YouTube has changed our idea of what it takes to become a celebrity. You don’t really need a skill, as such, with a personality and the ability to entertain and inform an audience the only prerequisites. Still, it isn’t easy to rise above the rest of the proles, so those who do deserve some credit. Credit we’re happy to bestow upon this select bunch right here, right now.
Famous For 15 Minutes (Or More)
Andy Warhol once said, “In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.” That future has now arrived, and it’s all thanks to YouTube. If you wanted to, you could upload a video to YouTube right now, and know that someone, somewhere in the world, is watching.
Not everybody then goes onto find fame and fortune, but hundreds of YouTubers have managed to break through into the mainstream, racking up millions of views. We have compiled a list of some of your favorite YouTube celebrities, all of which are worth watching at least once.
Daniel Kim is a Vancouver-based artist best known for his annual Pop Danthologies, which mash up the best pop songs from the previous year. He is also a vlogger with lots to say on lots of different subjects.
SomecallmeJohnny is a gamer whose YouTube channel is packed with offbeat reviews of classic video games. There are also several highly amusing animated shorts featuring Sonic the Hedgehog.
Michael Stevens is best known as the host of Vsauce1, which is packed full of interesting, informational, entertaining, and educational videos. You’ll watch for the facts, but you’ll keep coming back for the presentation style.
The description of CGP Grey’s YouTube channel says it all: “Complex things explained.” Still, this could have resulted in an absolute snoozefest if Grey himself didn’t have such a unique style of delivery.
John Green and Hank Green are collectively known as the Vlogbrothers. John is actually better known as an author now, with The Fault In Our Stars being a worldwide bestseller. Still, he hasn’t abandoned YouTube.
TotalBiscuit bills himself as “the cynical Brit,” and watching any of his videos should be enough to confirm that reputation. The content is mostly first impressions of new video games, but with some other goodies thrown in too.
If you like gadgets and British humor then you’ll probably love Ashens, as most of his videos combine the two. I personally recommended the reviews of cheap crap bought from Poundland, a chain of bargain shops insanely popular in the UK.
NerdCubed is another YouTube channel that has built an audience, and a stellar reputation, on the back of the simple act of playing video games. Subscribe for snarky looks at some of the biggest games on the planet.
FPS Russia calls himself “the professional Russian,” but professional madman may be more suitable. This guy loves guns to the point I suspect he would marry one if it was legal to do so.
Jack Septic Eye is yet another funny gamer who offers his own commentary on video games of all types. He describes himself as “the most energetic videogame commentator on YouTube,” and that certainly seems accurate. You’ll either love him or hate him.
The Crazy Russian Hacker specializes in trying out awesome experiments, some of which lead to the discovery of life hacks you can use yourself. All delivered in that crazy Russian accent, obviously.
Grav3yardgirl is the prototypical YouTube celebrity, with a persona designed to entertain, and a collection of videos on a whole range of subject matters. The only thing that connects them is the host, which is what will keep viewers returning for more.
Hannah Hart is best known My Drunk Kitchen, a series of videos in which she cooks while intoxicated. She has more recently broken into the mainstream, appearing in an indie film and enjoying success with a parody cookbook.
Rhett and Link have been creating content for the Internet longer than some of their fellow stars have been on solids. They’re best known for their comedy songs and viral videos, which likely means you’ll recognize their faces before their names.
Scott Bradlee is an American musicians, composer, and arranger best known as the founder of the Postmodern Jukebox. This group covers pop songs in older styles of music, which has led to a breakout into the mainstream.
Continue the Conversation
We think this is a strong list of YouTube celebrities well worth your time and attention. Some of these people are entertaining, others are educational, and some are a little of both. What they all have in common is a personality strong enough to draw people to their channels regardless of the actual content they’re providing. Which is a tough ask.
Please continue the conversation in the comments section below. While some of you took part in the original discussion, there is always room for more opinions. Do you agree with the YouTube celebrities selected for the list? If not, then please add your own suggestions to the conversation happening below. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers here, just opinions.
A Debt of Gratitude
In order to compile this list of thoroughly entertaining YouTube celebrities, we asked for help from the MakeUseOf community. As always, our readers proved to be an invaluable part of the site you’re reading right now.
The readers we need to thank took the time to answer the question, Who Is Your Favorite YouTube Celebrity?, and their responses helped us compile this article. Noteworthy comments include those from Jeet Sagar, JPW, and our old favorite, likefunbutnot.
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