Josh, better known online as ParashockX (or simply Parashock or Para), is an American YouTuber known for doing challenges in which he does what a chosen comment challenges. They are called "If I..." ("When I..." for a brief moment.) videos. In most cases, when he fails the challenge, the video ends.
ParashockX started making content in 2015. His very first video is currently unavailable. At this moment, the earliest video which can be watched on his channel is ADVENTURE BEGINS! -Spooky's Part 1, and his very first challenge video where if he fails, the video ends was, If I scream, the video ends - Spooky's House of Jumpscares.
He initially started out by doing Spooky's House of Jumpscares videos, but eventually expanded out to other games. At first, the "If I..." videos were commonly "If I scream, the video ends" He eventually moved on to other challenges. The first of these was If I die, the video ends - Overwatch".
By August of 2018, he had started doing mostly challenge videos, which made his channel rapidly gain popularity. As a result, he has been dubbed the "If I Guy".
He changed his profile picture to a poorly drawn penguin not too long after he hit 1 million.
On August 10th, 2020 he changed his name from ParashockX to Parashock to make a video called If I cringe, the video ends - ParashockX in which he jokingly reacted to his own channel while acting as if he was a different person. On September 6 of the same year he changed his name back to ParashockX when his fans told him to, but he somehow lost his verification badge.
On September 22nd, 2020 he uploaded a video called Goodbye If I series where he talked about how he was going to stop doing if I videos, but it was actually a joke as he only changed the name to when I.
On October 14th, 2020 ParashockX uploaded a video of him creating a second channel for regular gaming content after one of his fans recommended it.
On October 22, 2020, one month after he uploaded Goodbye If I Series, he revived the If I series because of a poll of When I or If I was released a day prior. The If Poll won, with 78%. Then he changed his profile picture to Kirby's face after he revived his "If I" series.
On February 21, 2021, ParashockX uploaded a video titled "It was all a dream" about how everything he had done (including his YouTube channel) was just a simulation and privated all of his videos. It is unknown why he did this, but possibly because he done it just after uploading his "If I quit YouTube, I delete this video" video. At first that video was included with all the videos that he privated. But was later re-published, implying that he has not yet quit. He also edited all of his community posts to say "Simulation complete". Five days later, he uploaded a video titled "The End", which has one option at the end, the alternate version. On the same day, he unprivated all his other videos, and 10 minutes later, he posted "Wake up" on his community tab. One of his posts was edited to say "Simulation rebooted".
He does not like to tell much about himself but so far it is known that he is in Grad School. It is also known that he can play guitar and little bit of piano. His reason for not showing his face as he mentions it is that he is awkward around strangers and would get uncomfortable if approached by a fan.
He did a "face reveal", but it turned out to be an April Fools joke, with another YouTuber named Macro acting as him. (he has actually said that he might never show his face, and he didn't know why his channel had over 1 million subscribers).
Note: The following dates are according to
- 100,000 subscribers: September 8, 2019
- 250,000 subscribers: October 15, 2019
- 500,000 subscribers: December 3, 2019
- 1 million subscribers: April 1, 2020
- 1.25 million subscribers: May 28, 2020
- 1.5 million subscribers: July 20, 2020
- One running gag in his ParashockX's comment section is where a YouTuber named Macro makes a comment where he talks about how ParashockX isn't handsome.
- In one of his Among Us livestreams, he told his fans to go to another YouTuber's stream and say he isn't handsome after he killed him multiple times.
- He has made multiple videos about a character named Winston, which usually depicts him being introduced to something and then being violently beaten by other characters.
- A picture of Winston is the current profile picture for ParashockX's second channel.