Korean Englishman (영국남자) is a YouTube channel created by Josh Carrott and Ollie Kendal. It includes content in Korean and English (with subtitles in both languages) describing the reactions of British people to aspects of Korean culture and food. The channel initially introduced Korean food to their British friends who never tasted it before, most famously introducing fire noodles to their friends and challenged them to eat it in one of their videos. It later became the first start of Fire Noodle Challenge.
The channel introduced a variety Korean food to celebrities in the form of short interviews, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, Pom Klementieff, Ryan Reynolds, Will Smith, David Beckham and two actors from Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong.At first, the channel mostly had Korean viewers, but now has a more global audience.
In the beginning, Kendal was rarely seen in the videos, mainly in charge of filming and editing, while his friend Carrott (an Englishman who lived in Korea) served as the main host of the show. Over time, Kendal started to appear more often and now co-hosts many of the videos. Kendal, Carrott's best friend and his “first wife“, is now many’s favorite and is loved by the channel’s subscribers.
Joshua Daryl Carrott was born in England to Daryl and Maureen Carrott (née Moone). He has a brother named Jordan. When he was 12, Carrott's family moved from England to Qingdao, China due to his father's work. Carrott was first exposed to Korean culture in the International School of Qingdao, which has a large population of South Korean expatriates. He then returned to England for university, majoring in Korean studies at SOAS, University of London with a year abroad at Korea University during which he became fluent in the Korean language. He is married to Gabriela 'Gabie' Kook, an Argentinian-born Korean chef who grew up in Spain and the US and studied in Spain, the US and France. Gabie Kook was runner-up on MasterChef Korea, who also maintains a widely viewed YouTube channel called "Gabie Kook" (subs 1.22M). They recently became owners of a Cavapoochon puppy named Brie.
Oliver John Kendal is a YouTuber who co-hosts the 'JOLLY' and 'Korean Englishman' channel. He is also Josh's best friend and is sometimes jokingly referred to as his first wife. He is from Devon and is most commonly called "Ollie'. Kendal is the official carrier of the JOLLY channel's Instagram @olliekendal on which he has 291 thousand followers. He used to primarily contribute behind the camera for Korean Englishman initially, but now appears on camera quite often for both channels, especially Jolly. Kendal is loved and adored by the audience of both channels for his personality and humor.
Henry Kendal (Kendal's father) is a Pastor at St. Barnabas Church since 2015. He was ordained in the Church of England having studied variously at London Bible College (now London School of Theology), Oak Hill College and North Thames Ministerial Training College. He is a regular speaker at New Wine and in many places around the world. His has written a book called “The Wind Blows Wherever it Pleases.” Henry is a popular appearance on the channel. He also enjoys spending time with his family, walking in the country, riding quad bike, playing real tennis and eating cheese. He has 10.3 thousand followers on his Instagram @olliesfather.
Kendal's mother's name is Jane. She has not been featured on his Instagram or Youtube channel, but has been mentioned several times. Kendal has a younger brother called Patrick Kendal and a younger sister. He has 10.3 thousand followers on his instagram @olliesfather.
Elizabeth Anne Kendal, popularly called Lizzie, is Kendal's wife. He met her in high school and was married to her at the age of 21. Lizzie Kendal is an artist and museum and gallery learning facilitator based in London. She has a background in youth and children's work, particularly with refugees and migrants. She is interested in storytelling and socially engaged practice. She has completed an MA in Art, Design and Education at the UCL Institute of Education, and is an alumna of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and Central Saint Martins. She has designed and led activities at Sir John Soane's Museum, The Art Trolley, the City of London Police Museum, the British Museum, the Migration Museum Project and various schools and community events. She has also created The Stone Museum in 2016. She currently is also part of the St. Savior's Church, and is responsible for Safe Guarding. She has 26.8 thousand followers on her instagram @lizziekendal.
Juno Elizabeth was born to Ollie and Lizzie on 20th September 2017. She has appeared on both Korean Englishman and Jolly multiple times ("British 2-Year Old Goes To Korea" series on Korean Englishman and a number of reaction videos on Jolly) and is a sensation on both channels. She has been associated with pineapples and has received multiple pineapple related presents from all over the world. She loves fluffy things, strawberries, aquariums and the color yellow. Juno is also the goddaughter of Josh and Gabie.
Education and career of Oliver Kendal started as he attended SOAS with Carrott where he did some studies related to Human Psychology, including materials related to Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. He also has a masters in an unknown subject. He got a job as the director of This is growth LTD on December 3rd 2014 and resigned on 12 January 2017. He also had a part-time job and was also managing a debt advice center for a while when the duo started their career as YouTubers on 10 August 2013 after uploading their video on their channel 영국남자 (Korean Englishman) which currently has 3.94M subscribers (as of September 2020). Kendal has opened up in many videos about the anxiety he suffered from during this time due to the enormous workload, in one of which he recalled having panic attacks. On 13 February 2017, they started another channel called JOLLY that has reached 2.1M subscribers (as of September 2020). All videos are subtitled in English and Korean.
Often featured on the channels is guest Reverend Christopher Lee (popularly known as Rev. Chris), Ollie's brother-in-law. Reverend Chris' twin brother, Major Charles Lee, also occasionally features on their channels, co-starring with Rev. Chris in a 2019 series titled 'British TWINS Come to Korea!! (Priest + Commando)'.
Jolly (stylized as JOLLY) started more as a smaller channel of Korean Englishman. Unlike Korean Englishman, the newer channel Jolly, started in 2015, which represents a portmanteau of their names Josh and Ollie as well as the English word "Jolly" as it is, is equally co-hosted by the two with Kendal taking a more prominent role on the screen, as the co-host, compared to their main channel. While the style of the videos on the Korean Englishman channel has a higher production value than Jolly, Jolly was created to have a more communicative and personal feel to viewers, more casually through experimental contents in shorter and simpler videos. Jolly is also different from Korean Englishman as it is seasonal shows whereas the latter is often a themed series of videos.
While JOLLY is a mix of Mukbang (eating broadcasts), reaction, interviews with famous celebrities, mail/box opening, and vlogging channel, Korean Englishman focuses on the Korean culture, having people come to Korea to experience the food and customs, or Carrott and crew travelling to other countries to experience what Korean food is like in other countries, or Carrott introducing Korean food and culture to famous people, friends, family, loved ones from his home in England, in Korean-styled restaurants in London, or in the English public.
Unlike Korean Englishman, JOLLY episodes are divided into seasons, from Season 1 to Season 12 (as of January 2020), each season being indicated by a unique arrangement of 5 colors below the big "JOLLY" text during the introduction. Episode numbers are indicated with Roman Numerals. As of 25 August 2020, JOLLY is on Season 12, Episode 190 (CXC), where Josh and Ollie (Carrott, Kendal) show Rev. Chris (Lee) the game Doom Eternal. JOLLY is also where Kendal learns Korean (Hangeul), in their playlist of 35 videos.