Andrew Gerald Hales, known as Andrew Hales is an American YouTube personality and prankster whose main YouTube channel named LAHWF has videos featuring hidden-cameras of pranks and comedy social interactions. As of December 14, 2016, his channel has more than 302 million views and more than 2 million subscribers. Videos on his second YouTube channel named LAHWFextra, where he releases extra footage from his main videos and also posts vlogs, have more than 37 million views.
Hales was born on May 20, 1990 in Ithaca, New York in a Mormon family but no longer practices the religion. His father, as a pharmaceutical salesman, moved their family from New York to New Hampshire and then to Bountiful. Although he grew up in multiple places, he calls Utah his home state. He attended Utah Valley University for 3 years.
Hales started filming videos for his channel at UVU, but had to leave and go to other places such as BYU because people started to recognize him. He has filmed videos around the globe as well as places around the United States, such as New York, Los Angeles, Colorado, Idaho, Miami, London, Rome, Amsterdam, and Chengdu in China. He paid for school using money earned from his videos.
Hales has collaborated with other notable YouTubers such as Stuart Edge, Dawson Gurley, Luke Donohue, Danny Duncan, Garrett Garcia and his sister Jaclyn.
LAHWF, the name of Hales's YouTube channel, stands for "losing all hope was freedom," which is a quote from the movie Fight Club which is originally from the novel of the same name by American novelist Chuck Palahniuk.
Hales as a part of UVU students filmed a video where he went to random people who are walking by and tried to awkwardly hold their hands, this original prank idea was released on June 11, 2012 and went viral. The second part of this video which Hales was on a family vacation, filmed in Lake George, New York featuring his sister Jaclyn and was released on July 22, 2012.
On October 28, 2013, Hales released a video which was recorded during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's tour stop at Utah's Maverik Center where he wears a hoodie and sunglasses and pretends to be Macklemore and starts pranking people. Later on, Macklemore reacted to this prank on Twitter.
In February 2015, Hales released a video recorded at the USC, in which he acted out the famous kissing scene from the Notebook with random participants. The girl who first showed up in the video, later appeared in the extras from his 2016 video, "What are you guys talking about?" in which he returned to USC.
In an episode of Hales channel, he posts parody of staged/fake prank videos under the title of "DumbPranksTV" where the other YouTube personalities may or may not use hired actors/actresses to create a viral video.
Hales has talked about how he was diagnosed with A.D.D. many times and released a documentary video about Adderall on August 8, 2016. He mentioned he was prescribed Adderall about 6 months before he started his channel and said he has never seen the doctor who diagnosed him with ADD again. He also said that Adderall is the reason behind all his videos, but mentioned he doesn't want to talk about the subject because he doesn't take treatment any more.