Sam Golbach is an American social media personality, who is possibly best known for his collaborations with Colby Brock on their joint YouTube channel.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Sam John Golbach hails from Kansas City, Missouri, and was born under the Sagittarius zodiac sign on 27 November 1996, which makes him 27 years old as of 2023. He’s the son of Cindy Olson Golbach and Kirk Golbach, and has an elder sister and a younger brother named Allison and Ben Golbach respectively.
Golbach was educated at Blue Valley High School, in Stanley, Kansas, where he met the YouTuber and his regular collaborator, Colby Brock.
Sam and Colby Accounts
Sam and Colby began their career on Vine, on which they posted short-format prank videos, which featured them causing trouble in malls, parks, Target stores, and other places. One of their most popular was “Following Fat People,” (accumulated over 10 million views) in which they followed random shoppers at a local supermarket while playing the saxophone. Their account garnered the first 10,000 followers by January 2014. By the time the app was discontinued, the duo had accumulated over 1.6 million followers.
They went on to produce user-engaging funny short videos on other social media platforms. In January 2014, Sam partnered with Colby to create the Twitter account, @SamandColby, on which the duo has accumulated 1.1 million followers as of 2023. They also have a joint Facebook account, that has around 715,000 followers.
Sam partnered with Colby to launch their joint YouTube channel on 29 October 2014. posted their first video, “Intro Video,” on 14 November of that year, in which they introduced themselves stating the intentions of launching the channel. They went on to post horror-themed, exploration videos, touring spooky and haunted places around the world. Some of their most viewed are “The Night We Talked to Demons. | REAL Conjuring House” (uploaded on 25 July 2021) and “THE STANLEY: USA’s Most Haunted Hotel (Full Movie)” (uploaded on 3 June 2019), which have over 36 million and 35 million views respectively. The duo has garnered over 11 million subscribers, and has uploaded 340+ videos, which have accumulated around 1.5 billion views.
Activism and The Life Project
In 2016, Sam teamed up with Colby to create the organization The Life Project, which offers podcasts and videos meant to teach teenagers and young youths essential life skills that aren’t usually taught in school. In an interview with Tubefilter, Golbach disclosed the main reason why they launched the program, stating that their mission is to help people struggling with depression, adding ‘We felt lost a lot of the time, and most of what we do is a helping hand. We just talk to them and get them through their problems. We always thought, that if only we had that big brother to tell us what to do, we’d be so much more ahead in life. Now, since we never had that, we want to be that to our fans.’ The Life Project is a community center, which allows its members to connect and share their thoughts through other social media platforms. Their podcasts and videos have been featured by several news agencies, such as “The Huffington Post” and “BBC.”
Sam is keen on raising mental health awareness, and has collaborated with Ad Council in their mental health campaigns. In December 2018, he was invited – together with Brock – to their 65th Annual Public Award Dinner. Funds amounting to over $5.3 million was donated at the dinner event
Other Social Media Platforms
Sam joined Twitter (@SamGolbach) in Jan 2013, and has accumulated over a million followers as of 2023. He is active on Instagram too (@samgolbach) with over 2.3 million followers. He is also active on TikTok with over 2.5 million followers and over 33 million likes. Sam uses his social media platforms to promote various brands, such as HP, Best Buy, and McDonald’s.
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In 2016, Golbach began dating the Canadian singer and YouTuber Katrina Stuart. Stuart became popular for posting cover songs by popular singers such as Maroon 5, Beyonce and Gwen Stefani. The couple announced their break-up in 2023.
Currently, Sam resides in Woodland Hills in Los Angeles, is single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Sam and Colby have been criticized on social media for posting offensive and disruptive content. While videos such as “Following Fat People” resulted in protests from some of their fans, disruptive pranks such as placing a seat inside an elevator at Oak Park Mall saw them banned from the establishment. In November 2015, the YouTuber and prankster Sam Pepper, pranked Golbach by ‘kidnapping’ him and ‘shooting him on the head,’ which received a lot of scrutiny from the media because of spreading negative imagery. Currently, Sam and Colby aim at documenting the good aspects of life instead of mischief and pranks, and have adopted the team motto ‘Onward and Upward,’ which were Golbach’s grandmother’s final words.
On 16 January 2019, Sam and Colby were arrested for shooting a video in an abandoned Hillsborough County school facility without a permit, and were detained at Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Golbach is of Caucasian ethnicity, and blue eyes and blonde hair; one of his distinctive features is a chiseled face. He’s 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, weighs approximately 145lbs (66kgs).
Sam and Colby run an online apparel store, on which they sell a wide array of clothing including hoodies and T-shirts. On top of the revenue collected from the sale of his merchandise, Sam earns from brand endorsement deals, and is worth approximately $1.5 million as of late 2023.
Who Is Sam’s Partner, Colby Brock
Cole Robert ‘Colby’ Brock was born in Stanley, Kansas, under the Capricorn zodiac sign on 2 January 1997, which makes him 26 years old as of 2023. He was brought up in a well-settled Christian family by Lesa Brock, a housewife, and Layne Brock, a businessman; His older brother is the social media personality, Gage Brock. Colby attended Blue Valley High School in his hometown, and matriculated at a local university in Kansas. After graduation, he relocated to Los Angeles, California, where he met YouTuber, Big Nick, who inspired him to begin his social media career.
In addition to the joint YouTube channel, Sam and Colby, Brock runs his self-titled YouTube channel, which currently has over three million subscribers. He launched it on 7 November 2016 and has posted over 225 videos, which have over 343 million views as of late 2023. His most popular video is “CALLING TERRIFYING PHONE NUMBERS pt. 3 (STALKER) | Colby Brock,” which was uploaded on 9 September 2017, and has accumulated over 9.3 million views.
Brock is also active on Instagram and Twitter, with over 3 million and 1.2 million followers respectively.
He’s also into music and other creative projects and released the song “Skin” in 2022. Brock is worth approximately $3 million, as of 2023.