Norman was born on 14 April 1987 in Arras, France. His mother was a history and geography teacher and his father, Jackie Thavaud, was a culture promoter and head of a local cinema school. As a child, Norman played the saxophone for seven years in a conservatory. He also made numerous videos using his father’s camera. Having gained his high school baccalaureate in 2005, Norman moved to Paris in order to study cinema. He had a succession of jobs before becoming a video montage specialist.
Norman met Hugo Dessioux at college and they formed the “Le Velcrou” comedic group in March 2008. “Le Velcrou” regularly posted comical videos on the Dailymotion website. Four months later, Marc Jarousseau, a friend from university, joined the team. Thanks to Le Velcrou, Norman met Cyprien Iov, another video blogger, who appeared in a few of Le Velcrou’s videos. In December of the same year, Cyprien created “Super Mega Noël”, a short humorous film about Christmas. Cyprien featured other bloggers in his work, including Hugo and Norman. In July 2009, Norman was awarded a degree in cinematography from University Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Le Velcrou broke up in October 2010. Since then, the group’s former members have been producing solo videos.
At the end of 2010, Norman launched a new format: short video sequences of about 4 minutes long, in which he embodied “mister average” and dealt with daily life subjects, as seen in his first one-man video titled “Table tennis club”. His account was created on January 3, 2011. Two months later, he posted what became at the time his most popular video, “The bilinguals”, marking the beginning of his notoriety. It was subsequently surpassed in views by the “Now, I have Google” video, among others. “Luigi Clash Mario” is considered to be one of his most viewed videos, with over 86 million views. Norman records his videos in his Parisian flat where he lives with his flatmate and his two cats Sergi and Becassine.
Norman’s videos have been viewed billions of times, enabling him to be paid by the YouTube internet website and to attract national media attention. Several media outlets have called him a “web phenomenon”, including reporter Eric Loret who described Norman and his partners, Cyprien and Hugo Dessioux, as having the advantage of being “young artists who are really good at business and communication, able to manage all strategic decisions with the biggest candor”.
As an internet star and the second biggest French YouTuber, Norman has been invited by many video makers and internet friends to be a part of their videos. Unsurprisingly, he participates in the one-man videos of the former members of his group, Hugo Dessioux and Marc Jarousseau, on their YouTube channels. Cyprien, the best known French YouTuber in terms of number of subscribers, has invited Norman to participate in only one of his videos, even though they performed together as part of Le Velcrou.
Norman has also appeared on TV, taking part in several episodes of Very Bad Plagues by the Palmashow. The Palmashow are a comic duo, composed of Grégoire Ludig and David Marsais, who also originated on the internet but now broadcast their sketches on the D8 TV channel. In December 2011, Norman was invited to the Les Arcs European Film Festival with other YouTube stars such as La Ferme Jerome, Cyprien, Maxime Musqua, Mistertel, as well as the Palmashow. On 12 January 2012, Norman organized Zapping Amazing, a show at the Grand Rex in which he gathered some web-comedy friends with whom he has performed (Palmashow, Kemar, Cyprien, PV Nova, Julfou, Mister V, Volt, Backstage Rodeo, LeGrandJD, Spicy Marguerites and La Ferme Jerome). The comedians re-aired some of their most famous sketches for the audience. The show, which attracted almost 3000 people, was so successful that a tour was scheduled in France from 5 February 2013 to 15 February 2013.
Norman often works with Yvick Letexier, Cyprien Iov, and Hugo Dessioux.