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Ryan Higa at the 2012 VidCon in June 2012.
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  • Ryan Higa
  • Sean Fujiyoshi
LaunchedJuly 20, 2006; 6 years ago (2006-07-20)
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Ryan Higa by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Ryan Higa at the 2012 VidCon in June 2012.
Created by
  • Ryan Higa
  • Sean Fujiyoshi
LaunchedJuly 20, 2006; 6 years ago (2006-07-20)
Current statusOnline

Nigahiga (play /ˈnɡɑːhɡɑː/) is the YouTube channel of American internet personality Ryan Higa. Since relocating to Las Vegas to study filmmaking at UNLV,[1] Higa's videos are either solo efforts or videos with other people such as KevJumba.[2] They are known for their YouTube comedy videos, which have been viewed over 1.2 billion times.[3] As of September 2012, Higa's YouTube channel, Nigahiga, has over 5.6 million subscribers. According to Higa, his channel name is a combination of "Niga", which means "rant" in Japanese,[4] and his last name, "Higa".



Ryan Higa, a Japanese American, was born in Hilo, Hawaii on (1990-06-06) June 6, 1990 (age 22).[5] He and Sean Fujiyoshi started posting YouTube videos of themselves lip-synching to songs in mid 2006 while attending Waiakea High School.[6] They quickly expanded beyond songs, with a variety of other comedic pieces. Occasional guest appearances are made by Tim Enos, Ryan Villaruel, Kyle Chun, and Tarynn Nago, collectively known as the "Yabo Crew".[7]

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.[8] On January 21, 2009, the nigahiga account was temporarily suspended and was required to remove more copyrighted videos. Because of this, nigahiga's lip synching videos were all removed (with the exception of You're Beautiful, which was audio swapped),[9] and so were most of his videos that include copyrighted music. As of now, all the music that is being played in nigahiga's videos is music Higa composed 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.[10] He created a second channel recently, where he posts video blogs and behind the scenes movies. His second account is under the name of "HigaTV".

Due to Ryan Higa moving to Los Angeles for college, most of the Nigahiga videos are solo efforts, usually featuring collaborations with other YouTube users. However, the other members of the Yabo crew have made appearances whenever Higa visits Hawaii.


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.[11][12] It was shown in sold out theaters in Hawaii and California.[citation needed][13] The DVD was released on July 14, 2009 in the USA.[14]

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 Ryan Higa and Sean 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.[15]

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 Ryan and Sean to catch the evil Bokchoy (played by Tim Enos) and his henchwoman, Gina (played by Tarynn Nago).[16]

A new independent 35 minute film he created with Wong Fu Productions called "Agents of Secret Stuff" was uploaded on Ryan's 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, Kassem G and Hiimrawn.

Ryan Higa's and Sean Fujiyoshi's YouTube channel, nigahiga, was created on July 20, 2006. By December 21, 2010, it had reached 3 million subscribers, the first channel to do so,[17] and by September 2012, their videos had been viewed over 1.29 billion times.[18]



Advertisement spoofs
  • The iPod Human
  • The ShamWOOHOO!
  • ChildrensBop!
  • The Portobello Mushroom Burger
  • The Big Bouncing Inflatable Green Ball!
  • Hook on Fonik
  • I broke my Nexus One!
  • The Snuggo
  • The iNavigator
  • TEEHEE Band
  • Hard And Black Realistic But Not Real Gun
  • P90Flex
Dear Ryan
  • Dear Ryan - Defeating a Ninja
  • Dear Ryan - Superhero
  • Dear Ryan - Makeup Guru
  • Dear Ryan - Basketball-Tubing Weather Lamp
  • Dear Ryan - Are you a liar?
  • Dear Ryan - Extreme
  • Dear Ryan - Epic Meal Time
  • Dear Ryan - Can you open your eyes?
  • Dear Ryan - Klondike Bar
  • Dear Ryan - Stop Posting Videos!
"How to be" series
  • How to be Ninja
  • How to be Gangster
  • How to be Emo
  • How to be at the Premiere
  • How to be a YouTube Celebrity
  • How To Spot A Pothead
Lip-synced songs
Movies in Minutes series
Music videos
  • Asian Boy - Yank Dat Cameltoe
  • Sorry Fans, Blame My ADD (Sorry, Blame it on Me)
  • So Damn Stupid! (YAHHH!)
  • Asian Boy - I Miss You Soulja Boy (Better in Time)
  • The Ninja Glare (In the Ayer)
  • Tweet Whore
  • I'm a Chingstah! (I'm a Gangster)
  • Like a Good Boy (Like a G6)
  • Shed a Tear (Rocketeer) (featuring Chester See and KevJumba)
  • I'm Hardcore (featuring David Choi and JR Aquino)
  • Nice Guys (featuring Chester See and KevJumba)
  • Christmas Swag (featuring D-Trix)
  • Bromance (Official Music Video)
  • Clenching My Booty (featuring D-Trix)
Best Crew
Ninja Melk
  • Ninja Melk Preview
  • Ninja Melk Trailer
  • Ninja Melk
Off the Pill
  • Off The Pill - Stink People
  • Off The Pill - Farts
  • Off The Pill - Nosy People
  • Off The Pill - 2009
  • Off The Pill - BIEBER FEVER
  • Off The Pill - Weird People
  • Off The Pill - Rebecca Black (Friday)
  • Off The Pill - Arrogant People
  • Off the Pill - Feminist
  • Off the Pill - Dancing
  • Off the Pill - Christmas Spirit
  • Off The Pill - Judgement
  • Off The Pill - Olympics
  • Rant on Asian Dramas
  • Rant on Music (Remade)
  • 2012: End of the World
  • Censorship Makes No Sense!
Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure
  • The Super Secret!
  • Ryan and Sean's NSEA
  • Skitzo - Introductions
  • Skitzo - The Halloween Story
  • Skitzo - The PSA
  • Skitzo - Valentine's Day
  • Skitzo - Despicable Me
  • Skitzo - Reunited
TV Program Spoofs
  • House
  • Dude vs. Wild – The Desert (Man vs. Wild)
The Ryan Higa Show
Word of the Day
Agents of Secret Stuff
Million Subscribers Celebrations
  • 1,000,000 Subscribers
  • 2,000,000 Subscribers!
  • 3,000,000 Subscribers!
  • 4,000,000 Subscribers!
  • 5,000,000 Subscribers
Daily Life of
  • Daily Life of Rustin Hieber
  • Daily Life of NinjaHinja
  • Daily Life of a Basketballer
  • Australia Trip
  • Freedumb
  • Tag Your Green!
  • Canada Trip
  • 4 Guys 1 Car (Original) (removed)
  • 4 Guys 1 Car (Remade)
  • Vidcon and ISA
  • Marley and Me
  • Sole Mate (freestyle)
  • ISA Trailer
  • YTF in Hawaii
  • Sh*t People From Hawaii Say (Deleted Scene)
  • Chronicle Bloopers
  • YTF Cinnamon Challenge!
  • Bromance (Behind The Scenes)
  • Internet Icon (Contest)
  • What is YOMYOMF?
  • She's a Beach (Freestyle)
  • Make A Wish!
  • Ryan Higa Asia Tour
  • The Stalking Mangina Preview
  • Hilo Puppets
  • Romantic Valentines Day Story
  • Vote for REVO
  • A Message to All Haters
  • Sean Returns!
  • YouTube Live – WTH is a VLog
  • Copyrighted
  • Why Chris Brown Beat Rihanna
  • FedUp
  • Royal Wedding Reaction Video
  • The Announcement
  • Clubs Sicken Me!
  • That Awkward Moment When
  • YTF
  • Things that Ruin Thanksgiving
  • Sh*t ___ Say
  • Forever Alone
  • Youtube Apocalypse
  • Internet Icon
  • Dafuq Did I Just Watch?
  • The Worst Boyfriend Ever
  • The Best Joke Ever!


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  2. ^ AsianWeek. "Just another WordPress site". AsianWeek. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ "nigahiga's Channel". YouTube. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Tko, Tonya (November 30, 2008). "NigaHiga Explains Name, Happy Slip, Kev Jumba & TonyaTko -Amazing Asians vol 1.". YouTube. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ " About". HigaTv Productions. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hilo teens become a Web video sensation. Higa and Fujiyoshi have made numerous amounts of videos like rants, lip singing, and short films". The Honolulu Advertiser. July 27, 2008. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  7. ^ " | Features | /2008/01/11/". January 11, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ Higa, Ryan (February 23, 2009). "Copyrighted". YouTube. 
  9. ^ Higa, Ryan (June 27, 2008). "You're Beautiful". YouTube. Retrieved November 29, 2009. 
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  11. ^ "Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure". imbd. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure". Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  13. ^ Associated Press. "YouTube was very good to this pair". Daily Herald. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure (2008)". Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure". Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  16. ^ Higa, Ryan; Fujiyoshi, Sean (August 24, 2009). "Ninja Melk". Video. YouTube. Retrieved November 29, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Hilo teens become a Web video sensation | The Honolulu Advertiser | Hawaii's Newspaper". The Honolulu Advertiser. July 27, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  18. ^ nigahiga. "nigahiga's YouTube channel". Retrieved September 3, 2012. 

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