two channels.

Personal life

Born in Millersport, Ohio, Atwood has been filming and producing videos since high school. He was born to Curt Dale Atwood and Susan Atwood. He began his independent career by producing a series of DVDs called "The Nerd Herd" which he sold at the Warped Tour in 2006.[1] Atwood has also worked on various film projects and commercials in Columbus, Ohio until 2010, when he decided to focus on his passion of comedy and created the YouTube channel "Sketch Empire".

Prior to his YouTube career, he worked at his family's rope factory called "Atwood Rope".[2] In 2001, he married Shanna Riley, who gave birth to Atwood's first son, Noah Vaughn Atwood.[3] In 2008, after his wife cheated on him with a friend while on vacation, he filed for a divorce.[4]

In 2013, Atwood founded his own merchandise line called "Smile More", selling T-shirts, hoodies, bracelets and other items.

He currently resides in his hometown with his wife Brittney Smith-Atwood, with whom he has a second son, Kane Alexander Atwood and daughter, Cora Atwood.[5] Atwood met Smith at the wedding of his friend, Chase Gilroy, where Roman was his best man in 2008. Smith is the sister of Gilroy's wife, Veronica, and the two started dating from there. Atwood proposed to Smith on April 30, 2018, and the two married on July 27, 2018 in Maui, Hawaii. [6]



Plastic Ball Prank

In this video, Atwood fills his house with plastic balls 2.5 ft high, turning it into a massive ball pit. This video was uploaded on January 18, 2015, and currently has almost 86 million views. This video was noticed by Nissan, who gave him a 2015 Nissan GTR in exchange to use his video in the "WithDad" campaign during their half-time advert at Super Bowl XLIX. This was awarded the best "Brand Campaign" for the 5th Streamy Awards.[7]

Anniversary Prank

His video "Anniversary Prank Backfires!!" was posted on November 20, 2013, and currently has over 86 million views. It features Atwood pranking Smith on their five-year dating anniversary by confessing that he has cheated on her. The prank backfires when she sees the camera beforehand and pranks him back by pretending that she has cheated on him too. She only reveals her own prank after a few seconds of Atwood reacting badly to the news. At the end of the video, Smith says "I thought you were going to propose".[8]

Killing My Kid Prank

A prank titled "Killing My Own Kid PRANK!!", posted on November 30, 2014, and currently has over 50 million views. The video shows Atwood pranking Smith by throwing a mannequin in a Spider-Man costume, pretending it was their son Kane. When Smith runs to the mannequin, she quickly pulls off its mask, realizing it was not Kane, and in fact the mannequin. At this point, she breaks down into tears as Atwood enters the room snickering at her. She then storms off, but returns when Atwood asks her "Are you really that mad?" She then starts shouting at him and tells him he's "sleeping on the couch".[9] The prank was referenced during Atwood and Smith's appearance on the reality TV series Tanked, where Smith revealed that Atwood did in fact sleep on the couch that night.


Natural Born Pranksters

In 2016, Atwood, Vitaly Zdorovetskiy and Dennis Roady released a film produced by Lionsgate, called Natural Born Pranksters[10][11] which has received generally negative reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an audience score of 43%, based on 1,163 ratings.[12] On IMDb, the movie has an average rating of 3.7 out of 10 stars.[13]


In 2016, Atwood and fellow YouTuber Yousef Erakat started a worldwide tour called "Roman vs. Fousey".[14] They have performed shows in the United States, Canada and the UK.[15]

Legal issues

In March 2014, Roman, along with his accomplices, were arrested by the Columbus Police Department for inducing panic and disorderly conduct during the filming of a prank where he pretended to rob an ATM in public. He was released on bail and was summoned to court.[16] The case was widely contested, with his fans showing up to court to support and watch the case. As a defendant, he won the case on the basis of expression of art and freedom of speech, and the case was settled.[17]

Awards and nominations

Year Work Category Award Result Ref.
2014 Roman Atwood Pranks 4th Streamy Awards Nominated [18]
2015 Crazy Plastic Ball Prank #WithDad, Roman Atwood (Nissan) Brand Campaign 5th Streamy Awards Won [19]
2016 Roman Atwood YouTube Comedian 8th Shorty Awards Won [20]
Entertainer of the Year 6th Streamy Awards Nominated [21]


  1. ^ "the nerd herd Video by roman atwood on Myspace". Myspace. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  2. ^ "Atwood Rope MFG : Atwood Rope MFG : Arm Rope, Arbor, Utility, Solid Braid, Dozer". Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "Noah Vaughn Atwood (b. 2004)". Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  4. ^ TheGeektrick (2014-05-02), Roman Atwood Speech, retrieved 2016-08-19
  5. ^ RomanAtwoodVlogs (2016-11-01), WE ARE FINALLY HAVING A BABY!!, retrieved 2016-11-05
  6. ^ "Roman Atwood & Brittney Smith tie the knot!". GoldCrownMag. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  7. ^ "5th Annual Winners & Nominees". Streamys. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  8. ^ "Anniversary Prank Backfires!!". Retrieved December 6, 2014 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Killing My Own Kid PRANK!!". Retrieved February 17, 2015 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ "Natural Born Pranksters the Movie: Official Site for News & Updates -". Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  11. ^ Atwood, Roman; Pluimer, Ben (2016-04-01), Natural Born Pranksters, retrieved 2016-03-31
  12. ^ Natural Born Pranksters, retrieved 2016-08-19
  13. ^ Atwood, Roman; Pluimer, Ben (2016-04-01), Natural Born Pranksters, retrieved 2016-08-19
  14. ^ "YouTube stars Roman Atwood and FouseyTUBE are going on tour". Mashable. Mashable, Inc. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  15. ^ "YouTube Pranksters Roman Atwood, FouseyTUBE Join Forces For Five-City Tour". Tubefilter. Tubefilter, Inc. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Famous Prankster Arrested, Video Confiscated for 'Evidence'". Activist Post. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  17. ^ "Popular Youtube Pranksters RomanAtwood & VitalyzdTv Arrested For Inducing Panic & Disorderly Conduct Over ATM Prank". WORLDSTARHIPHOP. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  18. ^ "4th Annual Winners & Nominees". Streamys. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  19. ^ "5th Annual Winners". Streamys. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  20. ^ Ngak, Chenda (11 April 2016). "Shorty Awards 2016 Best YouTube Comedian". Shorty Awards. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
  21. ^ "6th Annual Winners & Nominees". Streamys. Retrieved 2016-10-24.