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Houssein Guney (born June 3, 1999) known as Houssein is a British YouTuber, viner and singer-songwriter. He was born in London, England. He currently lives near to London, England with his family.
Houssein was born in London, England to Diane Holliday and Ramadan Guney.He has two siblings, Kevin and Pamela. Houssein attended Hoe Bridge School, a private academic school until the age of 13, where he obtained 12 Common Entrance Exams with straight A's and A*'s. He now continues his academics at home and plans to take his GCSEs a year early in November. He stated that Green Day have been a great inspiration to his music career.
Houssein uploaded his fist video to YouTube in August 2009, a video of 'stuffed animals', the video has since been taken down. He then went on to create a series called 'Bill Bently', a character similar to well-known YouTube Star 'Fred'.
In late 2011, Houssein started to focus on Visual Effects, creating a series called 'VFX Guys', a 5-10 minute how-to video series. He would show an example of a Visual Effect, and then explain how he created it, using screen recordings and simple explanations. The series was cancelled after Season 1.
2012 - 2013Edit
In 2012, Houssein began making VFX Shorts, music covers and pranks. He was joined by Tyler Jack Fagan and Rowan Shone in multiple prank videos, such as 'Pranks in Ikea'.
- Rapping in a Onesie in Town
- Awkward Interviews
- Prank Calling America
- Prank Calling America 2
- Public Pranks
- Lift Pranks
- Pranks in Ikea
- Town Shooting Prank
2014 - PresentEdit
Houssein's YouTube videos are now mostly vlog-based or short skits. However he has explained in a recent video that he would plans to film more pranks.
In May 2014, Houssein partnered with the Freedom! Network.
Houssein began Vine in May 2014. His Vines have recieved a lot of attention from 'Best Vines' and other Vine Stars. He is frequently featured on the "Popular Now" section. As of September 2014, Houssein has 26,000+ followers and 11,000,000 views.
He has worked with companies such as: PumpUp, Find Molly, Boomf, Face On A Figure, and Wishbone.
Houssein announced the he is officially the face of the Wishbone Vine account.
In April 2014, Houssein partnered with VEVO, to create HousseinVEVO. This channel would focus on his original music. His debut single was releast 20th August 2014, titled "Swear to the Bible." It has recieved mostly positive reviews.
- "Swear To The Bible" (2014)
- "Anna Sun" (2013)
- "Say Something" (2014)
|2008||Chitty Chitty Bang Bang UK Tour||N/A||Houssein was an actor/singer/dancer in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang UK Tour'|
|2009–2011||The Sound Of Music UK Tour||Kurt Von Trapp||Houssein starred in 'The Sound Of Music UK Tour' as Kurt Von Trapp, alongside well known actors such as; Connie Fisher, Michael Praed and Jason Donovan.|
Houssein has explained that he no longer wishes to take part in musical theatre productions, and instead wants to focus on his pop career.
Houssein has appeared in adverts for Disney UK on iTV 1 during the XFactor commercials.
Main channel, started in 2009, with over 140 videos.
Houssein's personal channel, however only 3 videos have been uploaded as of May 2014.
The Cheeky Channel (youtube.com/cheekychanneltv)
Current second channel, featuring skits and extras.
Houssein's official music channel, managed by VEVO.
Second channel, now inactive.
PGS Music (N/A)
Houssein's original music channel, however the channel was closed after the introduction of 'HousseinVEVO'.
A channel based around Houssein's dog, created as an April Fools joke. The channel features one video, a live stream of Smudge for 30 minutes.
During YouTube videos, Houssein would often express his love for the word 'Cheeky'. He then used the tag '#cheeky' in every photo he posted on Instagram.Following this, he began to sell T-Shirts and merchandise with his slogan '#cheeky' printed on them. This resulted in his followers referring to themselves as the '#cheekyarmy' or simply the 'cheekyarmy'. This also led to the creation of the Cheeky Channel (see Active Channels).
Some of Houssein's pranks have been criticized for putting the public at risk, and causing a disturbance. For instance, a video of Houssein blocking an escalator was described as a 'health and safety hazard'. Houssein's pranks in Ikea were also criticized, as the wardrobes were damaged during the prank, and his Nerf Gun Prank was described as an 'assault' by critics.
In 2014, Houssein uploaded a video titled 'That Time i Got Mugged in KFC', the video was later removed, as Houssein had used an innocent image of a man when describing the thief. It was re-uploaded without his face. An apology was uploaded to PuneyGuneyStudios' Facebook page.
Houssein's parody video titled 'Tring Park School for the Performing Arts' was heavily criticized, some describing it as 'disgusting'. The video was blocked in the United Kingdom following a defamation complaint.