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Adrian Van Oyen

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Adrian Van Oyen
Birth nameAdrian James Holt
Born (1994-01-30) 30 January 1994 (age 30)
Beenleigh,[1] Queensland, Australia
MediumYouTube videos
Years active2012–2017
Notable works and rolesAwkward Train Situations

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Adrian James Holt, professionally known as Adrian Van Oyen, is an Australian candid camera and prank comedian.[2][1] On his YouTube account he uploads "prank" videos, where he is filmed pranking the public. He has been interviewed by former Howard Government Minister Gary Hardgrave on 4BC.[3] As of August 2017 his videos have over 130 million views and his channel has over one million subscribers.[4]

Van Oyen's "prank" videos have also attracted some adverse comments. In September 2014, he was criticised by a number of individuals, including fellow YouTuber Laci Green for "exposing his penis to a distressed-looking young woman in public".[5][6] Van Oyen also attracted criticism over a so-called "motivational book", The Key to Confidence with fellow YouTubers noting that the 35-page e-book, which cost $30, consisted mostly of celebrity quotes, pictures of Van Oyen's face, and song lyrics.[7] It was also noted that Van Oyen's book contained basic spelling and grammatical errors.[8][9]

In 2013 Lipton hired Van Oyen to promote Lipton Ice Tea via their "Really Really Ridiculously Refreshingly Refreshing Project", which featured Van Oyen engaging in pranks in Sydney CBD.[10]

Legal issues[edit]

In December 2012 he pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to impersonating a Queensland Rail ticket officer and to being a nuisance on public transport over his Awkward Train Situations video.[11] The Magistrate released Holt on a six-month good behaviour bond and ordered he pay $60 to clean the train. A conviction was not recorded.[12] In October 2013, he reported on Twitter he was going to court again for Awkward Train Situations 2[13] and he was listed as appearing in the Brisbane Arrest Court.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 2012 Van Oyen was a photography student.[1]

In 2014 Van Oyen started DJing as a hobby and is now trying to pursue his love for music as a career.[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Feeney, Katherine (29 October 2012). "Amateur comedian throws shame out the train window to create awkward situations". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  2. "Adrian Van Oyen talks to Mosh News about his pranking career and more". Mosh News. 23 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013.
  3. "Brisbane's rising YouTube star". 4BC. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  4. "AdrianVanOyen". YouTube. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  5. "Sam Pepper Exposed". Laci Green/YouTube. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  6. "Julien Blanc may be gone but looks who's here. Matthew Berryman on the rise and influence of pick-up culture in Australia - Melinda Tankard Reist". Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  7. "The Flama". The Flama. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  8. Lewis Spears (18 September 2014). "Adrian Van Oyen, Scam Artist. LewReview Ep 2". Retrieved 2 May 2018 – via YouTube.
  9. MarcusDibble (25 June 2015). "ADRIAN VAN OYEN CALLOUT". Retrieved 2 May 2018 – via YouTube.
  10. "Lipton Ice Tea - Check out the hilarious Youtube sensation..." Lipton. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  11. Musings of a Young Conservative. "Musings Of A Young Conservative".
  12. Baskin, Brooke (6 December 2012). "YouTube train carriage pranks land teen in court". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  13. "Adrian Van Oyen". Twitter.
  14. "Adrian Van Oyen". Facebook.

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