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Joshua Evan Ovenshire (b. May 18, 1987), also known as Jovenshire, The Jovenshire, or simply Joven is an American YouTuber and one of the four original hosts on Smosh Games. He was a part of both Clevver Games and Mahalo Games alongside Lasercorn and Sohinki before their transition to Smosh Games in 2012. On January 17, 2013 he started his own YouTube channel, The Jovenshire, where he uploads vlogs every Friday and hosts Unpopular Kids, a weekly panel show that began on August 21, 2015. In April 2019, he announced on one of his videos on his personal YouTube channel that he is no longer a full-time member of Smosh Games; however, he later revealed that he would likely still appear in their videos on a fairly regular basis, and that his statement referenced the fact that since Smosh is now owned by a different production company, he and other cast members have more freedom to pursue their own creative endeavors. His last Smosh video was Our First Space Battle! - Warframe Empyrean in 2019.

In recent years, Joven has also begun pursuing a voice acting career, recording a DLC announcer pack for the mobile game JetPack Fighter. He voiced Baron Zemo and Bucky Barnes in How Captain America: Civil War Should Have Ended.

King of the Nerds

  • From January 17 to February 14 2013, Jovenshire was on the first season of a reality competition TV show on TBS called "King of The Nerds". Joven came in seventh place, losing to Ivan Van Norman.
    • Joven has been quoted in multiple Game Bangs and other videos that "the show was rigged," although this is most likely in good nature.
    • The other Smosh Games members seem to make fun of Joven for losing in multiple instances. In one GTS video, Joven got excited about doing a reality TV show, which was responded with "because you do so well on reality TV." Sohinki and Joven were also discussing King of the Nerds in Lasercorn's channel video.
    • Despite losing to him, Joven seems to be on good terms with Ivan, who was in a video where Joven, Sohinki, Lasercorn, and Flitz played Ivan's tabletop game "Outbreak: Deep Space"
    • He has also said in various vlogs or posts that he and other KOTN contestants from that season occasionally meet up.

Jovenshire Leaves Smosh Games

On April 10, 2019, Jovenshire confirmed in the comments of a video on his personal channel that he, Sohinki and Wes would not be returning to Smosh Games as full-time members, with their status being officially confirmed as part-time in the eleventh episode of SmoshCast on May 1, 2019.

Appearances After Leaving Smosh Games

Here is a list of videos Joven has appeared in after it was announced he was becoming a part-time member of Smosh.


  • Jovenshire has three dogs named Lilah, Freya and Skadi.[4]
  • Joven is married to Katherine "Kate" Bow (better known online as KaternicusPrime), a hairstylist and makeup artist, as shown on Instagram. They first met via Tinder in 2014, with Kate stating she matched with him because he "looked like a nerd".[5] In September 2016, they became engaged, as announced by Joven in a video with Kate on his personal channel. They married on September 30th, 2017.
  • Joven holds the record for most overall losses in Game Bang with a total of 131 losses.
  • Based on the Game Bang episodes Cover Your Ears, We're Singing and Rock Band Rocks!, Joven was pronounced to be a terrible singer. However, he has stated on his personal channel that if he practices, he has a "decent" singing voice. Joven also has a 'talent' for singing Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe, as demonstrated in multiple Smosh Games videos.
  • Joven has a tendency to go into fits of hysteria where he produces a sporadic, wheezing laugh, nicknamed "the walrus laugh" by other cast members.
  • From 21 October 2013 to early 2014 Joven sported a Mohawk hairstyle, which was referred to by the others as the "Jovenhawk"
    • This hairstyle came about as a result of Joven losing a bet on Gamer Nation to Lasercorn and Sohinki about the release date of PS4.
    • In February 2015, Joven decided to revert to the "Jovenhawk" look (although it looked closer to his first known hairstyle, pictured below, than it did when he first had it).
    • In 2017, Joven made a video on his personal channel revealing that he plans to bring back the Jovenhawk upon reaching 750,000 subscribers.
  • Joven has numerous tattoos, and has discussed their individual meanings on his personal channel.
    • His first tattoo is on his right arm, which is "Don't fear your decision" written in Japanese characters; it was inspired by a masquerade ball he went to, where he remarked on the guests' terrible dancing, and the way they didn't care how it looked to others. He said he wishes everyone thought this way.
    • On his left wrist is a set of vampire fangs, which was the logo of the first paranormal investigation group that he was a part of. He sees it as a symbol of "You are who you are because of where you've been".
    • On his left arm is the Batman logo, nicknamed 'The Bat-tat' by Joven. He says that he got it simply because he loves Batman, and that he "needs a nerdy tattoo", because "that's who he is".
    • On his right calf is a tattoo of the Mandelorian, or the "Boba Fett' Crest" from the Star Wars franchise. Joven has stated multiple times that he loves Star Wars, due to his father effectively raising him on the franchise, and is particularly fond of the characters Darth Maul and Boba Fett.
    • Along the length of his spine is a large sword, which he states was the first sword he used, representing his love of fantasy, and as a symbol of strength. There is a video of him getting this tattoo titled "Victim of Art". In the video WE ARE ANIME, Joven says that when he got this tattoo he thought it would be cool if he could pull the sword off his back and use it as a a real one.
    • His most recent tattoo is a set of clockwork gears over his heart. Joven has suffered numerous near-death experiences, and was once even pronounced dead, and he says the gears represent whatever other force that has kept him alive - in addition to symbolising his motivation to keep going.
      • In "THIS VOTING GAME IS RIGGED", Joven expressed the belief that since he has survived so many things, he cannot die; Wes countered this by saying that his recurring survival seems closer to a cat using up its nine lives and that Joven is becoming more and more vulnerable, while Tanner Risner argued that Joven has technically already died due to these incidents (which apparently included cancer).
  • In the Game Bang episode EPIC SMOSH RAP BATTLE, Joven was proven to be a bad rapper.
  • On the Super Mari Fun Time episode "THE RETURN OF BROKEBACK JOVEN", Joven revealed that he loves country music.
  • Along with Anthony, Ian, Mari, Olivia, Courtney and Noah, Joven grew up in California, specifically in Hollywood.
  • In the video that announced Smosh Games on the Clevver Games channel, it was revealed that the double "v" in the name "Clevver" was Joven's "fault".
  • During punishments in Game Bangs that involve eating, Joven has always had the worst gagging reaction, and he used to be the only one who always had a "Bucket of Shame" prepared.
  • In the early Dancing Game Bangs uploaded to the channel, Joven was shown to be a reasonably skilled dancer. Out of the twelve Game Bangs that have had the players doing dancing games, Joven has ended up doing the punishment five times (Dancing with the Star Wars, You Can't Stop the Motion, Just Dance Like No One is Watching, Halloween Just Dance!! and Making Music With Our Bodies), and has come last place three times (You Can't Stop the Motion, Just Dance Like No One is Watching an Halloween Just Dance!!).
    • His first win for a dancing-themed Game Bang was Breaking It Down In 2014, making him the last player to have won such an episode.
    • In the "Just Dance" conclusion to BIGGEST GAME BANG EVER (and the Game Bang series as a whole), Joven and Mari both earned a "SUPERSTAR" rating in their dance, becoming the only members of the Smosh family to earn anything higher than five stars in a Just Dance video.
  • Joven has stated on his personal channel that he doesn't like it when people call him Josh. He prefers to be called Joshua or Joven.
  • He was cast on The Walking Dead Webisodes as a walker.
  • Joven used to be the second tallest member of Smosh Games, behind only Anthony. This changed when Wes and Flitz joined the cast (both are 6'3").
  • In a "Why We're Single" episode, he stated that he bought himself a Gamecube as a kid.
  • Despite Joven's high number of Smosh Game Bang losses, he was, in fact, the last player to lose their first episode.
  • One of his celebrity crushes is Emma Watson, as mentioned in Smosh video Emma Watson Surprise Prank.
  • During Game Bang's main run time, Joven had the longest losing streak of anyone, not having an individual win since Grease Bang, but as of April 10, 2015 his losing streak ended, and a team win since We Are Great Liars (as of March 2015)
    • The Smosh Games members seem to be aware of this, and in 50 Shades of Mario Party, Sohinki shouted "Update the Wikipedia: [Joven] is still on a losing streak" when it was announced that Joven lost.
    • Joven also has the joint longest punishment streak with Mari, both having had 7 consecutive punishments at one point or another
    • Joven losing and having to do the punishment has now become such a common occurrence that he acts genuinely surprised when he wins (or even only avoids the punishment)
  • In a video on his personal channel, Joven stated that he has very bad eyesight, to the point that there are literal blind spots in his cornea (however, he has also stated that they do not affect his ability to drive, though this doesn't prevent his friends from mocking him and continuously asking "Will we survive driving with Joven?"). This often causes him to have trouble seeing detail, reading or writing clearly, or seeing the screen during a Game Bang. Flitz once called him the "Blind Beaver".
  • Joven has stated in the past that he is a fan of long-running British Sci-Fi Drama Doctor Who.
  • He is sometimes a guest on the FineBros show YouTubers React along with Sohinki and Lasercorn.
  • Joven shared an apartment with Wes until April 2015. He has since moved out and currently lives in a flat of his own. At some point, he began living with his girlfriend Kate Bow (now his wife).
  • In a "Lunchtime with Smosh Games" video, it was revealed that he is a sword collector and owns a police baton, nicknamed a "Joven Baton", which he keeps in his car. Sohinki has said that Joven claims he used to practice martial arts, which is revealed to be true in Teenage Mutant Ninja Smosh, as Joven was the most skilled at using the weapons. 
  • He is reputed for making terrible jokes and puns, called "Joven Jokes" by the other Smosh Games crew.
    • One of the more famous Joven Jokes is his "a mine is a terrible thing to waste" joke, which became popular after he repeated it in two separate Game Bangs.
  • It has been implied multiple times that he is intimidated by Lasercorn. A notable example would be in one episode when Sohinki dared Joven to take a bite out of Lasercorn's food but Joven was terrified that Lasercorn would beat him up.
  • Joven has mentioned in the COMIC CON BREAKFAST TIME (BONUS) that he is an excellent cook.
  • He has showed his enjoyment of scaring others on Sohinki's channel. In one video[1], he creeps up behind Sohinki and Mari while they play the horror game, "Amnesia". He has also scared Mari by popping out from under her desk in a video on his personal channel [[2]].
  • In Crazy Electric Shock Game it is revealed that Joven takes enjoyment from being electrocuted even to a point of placing the electrodes next to his privates then turned on the machine, in Real Life Prop Hunt he seemed to be excited about a plate being smashed on his head, suggested using the plate to Lasercorn and having to have a shard be removed from his head while partially laughing so it is implied that he is somewhat of a masochist (in fact, he said that he likes punishment but it could be a joke).
  • In Grand Theft Smosh, Maricraft and in the Mario Kart 8 Grand Prix, Joven often teams up with Lasercorn in attacking the other players and praise each other's destruction even sometimes they both cause episodes to turn dark and Joven suggesting ideas and items to use in the episode as evidenced in "Top 5 Darkest Smosh Games Moments," "Trolling In The Wild West" and "Real Life Prop Hunt." However at times Joven becomes Lasercorn's main target along with the other players even at times becomes a central target for example in How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse Lasercorn says that he will sacrifice Joven to escape from zombies.
  • During the first Death Bus episode, Lasercorn accidentally slurred the final "s", thus turning the name into "Death Buth". Lasercorn tried to blame it on Joven during the Air Death Buth episode.
  • Joven was in Italy competing against other YouTubers in the Forza Fuel challenge (for the release of Forza Horizon 2).
  • He gets the most hate out of every member on Smosh Games for no real reason, causing him to receive pity from the fans to a point of the Smosh Games mails constantly receive comments asking them to stop bullying Joven. However Joven defends the group's actions by saying that his relationship to Sohinki and Lasercorn is close to a brotherly bond, and states that he can handle the mocking and hate.
  • It was revealed in the first Halloween Just Dance video that Joven has ornithophobia. He is notably terrified of ostriches and has also been shown to be wary of peacocks.
  • It has been shown multiple times that he and Flitz see themselves as best friends, or at least to be very close. Numerous examples include starring together in top 5 videos and saying things in unison while playing GTA which was also revealed the backstory on the time he was pronounced dead, in WE ARE SUPERHEROES (Why We're Single) Joven implied that electricity was involved in his death and revival.
  • In WE ARE SUPERHEROES (Why We're Single) Joven also revealed he has been electrocuted countless times, including once while changing a car battery.
  • Joven is apparently the gassiest member of the Smosh cast, being able to clear an entire room with a single fart in one episode.
  • Sometimes, Joven will perform his own version of the Sohinkism, called the Jovenrage, when he fails in a video game, such as the latest Game Bang.
    • The term Jovenrage originated in Rumble In The Smosh Bronx where Joven said "next round Jovenrage" after he and Flitz connected the colours of the fighters to the Lantern Corps colours from the Green Lantern comic series and they further stated that Flitz's character was yellow which was for fear, Jovenshires character was red which was for rage and Sohinki's character was blue which was for hope.
  • Joven has coulrophobia (a fear of clowns) which was explained in Movies That Should be Games which he says was a result of the movie Killer Klowns from Outer Space, as well as in the Five Nights at Freddy's 2 gameplay video,
    • Joven also said that he is "freaked out" by jack-in-the-boxes after seeing the puppet from Five Nights At Freddy's, saying that's where he "draws the line" suggesting that he also has pupaphobia (fear of puppets).
  • Something happened in late August 2014 that caused Sohinki and Lasercorn to create the hashtag #buttsandwich. Joven could not get the joke two weeks later during Why We're Single. Many viewers are also unaware of the joke's meaning, as well.
  • Joven has a tendency to make the most awkward and/or poorly said comments out of the eight members of Smosh Games, which frequently earns him a glare and the catchphrase "Dammit Joven!" For example, during the Five Nights at Freddy's 2 episode, the moral of the episode was "Don't have asshole friends", prompting Joven to exclaim "Asshole Bang!".
  • Up until RAGING WITH PORTAL, Joven had never played any games in the Portal series. This proved against him and Lasercorn when the two were paired in that same episode as a team, being labelled respectively as "the noob and the veteran". The two lost because Joven would "not stop dicking around".
  • Joven's name has become so synonymous with getting a chance to recover and then straight-up blowing it that during ARROWS TO THE FACE when Flitz was one kill away from tying with Wes in their tie-breaker round, only for Wes to exploit a shortcut and utterly destroy Flitz, Joven exclaimed "You SO Jovened that!".
  • Joven had his chest waxed by the other members of Smosh Games in 2013 in the episode "THE WAX JOB" and has put an extended version on his personal channel. He stated that once the channel hit five million subscribers he would get waxed again. This has not happened yet.
    • Sohinki and crew have subverted this last challenge and tried to make Joven wax his gooch, to the point where Sohinki and Lasercorn made #Goochwax "a thing".
    • However in the last bonus video of 2014 Smosh Games Year in Review he said he will re-wax his chest if Anthony waxes his legs.
      • He also made a joke in Minecraft Hunger Games that he would wax his scrotum if the channel hit 2 billion subscribers.
    • In 2017, Joven made a video on his personal channel revealing that when he hit one million subscribers, he would wax his chest again.
  • In a bonus video, it was revealed that he used to work at Target.
  • Lasercorn and Sohinki frequently taunt Joven for playing poorly during heists in Grand Theft Smosh. They behaved especially viciously during Joven Quits Smosh Games, calling him a "bronzie" and telling him not to "bronze it up". Ironically, Joven ended up earning the platinum medal when the heist was over, while Sohinki got bronze.
  • In KILLER KAWAII GIRLS, it was revealed that he hates cats but loves puppies, however in MEWTWO POKEMON BEAT OFF he states that he loves cats.
  • Joshua reportedly has ancestral heritage in Ireland, as seen in Zombies Eat Chicken Brains, Right? where he is wearing a shirt with a shamrock and the Irish flag, and in Dirty Secrets in Adult Loaded Questions when Sohinki makes a joke about the potato-based punishment.
  • In HALO RIFLE VS LIGHTSABER, it is stated by text on the screen that Joven was in his high school flag team.
  • Joven says in OUR DIRTY PAST that he hates popcorn, and when he goes to the movies he gets nachos instead.
  • His mother has been described as a MILF in Drunk, Stoned or Stupid. She is a beautiful woman inside and out.
  • Joven claims that he started the steampunk movement although Wes, Lasercorn and Sohinki did not believe him.
  • In early 2016, Joven stated he was seeing a personal trainer due to his weight. In the opening ceremony of Smosh Summer Games: Camp, it was revealed that Joven had been working out in preparation for Summer Games, and had been doing so for six weeks up until that point.
  • Joven frequently claims that he hates hugs and the like; due to his grumpy disposition, the other cast members, especially Mari, sometimes refer to him as Old Man Joven..
  • As seen on several vlogs, Joven is an impressively good cook, even getting compliments from Sohinki. He has suggested that with enough fan support, a Smosh Games cooking show might be a possibility in the future.
  • During the Dodgeball event in Smosh Summer Games: Camp, there is a very brief clip of Joven mooning the opposing team, granting us the first ever picture of Jovenbutt.
  • Even though Joven has never actively spoken about it, it has been made clear (particularly by Wes) that Joven would like to be a father someday.
  • There is a ship between Joven and Mari, named Marishire. This is shown through the numerous times they hugged each other, gave each other compliments and the times both of them team up against the cast even though they are both in relationships.
  • In Grand Theft Smosh Joven proves to be an exceptional participant of the trigger word game. He has the highest total count of triggers with 6 (closely followed by Wes with 5), is the only participant to have written off at least one full list of words without supplementing it with new ones (he did the twice) and is the first of two players to have been double triggered (the other being Flitz).
  • In The San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) Breakfast series, Joven revealed that he was a "latchkey" kid growing up - meaning that his parents weren't home when he got home from school and so he had to unlock the house and be by himself for a while.
  • According to "DRUNK, STONED OR STUPID" (the Smosh Games Alliance version), Joven hates Black Fridays.
  • In November 2017 he started a new series on his personal channel featuring Leo Camacho and Matt Raub, in which the three will make individual Top Five lists on a topic and combine them to make a definitive Top Five list.
  • In a Maricraft video, Joven claimed that pop singer Fergie's father was a math teacher he had in school and he actually hit Joven with his car.
  • In "DRUNK, STONED OR STUPID", it was revealed that he has "a certain set of skills", which Lasercorn followed up with: "He has a certain set of skills, AND THEY'RE ILLEGAL". He later added, "He got people in trouble when he tried to teach them!"
    • Joven stated that there 'may be' a Target he's not allowed to go to anymore, but he's remained elusive about what he has actually done.
    • Keith was warned not to pursue Joven's skills, as "they got people in trouble when he taught it to them."
  • Joven has stated on multiple occasions that he hates surprises, as evidenced by the videos CHRISTMAS IN JULY and GAMING ROOM SURPRISE. In the latter video, Joven was condemned by many of its viewers, as not only did he not appreciate the fact that Damien, Boze and Wes were attempting to surprise him with something positive, but ridiculed the fact that they had attempted the surprise at all when they had so little time and knew that he didn't like to be surprised anyway. However, in the former video, it was evidenced that it is possible to surprise Joven positively, as he stated that he liked his July Christmas gift far more than he had anticipated.
  • Joven's Hogwarts House was revealed to be Slytherin in a video filmed with his wife, a self-proclaimed Harry Potter fan.[6]
  • In April 2019, he replied to fans' comments on a video on his personal YouTube channel, stating he is no longer a full-time Smosh Games member.
    • In the eleventh Smoshcast, however, he was a guest and explained that he was still willing to shoot videos whenever he's not filming his own shows. He revealed that Defy had a strict policy against Smosh actors partaking in non-Defy projects and that Smosh as a whole was now able to embrace other opportunities under the Mythical brand.
      • In the same Smoshcast, he asked that viewers stop viewing Smosh Games and the Smosh Squad as two separate entities - largely a product of Defy's corporate structure - and instead as one Smosh family who were free to interact with other members as they chose. This was in part a response to Courtney and Shayne becoming more active on Smosh Games since the Mythical acquisition.