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Ryan Higa
Ryan Higa
Ryan Higa by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Higa at VidCon in June 2012
Personal information
Born (1990-06-06) June 6, 1990 (age 27)
Hilo, Hawaii, U.S.
Nationality American
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Occupation Comedian, Youtube personality, actor
Website www.higatv.com
YouTube information
Created by
  • Ryan Higa
  • Sean Fujiyoshi
  • Tim Enos
  • Tarynn Nago
Years active 2006-present
Genre Comedy
Subscribers 20.5+ million (nigahiga)
4.9+ million (HigaTV)
Total views 3.62 billion+ (nigahiga)
708 million+ (HigaTV)
Associated acts Wong Fu Productions, Smosh, Traphik, Jenna Marbles, D-trix, David Choi, Andrew Garcia
Catchphrase(s) TEEHEE
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2007 (nigahiga)
2011 (HigaTV)
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2009 (nigahiga)
2013 (HigaTV)
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2013 (nigahiga)
Subscriber and view counts updated as of Feb 9, 2018.

Ryan Higa (born June 6, 1990), also known by his YouTube username nigahiga , is an American comedian, YouTube personality, and actor. He is known for his comedy videos on YouTube, which have been viewed over 3 billion times. Higa's YouTube channel, nigahiga, was the most subscribed channel on YouTube for 677 consecutive days from 2009-2011, longer than any other channel besides PewDiePie. As of March 2018, he has over 20 million subscribers, making his channel the 30th most subscribed on YouTube.[1]


Higa is of Japanese descent,[2] specifically from Okinawa.[3] He was born in Hilo, Hawaii on June 6, 1990,[4] and has an older brother named Kyle.[5] Growing up, Higa competed in judo and holds a black belt rank.[6][7] He wrestled at Waiakea High School, where he graduated in 2008.[8][9]

YouTube career

Higa and Sean Fujiyoshi began posting YouTube videos of themselves lip syncing to songs in mid-2006 while attending Waiakea High School.[10] They quickly expanded beyond songs, with a variety of other comedic pieces. Occasional guest appearances were made by Tim Enos, Ryan Villaruel, Kyle Chun, and Tarynn Nago.[11]

On Christmas Eve of 2008, Higa and Fujiyoshi's two most popular videos, How To Be Gangster and How To Be Emo, were removed due to copyright violations.[12] On January 21, 2009, the nigahiga account was temporarily suspended and was required to remove more copyrighted videos. Because of this, nigahiga's lip syncing videos were all removed (with the exception of You're Beautiful, which was audio swapped),[13] along with most of his other videos that included copyrighted music. Since then, Higa started composing the music himself. How to be Gangster and How to be Emo were put back on nigahiga's channel in late August 2009, only to be removed a few days later, along with How to be Ninja and How to be Nerd. In Spring 2010, How to be Ninja, How to be Gangster and How to be Emo were made public once more.[14]

After Higa moved to Las Vegas to study nuclear medicine[15] at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas,[16] most of the nigahiga videos were solo efforts, usually featuring collaborations with other YouTube users. Since 2012, Higa has put together a production company, Ryan Higa Production Company (RHPC), which includes Sean Fujiyoshi, that works together to make content for the nigahiga channel.[17] In 2016, Higa and other YouTubers and friends created the parody K-pop group Boys Generally Asian.


In 2016 Ryan Higa made a K-pop band with David Choi, Phillip Wang, Jun Sung Ahn and Justin Chon. It was called BgA, standing for Boys Generally Asian. Their first song was called Dong Saya Dae, which currently has over 13 million views on YouTube.[18] Then in 2017, BgA released their second song called Who's It Gonna Be.[19]


The nigahiga YouTube channel was created on July 20, 2006, by Higa, Fujiyoshi, Enos, and Nago (known collectively as "The Yabo Crew"). By December 21, 2010, it had reached 3 million subscribers, the first channel to do so.[20] According to Higa,[21] his channel name is a combination of "Niga", which means "rant" in Japanese, and his last name, "Higa".[22]

In 2011, he created a second channel, under the name HigaTV, where he posts video blogs and behind the scenes videos. As of November 2017, it has over 4.9 million subscribers.[17]

In 2012, Higa helped form the YOMYOMF Network, which hosts the online video-making talent competition, Internet Icon, of which he served alongside Christine Lakin and Timothy DeLaGhetto as main judges.[23]


In 2008, Los Angeles producer Richard Van Vleet offered to help them create their first feature-length film. The resulting film, Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure, was directed by Richard Van Vleet and released on November 14, 2008.[24] It was shown in sold out theaters in Hawaii and California.[25] The DVD was released on July 14, 2009, in the United States.[26]

Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure is about a down on his luck movie producer, played by Michael Buckley, who is seeking out famous celebrities in order to make a hit movie in 30 days or risk being fired. He chooses Higa and Fujiyoshi after discovering the popularity of their YouTube videos. He invites them to Hollywood to make a movie. They accept the offer, and run into some amusing situations on the way.[27]

Ninja Melk, a 26-minute short film about ninjas, was released in August 2009. The plot revolves around a ninja master named Master Ching Ching sending his student Lapchung (played by Bryson Murata) to find a replacement, finding Higa and Fujiyoshi to catch the evil Bokchoy (played by Tim Enos) and his henchwoman, Gina (played by Tarynn Nago).[28]

An independent 35 minute film he created with Wong Fu Productions called Agents of Secret Stuff was uploaded on the nigahiga channel on November 24, 2010. It features some other popular YouTube users as well as actors such as Aki Aleong. Agents of Secret Stuff is about a teenage A.S.S. (Agent of Secret Stuff) (Higa) who is sent undercover to a high school to protect one of the students, a girl named Taylor (Arden Cho) from the A.S.S.'s enemy, the S.I.N.S. (Society Involving Not-So-Good Stuff). It included guest appearances from Ian and Anthony of Smosh, D-Trix, KassemG and Hiimrawn. Higa has also guest starred on an episode of Supah Ninjas, playing DJ Elephant Head, a master plotter who uses his hypnotizing electronic music to make people fall asleep to commit robberies.

He starred in the 2016 horror film Tell Me How I Die.[29]



Title Year Album
(featuring David Choi)
2015 Non-album single
"Millennial Love"
(featuring Kina Grannis)
2017 Non-album single


  1. ^ "nigahiga". YouTube. Retrieved 2018. 
  2. ^ Considine, Austin (July 29, 2011). "For Asian-American Stars, Many Web Fans". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015. 
  3. ^ Higa, Ryan (August 14, 2010). "Tweet 21137901638". Twitter. Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ "HIGAtv.com: About". HigaTv Productions. Archived from the original on December 26, 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  5. ^ nigahiga (2015-05-08), Life Hacks! (Dear Ryan), retrieved  
  6. ^ Ko, Nalea J. (September 16, 2009). "Ryan Higa Snatches No.1 Spot on YouTube". New America Media. Retrieved 2013. 
  7. ^ "HHSAA JUDO: 2007 HHSAA Judo State Championships". The Hawaii High School Athletic Association. May 19, 2007. Retrieved 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ryan Higa". NNDB. Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ "State Wrestling Results". Honolulu Advertiser. March 2, 2008. Retrieved 2013. 
  10. ^ "Hilo teens become a Web video sensation". The Honolulu Advertiser. July 27, 2008. Retrieved 2009. 
  11. ^ "starbulletin.com | Features | /2008/01/11/". Archives.starbulletin.com. January 11, 2008. Retrieved 2010. 
  12. ^ Higa, Ryan (February 23, 2009). "Copyrighted". YouTube. Retrieved 2009. 
  13. ^ Higa, Ryan (June 27, 2008). "You're Beautiful". YouTube. Retrieved 2009. 
  14. ^ Higa, Ryan. "Uploads". YouTube. Retrieved 2012. 
  15. ^ "Interview: Ryan Higa on his YouTube celebrity status". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2015. 
  16. ^ "from archives > hi1,500". West Hawaii Today. May 25, 2008. Retrieved 2010. 
  17. ^ a b "HigaTV". YouTube. Retrieved 2016. 
  18. ^ http://www.like2do.com/video?id=beZFLT0Ixag
  19. ^ http://www.like2do.com/video?id=gw6WIU5AF7k&t=263s
  20. ^ Ryan Higa Hits 3 Million YouTube Subscribers
  21. ^ Tko, Tonya (November 30, 2008). "NigaHiga Explains Name, Happy Slip, Kev Jumba & TonyaTko -Amazing Asians vol 1". YouTube. Retrieved 2012. 
  22. ^ Lunn, Emma (December 1, 2014). "Jenna Marbles, Holasoygerman, Smosh and Nigahiga: The YouTube comedians earning millions". Yahoo! UK & Ireland Finance. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  23. ^ Jeff Sneider (May 28, 2012). "'Internet Icon' aims for virality". Variety. Retrieved 2012. 
  24. ^ "Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure". zap2it.com. Retrieved 2009. 
  25. ^ Associated Press. "YouTube was very good to this pair". Daily Herald. Archived from the original on July 4, 2009. Retrieved 2010. 
  26. ^ "Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure (2008)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009. 
  27. ^ "Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure". infoplease.com. Archived from the original on September 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009. 
  28. ^ Higa, Ryan; Fujiyoshi, Sean (August 24, 2009). "Ninja Melk". Video. YouTube. Retrieved 2009. 
  29. ^ "Tell Me How I Die". Retrieved 2016. 

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