Turner at VidCon in 2014.
Toby Joseph Turner|
March 3, 1985
Osborn, Mississippi, U.S.
|Origin||Niceville, Florida, U.S.|
|Also known as||Tobuscus|
6.27 million (Tobuscus)|
1.90 million (TobyTurner)
6.61 million (TobyGames)
1.35 billion (Tobuscus)|
373 million (TobyTurner)
2.03 billion (TobyGames)
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Toby Joseph Turner (born March 3, 1985), also known by his stage name Tobuscus, is an American internet personality, actor, comedian and musician. Originally from Niceville, Florida, he currently resides in Washington and is best known for his YouTube videos, as well as a number of television and film roles. As of April 4, 2018, Turner has a total of over 14.79 million subscribers and over 3.75 billion video views over his three YouTube channels.
Turner was born in Mississippi and grew up in Niceville, Florida. He attended the University of Florida, and having an interest in filmmaking, graduated with a degree in telecommunication production. Toby's mother later took out a loan and bought him a video camera, an act he appreciated helped begin his YouTube career.
Toby Turner has grown to become a popular personality on YouTube, achieving his early notability through his Tobuscus channel, and later through his secondary vlogging channel, as well as his gaming channel. Toby's style of content is often extroverted, rambling, and energetic, but he always avoids using severe profanity and censors any explicit content due to his target audience. Toby has speculated that he suffers from ADHD and some have similarly made this assumption due to his boisterous and sometimes inappropriate behavior.
Aside from his channels, Turner also worked with Philip DeFranco on Like Totally Awesome (LTA) and Cute Win Fail, after befriending and being employed by DeFranco. LTA was a gaming and review channel that ran during the late 2000s and early 2010s. In 2010, Turner signed with the multi-channel network Machinima, before switching to Maker Studios in July 2013.
Toby Turner first joined YouTube on May 14, 2006, when he created a channel under the name of "Tobuscus". The first video that remains on the channel is a sketch based on the 2006 film Click. One of Turner's earliest popular videos is "Don't Tase Me, Bro!", a remixed recording of the University of Florida Taser incident in which his classmate Andrew Meyer was stunned with a taser gun by a police officer. Interviewed about the video by MTV, Turner explained that, after watching the clip, "as soon as [he] heard [Andrew] yelling, [he] knew it would fit in a hip-hop song", and that he "wanted to give [Andrew] the profits" from sales of related merchandise. The Tobuscus channel has since continued to focus on comedic skits and animated sketches, achieving recognition for those such as "I Can Swing My Sword", "Safety Torch" and "Nugget In A Biscuit". Turner's Literal Trailers series is also one of his most popular, earning him mainstream recognition from CBS News, who described his rendition of the Dead Island trailer as "amazing" and "hilarious", and Wired, who praised Turner's Literal Trailer of Iron Man 3.
Vlogging and gaming channels
In April 2009, Toby began using his "TobyTurner" channel to upload daily unedited vlogs detailing his personal life, which he dubbed "lazy vlogs." In July 2010, Toby registered his fourth (third in use) YouTube channel under the name "TobyGames", designating it for a new series of comedic Let's Play videos. The channel has featured playthrough videos of numerous indie and AAA games since its inception, including the long-running Minecraft and Happy Wheels series.
In addition to producing his own original content over three channels, Turner has worked together with a wide range of other YouTube personalities on various projects. In 2009 he performed a guitar collaboration with Joe Penna (MysteryGuitarMan) using two separate videos played simultaneously; in 2010 he made an appearance on the fifth episode of The Annoying Orange, titled "A Cheesy Episode"; in early 2011 he worked with iJustine on a number of LittleBigPlanet 2 Let's Play videos; since 2011 he has worked on many projects with Jack Douglass, including parody "Tobjackscus", sketch "Dubstep Tobuscus", and music videos "Take Off Your Clothes (Like Scarlett Johansson)", "Razors in Your Apple (On Halloween)", and "The Valentine's Day Song"; and in 2012 he starred in a short with Olga Kay entitled Olga Kay Goes Haywire., as well as starring in an episode of the YouTube series, "Retarded Policeman". Tobuscus has also appeared alongside notable celebrities on several occasions, including the music video for the song "Whistle While I Work It", featuring Chester See and Wayne Brady, as well as starring in a three-parter YouTube series "Terminator Genisys: The YouTube Chronicles" to promote the film Terminator Genisys. A range of well-known personalities were involved in the series, including Arnold Schwarzenegger himself, and YouTube stars such as Lilly Singh, Olga Kay, Sean Klitzner, Epic Lloyd, The Warp Zone, and Kevin Lieber.
Aside from these works, Turner has also presented a web series called CuteWinFail, created by Turner and co-produced with Philip DeFranco and his production company FishBowl Worldwide Media, since its inception in October 2010, although in November 2012 his involvement ended after 100 episodes of the show. He also works as a host on Tagged, a gaming-themed YouTube series produced by NODE Studios, and plays the Satan character in the Fine Brothers web series MyMusic.
Film and television
Turner's first feature-length film role came in 2010 romantic comedy film New Low, in which he played stand-up comedian Dave, the best friend of main character Wendell played by writer, producer and director Adam Bowers. The film was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010, before it received coverage at the Austin Film Festival in October and at the Glasgow Film Festival the following February, and was later released on DVD in 2012. Later, in 2012, he starred in psychological horror film Smiley, written and directed by Michael Gallagher and starring fellow YouTube partner Shane Dawson. Turner also starred alongside Dawson in the 2015 comedy Bob Thunder: Internet Assassin and played a minor role in the 2015 film The Great Gilly Hopkins.
From 2012–2014, Turner starred in the Cartoon Network animated series The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange. Turner played Nerville, the only human character who can interact with the fruits.
Aside from video production and other entertainment, Toby Turner – who is described on his official website as a "viral marketer ... [and] consultant for viral video and social media platforms" – has worked with a number of major companies on advertising campaigns, including NBC, Disney, and others. Among his online commercial credits are adverts for Fox crime drama series Lie to Me, footwear manufacturer and retailer Timberland, snack food product Pop-Tarts, and social network aggregation website Ouibox.
Toby has also secured hosting roles for a number of events and series, including reporting on the Toshiba "Set Me Free Tour" for MTV in August 2009 and presenting holiday special web shows for Comedy Central, Spike and VH1. In December 2012, Turner was nominated for the award of Best Host at the 2013 Streamy Awards, although eventually lost out to KassemG.
In May 2013, Turner set up a fundraising campaign on crowdfunding website Indiegogo for an iOS (and later Android) game based on his Tobuscus Adventures YouTube series, called Tobuscus Adventures: Wizards!. The fundraiser surpassed its goal of $240,000 within two days, reaching more than $644,000. The game features Turner as main character Tobuscus as he fights off hordes of zombies to get to the Wizard of Darkness, and also cameos Gabe Hohreiter as Gabuscus, and Turner's dog Gryphon. The game was released in March 2015 for iOS and later for Android, and in May 2018 for PC, with plans to extend this to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Before the release of Tobuscus Adventures: Wizards!, Toby also revealed that a second, albeit smaller game, was in development at the same time and based on the popular sandbox game Minecraft, titled "Mine The Diamond", which was later released in June 2015 for iOS.
In May 2014, Turner signed a three-book deal with Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins, to help create an illustrated journal-style series based on Tobuscus Adventures. The first, second, and third books were published in the fall of 2015, summer of 2016, and winter 2017, respectively. A fourth book is scheduled to be published in 2018.
On April 8, 2016, Turner's ex-girlfriend April Fletcher, known online as AprilEfff, made several allegations about the YouTuber, including that he was addicted to drugs, that he had cheated on several of his former partners (including Fletcher), and that he drugged and raped Fletcher in February 2013. Writing a blog post on Tumblr, Fletcher claimed that she had contemplated suicide following the episodes, and that Turner had likely committed the same acts to other women. On April 9, 2016, Jaclyn Glenn, another of Turner's ex-girlfriends, posted a video on YouTube responding to the allegations. Glenn claimed that Turner had affairs in their relationship, and that while she thought the rape allegations were possible, she personally believed that they were untrue.
Turner responded to the accusations on April 11, 2016. In a short video, he dubbed Fletcher's claims as "false" and claimed that he had "never done anything without her consent [and] never tried to trick her into anything".
On June 14, 2018, Turner released another video titled "#MeToo ...late?" where he alleges that he was advised not to say anything when the Tumblr post was published, proceeding to give his side as to what happened. In the video he insists that nothing wrong occurred during that night, just him letting a friend sleep over at his house, due to them insisting they were too afraid to return home that late at night.
Within the first few years of his three channels running concurrently, Turner was considered one of the most popular YouTube personalities, later recognised as a "mainstay", "pioneer", and "one of the site's greatest innovators." However, according to Social Blade, which tracks YouTube channel statistics, recognition gradually began to waver; for each one of his channels, the number of new subscribers and total views per month began to steadily decrease, coupled with a large increase in people unsubscribing over those joining. Although Turner was met with much attention as a result of the sexual abuse allegations made against him, the trend nonetheless continued.
Turner has on occasion affirmed that his channels have suffered from several technical problems that ultimately affect how many video views he receives. For example, in an interview with Heavy, he stated that creators were occasionally not appearing in subscription feeds, and in another instance tweeted to YouTube's administration that neither the subscribe button nor the bell icon, which notified subscribers of new uploads, were working properly at the time. Harrison Jacobs of Business Insider in 2014 meanwhile wrote of how Turner had been pursuing various projects outside of YouTube. He found that while he still published frequently to his channels, he seemed particularly devoted to other work in the hope that it could direct him into more "traditional media", citing Turner's first book based on his web series Tobuscus Animated Adventures, as well as his mobile game Tobuscus Adventures: Wizards!. Jacobs noted how the development of the game, which ultimately took place over an almost two-year period, had run over-budget, despite having received more than double the requested funds, and had been met with a number of delays, which Turner himself ascribed to a lack of experience.
Turner has at times responded in a tongue-in-cheek manner to the evidence and comments made towards the popularity of his three channels, expressing little concern, and at one point asking for a more positive outlook as his earliest videos had similar view counts to his current material.
Besides his primary YouTube career, Turner has also been featured in various other media roles:
|2012||New Low||Dave||Lead role|
|2015||The Great Gilly Hopkins||Ticket Agent||Supporting role|
|2015||Bob Thunder: Internet Assassin||Himself||Supporting role|
|2016||Why Him?||Party Guest||Supporting role|
|2017||The F*** Happened||Reynolds||Supporting role|
|2008||Stranger Things||Father Michael Hutchins||Pilot episode|
|2012–2014||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Nerville||Series regular|
|2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Game host||Episode: "Intimidation Game"|
|2016||American Dad!||Josh||Episode: "Portrait of Francine's Genitals"|
|2009||Russian Recommendations||Roman||Video shorts|
|2010||True Stories from My Crappy Childhood||Himself||Video short|
|The Annoying Orange||Cheese, Bread, Eggplant, Russel the Brussel Sprout, Tangerine, Oyster, and Spike the Durian.||Various episodes|
|2012||Olga Kay Goes Haywire||Himself||Video short|
|FART with Toby Turner – Retarded Policeman #34||Himself||Video short|
|2013||Dead Island: No Retreat||Sam||Video short|
|Ear Troll (w/ Tobuscus)||Ear Troll||Video short|
|Animeme Rap Battles||Courage Wolf (voice)||Music video|
|Whistle While I Work It||Himself||Music video|
|Animeme Rap Battles||Courage Wolf (voice)||Music video|
|2015||Terminator Genisys: The YouTube Chronicles||Himself/T-1000||Video short|
|2017||Hyperlinked||Almond Butter Guy||Web series|
|2015||Tobuscus Adventures: Wizards||Tobuscus (voice)||Also creator|
|Mine The Diamond||Tobuscus (voice)||Also creator|
|2016||Marvel Avengers Academy||Ant-Man/ Scott Lang (voice)||Mobile game|
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