Coy Wickey and Brian O’Donnell, better known as, Cheeky Boyos is an American social media influencing and content-creating duo, who gained popularity through their TikTok account. They have more than 11 million followers on his TikTok account. They are mainly recognized for creating parody pop culture content, while also creating experiments, reactions, and vlogs. They have a YouTube channel with more than 1.47 million subscribers.
The duo started their YouTube Channel on 9 September 2012 but only uploaded their first video on 21 October 2020. The most viewed video on this YouTube channel titled “Disappearing food prank in the drive-thru” that video got more than 22 million views.
The duo is well-known for participating in comedy competitions. They frequently accept fan challenges, such as hiding at Walmart or actively participating with strangers. Brian and Wickey meet when they were both in junior high school. They are quite active on all 3 platforms currently.
|Name(s)||Coy Wickey and Brian O’Donnell|
|Date Of Birth (Age)||Coy Wickey - July 20, 1999, 24 years old|
|Brian O'Donnell - 23 years old (DOB undisclosed)|
|TikTok||11 million followers|
|YouTube||1.4 million subscribers|
|Spouse/Partner||Coy Wickey - Caroline Kloepper|
|Brian O’Donnell - Unknown|
Cheeky Boyos launched his YouTube channel on September 9, 2019. They uploaded his first video, titled "PUNCHED IN THE FACE BY LOGAN PAUL", 8 years later on October 21, 2020. They started posting videos on TikTok in June 2019. Since then, O’Donnell and Wickey have achieved internet stardom on the social media platform, posting slapstick and prank-inspired short videos that often reach millions of viewers.
The duo didn't always plan on being social media influencers. The two became friends in junior high school, and they both live in Northeast Indiana today. When Wickey was a teenager, he achieved some internet popularity by posting gaming videos on YouTube.
He initially got an email from TikTok asking him to join the app and get paid for gaming content. Instead, he and O’Donnell realized there was new potential on TikTok: Creating funny videos together. At the time, the duo didn't actually set out to get followers. While TikTok runs on an algorithm that benefits creators who follow the in-app trends, they made it a point to rarely ever make videos based on trends. When they do, it’s to mock or exaggerate them, O’Donnell explained in an interview with InputFortWayne.com.
Instead, the duo tries to stay original in the content they post, and they’ve built a solid fanbase doing it. Their most notable attempt to grow their fanbase took place on a road trip stunt called the “The Great 48.” The logistics of the Cheeky Boyos’s trip were planned by Brian Blackwell, a college friend, and an accountant, who tagged along with them. The goal was to travel to 48 states, stopping in each one to create a short TikTok video and in the summer of 2020, they traveled to 48 US states and made a video in each. During this time, their popularity began to rise.
The three of them were prepared to eat, sleep, and live out of the van, they were traveling in, all while giving up their summer to achieve their dreams. Even though the duo had a strong following before they embarked on the trip, O’Donnell says growing their fanbase with a cross-country road trip was no easy task. Within the first 20 states of “The Great 48,” their videos were only getting about 100,000 views each, which wasn’t satisfactory. Their content wasn’t turning heads.
O’Donnell explained, “Every day we’d wake up, come up with an idea or story or whatever, film, edit it, and then get it out the next day, and then drive like three or four hours, right to the next state,” “Not that this trip is a waste, but we put money and our whole summer into it. And it was tiring. We’re eating the same meal every day for dinner and cooking on a tiny grill. Then sleeping in a van together.”
About halfway through the trip in Missouri, O’Donnell reveals that one of their videos “blew up.” It was a short clip of them going into a Chipotle restaurant and answering “no” to every question the workers asked. The video was viewed over 27 million times. After that, videos for “The Great 48” started getting 10-20 million views each, and the Cheeky Boyos began gaining national recognition from big-name companies and other internet-famous icons, like YouTuber David Dobrik.
As the Boyos’s popularity began to rise, so did the offers they received for sponsorships from companies. O’Donnell mentions they didn’t want to ruin their page by making it too promotional, so they tried to remember why they started making TikToks in the first place: To make people laugh. As their view counts on “The Great 48” continued to rise, they traveled to California and began making connections with bigger-name celebrities. Instead of stopping in California for the day, as they originally planned, the three boys ended up staying for a week due to the connections they found there.
They met James Charles, a famous makeup artist, and YouTuber. Charles invited O’Donnell and Wickey to his house, where they filmed themselves getting a makeover by Charles. Both men finished the video with a full face of glam makeup. O’Donnell reveals that Charles was nice, and it was a “massive deal” to be able to work with him.
As they pulled out of Charles’ driveway, they saw another YouTuber, Logan Paul, riding by on his bike. O’Donnell and Wickey say they contemplated stopping him to say “hi,” but they didn’t. Two days later, the Cheeky Boyos were filming a TikTok at Logan Paul’s house. They arrived at the house and filmed a TikTok where O’Donnell takes a punch to the face from Paul.
Their biggest moment for the Cheeky Boyos was meeting singer Jason Derulo, after reaching out to his manager. Per Derulo’s instructions, all three boys had to test negative for COVID-19 before meeting him, and O’Donnell says they were very happy when the results came back negative. O’Donnell reveals, “When we first met him, he was like, ‘What’s going on ya’ll?’ And we dapped him up, and at that moment, it’s like a video game,” “Someone you see on your phone or television is right in front of you, but it’s not like starstruck; it was more just like, ‘Cool. Now let’s get to work.’”
After arriving at Derulo’s house, the Cheeky Boyos pitched their humorous video ideas to him, and Derulo agreed to take part. O’Donnell and Wickey were able to film multiple videos with him, including one where they tackled Derulo into his pool. O’Donnell revealed that the Cheeky Boyos could feel a change in their fame levels after leaving California. People were starting to recognize them in public and ask for pictures. For two weeks, their videos were listed as the “most seen” on the TikTok app, and for almost a month, their account was among the top 10 in the world in views because of their trip.
In 2021, the Cheekyboyos received a Streamy Award for best short-form content. In October 2021, a fan challenged the Cheekyboyos to give fellow social star MrBeast a dollar so they went ahead and did it in a TikTok post. MrBeast wound up giving the Cheekyboyos a briefcase full of dollars in return.
The duo’s net worth is courted to be above an estimated $500k. Most of their earnings come from their social media presence as content creators on their main profile, brand collaborations, and merchandise.
On TikTok, the creators could potentially earn upwards of an estimated $11k per post, excluding brand-sponsored deals. On Instagram, they could make upwards of an estimated $2k for a brand-sponsored post. On YouTube, their average earnings are around the $4k mark per video, excluding brand-sponsored deals, for which they could charge upwards of $6k per video.
As far as brand collaborations go, the duo has associated themselves when several brands over the course of their social media career. We currently have no information regarding how much they could have earned through these brand-sponsored interactions as there is no public record of the figures. We can assume they would have charged a hefty sum depending on the brand and the activity.
The duo also sells merch on their own website along with a host of other websites like RedBubble, MerchBar, and TeePublic, among other online stores. They currently only sell hoodies, t-shirts, and caps, that range between $20 and $45. We currently do not know how much the duo makes from the sales, but we can safely assume that it would be upwards of the 5-figure mark yearly.
The duo’s dominance on social media is very evident with over 11 million TikTok followers, while on Instagram they have over 134k followers, and on YouTube, they have over 1.47 million subscribers.
Coy Wickey was born July 20, 1998, and is currently 24 years old. Brian O’Donnell’s date of birth is currently unknown, but we do know he was born a year after Wickey, making him 23 years old. Not much is known about their background or family life. The duo were born and brought up in Northeast Indiana, United States.
They met while they were in junior high school together. O’Donnell recently graduated from Purdue University in Indiana, but we do not know what he studied. Wickey is currently in a relationship with Caroline Kloepper. The duo plan to move to California to pursue careers in content creation.
They both share a passion to travel and make new connections with people across the country, as they did on their most notable achievement, “The Great 48”. Not much else is known about the duo.
Here are some of their more popular videos.
One of the duo’s most popular TikToks with over 39 million views.
A popular giveaway video by the duo with over 6.5 million views.
Another popular comedic video by the duo with over 17 million views.
Another very popular comedic video by the duo with over 20 million views
One of the duo’s most popular comedic TikToks with over 33 million views.
A. Coy Wickey and Brian O’Donnell, better known as, Cheeky Boyos is an American social media influencing and content-creating duo, who gained popularity through their TikTok account. They have more than 11 million followers on his TikTok account.
A. Coy Wickey was born July 20, 1998, and is currently 24 years old. Brian O’Donnell’s date of birth is currently unknown, but we do know he was born a year after Wickey, making him 23 years old.
A. The duo were born and brought up in Northeast Indiana, United States.
A. The Cheeky Boyos’, Coy Wickey, and Brian O’Donnell, most notable attempt to grow their fanbase took place on a road trip stunt called the “The Great 48.” The logistics of the Cheeky Boyos’s trip were planned by Brian Blackwell, a college friend, and an accountant, who tagged along with them. The goal was to travel to 48 states, stopping in each one to create a short TikTok video and in the summer of 2020, they traveled to 48 US states and made a video in each. During this time, their popularity began to rise.