by Brandy D. Anderson
YouTube is one of the top money-makers for creative young folks these days, which has caused an increasingly large number of video entrepreneurs to start up their own channels in hopes of making it big. The most popular channels tend to feature comedians and quirky vloggers. Here are four of the most popular and viewed channels on YouTube:
About: “Businessy stuff: business dot pewdiepie at gmail dot com”
On YouTube since 2010, PewDiePie has garnered the most impressive quantity of subscribers on this mega social media platform. If you thought his 38 million-plus subscribers were mind-boggling, try to wrap your head around the fact that his videos have been watched more than 9 billion times around the world! I can’t quite fathom that. It’s pretty insane. As if this wasn’t enough, he’s just announced that he has a book coming out this October called This Book Loves You: The Book That Changed The World. You really need to watch the video announcement, it’s sure to put you in stitches within the first minute.
PewDiePie (pronounced “pew-dee-pie”) has an eclectic page where he mostly does video montages and “Let’s Plays” (when a YouTuber plays a video game, records the screenplay whilst making commentary, often video-taping him/herself as s/he plays). His series “Funny Montages” is so bizarre that it’ll probably make you laugh if only because it’s really out there. For instance, in the first video, aptly called “A Funny Montage”, you’ll see various clips of PewDiePie playing games, mocking a friend who’s trying to play a virtual reality game, and – strangest of all – a section where PewDiePie reads excerpts from fan fiction: “Pewdie took hold of Cry’s hand before he could protest. ‘I had a feeling I could be happier with you. I don’t know if you even like me. I don’t know if you even like men,” at which point PDP cracks up and the video switches to a clip from a “Let’s Play” set in a first person game where he needs to grab a human brain out of a liquid jar and insert it into a sleeping (or dead?) patient, then the clip changes to an explosion with the words “NAILED IT!” Oh, and there are also random ducks/geese/other birds that arbitrarily appear on-screen. So if you’re looking for random funnies, PewDiePie is a good place to go.
About: “Hi! I’m Natalie and I’ve been making videos online for far too long. They’re (hopefully) fun videos that are a combination of monologue and sketches that focus on the humourous aspects of everyday life. If you’d like to get in contact, I have an email for business inquires below or if you just wanted to say hi, leave me a comment in a video, my facebook, or twitter.”
Natalie Tran’s Community Channel has been making YouTubers laugh since 2006. Her channel really is unique and definitely worth checking out. Not only is she one of the top YouTubers in the world, she is *the* top YouTuber in Australia. Her videos are so great because she does a very Seinfeld-esque shtick where she takes everyday things, things we can all relate to, and she makes them very, very funny. One of her recent vlogs is a monologue, with dramatization, all about the frustration of trying to get an unused username on the internet. Having exhausted a number of tries whilst registering on a website, you see Tran finally type in “Username: natalielikesmariahcarey” and, of course, you then see “username taken”. She responds “Okay, that’s bullshit, no one likes Mariah Carey”. Her humour is pretty deadpan and just wonderful.
Tran often employs copies of herself in her skits – filming two versions (sometimes more) of her interacting with herself. There’s a hilarious video depicting the horrors of “The Change Room Curtain Gap” at clothing stores, another one about foodies called “What Do People Do With Photos of Food?”, and “It’s the Best Photo of You Ever” all about what happens when a stranger asks you to take their photo. “How Weather Reports Should Be” explores the angst of trying to plan your day depending on the weather. Honestly, though, one of the funniest videos I’ve ever seen is Tran’s “TV Binge Hangover” which begins with her getting a phone call from a friend (who’s played by Tran) inviting her out: “Hey, Nat, do you want to go out tonight?” – “Do I have to wear pants?” – “Yeah, of course you have to wear pants. Why do you always ask that?” – She abruptly hangs up the phone, tosses it on the couch, and mutters “Pants are for losers” as the camera pans back to show her wearing only her t-shirt, sans pants (with a blurry bubble of course) before the video goes on. This channel makes me laugh more than any other on YouTube.
About: “New video every Friday. Make sure you also check out our 2nd Channel for 2 bonus videos every week! Contact US: http://smosh.com/contact-us”
Smosh is run by two close friends who have been on YouTube since 2005, giving them the title of being one of the longest running kings here. The big buzz currently surrounding Smosh revolves around their new feature length film which was just released a few days ago. It co-stars some big YouTube names as well as some well-established tv comedy names such as The State and Reno 911‘s Michael Ian Black. Smosh does little skits in each video, some are one-offs and some are part of a series.
One of the more popular series they have is called “If Video Games Were Real” where they visualize (through dramatic re-enactments) what various games would be like if they came to life. You’ll see Legend of Zelda‘s Link smashing front lawn ornaments in search of rubies, Mario breaking his hand as he tries to punch floating bricks, and what really happens if you ask a Skyrim hero to save your cat from a high perch. Another short series is “Old People Movie Pranks”where Smoshers Ian and Anthony undergo make-up transformations to disguise themselves as 70-something men who sit in on a focus group for their movie. Some of their stand alone videos are called “Every Snapchat Ever”, “Every Wrestler Ever”, “Every Dad Ever”, “If Board Games Were Real”, and “Gay Dads Are the Best”. A bit of a warning, though, there are some pretty inappropriate jokes in some of Smosh‘s content, but I haven’t seen anything too graphic – think 16-year-old boy mentality.
About: “NEW videos every Saturday & Sunday! Welcome to my channel! My name is Brittani, and I am an actress/artist/super nerd! 😀 PRESS/BUSINESS Contact only! (email@example.com)”
Brittani Louise Taylor is hilarious and seriously one of the funniest people on YouTube. Taylor has three different channels here. Her main channel (Brittani Louise Taylor) is mostly full of parody songs and comedy skits. Taylor’s second channel (272,510 subscribers) is just called Brittani and it’s her “SECOND crazy channel for bloopers/behind the scenes/vlogs, and more!! 🙂 ”. Her third channel (Brittani Louise – 155,206 subscribers) focuses on Do-It-Yourself projects and fashion vlogs, with the description: “I love beauty, fashion, style, and YOU! – XoXo – BLT :p ”.
On Brittani you’ll find very fun and silly vlogs, like the recent “Mexican Candy Challenge” she filmed with her friend Alex as they try out selections from a giant bag of – you guessed it – Mexican candy, including salty lollipops, mysterious powdered candy, and more, all with entertaining commentary from the two. Part of the fun is hearing Taylor trying to properly pronounce the names of the candy while Alex laughingly corrects her. There’s also a very funny “Yoga Challenge” vlog with Alex and Taylor. On the BrittaniLouise channel you’ll find videos about making stenciled plates, using different brush cleaners, making fringe infinity scarves, and how to dry brush for cellulite. Taylor’s main channel has a very funny new parody song sung by Taylor with a video featuring her singing whilst surrounded by the Despicable Me minions as they try to woo her. This channel also has a very funny – albeit slightly creepy – video series where Taylor plays a young girl named Molly who’s obsessed with Justin Beiber and talks to a video blog. Her funniest and strongest videos are her parodies, but every video I’ve seen on here so far is hilarious, so you really can’t go wrong.