Stuart Ashen, commonly known by his online alias Ashens, is a British comedian, animator, actor and online reviewer of various (usually poor quality tech or food) products.
In 2010, Ashen created the series Ashen’s Tech Dump for BBC Online Comedy. In 2011 Ashens co-starred alongside Karen Hayley in another BBC Online Comedy series Back Space. In 2012 he starred as himself in The Proxy, a sci-fi webseries produced by ChannelFlip in partnership with Dell Alienware.The series took eight days to film, consists of 10 episodes and won a Marketing Week “Engage Award” in the “Gaming and Entertainment” section.
Ashen released the book Fifty-Thousand Shades of Grey on 23 September 2012; it parodies the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The title is literal, as the book simply consists of the phrase “Shades of Grey” repeated 50,000 times.
Ashen has produced over 520 videos, has over 1 million subscribers to his primary YouTube channel Ashens and over 250 million video views.
His secondary channel, used mainly for DVD-extra style clips, has over 270,000 subscribers and over 30 million video views. In addition to his own channels he has also produced videos for other YouTube channels, which include “The Multiverse”, a geek themed channel controlled by ChannelFlip.
Ashen wrote and starred in Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild, a feature film released in August 2013, for YouTube’s “Geek Week”. The film also stars Warwick Davis andRobert Llewellyn, and was produced by the multi-channel network ChannelFlip, in association with The Multiverse. The film was partially paid for through crowdfunding websiteIndiegogo with contributions totalling US$73,690 at the end of the month, which comprised 41% of the US$180,000 budget. As of June 2016 it has been viewed over a million times on YouTube. A remastered and slightly extended edition of the movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 14 July 2014. In 2016, Ashen confirmed a sequel to the movie at a fan screening.
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