Web Crush Wednesdays: Superfruit

jr9fangirls1111Happy Wednesday! Today’s Web Crush is my newest YouTube obsession, and when I say obsession, I mean it. The channel in question is none other than Superfruit!

Superfruit is comprised of two of the members of the band Pentatonix, Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi. The two are talented musicians and it’s awesome to see their passion for music in videos such as their Beyoncé medley. My personal preference, however, is when they have silly fun in their videos, such as their Frozen medley with Pentatonix bandmate Kirstie Maldonado:

This is what really got me into their videos: their uninhibited sense of fun and the obvious friendship between the two. Watching Scott and Mitch (or Scomiche, as they’ve dubbed themselves) together is honestly kind of like seeing evidence of that cheesy “A friend is one soul inhabiting two bodies” quote because they are so in tune with each other. It’s hilarious how alike they are sometimes and how they get on the same wavelength.

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The Trinity of YouTube is Making a Movie!

Are you subscribed to Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart, and Hannah Hart on YouTube? You really should be, because these three ladies are taking over the world of online entertainment, one video at a time. By the way, I’ve already covered two thirds of this Trinity in Web Crush posts, so don’t try to pretend you don’t know who I’m talking about. Their latest venture is a full-blown movie called Camp Takota!

Camp Takota- Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie HartLook, it even has an IMDb page and everything.

The ladies announced the movie at this year’s Vidcon, and the internet has been buzzing with excitement ever since. If you don’t believe me, check out the Camp Takota tag on tumblr to see how many people are promoting the movie and following production updates. This has a lot of people excited and I think I know why.

Beyond the fact that these three comedians are extremely popular on YouTube, I think people are excited to see more women headlining a comedy. As a genre, comedy hasn’t been particularly welcoming to female performers but that view is slowly changing. In mainstream media, movies like The Heat are exciting for this reason. Probably the first female “Buddy Cop Movie”, it did extremely well at the box office and showed that audiences can embrace women leading more than just “chick flicks”. Female comedians are found on Comedy Central almost as often as males, and in the world of online entertainment, YouTube has become a great place for funny women to grow an audience. I would be remiss here if I didn’t mention the most successful of these YouTube comedians, Jenna Marbles, who is one of the most subscribed YouTubers of any genre. Yes, she has put out problematic content from a feminist standpoint (especially that slut-shaming rant), but for better or worse I can’t just pretend she doesn’t exist in/currently dominate this field.

It’s heartening to see women making a name for themselves in the world of comedy and taking on bigger projects in the field. It means that the public’s perception of women is changing, however slowly, because success in comedy is so dependent upon an audience embracing the performer. If audiences are embracing women in comedy, it hopefully means they’re willing to embrace women in other typically male roles, like action hero or multi-dimensional protagonist. Or President, whoops, who said that?

While Camp Takota still has quite a way to go before it can be enjoyed by the masses (filming just began last week), we can still follow updates on the movie’s official site or by subscribing to Grace’s channel (Seriously, why haven’t you done that yet? How many times do I have to tell you that she’s awesome?) because she’s posting daily vlogs as the cast goes into production. Unfortunately she’s been very good at keeping the plot under wraps, though, so there’s still not much known about the movie’s actual story. That won’t keep other fans and me from following every update, though, and I hope you’ll join us!

Web Crush Wednesdays: okaynate

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You know the deal, everything good on the internet comes either from or in association with Grace Helbig, so today I have another of her My Damn Channel co-workers for your Web Crush: okaynate.

Good ol’ Nate. He’s not Nate the Great, or Domi-Nate, he’s just okaynate. Not even special enough for capital letters and that’s just fine. Now what makes him so okay? I’m glad you asked. Well he started out as part of the “My Damn Channel Live” production team as comment DJ/Punching Bag.

He keeps the show running but gets no respect: that’s okay.

Also, he can fill out a dance number and, despite being barely competent, do absolutely nothing to pull focus from the other dancers:

Is he a great dancer? No, he’s just okay.

Now that he has his own vlog we get to hear his okay stories about his okay life. Even his fantasy life in which he is king features him making the very mediocre laws of movie theaters playing the Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended edition) back to back, but not as a main attraction, merely as background noise for communal naps:

He even got to meet Grumpy Cat. His mediocrity did not cheer her in the least:

He was upstaged on his own show by a tired cat and that’s okay.

All kidding aside though, Nate is more than just okay; he’s a really charmingly simple and earnest person. His videos are always entertaining and he really connects with his viewers by responding to comments and using their input to guide video ideas. I think he really has a handle on the interactive aspect of YouTube and I’m eager to see him continue as a tuber.

Web Crush Wednesdays: Tim Helbig

Tim Helbig is one of my favorite YouTubers. He’s funny and quirky and as a gay scientist he makes for an out-of-the-ordinary personality. He’s not the gay fashionista or entertainment critic often seen on YouTube, but is instead a soft-spoken and imaginative character. He’s also the younger brother of Grace Helbig and, as I’ve said before, all good things on the internet come either from or in association with Grace Helbig. Tim’s YouTube channel TimWillDestroyYou actually falls into both categories, having been set up by Grace as a Christmas gift and frequently featuring Grace in his videos.

But Grace is certainly not the only good thing about Tim’s channel! Tim’s channel is full of awkwardly charming little skits and self-deprecating humor. Tim seems like the kind of person who could probably seem awkward or boring in a large group, but in the pseudo-personal world of vlogging, his mild personality shines.

TimWillDestroyYou is a kind of unpredictable channel. I’m never sure what to expect from the next video (uploaded once a week) in terms of content. Tim might do a skit, or share a story from his childhood, or film himself filing his taxes. Seriously. No matter what the video though, I know it will be humorous and include Tim’s unique point of view. In all the loud personalities on the internet, it’s enjoyable to watch a quieter video with small puns and turns of phrase. The videos have some clever humor but don’t reach for anything beyond simple entertainment and Tim, though clearly very intelligent, never seems unapproachable or pedantic with his comedy so I love watching him. Give him a look and I’m sure you’ll love him too!

Web Crush Wednesdays: Geeking Out with Kerri Doherty

 

Geeking Out is a kinda new talk show hosted by Kerri Doherty. In The show, Kerri interviews famous people but can’t seem to conceal her awkward social graces and fangirl tendencies in order to be professional for more than a few seconds.

The show airs on Thursdays on OfficialComedy on YouTube. The channel has other shows Monday-Wednesday, so maybe someday they’ll be future web crushes!

I found out about the show just this week because in the latest episode Kerri sat down with my favorite internet star, Grace Helbig AKA Daily Grace:

Everything good on the internet comes either from or in association with Grace Helbig.

The interviews are really fun to watch because Kerri makes it different from a regular interview by making it awkward and occasionally creepy with her fangirling. That may be a weird reason to enjoy something but it really is amusing seeing her play with her guests and watching them react in different ways.

Kerri has other videos on her channel geekingoutshow such as con trips and tips on stalking celebrities:

Like I said, I only started watching this week so this is literally a crush right now. I don’t know a lot about Kerri but I’m enjoying her greatly! Maybe someday this will become a full-on web love like I have for some of the other people I’ve featured in previous Web Crushes of mine, but for now I’m just enjoying my little crush. Kerri is very funny and makes cute videos that are super enjoyable. Check her out!

Web Crush Wednesdays: MyMusic

MyMusic is an interactive online source of entertainment brought to us by The Fine Bros. The primary location for this entertainment is YouTube, where four videos are uploaded weekly: Mondays- LIVE show, Wednesdays- Music News, Fridays- Q&A, and Sundays- Sitcom Webseries.

I found out about this project from my past Web Crush, Grace Helbig, who plays one of the characters in the webseries. It chronicles a budding music production company staffed by personified stereotypes of music fans. Every worker is identified only by the style of music they like and behaves as broadly-drawn caricatures of these personalities. For example, the company was founded by Indie, a hipster who can’t stand anything mainstream and prides himself on loving and understanding the obscure. Grace plays Idol, the head of social media outreach who loves anything popular on the radio. Other staffers include Metal, Hip Hop, Techno, Dubstep, Scene, and Intern 2 (Intern 2 likes a little bit of everything and infuriates Indie for not being able to be put in a box and defined by preconceived notions so he’s the group punching bag).

At first I only watched the weekly webseries on Sundays and enjoyed it, but once I subscribed to the channel I really got much more into the whole project. The weekday shows are just as entertaining as the Sunday webisodes and the inclusion of fans and special guests keeps the show fresh and interesting. I’m always at work during the live shows, unfortunately, but I watch them later and it’s pretty fun seeing the cast respond to people as they comment/tweet the show.

The weekly series is very fun and I especially love Techno and Dubstep who, though sometimes pushed into the background of the show, have a beautiful friendship and are always enjoyable. The show honestly got a bit drab for me after a while, though. I know it was all for comedy but a show populated entirely by shallow stereotypes can only be interesting for so long. Thankfully, one of the team members was revealed to actually be a poser, only pretending to be a walking stereotype in order to hold on to the job at the company and appease Indie, and this character’s storyline has instantly become more engaging and the show has picked up since.

I’m tuning in weekly, will you?

P.S.

If you need further convincing, I’ll just mention that Felicia Day guest starred.

Web Crush Wednesdays: Grace Helbig

Who’s my Web Crush this week? It’s Grace Helbig! (WARNING! THIS IS A VERY VIDEO-HEAVY POST) If you don’t know Grace, she’s an internet celebrity who comes to YouTube via mydamnchannel.com. She has a daily vlog known as Daily Grace (how clever!) which was how I discovered her.

I don’t believe this was the first video of hers I saw, but it’s the one that made me want to watch more!

Grace is a comedian and she is definitely the kind who believes that anything is fair game for comedy. If you’re really sensitive about manners/etiquette/foul language or any political, spiritual, or religious ideology Grace will not be the person for you. I find her daily vlog to be endlessly hilarious with her irreverent humor and creative little skits. Every day has a theme except Monday which is kept open for any kind of video. Tuesdays are “Commenting on Comments.”

I want to be hazed so badly!! I love the on-the-spot nicknaming. Aside from that I enjoy seeing the kind of things people say on the internet which is always surprising and funny, and I love that she interacts with her fans. She could ignore comments, or get overly defensive at rude ones, but instead she uses her sense of humor to engage with her “viewsers”.

Wednesdays are Reviews!

I love this show and her review is so accurate.

Thursdays are Tutorials!

I love when she teaches us something like this, though I must say I prefer her cooking tutorials because first off, I love the food network! Cooking shows are super entertaining to me, plus I love her invented recipes, “facts”, and how her cooking style of “I have this idea and I’m not sure how to make it happen but damn it, I’mma try!”

And Fridays are seeeeexxxxxxxyyyy

But daily vlogging just isn’t enough for Grace or her fans! She’s also part of the web series “My Music Show” which airs every Sunday and has special weekly features:

It’s a pretty funny show. Sometimes I think the characters are too cliché (I know that’s the idea behind it, but even so) but it’s still funny. Also, Felicia Day has guest starred on an episode, though I won’t tell you which one. You’ll just have to find out!

She hosts MyDamnChannelLIVE on Thursdays:

And her guest star in this episode is Michelle Vargas, with whom she runs the channel Grace ‘n’ Michelle:

And she does spots for “Attack of the Show” on G4

Grace is a busy, busy lady and I love her. It’s a damn good thing I didn’t come across her before I graduated or I never would have gotten any work done! If you have come to love her then you’re in luck because she’s EVERYWHERE on the net. YouTubefacebook, tumblr, and twitter.

In closing, because there just aren’t enough videos in this post, here’s one of my absolute favorites: