A little over two years ago, a quintet of Australian teenagers boarded a train in Melbourne and made it uncomfortable for the passengers: They sat too close to people, barked like dogs, and sang a Justin Bieber song. They put the results on YouTube, and dozens of videos and millions of views later, they have made their way to Hollywood.
The Janoskians — brothers Luke, Jai, and Beau Brooks, plus friends James Yammouni and Daniel Sahyounie — now have a rapidly expanding empire: They also operate as a boy band (they recently signed a record deal with Republic; the current single is ”Real Girls Eat Cake”), have launched a clothing line, and just inked a deal with Lionsgate to produce a feature film based around the group’s pranks, music, and general chaos-hungry lifestyle.
The fandom surrounding the Janoskians (that’s short for Just Another Name of Silly Kids in Another Nation) has gotten intense. At least twice their meet-and-greet events have been shut down because the crowds were too large, including one incident in Times Square in February. Though they’ve now made the big time, they continue to step up their prank game. ”We’d love to be able to streak through a really big event, like the World Cup,” Yammouni tells EW. Adds Luke, ”We just haven’t had the budget or the organization. Or the balls.”