|Known for||Comedy, vlogging|
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Tony Huynh, known by his username thewinekone on YouTube, is a Canadian comedian and video blogger. Since the creation of his account in 2005, he has become one of the most viewed users on YouTube, as well as one of YouTube's first online personalities. In his video "'The Wine Kone' Revealed" he says that his user name "TheWineKone" is actually an anagram for "Toe Knee Hwin," which is a phonetic spelling for his actual name. Huynh is known for his long rant-like video blogs which often stray from the primary topic and contain somewhat perverse humour to varying degrees. Although he often acts hyperactive and strange in his videos, it was stated in "About Her/Their Videos" that he is simply acting for the purpose of entertainment.
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TheWineKone originated in July 2003 as a newsletter sent by e-mail to approximately 30 people. His mailing list grew over time and a year after, the newsletters had been named "The Wine Kone". Subscribers then received a collection of articles, edited images, audio clips and videos produced by Huynh himself. In April 2005, he decided to publish his works online.
In the first edition, he threatened those who received the newsletter that if they did not subscribe he would "give them one last chance to subscribe. If they do not, [Huynh] will terminate their subscription forever." This is a habit that carried over to YouTubing - those who have had negative comments about his videos would be "unsubbed" from his channel. He once described how he does this in a vlog, saying he blocks the viewer and then unblocks them to give them the freedom to watch or subscribe once again, at the risk of losing face. This seems to be the result of a joke Huynh plays - his goal is not merely to entertain an audience, but also to entertain himself and to play with the social construct within the medium in such a way that renders him a sort of anti-celebrity.
Huynh's first video on YouTube was "The Delaware Boy"in December 2005. In November 2006, he uploaded a video called "Internet Creepo" which was the origin of the persona that he was later known for on YouTube. In March 2007, his video "Hotness Prevails/Worst Video Ever" was selected for Best Commentary in the first YouTube Awards. In November 2007, he helped present the launch of YouTube's Canadian site. His video submission to the 2007 CNN-YouTube Democratic presidential debate was the entry most viewed by YouTube users, and his video was highlighted by moderator Anderson Cooper before the debate. Huynh is currently a Director on YouTube, and had over 28,050,000 upload views. He also appeared in a few collab videos one of which was produced by Smosh called "Three Guys in a Hotel". Another collab video was produced by LisaNova around the same time which was called "LisaNova does YouTube". This video was controversial with in the YouTube community because the users in it spammed the video all over the YouTube website. In 2014 Huynh went on a brief hiatus from creating videos due to an undisclosed illness. From 2014-2018 Huynh rarely uploads any videos. He uploads approximately once every four months. With many other Youtubers uploading daily content Huynh has gone from one of the most popular users on the site to relatively obscure. Despite his poor upload schedule, Huynh remains with a cult like following who continue to wait for him to upload his next video.
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