YouTube Favorites: Comedy


By Viviane Nguyen

YouTube, the forum for make-up gurus, undiscovered artists, and talented animals, is the perfect place to discover someone new.

On my frequent five hour video binges venturing into different neighborhoods of YouTube, I’ve unearthed some closeted comedians that are worth the research.

CommunityChannel: Despite the most unoriginal username known to Youtube, Natalie Tran is anything but boring. Using the technology of split-screens (being able to merge two separate videos with the same background to duplicate the subject), Tran’s videos always include a plethora of her own clones reenacting scenarios to support her argument. These four minute videos are mostly commentary on cliché life occurrences including losing chip crumbs, summer dance flicks, and real-life math problems.

With over a million subscribers, this Australia native never ceases to entertain. Her grade-A acting and brute language makes her my idol (after the queen, Ellen Degeneres).

sWooZie: Although his videos are more blog-based, Adande Thorne uses his beautifully-crafted animations to depict his wild stories and comedic commentary. Thorne tells anecdotes of his eccentric life as a professional gamer (I recently found out pro-gamers were not a myth), in-store model, and Disney employee. The video depicting his adventures at Disney specifically, is his claim to fame with top-notch amateur animation of his experience and tales of mischief and woe.

Also strutting with over a million subscribers, sWooZie is definitely a crowd favorite. The irony between his innocence and the outlandish occurrences makes him one of my favorite YouTubers to watch.

KevJumba: With a slew of comedic rants and skits, Kevin Wu has captivated my attention since 2008 with his hilarious take on several different topics. With videos on his life, Wu often combines self-deprecating humor with occasional surprise appearances from his low-key celebrity friends, adding to the overall entertainment of the video. However, rants centered on his dad are usually the most viewed. These videos mock Wu’s father for being stereotypically Asian.

Although his most recent videos are just episodes of his own fictional comedy shorts, KevJumba currently has over 3 million subscribers, and I still sprint to the computer to watch his latest upload.