Podcast Recommendation List

For the last year or so, I have been using my phone more and more for podcasts instead of music.  Listening to people talking – sharing stories or advice or jokes – makes time go by so much quicker for me.  I keep finding interesting podcasts to subscribe to, and I want to share the wealth (and maybe get some recommendations from you)!

avatars-000149024528-pgc8x8-t500x5001|  Dear Hank and John

I love the Vlogbrothers, and I’ve happily ingested their content on YouTube (and bought some Don’t Forget to be Awesome merchandise), but I only recently subscribed to their Comedy Podcast About Death.  They answer listeners’ questions with dubious advice, and the whole thing feels very lowkey educational and humorous.  I have listened to 17 episodes in the last three days, so.  Obviously I like it.

cover170x1702|  Overinvested

This is a newly created podcast by Gavia and Morgan, two geek girls who are great at dissecting fandoms with both intelligence and passion.  As of this writing, there are only eight episodes out, but since they cover topics like “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avatar,” “Black Panther,” and “Batman v Superman,” Continue reading

Video Rec: HeyUSA Season 2

Last summer, I fell in love with HeyUSA, a video series about Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart traveling around the United States in order to wear weird outfits, drink a lot of alcohol, and participate in hilarious adventures.  I wrote a blog post about it!  When I found out there would be a second season, I was pumped.  When I found out Grace wouldn’t be in it, I avoided the videos for two months.  It just couldn’t be the same, I whined.  But in a moment of desperation (aka boredom), I caved.  And I’m so glad I did!   Continue reading

My Favorite YouTubers

I first became aware of YouTubers (people who regularly upload personal videos to YouTube, as opposed to people who post single unrelated videos) when I discovered the world of cute and clever British boys.  I checked in with them regularly, and then I discovered the Vlogbrothers.  These were my favorite YouTubers for years, and only recently did I discover Grace Helbig.  Through her collaborations, I found Rhett and Link’s daily morning show Good Mythical Morning.  It was a quick step from their to find their podcast, Earbiscuits, as well as Grace’s less intense spinoff, Not Too Deep.  From there, the YouTube world opened before me, and I found several new people I wanted to subscribe to.  Listed here in chronological order (because I could never rank them):  my favorite YouTubers.

  1. Charlie McDonnell (charlieissocoollike).  This is where it all began for me.  An awkwardly adorable British boy doing dumb things.  Pretty much…my exact favorite thing in the world.  Although he has lately gotten more professional and less spontaneous, his old videos never fail to make me smile.
  2. Alex Day (Alex Day).  A former roommate of Charlie’s, Alex is less cute but more hilarious.  He is snarky and inappropriate, and I wound up looking forward to his videos the most.  He’s disappeared and reappeared from YouTube for the last six months because of sexual misconduct scandal–I’m on the fence about his new stuff, but this old video remains my absolutely favorite as far as painfully awkward stories go (see also his “Alex Reads Twilight” series).
  3. John and Hank Green (vlogbrothers).  What began as a way for two brothers to keep in touch turned into a straight up Internet movement.  Nerdfighteria has created charity drives and organizations based upon their commitment to “increase world awesome and decrease world suck.”  They are intelligent, ridiculous, and passionate, and their videos immediately reveal this.  The one below is an introduction to Nerdfighteria, but I also recommend their educational series Crash Course, which is so good teachers have started using it in classrooms.  DFTBA!
  4. Grace Helbig (Grace Helbig).  Awkward, beautiful, dumb, and creative, Grace is everything I want to be.  She turned her YouTube fame into a best-selling book (Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-Up), a movie (Camp Takota), and several other side projects.  She’s effortlessly cool, and her videos are consistently funny.  Definitely check out her travel series collaboration with Mamrie Hart (HeyUSA).
  5. Rhett and Link (Good Mythical Morning).  Best friends since grade school, Rhett and Link host a daily morning show of skits, songs, and Internet lists.  They have great rapport, they eat weird foods while blindfolded, and they seem like genuinely lovely people.  Below is one of my favorite videos in which they test their friendship.
  6. Natalie Tran (communitychannel).  Natalie is one of the cleverest people on YouTube.  She is the master of finding humor in everyday situations, and she creates skits that are nothing short of genius.  She’s recently been taking time off to film some travel shows, which is of course right up my alley.  Be careful with Natalie, her videos are almost impossible not to binge watch.

Honorable Mentions to: Mamrie Hart, Hannah Hart, Dan Howell, Viral Video Film School, and Belated Media.

Do you have suggestions of YouTubers I ought to start watching?  I’m always up for wasting more time on the Internet.  Comment and let me know!