JACK HARRIES – A FRESH START
Usually we’re not big on YouTubers apologising for a lack of content or an unexplained extended break, but we always have time and patience for Jack Harries. Due to the success and scale of The Rickshaw Run, a four-part series shot in India to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Jack’s been on hiatus. A lot of YouTubers have spoken about suffering from creative block recently. PJ Liguori and Tim H both made videos explaining how they found themselves there, in a manner true to themselves. Jack’s comeback achieves this too. Great to have you back, Jack.
LAURA BUBBLE – IT’S NOTHING DIRTY
Laura Bubble is very good at observations that we can all relate to, and she’s also brilliant at cramming a lot into three minutes. In this video she somehow manages to cover topics such as sex scenes in movies, elevator music, doctors waiting rooms and much more. Laura isn’t afraid of making fun of herself or the awkward situations she has found herself in, and that’s something that makes her entertaining and relatable. We reckon more YouTubers should take after Laura and have more of a sense of humour about themselves.
PJ LIGUORI – CYBER PARTY
PJ Liguori‘s creativity never ceases to amaze us. Somehow he’s managed to personify how fun – yet dangerous – the internet can be, using a lot of cardboard boxes and jumpsuits. Like most of his videos, there’s something really cute about this video that gives it that quintessential Peej charm. It could be that PJ is just adorable and his outlook on this subject is simply unique. Or it could be the execution of the whole video. He’s taken a simple idea and turned it into a visually-appealing aesthetic – one that’s different from anything else most YouTubers make. Make sure you also check out both behind the scenes videos (here and here) as well.
DAN STOKES – HOW TO BE QUIRKY
Dan Stokes has a silly sense of humour and an old-school approach to vlogging, which reminds us a lot of James Hill’s early 2008 videos. We highly doubt Dan and his mate Mahalia scrutinised and planned this video too much, they probably just got together, decided on a loose idea and started having fun. And we love that. They’re clearly being sarcastic but you start thinking ‘oh, they’re just trying to be quirky,’ or ‘they’re trying too hard,’ but by the end of it, you starting thinking ‘no, wait, they ARE quirky.’ Are they actually quirky? Or were they just pretending to be quirky because people try too hard? And if they were highlighting the latter, then surely it’s a parody? We’re really not sure. It’s an endless dilemma.
ALFIE DEYES – BEING A TEENAGER
He may be one of the front-runners of the current YouTube generation but Alfie Deyes has been making videos since way back in 2009 and in his latest video, Being A Teenager, he signals back to those simpler times. The video is an old-fashioned one-take vlog in which Alfie talks openly about issues from peer pressure to enjoying life. It’s inspiring to hear stories from his past and the lessons he’s learned through his teenage years. Perhaps it’s his calming voice or the soft background music but we found the video very therapeutic. At the end he asks his audience if they’d like to see more stripped-back no-edit videos, and our answer is yes.
GAGGING FOR MORE?
It’s YouTube for crying out loud, of course there’s more to serve! Carrie addresses her recent controversies and apologises for upsetting people, in a sincere and balanced video called Good Intentions. Dreamy irish heart-throb BriBry does a Q&A about his wedding, revealing Jake, Luke and Dave as his groomsmen. And finally Katie Snooks released her first music video in which she dances provocatively on a park bench. What do you guys think? I mean, it’s unlike us to miss anything (we are totes amazing at this) but please let us know if we have! Also don’t forget to follow us on twitter and scream at us, throughout the week, whenever you see a video that you think should be featured on the next round-up.