- 1 Early Life and Educational Background
- 2 Career
- 3 Relationships
- 4 Hobbies, Favorite Things and Interesting Facts
- 5 Sam and Colby’s Controversies
- 6 Appearance and Clothing Style
- 7 Net Worth and Salary
Sam Golbach is a social media personality, YouTube celebrity and Vine Star. He is well known for being one half of the famous duo “Sam and Colby”.
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Early Life and Educational Background
Sam Golbach was born on the 27th of November 1996, in Leewood, Kansas, USA, to Cindy and Kirk Golbach. He is the middle child of his family, with an older sister named Allison and younger brother Ben. He matriculated from Blue Valley High School in his hometown.
Social Media Star
Sam’s career as a social media celebrity began on the video application Vine. He teamed up with his schoolmate and best friend – Colby Brock – to post videos on Vine. Their content mostly included prank videos, with them causing trouble in public places – their most viewed videos include “Following Fat People” and the “Public Disturbance” series. Before the app shut down in 2016, the duo had gained more than 1.6 million followers. In an interview with tubefilter, Colby said, ‘Made a Vine called “Following Fat People” which cause a lot of controversy resulting in us gaining a stupid amount of followers in a small amount of time. Took the leverage that we got from the new eyes to our channel, and were able to grow from there’.
In November of 2014, they shifted this fame to YouTube under a self titled channel, and uploaded their first video entitled ‘Sam and Colby Broke Up.. | What Next?’. They continued to post prank video and personal vlogs as well as comedy skits, continuing weekly for their ever-growing fan base. Their channel’s most viewed video is entitled ‘Breaking All Rules of the Ouija Board On Friday The 13th// 3 AM Challenge’ and they have more than three million subscribers to date. The YouTubers have also created two characters named Samantha and Colleen, who are over dramatic and scatterbrained in nature.
Collaborations with the two can be seen in the videos “Cooking W/ Samantha + Colleen”, “Getting Ready For A Date”, “The Yoga Challenge | Samantha and Colleen” and “EXPLORING WITH SAMANTHA AND COLLEEN” on their YouTube channel.
In 2019, they announced to their fans that they would henceforth only post meaningful content such as Witches Forest, Stanely Hotel, and the Kansas Trip. As of 2020, Sam and Colby mainly post videos from their “Overnight series and Exploration series” – Sam has even changed his motto to “Upward and Onward” and aims to make positive change.
“Stranded With Sam and Colby “
This is an American reality series that premiered on the 23rd of October 2019 as a Snapchat Original, on Snapchat. It is a documentary based on the exploration of the abandoned ghost town of Centralia, Pennsylvania by Sam and Colby. Produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, the show currently has one season with eight episodes.
“The Life Project “
This is a project founded by Sam and Colby, that aims to teach teens how to thrive in life by providing them with fundamental life skills they don’t learn in school. In an interview with Tubefilter, Sam said, ‘We always thought, if only we had that big brother to tell us what to do, we’d be so much more ahead in life.
to all the malls we got permanently banned from years ago… look at us now HAHAHA
but seriously… thank you guys. You’re making our dreams a reality ??♥️ https://t.co/jp71LU3gAP
— Sam (@SamGolbach) January 14, 2020
Now, since we never had that, we want to be that to our fans’.
Girlfriend— Katrina Stuart
Sam began dating Canadian YouTuber Katrina Stuart in 2016, and they’ve been together since – he introduced her to his fans in a 2017 video on their channel. Sam often shares pictures of his girlfriend on Instagram, as well as their many vacations. In 2019, the couple congratulated each other on their anniversary on social media, and from their recent posts, the couple are still going strong.
Hobbies, Favorite Things and Interesting Facts
- Sam once tried to dye his hair blonde despite being a natural blonde!
- He has also applied the colors violet, red and pink to his hair.
- As a kid, murderers and robbers were his worst fear
- He has confessed that he usually overthinks, and gets jealous easily.
- He enjoys eating food at Macdonald’s.
- Extreme sports are his absolute favorite. He has even experienced bungee jumping once.
- He owns a dog.
- His Zodiac Sign is Sagittarius.
- He has fanfictions named after him on the writing site Wattpad.
Sam and Colby’s Controversies
The famous duo have been involved in a number of controversies to date. Their content has been labeled as ‘childish’, ‘disruptive’ and ‘outright offensive’. “Following Fat People” —one of their most viewed videos on Vine— has been protested against by certain groups. In 2016, they were arrested by police for trespassing into a school that was under construction; after their release, they designed shirts printed with their mugshots. They were banned from the Oak Park mall for placing a couch in one of the elevators.
The most scandalous issue they’ve been involved in to date is a prank by fellow YouTuber Sam Pepper, in which he stages a kidnap and murder of Colby in front of Sam.
The video attracted a major backlash for spreading negative imagery on the site, and even has a petition with more than 100,000 signatures asking YouTube to remove Sam Pepper from the site. The petition’s author said, ‘Sam Pepper needs to be stopped. This is not his first offence and it won’t be his last, unless we stop him’. YouTube determined that the video did not violate their community guidelines, despite heavy criticism. Sam defended his friends by saying, ‘This isn’t a video to make people laugh, it was supposed to show a true friendship’.
Appearance and Clothing Style
Sam is a male of Caucasian ethnicity and American nationality. The social media star is 5ft 8ins (1.72m) tall, and weighs 143lbs(65 kgs). He has a mesomorph body type, with measurements of 38-30-13. He has blonde hair, blue eyes, and no tattoos. As of 2020, Sam is 24 years old.
Net Worth and Salary
Besides Sam’s YouTube channel, other sources of income include endorsements and his own merchandise store called “ X P L R “. According to socialblade, Sam’s monthly income can be up to $27,000, so with a yearly income as high as $330,000. As of early 2020, Sam and Colby have an estimated net worth of around $800,000. Sam currently lives in a mansion with five others, including his best friend Colby.