FAP was founded in 2014 with only four members. After five years, the group has 60 members and its channel FAP TV become the first Vietnamese channel receiving YouTube Diamond Play Button for 10 million subscribers. Photo courtesy of FAP TV Facebook page

By Phương Mai

HCM CITY – FAP TV, the YouTube channel of FAP comic group, is the first Vietnamese channel to receive a Diamond Play Button for surpassing 10 million subscribers.

The channel’s 423 comedy videos about social issues have earned a total of 4 billion views.

“Our precious property is the audience who love our videos,” FAP said on its YouTube channel.

The group has received many congratulations as well as encouragement from fans on their channel.

The group has expressed their gratitude to fans and asked them to continue to watch them.

They said that fan support had motivated them to continue bringing laughter and meaningful life lessons through their videos.

FAP was founded in 2004 with four members, director Trần Đức Viễn, producer AT117, actor Thái Vi, aka rapper Black Bi, and actress-model Ribi Sachi.

The group now has over 60 members.

Many of them quickly became promising performers in the local comedy scene, including Huỳnh Phương, Vinh Râu and Trịnh Thảo.

“We are doing what we love,” Thái Vũ told local media.

In the beginning, FAP members spent their own money to make videos. 

Their videos were well-known for rustic humor and acting featuring topics about friendship, family and love, which have attracted young audiences, especially students.

A year later, FAP decided to launch its first series called Cơm Nguội (Day-old Rice) to reflect social relationships and familiar issues in daily life.

The group releases three to seven episodes of the series every week. 

The series has 205 episodes, and has had five million to eight million views.

They have also released four series about school life, including 16-episode Yêu Ư? Để Sau (Love? Later), 12-episode Là Anh (It’s You), 12-episode Ai Nói Tui Yêu Anh (Who Said I Loved You), and the ongoing Sạc Pin Trái Tim (Charging Your Heart).

These series features young actors like Nguyên Yunie,Võ Đình Hiếu, Kim Ngân, Mai Xuân Thứ, and Huỳnh Phương

Interesting plots and talented actors have helped these series earn from three to 14 million views for each episode.

“I like FAP TV. Their videos are funny and meaningful. The plot is close to my daily life at home and school and the actors are cute,” said Đỗ Thành Công, a student at Hùng Vương High School in Đồng Nai Province.

As a result, FAP’s effort and hard work has paid off.

They received the Silver Play Button for 100,000 subscribers in 2015, Golden Play Button for 1 million subcribers in 2016, and now the Diamond Play Button. — VNS