|Born||Kyle John Forgeard|
July 12, 1994
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Jesse William Sebastiani
June 27, 1993
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
November 30, 1995
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
August 26, 1998
Oviedo, Florida, U.S.
November 21, 2001
San Jose, California, U.S.
|Origin||Mississauga, Ontario, Canada|
|Total views||928 million|
|Network||Full Send Entertainment|
|Updated March 23, 2021|
Nelk (stylized as NELK), also referred to as the NELK Boys, and formerly branded as NelkFilmz, is a YouTube channel and entertainment company that was founded in Canada in 2010. They are known for their prank videos, vlogs, and their brand "Full Send." Canadian newspaper The Toronto Star referred to the group's founders, Kyle Forgeard and Jesse Sebastiani, as "two of the most recognizable personalities for young people in North America".
Content and brand
Nelk's videos, in addition to pranks, are themed around North American college culture. The group's videos combine vlogs of their party lifestyle with footage of their actual pranks.
Nelk is known for creating the brand "Full Send" (stylized as FULL SEND). The brand name refers to partying and living life without thinking about the consequences. The phrase is constantly repeated throughout the group's videos, and it is often displayed on their merchandise. The group has also coined a number of other terms, including "Rona Season," a reference to the group's constant consumption of Corona beer. Sebastiani has referred to the group's trademark words as "Canadian-influenced slang".
Current and recurring members include Kyle Forgeard, Stephen Deleonardis (“SteveWillDoIt”), Lucas Gasparini, Salim Sirur, and Arthur Kulik (“Jimmy Gambles”). Canadian filmmaker Austin Ermes is NELK's Director of Content. The members of the group, along with some of their filmers and staff members, reside in Newport Beach, California. The group previously resided in Ontario, Canada, and then Los Angeles in the “Full Send House”.
Jesse Sebastiani, prior to joining NELK, was known for his self-published documentary, Saved by the Status, and his role in the MTV show Careless Teens. Years after joining the group, he expressed his displeasure with his and the group's lifestyle. In a tweet posted on January 29, 2020, he wrote, "I hate fame... I've lost almost everything I use to love about life". He started to become less active in late 2020, and tweeted on October 20, "I put friends, family and my mental health to the side to get to where I am. Time to pick up the pieces". In January 2021, it was officially announced that Sebastiani would no longer appear in pranks, and instead work behind-the-scenes with the Full Send brand. Forgeard stated in a video to fans that "We’ve been doing this a long time, we’ve done a lot of pranks, we’ve pretty much done everything, and I think Jesse’s kind of just burnt out." He currently has his own mini-series called "Shithole" which is uploaded to a separate channel.
Former members of the group include Niko and Marko Martinovic, and Jason Pagaduan. Niko and Marko, who are twins, were members of Nelk in the early development, but left in 2015 to pursue YouTube independently. Gasparini left in 2017 citing concerns of his association with the channel's content, which consisted of public misconduct which would affect his career outlook, as well as the pursuit of educational studies as a plumber. He then returned in 2021 joining the rest of the team in Los Angeles. Pagaduan, who was known by his Instagram handle "905shooter" or simply "9-0," was withdrawn from the group in October 2019 for behavioral misconduct from sexual harassment allegations stemming from Pagaduan sending direct messages of a graphic and sexual nature to fans, and for allegedly slacking off on work assigned to him by Forgeard.
In 2018, their video titled "Pretending to Work at the Google Headquarters" was removed and they were issued a strike by YouTube. As a result, Nelk temporarily privatized all of their videos until the strike was lifted to prevent their channel from facing the risk of deletion. In the meantime, they uploaded new content to their website, charging monthly and annual subscriptions.
In August 2020, Nelk launched a paid subscription service called the "Send Club" in which members would receive access to additional prank and behind-the-scenes footage in addition to the weekly YouTube videos.
History and legal issues
In 2010, Forgeard created the Nelk YouTube channel, along with other founding members Niko and Marko Martinovic, and Lucas Gasparini.
In January 2015, Nelk posted a video titled "Coke Prank On Cops" in which they told police officers in Los Angeles that they had "coke" in the back of the car, leading the officers to think that they were referring to cocaine when in reality they were referring to Coca-Cola. In May 2016, the video became a subject of controversy. The group received a warning, and the Los Angeles Police Department released a statement informing the public that the prank was illegal and warning potential copycat pranksters against doing so. Nelk has called this prank a breakthrough for their success on YouTube. The video has over 40 million views as of November 2020.
In early 2017, it was announced that Gasparini had left the channel because he was concerned his involvement put him at risk.
In September 2017, Forgeard and Sebastiani were arrested by members of the Toronto Police Service and placed in jail overnight for reasons related to a prank performed at a local-area Toys "R" Us. Following their arrest, months later, they reported they had won their court case, but they never released the full details of their case to their audience.
In January 2019, Sebastiani was arrested during a prank in which he walked into a Barnes & Noble store with fake blood smeared on a white jumpsuit and asked workers for books on covering up a crime scene. He was charged by Columbus, Ohio police department, and found guilty of disorderly conduct in the Ohio Courts of Common Pleas.
In May 2019, Steve Deleonardis joined Nelk after being discovered by Forgeard for his drinking and smoking challenge videos.
In August 2019, Nelk participated in a "spin the globe challenge" where they would spin a globe and fly wherever it lands. The globe was spun on stage at the VELD Music Festival in Toronto and landed on Russia. However, their visas were revoked due to Deleonardis' possession of a felony. Instead, they spent their time in Europe, places including Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Belgium, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Ibiza. In Ireland, Nelk planned a meetup in a public park, but failed to notify the local police. The meetup got out of control, with large mobs of fans swarming the area in an unsafe manner, causing the meetup to be cut short. Following Nelk's trip to Europe, it was later announced that Jason Pagaduan would be removed from the group.
In February 2020, Nelk moved into a residence in Los Angeles, California which they refer to as the "Full Send House". Salim Sirur and his cousin Jay also joined Nelk at this time.
In May 2020, Forgeard, Deleonardis, Sirur, along with several other members were arrested for disturbing the peace while filming a prank at a Target store in Mississippi. They were later released on bond.
In September 2020, the police department in Normal, Illinois announced an investigation into Nelk after they hosted a flash mob of about 200 people on-campus at Illinois State University in violation of COVID-19 regulations. Following this, YouTube announced a decision to totally demonitize the Nelk YouTube account in addition to most of their specific videos, so that no money could be earned from YouTube on the account whatsoever. They attributed the decision to the platform's Creator Responsibility Policy, which mandates that creators do not engage in “on- and/or off-platform behavior [that] harms our users, community, employees or ecosystem," claiming that Nelk had harmed YouTube users by hosting a group of people and thereby violating COVID-19 regulations. Chris Koos, the town's mayor, also stated that he intends to pursue legal action against Nelk. A week later, police in Seaside Heights, New Jersey broke up a gathering of about 1,500 people at a house being rented by Nelk, which violated New Jersey's COVID-19 restrictions. Nelk, despite no intentions to draw a crowd, was eventually kicked out of the house by the landlord and 8 fans were arrested. Governor Phil Murphy called the event "knucklehead behavior".
In late September 2020, Nelk received criticism for their new "skit-like" video style, which was heavily saturated with skits in contrast to their prank videos.
In October 2020, Nelk members Forgeard, Deleonardis, and Sirur traveled overseas to Abu Dhabi. Later the same month, members met with then-President Donald Trump on Air Force One during one of his 2020 presidential election rallies. They were also seen dancing to the "Y.M.C.A." song with President Trump onstage following his rally.
In December 2020, Nelk announced they would be live-streaming high stakes gambling on Twitch every day in December until December 25. They featured guests including Mike Tyson, Dana White, Logan Paul, Bryce Hall, Lil Yachty, Evander Kane, Jake Paul, and Lana Rhoades on their streams.
In January 2021, Forgeard gifted his father, Rick Forgeard, an amount of $300,000CAD as a token of appreciation for his support through the tenure of his project of Nelk.
Also in January 2021, after ample speculation from fans, it was officially revealed that Sebastiani was taking a break from appearing in Nelk's main videos and participating in pranks. Instead, he moved to working behind-the-scenes within the Full Send brand, and started a new mini-series called "Shithole" on Full Send's separate YouTube channel to document his new lifestyle. Forgeard revealed in a Twitch livestream, "We’ve been doing this a long time, we’ve done a lot of pranks, we’ve pretty much done everything, and I think Jesse’s kind of just burnt out".
On February 1, 2021, Nelk uploaded a variation of their well-known “Coke Prank on Cops“, this time performed in Colombia. Sirur was briefly detained by the Medellín police with no explanation, but later let go.
On March 8, 2021, it was announced that Lucas Gasparini, one of the original members and co-founder who left in 2017, would return to NELK and join the rest of the team in Los Angeles.
On March 15, 2021, it was announced that the group would relocate the “Full Send House” from Los Angeles to Newport Beach.
On March 23, 2021, Nelk was unable to upload a video due to suggestions by their attorney in relation to an arrest warrant filed against Forgeard in Texas.
On March 31, 2021, CBS reported that Nelk was responsible for a series of physical assaults at a group meet in Fort Worth, Texas on March 15. Subsequently, Fort Worth Police tweeted out an appeal on their Twitter page, appealing to the public in identifying suspects that were responsible for the assaults.
Nelk has donated portions of their merchandise earnings to breast cancer awareness.
In April 2020, Nelk participated in a virtual beer pong tournament called "The Ballina Cup" to raise money to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament was hosted by Post Malone and featured several other celebrities.
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