I love youtube a lot and I even have an account (BohemianNerdGirl) but you’ll only see belly dance videos and a Christmas street performance. But I use it to subscribe to some awesome people. Here are my 10 best Youtube discoveries of 2013.
1. vlogbrothers: These are the video blogs (or vlogs) of two brothers, John and Hank Green from America. John, the author of six books including “Looking For Alaska” and “The Fault In Our Stars”; and Hank, a jack of many trades including musician, entrepreneur, graduate of environmental science and web designer; came up with an idea in 2006 to communicate to each other through video blogs on Youtube every day during 2007 called “Brotherhood 2.0” which gained a huge following of “Nerdfighter” fans. From that experiment came Vlogbrothers. Every Tuesday (John’s day) and Friday (Hank’s day), they discuss a variety of topics from random funny stuff, to John’s books and Hank’s music, to social and political matters, all done in a relevant and fun way. One more thing: Don’t Forget To Be Awesome! http://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers?feature=watch
2. OnlyLeigh: Leigh Lahav, originally from New York but currently living in Israel, is an animator, illustrator and a fangirl. She brilliantly captures and satirises fandoms and fangirls associated with social media sites such as Tumblr. She makes a meld of shows and films such as “Thorested Development” (Thor The Dark World and Arrested Development) and “Mean Elves” (Mean Girls and The Hobbit triology) and shows relatable snippets of how a typical fangirl reacts such as “Five Stages Of Fangirling” and “Fangirling at School”.http://www.youtube.com/user/OnlyLeigh/videos?sort=dd&shelf_id=7&view=0
3. Honest Trailers: Run by the channel ScreenJunkies, people get the chance to suggest which film gets to be disected over its characters, plot and whether or not it is any good by a voiceover guy that sounds ultra deep. It pokes fun at parts of movies in a hilarious manner. It has also has collaborations with other channels which also adds humour to the honest trailer. At the end of each honest trailer, the voiceover guy says anything that viewers tell him to say which sounds epic and hilarious in his voice. http://www.youtube.com/user/screenjunkies?feature=watch
4. How It Should Have Ended: Set up in 2005 by Daniel Baxter and Tommy Watson after discussing alternative endings to movies, they made have made over 100 cartoons of films making alternative endings and mocking the film in general. They have done many popular films and superhero films with the recurring joke of Superman and Batman at a cafe at the end of every video. http://www.youtube.com/user/HISHEdotcom
5. React Series: Made by TheFineBros (Benny and Rafi Fine) created several branches within the React Series, including “Kids React”, “Teens React”, “Elders React”, and “Youtubers React” where the show the kids, teens, elders or Youtubers certain stuff including Gangnam Style, Nyan Cat, and Twerking. They are then asked a series of questions of what they thought about what they just saw. Hilarity often ensues. http://www.youtube.com/user/TheFineBros?feature=watch
6. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: US TV chat show presenter Jimmy Fallon uploads the latest and greatest of his celebrity guests and the antics to get up to on his show, including games, sketches and musical collaborations with a house band “The Roots”. For people from outside the US like I am, these videos are internet gems. http://www.youtube.com/user/latenight
7. Ninjabridge: This channel hosts the abridged series of the anime “Naruto”. Abridged series of animes are videos of episodes of anime shows that are shorted and dubbed in English for comic effect. This has been done on several animes including “One Piece”, “Yugioh” (of which has been banned yet again), Dragonball Z, Attack On Titan, and Pokemon. The Naruto spoof tells the story of a chain smoking, bisexual, incompetent ninja boy called Naruto who wants to be a ninja master; his rival/love interest Sasuke who wants revenge on his brother and is very emo; and their fellow girl ninja Sakura whose only use in the show is to fall in love with Sasuke. They also portray Hokage, who loves Ewan McGregor and his first name is Joe; Annoying Sensei Guy who never leaves Hokage alone and is obsessed with One Piece; and David Bowie Sensei who is and isn’t David Bowie. The series also pokes fun at the show and other anime shows. You don’t have to watch anime to enjoy this, but the creators and anime nerds will advise you to watch them anyway.http://www.youtube.com/user/Ninjabridge
8. Séan Burke: This Irish Youtuber can do spot-on impressions of countless celebrities and fictional characters and he does hilarious sketches including movie clichés and “The Harlem Wake”. He does collaborations with fellow Youtuber Bribry, and yes, he does look like a mix between Joseph Gordon Levitt and Seamus Finnegan from Harry Potter. http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBonkers101?feature=watch
9. Bribry: Ireland’s most famous Youtuber has an interesting mix of videos in his channel including his music videos, his collaborations with Youtube friends, his collaborations with his finacée for their future child (including his proposal to her in Paris), inspirational videos, and things before you die videos which are hilarious. http://www.youtube.com/user/BriBryontour?feature=watch
10.TheCommunistMessiah: This is a young Irish man who discusses several socio-political, religious and philosophical issues such as white nationalism, gay marriage, and gun crime in the USA. He also debunks several myths including the correlation between atheism and mental health issues, and the union of church and state. He expresses his material in an informative and humourous manner without forcing personal opinion on the viewer. He also encourages conversation to viewer whether or not they agree with him. The most extraordinary thing about TheCommunistMessiah is his level of intelligence for such a young man like him. You can just tell he has a bright future not only in this channel, but in his career too. http://www.youtube.com/user/TheCommunistMessiah/videos
So there you have it! If you have discovered any other gems on Youtube, be it a channel or a video, share it here in the comments section. Happy New Year! Louise.