Are you looking for some new and interesting YouTube channels? Don’t worry – we’ve got you sorted!
YouTube has well and truly replaced TV, at least for me. I also watch it more than I watch Netflix.
One of the best things about YouTube is the wide array of content available, but the thing I like the most about YouTube is seeing how creative others can be.
Some channels are serious. Some are goofy, and do short comedy skits to support their talking points. Some channels make content just to satisfy their own artistic cravings. Some have found a niche and use that to make a living for themselves.
No matter what you’re looking for, I’m certain that you’ll enjoy at least one (if not all) of the following channels.
Subscriber count as of this article: 254K
Psych IRL is kind of a weird beast. It covers a lot of internet drama but it does it in an ethical and compassionate way. It uses basic psychology to help you understand why some people act the way they do, without hitting over the head with psychological terms.
I’m making it sound kind of stuffy, but it’s not.
My favourite thing about this channel is the authentic and breezy manner that they explain things. It’s less like a lecture and more like listening to one of your friends explain why something happened.
They don’t just cover internet drama though, they also cover other things, such as the psychology of being a creator. One of my favourite videos from them (the one linked above) discusses how Joji had to retire his infamous creation, Filthy Frank.
While I don’t agree with Psych IRL that certain slurs are acceptable in any context (specifically satire, as mentioned in the above video), it was good to hear them explain why I’m subjectively wrong without feeling like I’m being personally attacked for it.
That’s what I like the most about this channel: It will confront your ideas, but not you.
Internet Comment Etiquette with Erik
Subscriber count as of this article: 983K
This channel is not child friendly. Erik is crass and politically incorrect in all the right ways, which is an incredibly rare and useful skill.
The idea behind the channel is that he’s teaching us (his ‘class’) how to leave proper internet comments in a meaningful and socially aware manner, but somehow it always devolves into trollception: He uses his superb trolling ability to troll internet trolls, like if Thanos was a pasty dude with a sharp tongue and an internet connection.
The channel is the text book definition of the word ‘zany’, and Erik’s mastery of satirical comedy matches the infamous George Carlin. That’s not an accolade I readily hand out, but Erik definitely deserves it.
The channel is full of running gags, such as: Tweeting Ted Cruz with mildly-abusive tweets, Erik interacting with years-old pre-recorded clips of himself, pasting ‘rocket ships’ in his replies (they’re not rocket ships), the phrase ‘bounced on my boys D to this for hours’ – and the list goes on.
The best thing is how he weaponizes his fans – hear me out.
Instead of getting them to brigade anti-vaxxers (or whatever) with a bunch of hateful crap, he asks his fan to post pictures of shirtless old men. Not sexy pictures, just random pictures. That’s the perfect way to derail such idiocy – with completely irrelevant idiocy.
I could easily write a whole article about this channel, but – and I swear this is 100% true – the main thing I want to tell you is that his sponsored adverts are some of the funniest shit I’ve ever seen.
I will now cease my investigation of this channel lest I attract the attention of the cloud people who actually run this world.
Here is a rocket ship: (ASCII ART REMOVED IN THE NAME OF GOOD TASTE – The Editor)
Subscriber count as of this article: 1.05M
Imagine if military history wasn’t boring. That’s the premise of this channel.
It’s not entertaining in a ‘look at all these memes and jokes’ way, it’s entertaining in the ‘Lindybiege is like a crazy uncle who has the best stories’ way.
Most of the videos are simply the host of the channel, Lloyd, on a single camera, talking about military-related history. While this might not sound very interesting, Lloyd has a certain way about him that makes him a joy to watch. He often gets very excited about whatever he’s talking about, and he has a talent for explaining things in a simple and easy to understand manner.
He doesn’t just do military history though. He covers many topics such as technology, politics, psychology and – believe it or not – dancing.
For all the work he obviously puts into his videos (he surely does weeks of research per upload), my favourite part of his videos is when he judges the scholar’s cradles of various academics.
His own scholar’s cradles are, of course, superb.