YouTube Channels That Will Make You Laugh And Learn At The Same Time

Nancy Messieh 01-06-2013

funny youtube channelsYouTube is not necessarily the first place you’ll look online when you’re on the hunt for educational content. Cat videos? Yes. Videos explaining the pythagorean theorem? No. You’re probably more likely to head straight for a website like TED, where you can stream and download fascinating content Discover, Download, and Watch the Best of TED Whether it's about passing the time, broadening your horizons, or keeping up with your favorite topics, TED's library of videos is an invaluable tool for anyone who has access to a decent Internet connection. With... Read More  about everything from photography 7 TED Talks For Shutterbugs TED talks often focus on creativity, so it's no surprise to find quite a few fascinating, inspiring and breathtaking videos that focus on the art of photography. Many of the talks on photography focus on... Read More to psychology and human behaviour 6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior The human brain is complex and confusing, which explains why human behavior is so complex and confusing. People have a tendency to act one way when they feel something completely different. Here are a few... Read More . But we wouldn’t write off YouTube just yet.

While the video sharing site might be better known for music videos, the Annoying Orange and, let’s face it, for being the cesspool of Internet comments, there are quite a few entertaining, educational videos that you can watch, and walk away with some pretty interesting knowledge you didn’t know beforehand. Rather than highlight specific videos, we’ve chosen five YouTube channels packed with entertaining, funny and informative content that you can watch when you have five minutes (or hours) to kill. In no particular order, they are…

Ze Frank’s True Facts About…

With a new video out every Thursday, you can depend on Ze Frank (of BuzzFeed) to keep you entertained, informed and in stitches for just under 5 minutes once a week. If this is the first you’re hearing of Ze Frank’s series – ‘True Facts About…’ you’re in luck because there’s a small backlog to go through. Every week, he picks a random animal – sometimes something as obscure as the aye-aye or as common as the duck. Then in true Discovery Channel fashion, he’ll tell you all sorts of interesting facts you didn’t know about the animal, interspersed with hilarious side-comments that, let’s be honest, are sometimes NSFW.

One of our favourite Ze Frank videos has to be True Facts About the Tarsier:


VSauce is a brilliant collection of educational videos and fun facts – the kind of which would probably never occur to you before visiting this channel. Asking random questions like Why are we ticklish and Why do we laugh? and What color is a mirror? There are a lot of random videos on VSauce that aren’t necessarily all that educational, but they’re certainly entertaining. In any case, the questions asked and answered will keep you informed.

Here’s one question you might not have taken too seriously, but VSauce breaks it down in Why did the Chicken cross the road?


VlogBrothers describes itself as “Raising nerdy to the power of awesome,” and it certainly does that and then some. Another channel with a significant backlog (which has earned it over a million subscribers), you’ll find everything from entertaining rants, videos where host Hank answers questions, videos featuring entertaining content from Reddit and more.

One of our favourite videos comes courtesy of Hank’s co-host, John, in which he shares the 5 worst typos of history:

History for Music Lovers

What do you get when you combine history, parody and music? You get History for Music Lovers. Taking popular songs by everyone from the Beatles to Lady Gaga, the original lyrics are replaced with significant moments in history. So Bad Romance by Lady Gaga turns into a song about the French revolution. HollaBack by Gwen Stefani becomes the soundtrack to the plague.

Best of all – Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus transformed into a song about the Vikings:

Charlie is so Cool

While there is quite a bit of non-educational content on YouTube channel, Charlie is so Cool, he has at least gone to the trouble to create a playlist of Fun Science videos that will fascinate and entertain. Analyzing everything from the moon, time travel and saturn.

An excellent place to start is Charlie’s video about Sound, complete with a ukelele:

Vi Hart

It’s not very often that you can combine entertainment and math in one sentence but that’s what Vi Hart manages to do. With everything from fractal fractions to the number Pi, the videos are educational and informative, accompanied by cute little doodles and cartoons.

Hands down, one of the best videos is the one that teaches you all about Pythagoras in a way which you would probably never get to learn about him, or his theory, in math class:

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Which channels would you add to the list? Share them with us in the comments.

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  1. Cheyenne
    April 6, 2016 at 7:54 am

    VOX is also another good channel. I enjoy it a lot.

  2. Yons
    November 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Very intersting

  3. Phuc Ngoc
    June 7, 2013 at 9:29 am

    :( I need more channels on scientific facts

    • Justin Dennis
      July 1, 2013 at 1:53 am

      try out SciShow or MinutePhysics! Both are really amazing, interesting, creative, scientific channels. Two of my favorites.

  4. Justin Klyczek
    June 2, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Also, with Vi Hart's Pythagorean Theorem 6th graders were blown away. I made them watch it to get an idea of what the PT is about and a little "history" of Pythagorus. I freakin' love it! :)

  5. Justin Klyczek
    June 2, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Dude...True Facts about the Tarsier cracked me up! Thanks for the great list :)

    • Nancy
      June 20, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      That was one of my absolute favourites!

  6. Max
    June 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Don't forget about PBS IdeaChannel!

  7. Junil Maharjan
    June 2, 2013 at 5:06 am

    ZeFrank and Vsauce are great channels and very informative at the same time being funny.

  8. Kimberly Trainer
    June 2, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Sorry i found them more annoying than anything else. :(

  9. James
    June 1, 2013 at 4:03 am

    I can't believe you didn't mention Destin over at SmarterEveryDay, check him out.

  10. Zhong J
    June 1, 2013 at 3:33 am

    One of the many entertaining learning curvature not widely seen in the professional teaching world is intertwining certain influence in teaching the group. My favorite example would be Neil Degrasse Tyson, the method he explains his knowledge is cosmically proportional to him speaking naturally right in front of a person. Many teachers today don't add emotions to when they teach or apathetic to do so and audience will be forgot the lesson, so will their education.