• January 1, 2000
Thousands of Johnny Danger Fans have found his death a huge tragedy. Photo: Lucy Drake
To honour the legacy of self-described amateur stuntman Johnny Danger, more than 40 fans gathered on April 30, to dance and ride in a convoy together as tribute.
Johnny Bennett, who was killed in a motorcycle accident on Anzac Day, had a large social media following with more than 313,000 likes on Facebook and received more than 200,000 views on his YouTube videos.
Phat Kamp Entertainment creative director Chardé Heremaia has always considered Danger to be one of her idols and created the event to give fans the opportunity to pay tribute to the man they knew as an entertainer and comedian.
The event gained the interest of more than 4000 fans on Facebook.
“I want people to remember Johnny and the things he did for us such as the way he made us laugh while he was alive,” she says.
Video: Lucy Drake
Despite the rain, fans met in the evening at the Akoranga drive parking lot where they danced the Molly Wobble.
Ms Heremaia says the Molly Wobble was a trademark dance Danger did outside fast food outlets. Therefore doing it outside a McDonalds was very fitting and a fun way for fans to remember him.
This was followed by a convoy to Paper Moon restaurant and bar in Mairangi Bay where more fans were waiting.
Paper Moon featured on Danger’s Snap Chat story multiple times where fans would see him mocking the bar as he drove by as part of a comedic skit.
Jayden Baker, a member of staff at Paper Moon, says the staff decided to dress up in tutus for the night as part of a tribute to Danger by turning the negative into a positive.
“I have always been a loyal fan of Johnny and would watch his videos even before working here. They would always crack me up,” he says.
Fans took the opportunity to shout out phrases Danger used in his YouTube videos as they convoyed past Paper Moon.
North Shore resident and Danger fan Rebecca McCabe said the event emphasised how a lot of people were affected by his death.
“He made a big impact on our lives as he didn’t take life too seriously. He was a classic Kiwi lad that a lot of Kiwis could relate too,” she says.