YouTube celebrity, failed psychologist and Internet cunnus
- Website/Blog: [www.ashens.com Ashens.com]
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- Twitter: @ashens
Ashens (real name Stuart Ashen) is a YouTube celebrity and comedian, well known for his reviews of horrible video games and cheap Chinese electronics. He is also renowed for his unusual review style; his videos are completely improvised, and are filmed on a done-in brown sofa at his father's house in Norwich, England. He also has content hosted on That Guy With The Glasses and Newgrounds.
Ashens is well known for his spoof portrayals of "Mr Noseybonk", an unintentionally frightening children's TV character. He has made occasional appearences on British television. More recently, he has recieved acclaim for the Poundland Special videos, where he goes to UK bargain store Poundland and hauls back a load of cheap tat which he parades around in front of the camera.
He also runs the websites trailerclub70.com, dancingyak.com and noseybonk.com. His "secret" second YouTube channel is called IndianFlats.
Incidentally, he does actually have a PhD in psychology, but he states that he has never actually used his qualification for anything other than writing stiff letters. At first he used his title online, because he thought a nobody from the internet with a doctor's degree was mildly amusing, but later ditched it after becoming famous because he thought it made him sound like a ponce.
Rise to fame
Dr Ashen's rise to fame on YouTube was very much an accidental one. It all started when a games journalist posted to an unnamed forum about the POPstation, an obvious cheap rip-off of the Sony PSP. He found the device extremely amusing and ended up buying one. He made a quick review video for the people on that forum thread, but only ever expected a handful of views.
It was shortly after this that the review was posted to the b3ta newsletter, where it became a sensation overnight and recieved about 70,000 downloads. But Ashen had forgotten to identify himself or link to his website in the video, so it was reuploaded all over the place by people pretending to be the OP.
So Dr Ashen made a second review, this time of a fake Nintendo DS to prove his identity. This proved even more popular, but he had forgotten to link to his website again. So he created a third video, thinking that this would be the last, alas this was more popular still, and this has been an ongoing process for the last six years.
Ranked 39th on YouTube's most subscribed list.
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