Behind The YouTubers|Bo Burnham

Robert Pickering “Bo” Burnham (born August 21, 1990) is an American comedian, musician, actor, filmmaker, and poet. He began his performance career as a YouTuber in March 2006, and his videos have been viewed over 250 million times as of December 2018.

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Burnham signed a four-year record deal with Comedy Central Records and released his debut Extended Play, Bo fo Sho, in 2008. His first full-length album, Bo Burnham, was released the following year. In 2010, Burnham’s second album was released, and Words Words Words, his first live comedy special, aired on Comedy Central. His third album and second comedy special, what., was released in 2013 on his YouTube channel and Netflix. Burnham finished first overall in voting in 2011’s Comedy Central Stand-up Showdown. His third stand-up comedy special, Make Happy, was released exclusively on Netflix on June 3, 2016.

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In addition to his career as a comedian, Burnham co-created and starred in the MTV television series Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous and released his first book of poetry, Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone, in 2013. His first feature film as writer and director, Eighth Grade, was released in July 2018 to widespread critical acclaim and received numerous accolades, including the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film.

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Behind The YouTuber|VanossGaming

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Evan Fong (born 31 May 1992), is a Canadian internet personality and video game commentator. He is best known under his online pseudonym VanossGaming (often shortened to Vanoss), where he posts montage-style videos on YouTube of him and other creators playing various video games. Aside from this, he produces music under the name Rynx and served as a creative director for the video game Dead Realm, and as a voice actor for the YouTube Premium series Paranormal Action Squad.

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Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Fong graduated from Richmond Hill High School and studied economics in college. He began posting content on YouTube in 2011 and eventually dropped out to focus on the venture full time. During this time, he met several other creators that would eventually become frequently featured in his videos. His channel achieved massive popularity soon after, and by 2015 had surpassed 10 million subscribers. The same year, he appeared at PAX East and signed a contract with Jetpak. His logo, an owl in the shape of the letter “V”, modeled after his character in Grand Theft Auto V, is one of his most recognizable symbols.

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Fong’s content has earned him two award nominations, including a Shorty Award for Tech and Innovation, under the category of Gaming. He has been recognized as a central figure in the subculture of video game commentary, with publications attributing his massive popularity to his sense of authenticity. As of November 2018, Fong’s channel has over 10 billion views and 24.3 million subscribers, making it the 43rd most subscribed channel on YouTube.

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Behind The YouTuber|CGP Grey

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CGP Grey is the name of an Irish educational YouTuber and podcaster who has been posting on YouTube under the channel name since 12 August 2010. Grey also posts videos on his secondary channel, CGPGrey2, and live streams gameplay on another channel, CGP Play.

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His YouTube channel mainly features short explanatory videos on varying subjects, including politics, geography, economics, history, and culture. The channel’s most popular video is an explanation of the terminology of the British Isles, which went viral in 2011. Grey’s videos have since received increasing attention, and have been reviewed in several publications, including Business Insider and The Washington Post.

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In addition to video production, Grey is known for creating the audio podcast Hello Internet in 2014 with fellow educational YouTuber Brady Haran. Since 2015, he has also hosted the audio podcast Cortex with Myke Hurley of Relay FM. Along with Philipp Dettmer and Dave Wiskus, Grey started the company Standard Broadcast LLC, which provides production and administrative support to digital creators.

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Behind The YouTuber|Ryan Higa

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Ryan Higa (born June 6, 1990), also known by his YouTube username nigahiga, is an American comedian, YouTuber, and actor. He is known for his comedy videos on YouTube. Higa’s YouTube channel, nigahiga, was the most subscribed channel on YouTube for 677 consecutive days from 2009–2011, the second longest span of time behind PewDiePie. He was also the most subscribed for twelve days in 2008.

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Higa and Sean Fujiyoshi began posting YouTube videos of themselves lip-syncing to songs in mid-2006 while attending Waiakea High School. They quickly expanded beyond songs, with a variety of other comedic pieces. Occasional guest appearances were made by Tim Enos, Ryan Villaruel, Kyle Chun, and Tarynn Nago.
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On Christmas Eve of 2008, Higa and Fujiyoshi’s two most popular videos, How To Be Gangster and How To Be Emo, were removed due to copyright violations. On January 21, 2009, the nigahiga account was temporarily suspended and was required to remove more copyrighted videos. Because of this, nigahiga’s lip-syncing videos were all removed (with the exception of You’re Beautiful, which was audio swapped), along with most of his other videos that included copyrighted music.

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Since then, Higa started composing the music himself. How to be Gangster and How to be Emo were put back on nigahiga’s channel in late August 2009, only to be removed a few days later, along with How to be Ninja and How to be Nerd. In Spring 2010, How to be NinjaHow to be Gangster and How to be Emo were made public once more. After Higa moved to Las Vegas to study nuclear medicine at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, most of the nigahiga videos were solo efforts, usually featuring collaborations with other YouTube users. Since 2012, Higa has put together a production company, Ryan Higa Production Company (RHPC), which included Sean Fujiyoshi, that works together to make content for the nigahiga channel. In 2016, Higa and other YouTubers and friends created the parody K-pop group Boys Generally Asian. In mid-2018, Fujiyoshi decided to leave the group to pursue other interests.

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Behind The YouTuber|Vsauce

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On July 30, 2007, Michael Stevens launched the main Vsauce channel but laid dormant until 2010. Initially, the channel’s programming focused on video games and featured a number of hosts. However, certain segments such as IMG! slowly took over, and Stevens became the sole host. The channel then became a mix of information and online activities, and solely educational segments popped up. The educational segments became more popular, and since September 9, 2012, only the educational segment (known as DOT.) has been presented. According to episode #18 of LÜT on the original Vsauce channel, the name “Vsauce” was generated using the fake website generator portion of a site called Fake Name Generator. After Stevens generated the fake website Vsauce.com, he registered it and began uploading videos.

In December 2010, the Vsauce2 (on December 7) and Vsauce3 (on December 24) channels were created. On July 25, 2012, the WeSauce channel was opened.

Vsauce was one of the fastest growing channels during September 2012. During that month, the main Vsauce channel reached 1 million subscribers.[ In the same month, Bill Nye appeared in one of the main channel’s videos, which focused on the joke, “Why did the chicken cross the road?

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Stevens details in the video “A Defense of Comic Sans” that the text font Alsina was used by the Vsauce channels because of its close resemblance to the handwriting of Nik Guinta, the creator of the original Vsauce logo. A new branding scheme designed by Natasha Jen was adopted in December 2014 to bring a “grown-up” feel to the channels. It utilizes the DIN Next Rounded font and fluid designs to convey the idea of sauce that the name “Vsauce” implies.

Behind The YouTuber|TomSka

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Thomas James Ridgewell (born June 27, 1990), known online as TomSka, is a British YouTube celebrity, actor, writer, producer, director, voice actor, and filmmaker, as well as the founder of the Turbo punch media production company. He is known for his animated comedy web film series asdfmovie and webtoons Eddsworld and Crash Zoom. As of January 2019, his YouTube channel has over 5.6 million subscribers and his videos have garnered over 1.3 billion views.

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As a professional YouTuber, Ridgewell earns money from revenue from his videos on the website. He also has made short films for BBC and Comedy Central. He has been discussed and interviewed in relation to this, especially when the medium of online video was in its infancy. He has also appeared as a guest on the BBC’s The One Show and has appeared as a radio and TV guest internationally.

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In October 2007, Tomska created a secondary channel called DarkSquidge. As of March 2018, the channel has over 780,000 subscribers and more than 101 million views. The content that Ridgewell uploads on this channel differs greatly from that of his main channel. While his main channel consists of sketch comedy and animations, DarkSquidge shows behind the scenes footage of TomSka related projects and videos, as well as vlogging. Ridgewell also engages in social commentary on this platform, covering a range of topics such as mental health, sexual health, and body positivity. The YouTuber uploaded weekly vlogs to the channel dubbed as “Last Week”. After ending “Last Week”, Tom then made a monthly vlogging series called “Last Month”.

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In 2008, Ridgewell released the first installment of asdfmovie, an animated sketch comedy series featuring very short clips of minimally-detailed characters in surreal and occasionally darkly humorous situations. There have been eleven episodes as of August 2018, as well as two “deleted scene” videos, a promotional video with Marmite, and four music videos; “I Like Trains”, “Mine Turtle”, “Everybody Do The Flop”, and “The Muffin Song”. The song “Beep Beep I’m a Sheep” by Canadian musician Todd “LilDeuceDeuce” Bryanton with vocals by Ridgewell and Gabriel “BlackGryph0n” Brown, released alongside asdfmovie10, was featured in the dance rhythm game Just Dance 2018. A book based on the asdfmovie series, titled Art is Dead: the asdf book was written by Ridgewell, illustrated by Matt Ley, and published by Little Brown on 29 October 2015. A second book titled Sam Kills Christmas, written by Ridgewell and Eddie Bowley with illustrations by Dorina Herdewijn is scheduled for release on 18 November 2018.

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Behind The YouTuber|Edd Gould

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Edward Duncan Ernest Gould (28 October 1988 – 25 March 2012) was a British animator, artist and voice actor. He was known for creating Eddsworld, a media franchise consisting of flash animations and webcomics featuring fictionalized versions of himself and longtime collaborators Thomas Ridgewell, Matt Hargreaves and others. In 2002, Gould began animating using a GIF animation program with the purpose of, publishing them to “sfdt.com“. Upon discovering that the mentioned site was no longer accepting GIFs, Gould began watching flash animations. Astonished by the quality improvement, he abandoned the program and moved to Macromedia Flash in November 2002. After 7 months of learning the basics of Flash animation from his mentor Lavalle Lee (a flash animator and web designer), Gould published his first Newgrounds entry on 6 June 2003.

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Edd soon began his professional career in animation and studied as an independent animator at the University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone, England. Along with Ridgewell, Gould and six other artists founded Cake Bomb, a creative media group to form various artistic works and animations. He later coined a personal catchphrase “It’s pretty swell” that became popular with his fan base. He also voiced the “I Like Trains” Kid in the popular ‘asdfmovie’ videos on YouTube made by Ridgewell and also animated the second asdfmovie to be released on YouTube. Cake Bomb disbanded in 2011, although his series Eddsworld was already independently in production during this time.

After Gould’s death in 2012, production of Eddsworld has been continued by his friends, produced by Ridgewell. However, since then, Ridgewell has stated “The End” was his last episode. Edd’s family are continuing the series with Matt Hargreaves overseeing as showrunner. It is not currently known who is animating.

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Behind The YouTuber|Grandayy

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Grandayy is a Maltese music producer and YouTuber. He commonly produces memes, covers of songs using the noteblock system in the video game Minecraft, and other comedic content, and currently has over 2 million subscribers on his main channel “Grandayy”. He also has a second channel called “grande1899” with over 600,000 subscribers. He is commonly associated alongside other meme accounts such as Dolan Dark and FlyingKitty and, like them, has been endorsed by various YouTubers such as PewDiePie and VoiceoverPete. Currently, he is the most subscribed YouTuber from Malta (as of April 10, 2019).

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Although Grandayy posted his first videos in 2007, he rose to fame on his then-main channel, grande1899, in 2011 after posting multiple Minecraft note block song covers. He continued doing these as they worked well for him up until July 2, 2014, when he created his second account (now called Grandayy). From there he continued to post note block covers of songs on grande1899 and posted clips of soccer onto YouTube on Grandayy. On March 18, 2015, he posted the first meme to his Grandayy account, a Half-Life 3 meme using clips from the movie Interstellar. It wouldn’t be until November 1, 2016, when he posted his first We Are Number One meme on his Grandayy account, which was a mashup of the song from LazyTown and Bring Me to Life by Evanescence. From then on he started to increase in popularity, posting many “WANO” memes. Since then he has grown in popularity drastically, to the point of becoming the top subscribed Maltese YouTuber. On August 7, 2018, he achieved one million subscribers. On 23 March 2019, Dan Bull released Robocopyright, a song criticizing Article 13 of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. This song also featured other YouTubers such as PewDiePieJacksepticeye, and Roomie. The main video was released on Grandayy’s YouTube channel.

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Behind The YouTuber|REACT

React is a media franchise used by the Fine Brothers consisting of several online series centering on a group of individuals reacting to viral videos, trends, video games, film trailers, or music videos. The franchise was launched with the YouTube debut of Kids React in October 2010, and then grew to encompass four more series uploaded on the Fine Brothers’ primary YouTube channel, a separate YouTube channel with various reaction-related content, as well as a television series titled React to That.

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In 2016, the duo announced React World, a program and channel in which they would license the format of their React shows to creators, which led to widespread negative reception from viewers and fellow content creators, as well as confusion about what their format is. This eventually leads to the Fine Brothers to removing all videos related to React World, essentially pulling the plug on the React World program.

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Benny and Rafi Fine launched a series titled Kids React on October 16, 2010, the first video being “Kids React to Viral Videos (Double Rainbow, Obama Fail, Twin Rabbits, SnickersHalloween)”. The Kids React series features The Fine Brothers, off-camera, showing kids ages 4–14 (7-13 as of September 2016, 7-11 as of October 2016) several viral videos or popular YouTubers and having the kids react to the videos.

 

The most popular Kids React episode to date is “Kids React to Gay Marriage”, with over 40.2 million views as of September 2, 2018. The popularity of Kids React made it possible for the online series to win a special Emmy Award at the 39th Daytime Emmy Awards in 2012. The Emmy Award, that was given in cooperation with AOL, was awarded to the Fine Brothers for “Best Viral Video Series”. After their Emmy win, the brothers stated, “Not a lot has changed [after winning the Emmy] other than realizing that there are shows on YouTube like React that can get similar if not better viewership than mainstream entertainment can.”

Videos and YouTube stars that have been reacted to by the kids include Smosh (who later reacted to the kids’ reactions), planking and President Obama addressing the death of Osama bin Laden, among several other topics. Kids React has been compared to Kids Say the Darndest Things. In October 2012, the kids of the show were shown videos of the 2012 U.S. Presidential debates. Kids React won the Streamy Award for Best Non-Fiction or Reality Series in 2013.

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Due to the popularity of Kids React, The Fine Brothers spawned a spin-off dubbed Teens React on November 17, 2011, with “TEENS REACT TO TWILIGHT“. The show has a similar premise to Kids React, however, the younger stars are replaced with teens, some of whom have aged out of the Kids React series. Due to this, the Fine Brothers are able to show more mature and less “kid-friendly” videos such as videos on topics like Toddlers & TiarasRick Perry‘s Strong commercial, Amanda Todd’s death, and the 2012 U.S. Presidential debates. Other viral videos and YouTube stars that have been reacted to include Salad Fingers, the Overly Attached Girlfriend, “Gangnam Style“, The Hunger Games trailer, Shane Dawson, and One Direction, among other topics. Later on, The Fine Brothers launched a series named Teens React: Gaming consisting videos of teens reacting to popular games such as Mario Kart 64Flappy Bird, and Rocket League. Teens React launched the career of Lia Marie Johnson and also featured some “famous” ‘reactors’ as guest stars, including Lisa Cimorelli, Amy Cimorelli, Lucas Cruikshank, Alex Steele, Jake Short, and Maisie Williams.

Behind the YouTuber(s)|Good Mythical Morning

Good Mythical Morning is an American talk-show style YouTube channel run by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal. Rhett and Link posted the first episode of their GMM (Good Mythical Morning) on January 9, 2012, to their YouTube channel under the same name. The series’ crew only consisted of one member during season 1 but has since grown to have twenty-eight members, as a part of Mythical Entertainment. Fan reactions to their behind-the-scenes crew led to the creation of the YouTube channel “Mythical”, which focuses on the funny antics of their crew and other skits. The show focuses on Rhett and Link as they tell stories, sing songs, do challenges, and more. On November 6, 2017, Good Mythical Morning became a YouTube Original series. Shortly after, they lost this partnership and reverted to their classic format.

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Good Mythical Morning is uploaded to YouTube every weekday morning, at approximately 6:00 AM Eastern Time. Each episode usually consists of Rhett and Link doing antics, playing food-related games, and answering often absurd questions. On the 12th Season of GMM, from the 53rd episode, they followed the 4-episode-per-day format, where they upload 4 GMM episodes and make them public at the same time. In the regular 15-minute episodes they made it into 30 minutes of Good Mythical Morning. They continued the 4-episode format until the end of Season 12, as when the 13th season was launched, they reduced it to 3 episodes per day. At the announcement of the 14th season, they cut off the 3-episode format and switched back to making only one episode per day, followed by their weekly Saturday morning show, Let’s Talk About That (abbreviated to LTAT) hosted by their executive producer, Stevie Wynne Levine.

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LTAT is a Saturday show that airs at 6:00 Eastern Time hosted by Stevie Wynne Levine. Before LTAT, they had a few other Friday morning shows, including Ear Biscuits (which is still airing), and Good Mythical Crew, continuing.

LTAT is a discussion of main show’s episodes that week (hence the slogan, “the show about the show”). The show begins with the “beverage of the week”, where they drink an odd beverage and talk about how it tastes and then use a segue to transition to the LTAT’s main topic. At the end of every episode, Rhett and Link spin the “Wheel of Mythicality”, which can land on categories such as “6 Degrees of Bacon,” “Winface,” and “Gifticality.” The contents of the wheel often change between seasons. Finally, Good Mythical More is the after-show for Good Mythical Morning, hosted on a separate channel, where Rhett and Link relax after an episode and talk about anything.