YouTube is a cultural phenomenon with millions of content creators and billions of website hits. Youtube has a program where content creators can make money by uploading videos. The creators sometimes can get hundreds of thousands or millions of views a day on their channels which can create a very comfortable income stream. I’ve detailed below my favorite YouTubers in each of five categories (News, Music, Gaming, Episodic [i.e. consistent, “TV” show type content], and Vlogging). While I’ve chosen my favorite YouTube personality in each category – I’ve also included some honorable mentions because since it’s my article – I can do that.
News: Philip DeFranco (username: sxephil; link: www.youtube.com/user/sxephil ) Phil has a Monday-Thursday news show where he curates the top stories of the day, sometimes a little bit of personal flair/narrative and then some awesome YouTube videos. If you have a short attention span and want to catch up on some news, I recommend checking out/subscribing to Phil’s YouTube channel.
Music: Kurt Hugo Schneider (username: kurthugoschneider, link: www.youtube.com/user/KurtHugoSchneider ) Kurt works with some amazing (and sometimes famous) singers while also playing every instrument known to man on his YouTube channel. While he has a number of amazing videos to his credit, I recommend checking out “Just a Dream” by NBC’s Season 6 The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie and Sam Tsui.
(Other Honorable Mentions: (1) Pentatonix – an A Cappella group that won the third season of NBC’s The Sing Off and (2) TodrickHall- a former contestant on Fox’s Season 9 of American Idol, he creates his own songs and also does a ton of dancing videos as well which are pretty darn cool.)
Gaming: Jordan Maron (username: CaptainSparklez, link:www.youtube.com/user/ CaptainSparklez ) While not currently the number 1 gamer on YouTube, I think that Captain Sparklez’s charms come from the fact that he plays games within games and also finds different uses for certain things. In one of his more famous YouTube videos, he plays a “Hunger Games”-esque game of MineCraft, where the players are all out for their own survival. It’s quite cool.
(Other Honorable Mention: PewdiePie – he actually is the number 1 gamer on YouTube – and it’s for good reason – he’s darn funny and enjoyable to watch.)
Episodic: The Fine Brothers a/k/a Kids/Teens/Elders/Youtubers React To ______. (username: TheFineBros, link: www.youtube.com/user/TheFineBros ) I love the “React to” series that the Fine Brothers produce. While not every video is a YouTube gem, I enjoy learning about (mostly) YouTube videos I haven’t seen before and also very much enjoy the reactions they get from their diverse panel of participants. Kids React tends to be both my least and most favorite of their series with Kids React to Rotary Phones and Kids React to Let it Go (Multi-Language Version) being stand outs in my head.
(Other Honorable Mentions: (1) ConvosWith2YrOld – a show where an adult man takes the place of a young girl and then says exactly what she said. Yep – hilarity ensues. Also, (2) DibsTheSeries – it’s been a while since there have been new episodes, I believe they might have switched channels but it’s about two seriously funny girls who live with one another. Pure comedic gold.)
Vlogging: Jack Douglass (username: Jacksfilms, link: www.youtube.com/user/jacksfilm) Definitely the hardest to choose, even giving myself only two honorable mentions was quite difficult. However, Jack’s YouTube series of ‘Your Grammar Sucks,’ which is released every Friday is probably what won me over. Jack takes on bad grammar throughout the internet and it is seriously funny.
(Other Honorable Mentions: (1) TylerOakley – Funny observations about life (with an occasionally serious topic; also another top favorite across the internet is (2) JennaMarbles who is just off-the-wall and hilarious. All three are probably in my top 5 YouTube channels – why did I constrain myself so?)
So there you have it – a definitive list of some of the funniest and consistently best content on YouTube. Do you think that there was a category that I missed opining on? Do you have a different YouTuber favorite? Tell the other readers in the comments below.