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Stuart Ashen

Stuart Ashen
Ashen on the set of one of his movies in 2013.
Ashen on the set of Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child (2013).
Personal information
BornStuart Clive Ashen
(1976-12-16) 16 December 1976 (age 42)
Norwich, England, UK
NationalityBritish
EducationDoctorate in Psychology[1][2][3]
OccupationActor, YouTube reviewer, animator, etc.
Websitewww.ashens.com
YouTube information
Also known asAshens, Dr. Ashen, Discount Simon Pegg
Channel
Years activec. 2006–present
Genre
Subscribers1.34 million+ (ashens)
320,600+ (extraashens)
109,000+ (Barshens)
Total views414 million+ (ashens)
45 million+ (extraashens)
12 million+ (Barshens)
Associated acts
Catchphrase(s)"Hello!" (intro)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2010
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2015
Internet information
Web hosting service(s)YouTube, ChannelFlip, That Guy with the Glasses, Twitch.tv
Updated 15 June 2018

Stuart Clive Ashen (born 16 December 1976), commonly known by his online alias Ashens (also in lowercase as ashens; /ˈæʃənz/ ASH-ənz), is a British comedian, critic, animator, actor, author, producer and online reviewer of various products; his reviews usually include video games, toys and food. Starting such videos in his distinctive style on YouTube from 2006, the items he humourously reviews are often of low quality (most notably from Poundland), or are poor knockoffs of well-received or well-known products, which he tends to endearingly refer to as "tat".[4] As of 2019, his main YouTube channel has garnered over 1.3 million subscribers.

Early life and education

Stuart Clive Ashen was born in Heartsease Estate, Norwich and attended Heartsease High School.[5][6][7] He previously worked for PC World and Norwich Union.[5] His mother passed away of cancer when he was eight years old.[8]

Career

Ashen made his first television appearance on a 2008 episode of Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe, where he played a cameo role as Mr. Noseybonk, a character from the 80's BBC children's show Jigsaw.[9]

Ashen guest starred on The Armstrong & Miller Show for their "The Node" segment in October 2009.[10]

In 2010, Ashen created the series Ashen's Tech Dump for BBC Online Comedy.[11] In 2011, Ashens co-starred alongside Karen Hayley in another BBC Online Comedy series Back Space.[12] The next year, he starred as himself in The Proxy, a sci-fi webseries produced by ChannelFlip in partnership with Dell Alienware.[6][13] The series took eight days to film, consists of 10 episodes and won a Marketing Week "Engage Award" in the "Gaming and Entertainment" section.[14]

Ashen released the book Fifty-Thousand Shades of Grey on 23 September 2012; it parodies the popular erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.[15] The title is literal, as the book simply consists of the phrase "Shades of Grey" repeated 50,000 times. A 25-part audiobook of the parody was recorded and released on YouTube.[16]

In 2013, Ashen, along with Emma Blackery, Dan Howell (Daniel Howell) and Phil Lester (AmazingPhil), starred as a contestant in a remake of the 1980s TV show Knightmare during the YouTube Geek Week event.[7][17][18][19]

As of July 2018, Ashen has produced over 710 videos, has over 1.3 million subscribers to his primary YouTube channel Ashens and over 352 million video views.[7][20] His secondary channel, used mainly for DVD extra-style clips, along with an annual look with Daniel "NerdCubed" Hardcastle at a series of Advent calendars throughout December, has over 300,000 subscribers and over 37 million video views.[21] In addition to his own channels he has also produced videos for other YouTube channels, which included "The Multiverse", a geek-themed channel controlled by ChannelFlip.[22]

Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild

Ashen wrote and starred in Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild, a feature film released in August 2013, for YouTube's "Geek Week".[22][23] The film also stars Warwick Davis and Robert Llewellyn, and was produced by the multi-channel network ChannelFlip,[7][22] in association with The Multiverse. The film was partially paid for through crowdfunding website Indiegogo with contributions totalling US$73,690 at the end of the month, which comprised 41% of the US$180,000 budget.[22][24][25][26] As of June 2016 it has been viewed over a million times on YouTube. A remastered and slightly extended edition of the movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 14 July 2014. On 2 July 2018, the full film was released on his YouTube channel. In 2016, Ashen confirmed a sequel to the movie at a fan screening.[27] On July 2018, Ashen created another Indiegogo campaign for a sequel entitled, Ashens and the Polybius Heist. By the time funding was closed, the project earned over US$195,000 from over 4,000 backers. As of January 22, 2019, it's currently in pre-production.[28]

Published works

In November 2015 Ashen released the book Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of, a collection of textual reviews of poor retro games, released through the Unbound crowdfunding platform.[29][30] The book reached its funding target in 12 hours.

On 24 February 2017 Ashen announced a sequel to Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of, titled Attack of the Flickering Skeletons: More Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of, again through Unbound, was released on 2 November 2017.[31]

Personal life

As of 2013, Ashen lives in his hometown of Norwich.[6][7] He has a doctorate in psychology,[2] but claims to have never professionally worked as one.[citation needed] As of August 2017, he has a girlfriend.[32]

He has maintained an active public Twitter presence for years, where he posts about various subjects ranging from his channel to personal thoughts.[33]

Ashen has criticized the veracity of his Wikipedia article, saying that it has listed untrue statements about his life; he wrote in 2017, "[my article] used to claim I was a spokesman for the British Egg Council".[2]

Bibliography

Year Title Notes
2012 Fifty-Thousand Shades of Grey Parody of Fifty Shades of Grey
2015 Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of
2017 Attack of the Flickering Skeletons: More Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of sequel to Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of

Filmography

Web series

Year Title Role Note(s)
2010 Ashen's Tech Dump Himself, lead role Four episodes over two series
2011 Back Space Himself Six episodes
2012 The Proxy Himself, lead role Ten episodes
2013–2014 Ideas Men Himself Nine episodes over two series plus Series One and Two Bloopers
2013 Knightmare Himself, dungeoneer Special online one-off episode
2013 Geek Week Special Himself Single episode, panelist
2018 Digitiser: The Show Himself, Insincere Dave

Television

Year Title Role Note(s)
2008 Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe Mr Noseybonk Cameo appearance, one episode
2009 The Armstrong & Miller Show Himself Guest star, one episode
2015 Newsnight Himself Interviewee, one episode

Film

Year Title Role Note(s)
2013 Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild Himself, lead role Co-writer
2016 The Darkest Dawn Bob
TBA Ashens and the Polybius Heist Himself, lead role Co-writer, sequel to Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild
TBA Sariel Father Adrian Servo

References

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "r/Ashens - Is ashens a doctor?". Reddit. 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  3. ^ "r/IAmA - I am Stuart Ashen AKA "Ashens", YouTube comedian. AMA". reddit. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Stuart Ashen". IMDb. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b Briscoe, Kim (12 November 2014). "YouTube success helped Stuart to realise his film-making dream". Norwich Evening News. Archant. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  6. ^ a b c Kate, Laura (19 May 2012). "Interview with Stuart Ashens". MCM Buzz. Archived from the original on 12 September 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d e McGuinness, Ross (2 August 2013). "The Knightmare begins again as YouTube launches its own Geek Week". Metro. Archived from the original on 21 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  8. ^ Ashen, Stuart (18 December 2013). "Sorry to hear that man. My mother died of cancer when I was 8, one of the reasons I'm supporting the charity now". Twitter. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  9. ^ Nick Akerman (31 May 2009). "Stuart Ashen Interview – feature at Thunderbolt". Thunderboltgames.com. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  10. ^ "BBC One - The Armstrong and Miller Show, Series 2, Episode 2, The Node: Gadgets (featuring Ashens)". BBC. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  11. ^ Thair, David (17 September 2010). "Comedy Blog: Ashens returns to the Tech Dump". BBC. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  12. ^ "BBC – Back Space". 16 May 2014. Archived from the original on 28 October 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  13. ^ "ChannelFlip makes 10-part sci-fi series with IT giant Dell". Televisual.com. 6 March 2012. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  14. ^ "Engage Awards: The magnificent winners". Marketing Week. 22 May 2013. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  15. ^ "Fifty-Thousand Shades of Grey by SC Ashen". Fifty Shades of Grey Parodies. 14 January 2013. Archived from the original on 18 August 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  16. ^ Oren Bailey, "Fifty-Thousand Shades of Grey" Audiobook (Part 1 of 25), retrieved 23 December 2018
  17. ^ Edwards, Luke (9 August 2013). "10 amazing YouTube Geek Week videos you can't afford to miss". Stuff. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  18. ^ Woollaston, Victoria (24 July 2013). "Knightmare returns on YouTube: Google films one-off special of cult children's TV show". The Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 25 July 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  19. ^ Dredge, Stuart (5 August 2013). "Knightmare remake launches for YouTube Geek Week – watch it here". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 22 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  20. ^ "Ashens about page". YouTube. 23 February 2006. Archived from the original on 19 June 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  21. ^ "ExtraAshens about page". YouTube. 15 September 2011. Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  22. ^ a b c d "YouTube Geek Week movie premiere online". SFX. 8 August 2013. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  23. ^ Collins, Katie (25 July 2013). "In depth: 90s gameshow Knightmare reborn for YouTube, may spawn new TV series (Wired UK)". Wired. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  24. ^ "Interview with Robert Llewellyn". WUWO Magazine. 30 March 2012. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  25. ^ "Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild". Sci-fi London. 9 August 2013. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  26. ^ "Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild". Indiegogo. 7 April 2013. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  27. ^ "Stuart Ashen Announces GameChild 2 at Fan Screening". Archived from the original on 19 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  28. ^ Ashen, Stuart. "Ashens and the Polybius Heist". Indiegogo. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  29. ^ Perryman, Francesca (30 November 2015). "YouTuber Stuart Ashen comes to Waterstones in Reading PLUS win a signed copy of his new book". Get Reading. Archived from the original on 12 December 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  30. ^ Page, Jemma (1 December 2015). "YouTube star Stuart Ashen to sign copies of debut book in Nottingham". Nottingham Post. Archived from the original on 10 December 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  31. ^ Ashen, Stuart (2017). Attack of the Flickering Skeletons More Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of by Stuart Ashen. Unbound. Unbound.com. ISBN 9781783524150. Archived from the original on 24 February 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  32. ^ Ashen, Stuart (21 August 2017). "My girlfriend has now spent so much time on the phone to them that we'll need to rent some supercomputer cycles to add up the total". Twitter. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  33. ^ "Stuart Ashen (@ashens) | Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 23 December 2018.

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