Who knew that winter was so cold and rainy? Strange.
January is wrapping up quickly and we’re actually not doing too badly with our New Years Resolutions. Maybe. Was it a good month for you? Is time just an illusion? You decide!
If you need something to take your January blues away, we’ve got JUST the thing for you. YouTube is a wonderful form of escapism, it’s the perfect place to put your troubles at the door and lose yourself in wholesome content. Speaking of which, here are some of our favourites from this week. Enjoy!
My Problem with Friends | Sam Saffold-Geri
Now we’d never normally include a Q&A in the Weekly Round-Up – but stick with us. A Q+A, you say? Why yes disembodied voice in the ether, it is one of those question and answer videos. This one in particular really stood out to us. It’s done by your pal, Sam Saffold-Geri (Sam is a great name, by the way).
Forget screenshots of Tweets on a black background – this is legit. The way Sam approaches each question with obvious care in his answer and the presentation of it for the audience – it’s incredibly watchable. That being said, it’s his answers where this video really shines, ranging from the problematic nature of Friends all the way to talking about how 2017 was for him (not great, tbh).
The honesty and thoughtfulness among many other things in this video mean that you should listen when Sam speaks. He’s a person to whom you’ll want to give your time. Trust us. There’s also some choice pictures of very good doggos! Pomskies > all other dogs.
What Am I? | KickThePj
Do you like self aware robots? Has that one question sold you on the video before clicking on it? Because it should do. PJ Liguori has done it again, his boundless creativity has resulted in another unique video. He has created a world in which a robot with an internal voice that is very familiar and it feels so real and believable. By the end of the video, the relationship between the viewer and the robot is stronger than most people have with other humans in a 4 and a half minute span.
This is just so wonderfully PJ. And if you can’t get enough of it – he’s going on tour!
Reacting to the Hamilton Soundtrack | Samar Nasseri
If you’ve been living under a rock for the last 3 years and a week since its debut in New York in January 2015, Hamilton is the theatre smash hit to end all theatre smash hits. It’s rapping, it’s singing, it’s an immigrant story, it’s a racially diverse cast! It’s really quite different from most other theatre productions.
Going through each track, song by song, Samar Nasseri gives us her reaction to each of them. The way in which she talks through it shows such a great, deep understanding of musical theatre and all it offers to its audience. Hamilton itself is different enough song to song that the reactions change and vary so much, really engaging the viewer to see if their reactions line up with Samar’s or not. We agree with ‘Dear Theodosia’ for sure. We’re teary eyed each and every time it comes on. Samar even dished that she’s seeing the show in London’s West End… we’re not jealous at all! Nope, not us. *shifty eyes*
Magic is Gay: A Queer Reading of BBC Merlin | Gemma Dunnell
First there was Dumbledore and now there’s Merlin?
Magic as a LGBT symbol in the series of BBC Merlin is the topic in this video. Throughout, Gemma Dunnell speaks about it with such a deep knowledge of the show. Added on top of that, she brings a thoroughly researched breakdown of ‘queer theory’. You can tell this is a topic that she has been thinking about for a long time by how she presents it. There is an ease to the way that Gemma talks about the characters, one that only comes with familiarity over a sustained period of time.
The way that magic is portrayed in the show has many parallels to the way that ‘queerness’ is in our own world. Gemma is someone who is hyper aware of the connotations and contentiousness of the word ‘queer’ and has the foresight to bring attention to it, showing that the audience is in good, safe hands.
Go forth and watch this video, its magical!
24 Hours In An Underwater Hotel Room | Joe Sugg
This is one of those Ronseal titles, it does what it says. Joe Sugg is in Dubai, the land of excess. In his hotel, there’s a suite that is in the big aquarium that they have there. It’s something that you have to see to believe, Instagram can only do so much.
This suite is super, duper fancy. There’s a shower that could house a small family. There’s a free standing bath that looks out into the aquarium, to the wonderful array of aquatic life and stunning clear water. It has everything and being allowed in it really means a lot to Joe.
Watching this video, you really get a sense of genuine gratitude to be able to stay in a place like that. The sense of accomplishment that he feels for fulfilling a goal of his is palpable. It is extremely heart-warming to see.
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Each year, Sam Carr and his friends go to Bristol for a meetup with viewers. This is something that’s happened for three years. They definitely seem to enjoy doing it. The South West rules and its great to see it captured so well. The music of the video is a beautiful accompaniment to a video that harkens back to a YouTube of yesteryear. Full of nostalgia but still fresh, new and interesting.
Have you ever been on Fiverrr before? No you haven’t? It’s probably a good thing. It’s full of all sorts. However, all sorts is exactly what you want for a YouTube video. Will Lenney treats us to a rap verse about Blackpool from someone who has definitely never been there. Could you rap a Wikipedia page? If your answer is yes, Will will pay you $100! Get in contact!
Check out our interview with Will to get further into the mind of the one million subscriber man.
It’s been a little while since Tanya Burr has made a baking video. These cookies came to her in a dream so a video about them just had to happen. These cookies are nuts! (and caramel). We’re salivating already. We want to make them ourselves, they look so good, so tasty. Actually could you send some round Tanya? We’d probably burn ours!
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