by Brandy D. Anderson
With the rise of the internet, and YouTube in particular, it’s no surprise that ‘vlogging’ is taking the place of reality television for this new generation. If you’re not up with the latest and greatest, I’ve got you covered! To help you find the best vlogger for your taste, I’ve compiled a list of four diverse vloggers, each with their own distinctive style.
About: “Spent thousands of dollars on tuition, graduated and got a degree. I make YouTube videos now. I am also a happy unicorn that believes in one love. Join me on my adventures!! Business Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org”
This Canadian comedian is hilarious. Her name is Lilly Singh and her most recent video featured on her homepage is “How to Be a Good Wing Woman (ft. Priyanka Chopra): This Christmas, give your BFF the gift of being a great wing woman. AKA get ready to lie, embarrass yourself and convince every hot guy that your BFF is the dopest and sexiest of all time. Easy! Especially when Priyanka Chopra is your BFF. Enjoy x”. It’s filled with drunken jokes, Snap Chat references, a funny little self-deprecating dig at her Indian heritage, and a nice little break in the fourth wall.
Singh is very funny on her own, but her videos with her famous friends are particularly wonderful. My favourite is the one she recently posted called “What Last Minute Christmas Shopping is Really Like (ft. Hilary Duff)”, and there’s a lovely inside joke in there as well. After complaining about the trials of getting that elusive Disney toy for that special kid, Singh complains, “Goddamnit, Disney! You know, everything they create is a monster!” to which Duff (Disney’s former golden girl, Lizzie McGuire) gives her a pointed look, Singh hastily backpedals, “Oh, not evvverythiiing…you know, Selena Gomez is pretty cool”. Other guests include Tia Mowry, Bridgit Mendler, Adam Devine, Zendaya, Gina Rodriguez, and Markiplier. More videos include “How to Date a Gamer”, “Three Girls, One Elevator”, “How to Stop Throwing Shade”, and “Parents Give You Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas”. Speaking of parents, Singh takes on triple roles when she makes frequent appearances as both her mother and father.
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PewDiePie, or Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, is an extremely popular Swedish YouTube vlogger, comedian, and gamer. He used to be mostly known for his ‘Let’s Plays’, but he’s more known these days for his offbeat vlogs. Recently, he made headlines in publications around the world for his vlog titled “Deleting My Channel at 50 Million” – spoiler alert, it was all a joke and he didn’t delete his established channel. This is a good example of the kind of content you’ll find here: weird vlogs where you never know quite what to expect.
You’ll find some charity vlogs as well, such as “Cringemas Charity Livestream – Pewdiepie/ Markiplier/ Jacksepticeye/ KickthePJ and Emmablackery” where they raised money for AIDS charity, RED. Most of his vlogs, though, feature him telling strange stories or ranting about various funny occurrences. He also makes crazy little vids, like “Can This Video Get 1 Million Dislikes?” In this one, PewDiePie receives a mysterious phone call from “Google” who tells him “The more dislikes, the more power… [if you get more dislikes] you will become more powerful than you can imagine”. Then, PewDiePie proceeds to run around his house shirtless, yelling, “One million dislikes” as he does crazy antics, all culminating in him, still shirtless, riding a fluffy, fuzzy bright orange octopus down the street. Some of his other recent vlogs include “My New Tattoo”, “Would You Date PewDiePie” and “Edgar Cooks For Santa!” The guy updates constantly.
About: “Hi, I love in New York City and love YouTube. Q. where did i go to film school?
A. never went to film school or college. Q. what’s that crazy space where i’m working in a lot of the videos? A. that’s my production studio in NYC, i built this space and have been here for almost 10 years. no don’t live in this space, just work. Q. what do i edit with? A. final cut x. i don’t love it. too crashy and clitchy but i hate learning new software. Q. someone asked how old i am? A. i’m 35. well for now i am. i was born in 1981 so if i don’t update this before next year you can keep track on your own.”
Casey Neistat is funny and entertaining and he vlogs about such a diverse array of topics, it’s difficult to pin his channel down to one description. His recent video, “I Miss Vlogging” gives you a nice glimpse into what to except from his channel as a whole. It begins with, “Hey Casey, been awhile. Whatcha been up to?” He answers, “it’s been like, twelve or eighteen days, or six months or something” (in reality, it had been less than a week), “I want to give you a full update to everything I’ve been up to. For starters, I’m still using Candace’s closet to shoot videos in, I’m still eating $1 pizza, it’s good – and I’m also still drinking that green juice…” and he shows video footage to illustrate each thing, including some awesome aerial footage taken from his drone.
One of the more enduring things about Neistat is that he wears beat-up, scratched sunglasses constantly – there’s just something humanizing about someone who obviously can afford to buy a new pair of pricey sunglasses but, instead, chooses to hold on to that worn-out, comfy pair. Another thing you’ll often see in his videos is an array of personal drones. You can see the “World’s Largest Homemade Drone”, “Droneboarding in 360”, “Drone Battle GoPro Karma vs Phantom 4”, “Ghost Drone”, and “Human Flying Drone”. In “What’s the Point of Working?” he talks about being busy and what it means to work, questioning what drives humans to constantly toil and why we may feel amiss when we feel as though we’re not accomplishing anything. One of the coolest things about his videos is that they always feature really great city landscape footage; sometimes, this includes cities he’s travelling through, but really, the footage primarily manifests itself as one continuous love letter to New York City.
About: “My name is Charles Trippy and I’ve been making videos on YouTube for over 11 years now! In 2009 we decided to start filming our lives, everyday, without missing ANY days! Today we are on year 8 and have traveled all over the world meeting our viewers as well as preserving our place in the Guinness Book of World Records as well as the Ripley’s Believe It or Not publications! Not only do I make videos online but I also play in the band, We The Kings! With that I still film/upload daily of our tour adventures across the planet!”
The ‘pinned’ video on the channel’s homepage is “Will You Marry Me? (Our Story Begins) Marriage Proposal”, and it starts with Charlie calling Allie’s mom, dad, sister, and brother asking for their blessing to propose to Allie. It’s very sweet and even the cynics among us will be hard-pressed not to smile as they watch. The caption reads, “Today our life story begins. Thank you to all our friends and family who helped make this possible. Huge thank you to Coley for writing the music specifically for this video. We love you all and thank you for all your love on this wonderful day! -char and allie”.
That’s what you’ll find on CTFxC: a wonderfully intimate look at this couple’s life. They have some really funny videos, too, like “Throwing Axes At Zombies: Today I thought it would be fun to get a giant zombie and start practising for zombie apocalypse because movies get to me so easily LOL – Are you prepared? haha. ” Some other examples of videos here include “My Dad’s So Gross!”, “Electrocuted by Bug Zapper!”, “Worst Christmas Gift! (Christmas Special!!), “Everyone Needs Time Apart”, and “New Puppy!!!”. Although there are lots of lighthearted videos here, there are also some very serious entries as well, including the brave documentation of Charles Trippy’s ongoing battle with brain cancer. He takes viewers along with him to his appointments, surgeries, and check-ups. There’s a new video posted daily, and Trippy hasn’t missed a single day in more than seven years.