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If you always say no, you'll never say yes.

―Ryan Higa

Ryan Higa (born June 6, 1990 (1990-06-06) [age 26]) is a Japanese/American YouTuber who created the accounts NigaHiga and HigaTV. He became famous from the How To Be series. He was born in Hilo, Hawaii and is of Japanese descent. Nigahiga is the channel that was made by Ryan Higa and Sean Fujiyoshi. He is best friends with Kevin Wang, his neighbor for about 2 years. They always hang out together.


Higa and Sean Fujiyoshi started posting YouTube videos of themselves lip-syncing to your mother's hiok songs in mid-2006 while attending Waiakea High School. They quickly expanded beyond songs, with a variety of other comedic pieces. Occasional guest appearances were made by Tim Enos, Ryan Villaruel, Kyle Chun, and Tarynn Nago.

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. 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), along with most of his other videos that included copyrighted music. Since then, Higa started composing the music 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 NinjaHow to be Gangster and How to be Emo were made public once more.

After Higa moved to Las Vegas to study filmmaking at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, most of the Nigahiga videos were solo efforts, usually featuring collaborations with other YouTube users. However, since 2012 Higa has put together a production company, Ryan Higa Production Company (RHPC), which includes Fujiyoshi, who works together to make content for the nigahiga channel.

Supporting Actors

  • Andrew Garcia
  • Will Shahan
  • Arden Cho
  • Chester See
  • Dominic Sandoval
  • Jason Lin
  • J.R. Aquino
  • Kevin Wu
  • Kyle Chun
  • Sean Fujiyoshi
  • Tarynn Nago
  • Tim Enos (plays Helga Fawntinnila)
  • Victor King
  • Ryan Villaruel
  • Jeremy Lin
  • Mary Erika
  • Derrick Dereleek
  • Greg Saniatan
  • Daina Ben
  • Josh Fu


Ryan Higa has different series that get updated every so often.


  • Ninja Melk
  • Ryan's and Sean's not so Excellent Adventure
  • Agents of Secret Stuff
  • Tell Me How I Die

​Movies in Minutes

Movies in Minutes is a parody series of movies that are making it big in Hollywood. This series is currently dormant.

  • Movies in Minutes: Titanic
  • Movies in Minutes: The Grudge
  • Movies in Minutes: Twilight
  • Movies in Minutes: Harry Potter
  • Movies in Minutes: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • Movies in Minutes: Transformers: Revenge of the Household Objects
  • Movies in Minutes: Saw 12
  • Movies in Minutes: New Moon
  • Movies in Minutes: Facebook The Movie
  • Movies in Minutes: Never Say Never
  • Movies in Minutes: Final Destination
  • Movies in Minutes: Chronicle
  • Movies in Minutes: Avengerz

Off The Pill

An 'Off the Pill' Rant refers to the entire video and "rant" being filmed and edited without Ryan taking his ADHD pills.

Examples include:

  • 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: The Olympics

Dear Ryan

Dear Ryan are a series of videos posted as a reply to a fan question beginning with, "Dear Ryan, ... "

  • Dear Ryan – Defeating a Ninja
  • Dear Ryan – Superhero
  • Dear Ryan – Makeup Guru
  • Dear Ryan - Lamp
  • 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!
  • Dear Ryan - What Does the Fox say?
  • Dear Ryan - Rap God
  • Dear Ryan - Powerpuff Girls Parody
  • Dear Ryan - Chicken or the Egg?
  • Dear Ryan - Falling in Love with a Tree
  • Dear Ryan - Can You Step on a Leg?
  • Dear Ryan - Spongebob Parody!
  • Dear Ryan - Shave Your Armpits!
  • Dear Ryan - Life Hacks!
  • Dear Ryan - Darude - Sandstorm (Cover)
  • Dear Ryan - Mind F*ck
  • Dear Ryan - Dogstep!
  • Dear Ryan - "Let It Go" Rap Song
  • Dear Ryan - Reading Mean Comments!


A 4-Way Series where Ryan plays as four different, interacting characters (Ryan, R-Dizzle, Regina, Hanate)

  • Introductions
  • The Halloween Story
  • The PSA
  • Valentine's Day
  • Despicable Me
  • Reunited
  • Nose Scar
  • Skitzo News Live
  • The Last Skitzo
  • The New Show

How to (Series)

A series Ryan tells you how to be something or how to do something.

  • How to be Ninja
  • How to be Gangster
  • How to be Emo
  • How to be Nerd (private)
  • How to be UFC Fighter (private)
  • How to be a Youtube Celebrity
  • How to Spot a Pothead
  • How to survive a Horror Movie!
  • How to Blow Someone's Mind
  • How to Be a Rapper
  • How to be Edgy

A long line of videos that make fun of real advertisements or simply one made up by Ryan alone.

  • 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
  • The Kendama Toy!
  • Google Glass Human


All of the rants that Ryan has made that are On The Pill.

  • Ranting about Music (private)
  • Rant on Liars (private)
  • Rant on Comments (private)
  • Rant on Nosy People (private)
  • Rant on Stink People (private)
  • Rant on ADD (private)
  • Violence (private)
  • Rant on Asian Dramas
  • Rant on Music (Remade)

Word of the Day

  • Word of the Day: Pwned
  • Word of the Day: Bromance
  • Word of the Day: Swog


  • Adjusting the Sails (private)
  • The Number 21 (private)
  • Beautiful Girls [Ghetto Style] (private)
  • Mind Geek (private)
  • Munky Tag (private)
  • The Stalking Mangina Preview
  • Subliminal Messaging (private)
  • Hilo Puppets
  • Vote for REVO
  • A Message to All Haters
  • Sean Returns!
  • Youtube Live- Wth is a VLog
  • Thanksgving Campaign
  • Copyrighted
  • Nigahiga Tee-Shirts (private)
  • Why Chris Brown Beat Rihanna
  • Will Ferrell Calling me out? (private)
  • House
  • I wanna play a game (private)
  • Dude vs. Wild – The Desert
  • braces?! (private)
  • Things I Like (private)
  • REVO (private)
  • sponsored (private)
  • 5 Nigahiga facts (private)
  • Asians Wrestle (private)
  • BEST CREW -The Audition
  • Romantic Valentines Day Story
  • Daily Life of Rustin Hieber
  • Honk For Japan!
  • FedUp
  • Daily Life of NinjaHinja
  • Royal Wedding Reaction Video
  • The Annoucement
  • Clubs Sicken Me!
  • That Awkward Moment When
  • YTF
  • Daily Life of a Basketballer
  • Things That Ruin Thanksgiving
  • Sh*t _____ Say
  • 2012: End of the World
  • What is KONY 2012? (private)
  • Forever Alone
  • YouTube Apocalypse
  • Internet Icon
  • Censorship Makes No Sense!
  • Dafuq Did I Just Watch?
  • The Worst Boyfriend Ever
  • F**k The Police!
  • Do You Love Animals?
  • First World Problems
  • Ryan Higa For President
  • The PARANORMAL Writers
  • The Christmas Ninja
  • More


  • 1,000,000
  • 2,000,000
  • 3,000,000
  • 4,000,000
  • 5,000,000
  • Just Wanted To Say...
  • Why Lamps!?

List Of Subscriber Milestones

Ryan hit 1 Million Subscribers On May 10th 2009.

Ryan hit 2 Million Subscribers On March 13rd, 2010.

Ryan hit 3 Million Subscribers On December 17th, 2010.

Ryan hit 4 Million Subscribers On July 6th, 2011.

Ryan hit 5 Million Subscribers On January 7th, 2012.

Ryan hit 6 Million Subscribers On November 2, 2012.

Ryan hit 7 Million Subscribers On February 12, 2013.

Ryan hit 8 Million Subscribers On April 21, 2013.

Ryan hit 9 Million Subscribers On June 24, 2013.

Ryan hit 10 Million Subscribers On August 22, 2013.

Ryan hit 11 Million Subscribers On December 10, 2013.

Ryan hit 12 Million Subscribers On March 25, 2014.

Ryan hit 13 Million Subscribers On September 22, 2014.

Ryan hit 14 Million Subscribers On March 16, 2015.

Ryan hit 15 Million Subscribers On August 11, 2015.

Ryan hit 16 Million Subscribers On January 12, 2016.

Ryan hit 17 Million Subscribers On May 16, 2016.

Ryan hit 18 Million Subscribers On August 29, 2016.

Ryan hit 19 Million Subscribers on January 2, 2017.


Nigahiga has also created some music remixes:

  • Yank Dat Cameltoe
  • Sorry Fans, Blame My ADD
  • So Damn Stupid!
  • I Miss You Soulja Boy
  • The Ninja Glare
  • Tweet Whore.
  • I'm a Chingstah!
  • Like a Good Boy
  • Shed a Tear
  • I'm Hardcore
  • Nice Guys
  • Christmas Swag
  • Bromance
  • Clenching My Booty
  • The Handshake Song
  • Coffee Shop Love
  • S.W.G.
  • Ignored (Clash of Clans Song)
  • BgA - Dong Saya Dae (똥싸야돼) M/V


  • Nigahiga has been #1 most subscribed on YouTube before. He was beaten by RayWilliamJohnson in Mid 2011.
  • Ryan and Sean starred in a movie called "Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure" (a pun on Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure) where they played the lead roles.

Games Credited

  • 007: Quantum of Solace

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Ryan was ranked 3rd in this episode

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