Arts & Culture

Ready for a YouTube Rabbit Hole? Watch Every Bill Wurtz Video ♬You’re Welcome♬

If you haven’t heard of Bill Wurtz, I’ll let him introduce himself with his own video:

What you will notice immediately about Bill Wurtz from his videos is:

  1. He’s cool
  2. He has a silky smooth singing voice
  3. He has a keyboard and isn’t afraid to use every button
  4. Neon typography is his jam
  5. His animation style evokes jazzy PowerPoint slides

With 394 videos and counting, Wurtz categorizes his YouTube channel under “science.”

His bio on billwurtz.com reads, “accidentally came to earth. it’s weird”

With videos as short as 5 seconds, many of Wurtz’s videos claim to be comprehensive and then fall comedically short.

His 9 minute “history of japan,” however, is surprisingly thorough despite being mostly a joke. Donald Trump makes an eerie appearance at minute 4:00.

And if you watch all of his videos and have some questions for Wurtz, he’ll answer them on his “euqstions” page.

Here’s a good one:

“8.26.16  3:07 pm   WHY DO YOU ANSWER QUESTIONS IN ALL LOWERCASE LETTERS?

     why do you ask questions in all capital letters”

If this doesn’t feel like a rabbit hole already, I don’t know what is.

You could watch this playlist of every Wurtz upload and just sit back and enjoy the ride. But it’s also equally exciting to pick and choose from his archive based on video titles.

If you’re not cracking up after watching ten of these videos in a row, I’m not sure we can be friends.

Either way I “hope you have a good day,” just like Bill:

 

 

 

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Arts & Culture

Broad City for Los Angeles: Ladywood on YouTube

Fans of Broad City know how important the representation of Abbi and Ilana’s friendship is in today’s media landscape. And it wouldn’t be on Comedy Central today if it hadn’t started out as a popular webseries by the same name. If you’re searching for more non-hegemonic representations of modern femininity on YouTube in a sea of makeup tutorials, I cannot recommend Ladywood highly enough.

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This webseries is the result of an award winning filmmaker and a Groundlings actor living together and making a thing inspired by their real life friendship. With a healthy list of cast and crew, this project was certainly not shot on an iPhone. To learn more about it, read Auri and Dani’s about page.

I have to be honest, I haven’t watched Broad City nearly as much as I know I should. As a California native, I find it harder to relate to the East Coast themes in the show. The challenges West Coast life presents for 20-somethings are much different from those Abbi and Ilana face in New York City.

In LA’s Little Armenia, Auri and Dani grapple with when to sage their apartment, who to allow as a couch surfer, and how to break a ruinous juice habit. You know, pretty normal stuff for Californians.

Here’s the first episode of four:

You may recognize Auri from the “Guys Experience Periods for the First Time” Buzzfeed video she produced. It went viral and you should watch it, if you haven’t already. But first, warm up with Ladywood‘s “WTF is a Diva Cup,” also known as episode 2.

If you’ve got a lady wood (it had to be said) for this show, check out MyLadyWood.com and share the videos with all your lady friends.

 

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