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When I was a young lad growing up in the Australian state of Tasmania we only had a mere two (not a typo) TV channels to choose from. It blows my tiny little mind that we now have access to a near-infinite amount of content.
I’m not a huge fan of mainstream television for many reasons, none of which bear going into here. So thank goodness that YouTube came along and delivered the entertainment which I had so desperately craved!
One of the best things about YouTube is the wide array of different videos covering different topics. This article is a celebration of that fact, and may hopefully serve to introduce you to some new content creators.
The channels will be listed in order of subscriber count and will be headed with a hand-picked video for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
The Darkest Timeline with Ken Jeong & Joel McHale
YouTube Subscriber count as of publishing: 126k
Fun Fact: This channel (specifically, the video above) was featured in a previous article of mine. Okay that wasn’t really ‘fun’ but it was ‘a fact’.
Ken Jeong and Joel McHale are two actors from the Dan Harmon cult classic TV show ‘Community‘ who decided to start a podcast during the Covid-19 quarantine. Because Ken is/was a doctor who’s also an entertainer, he’s able to explain facts and figures related to the Covid-19 pandemic in a useful and interesting way – when Joel isn’t interrupting him every 3 seconds during the intro, that is.
Here’s the vibe from a typical Darkest Timeline episode:
Ken: Welcome to the Darkest Timeline podcast with-
Joel: You’re going well so far, Ken – keep it up!
Ken: Welcome to the-
Joel: Go ahead, Ken.
Ken: Should I just skip this part?
Joel: No, you’re doing great.
Ken: Welcome the the Darkest Timeline with Ken Jeong and-
Joel: Go ahead, Ken.
They then discuss Covid-19 news for roughly 15 minutes and the rest of the show is dedicated to their fantastic off-the-cuff, off-the-wall banter. They’ve had a guest in every episode so far, usually another Community cast member.
I like this channel because it’s a good reminder that celebrities can use their positions of power to do some good in the world, and it’s great to actually watch that happen instead of celebrities producing useless fluff that’s tone-deaf in more ways than one.
YouTube subscriber count as of publishing: 134k
It broke my heart to see how low the sub count is for this channel. Sure, Darkest Timeline has less but they’ve only been around for about 3 months. Noah’s channel has been around for 7 years.
The amount of research and introspection that this man does often approaches near-superhuman limits. And his videos are often much longer than an hour, in a time where 5-10 minute YouTube videos seem to be the norm on other channels.
I like this channel because it’s almost everything I want in a YouTube gaming channel. He doesn’t care about flashy graphics (and that is not an insult), he simply provides quality food for thought about video games without delving into textbook philosophy. He doesn’t use academic terms to make you feel inferior, he uses well-thought-out ideas so that everyone can enjoy his work.
I just wish more people would enjoy his work – it’s literally the exact type of content I’d have liked to have seen on TV when I was a young adult.
YouTube subscriber count as of publishing: 142k
You may have seen Simon Whistler (the host of Business Blaze) on his other more popular channels, such as Biographics or Today I Found Out. Those channels are highly polished and clearly take pride in their professional approach to creating YouTube content.
Business Blaze is much more casual. Here’s how it works: Danny (the writer) writes a script, Simon reads it, and the footage is then edited by Sam (the video editor). Sam often includes clips from movies and various memes, and the whole thing is a glorious way to learn about business-related topics.
One of my favourite things about the channel is that Sam often leaves in the awkward pauses and things like that – it’s like watching a show and the bloopers at the same time. It’s the kind of show that tricks you into learning things, and I am totally here for it.
YouTube subscriber count as of publishing: 563k
wavywebsurf is a YouTuber who studies the history of memes and other forms of pop culture events. He provides a non-biased account of the facts known about certain things, and tells us about them in a casual manner.
For instance, I’d long considered that the Leeroy Jenkins meme had been a setup but I couldn’t find any proof one way or the other. Watching the wavywebsurf video about it made me feel like a complete fool in all the right ways – it was obviously fake, and the clues were in the clip all along.
In another example, I never understood the hate for Rebecca Black. It pains me to admit that I followed the crowd in thinking the filmclip to her song Friday was ‘a bit cringeworthy’, but I still can’t believe that people sent death threats to a teen for, you know – being a teen. That’s when I jumped off the bandwagon.
So I did a bit of research and found out that she was just some kid whose mom had bought a song/filmclip production package and that’s all there really was to it.
In the first example, I learnt something from wavywebsurf. In the second example, I had my research confirmed (that’s how research works, right?)
My favourite thing about wavywebsurf is that they’re the best source of meme history on the internet. KnowYourMeme.com is great and all, but wavywebsurf goes out of their way to remind us that there are people behind the memes. I feel like that’s very important.
YouTube subscriber count as of publishing: 918k
Jim Sterling, also known to his fans as Jim Fucking Sterling Son (due to the above video) is an often-controversial YouTube games journalist. As I hopefully made clear in my earlier entry on Noah Caldwell-Gervais‘ channel, there’s nothing wrong with making enjoyable deep-dive videos celebrating video games.
But Jim Sterling is an entirely different vibe.
He’s too silly. He’s too serious. He’s practically obsessed with calling out the games industry on its bullshit – but at the same time, he refuses to take the games industry seriously. His on-camera persona is larger-than-life while his actions behind-the-scenes show us that he takes his work very seriously.
He’s a puzzle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a dilemma wrapped in a pretty pink bow wrapped in packets of cornflakes.
If you’re a gamer, he’s the kind of YouTuber who will make you angry for all the right reasons.
The thing I like the most about Jim Sterling is that he absolutely refuses to pretend that the modern mainstream gaming industry is anything other than the greed-obsessed, over-monetising, always-online-having, total reamfest that it clearly is.
Maybe that’s not your cup of tea, and I don’t always agree with him – but I refused to make this list and not put him on it.
Are you already subbed to any of these YouTube Channels? Did you sub to any of them because of this article? Do you know of any that the author might enjoy based on his choices here? Feel free to let us know in the comments!