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Question #93048 posted on 05/25/2020 7:40 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

what are your top 5 favorite channels to watch on youtube? that is, if you even watch youtube. i talked to various friends and none of them seem to really be into youtube... thoughts? i’ve recently been thinking about starting a channel but i’d be afraid by what my friends/family would think of me. have any of you ever made a youtube channel and what was your experience with that?

-wanna be youtuber


Dear YouTube Padawaan,

So first thing, I think that having a YouTube channel is becoming a lot more of a common thing. I think people wouldbe pretty supportive of it. The one thing I could see some older people judging about is if they think you're planning on becoming a professional YouTuber, in which case the reactions would be similar to telling them you are dropping out to become an artist. As long as you make that distinction, I think they'll be supportive. Plus, the great thing about YouTube is you can make a bunch of real lame videos to get good at making videos before you share them with friends and family if you want. I say go for it! Personally, I would love to start a YouTube channel at some point so I think that would be pretty cool.

I would say that my favorite channels are in no particular order:

  • Smarter Every Day: Cool short videos about engineering principles.
  • Pro Home Cooks: Literally my favorite cooking channel. The perfect combination of creative and trying new things without being too complicated.
  • Alex: Formerly known as french guy cooking. Has amazing cooking videos.
  • Bon Apetit: Claire Gourmet Makes is the best ever. She makes homemade skittles, Cheetos, pizza rolls, etc. So cool.
  • Totally Ridiculous: 3 Australian dudes dropping anvils, refrigerators, and cars from a 150 foot tower. Pure gold.
  • SB Nation: So much good sports history content.
  • Game Theory & Film Theory: Ridiculous theories about video games and movies with way too much research. 
  • Binging With Babish: Makes recipes from TV Shows and movies.
  • Food Safari (not actually a channel, it's an Australian cooking show that has most of its episodes on YouTube).
  • Colin Furze: The coolest projects. For example, rocket powered bumper cars, or a car/hot tub/grill.
  • BackYard Scientist: Most videos involve blowing stuff up.
  • Outside Xbox: Lots of fun videos making fun of different video game tropes.
  • Mark Rober: Cool science/engineering projects such as an automatic snowball cannon.
  • Tier Zoo: Talks about animals as if they were characters in a fighting video game.
  • You Suck at Cooking: A bit of profanity, but it's the perfect combination of ridiculousness and cooking.

I spend a few hours on YouTube a day which is maybe way too much but I literally owe passing some of my classes to YouTube so I guess that's a good thing. Anyways, 




Dear friend,

Go for it! YouTube can be a great way to just put cool content out into the world. It doesn't have to be a big deal. 

Here are some of my all time favorite channels:

  • 3blue1brown. It's a channel that explains math concepts by helping you visualize them and understand them at a more intuitive level. I love it so much.
  • Nerdwriter1. Video essays!
  • Vihart. She's a lot less active now than she used to be, but she still makes a video on occasion. She made a lot of "doodling in math class" videos, like, 8 years ago that are awesome. But she's done great stuff since then, too, including research into virtual reality!
  • vlogbrothers (and their related channels). Remember John Green, the author of Paper Towns/The Fault in our Stars/Looking for Alaska? This channel is him plus his brother, Hank. The background behind this channel is a lot to explain, so I'll link it here. The channel is sometimes silly, sometimes serious, always worth it.
  • doddlevloggle. This is Dodie Clark's second channel (and I mostly picked it because she doesn't post often to her main anymore). Dodie is a musician, but she makes other videos from time to time about whatever she feels like.
I've gotta second the recommendation for Bon Appetit, too. I'm obsessed.

Dear Creator,

Wow wow wow wow wow, I don't know how this got overdue, since I would have loved to give you the advice earlier to go for it. Making videos and creating is a great way to engage with people in your community and contribute, and I would encourage you to do so. Your question about making a Youtube channel reminds me of this interview by "Casually Explained" to "Sam O'Nella", where he talks about starting a Youtube channel mostly for fun that the people around him don't really know about. It was interesting for me to listen to, so I'd suggest seeing if it helps you sort things out. And then you can check out some of the other interviews and videos from that channel, if you'd like.

Now for my favorite channels, roughly ordered starting with my most favorite. I hope you're alright that there's more than five:

Polygon is a great channel that makes video game and board game videos, and they do a great job with it.

brian david gilbert makes pretty random videos, and recently became a part of Polygon.

How To ADHD is Youtube channel started to help people with ADHD or supporting those who have it.

James Veitch is a British sketch comedian who is similar in some ways to BDG.

Alan Becker. Remember those Animator v Animation videos? Yeah, he's still creating good content.

Dinner Guests is an up-and-coming channel that was started by some of BYU's finest.

Marcin makes super cool guitar remakes of classical songs. I don't even want to say that it's guitar pieces, because he actually shreds. I would put him in with the artists I found on America's Got Talent below, but I think he deserves a place near the top.

Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows doesn't post much anymore, but creates powerful videos about emotions and ideas common to us all but without words.

Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell creates well-researched informational and educational videos about important topics.

Cas van de Pol makes hilarious cartoon remakes of popular movies and TV shows.

Tom Scott makes educational/interesting ideas videos and was originally a linguist.

Ten Hundred is a muralist and character painter who makes quality videos about his work.

standupmaths is similar to Vihart, but instead of a mathemusician, he is a mathecomedian. I've mostly only seen his older videos.

SirPugger makes niche videos mostly about Runescape botting. He really knows his audience and makes content that they enjoy.

PippinFTS is a Minecraft youtuber who has been recently working on a project to build the entire Earth with all of the buildings and structures on a one-to-one scale in Minecraft. If that particular project interests you, you can learn more about it here and on this channel. Also, shoutout to CaptainObvious who made the Provo temple!

styropyro just straight-up makes lasers and destroys things with them.

Hard-to-Find Mormon Videos is exactly what it sounds like.

LockPickingLawyer has made hundreds of videos that show him unlocking and discussing different locks. One reason I enjoy his videos is that he know his craft, doesn't show ads that I know of, and doesn't put in any extra fluff that takes away from his content.

Paint makes nice a cappella videos, but isn't super active on Youtube anymore.

Jiemba Sands does parkour-type videos, and creates good content.

Milkair is another Minecraft youtuber who makes quality content.

Ciuffi Rossi don't make much anymore, but are twins who make a cappella covers.

PES does good stop-motion videos.

OddViolin is a violinist who has found his niche creating different sorts of sounds on the violin.

TierZoo, You Suck at Cooking, Mark Rober, Vihart have already been mentioned, and I'll second all of them.


I think a different category should be for TV shows that I watch through Youtube:

QI is a British sort-of trivia show where they talk get a bunch of comedians together and have them talk about trivia. Actually there are a lot of shows in Britain like that. I actually got started on that because of British comedian James Acaster, who also has a Netflix special.

Random Acts from BYUtv

America's Got Talent and Britain's Got Talent. I don't watch them much anymore since their videos are edited weird and I have mostly just found creators through them and subscribed to the creators. These other channels I would highly recommend and are creators (mostly singers) such as Ryan O'Shaughnessy, Ryan Beard, Chris Kläfford, Chase Goehring, Merrick Hanna (the only dancer), Sophie Pecora, and Grace VanderWall

TED Talks

Studio C and now also JK Studios (and I guess by extension Tori Pence)

Saturday Night Live and The Onion, when I'm in the mood for them.

Divine Comedy I think belongs in here, even though I also go to their shows.


Overall, I think my favorite creators are those who create quality content in their field, no matter what that is. I like being able to learn more about the communities that they create for by watching their videos, and I think that is one of the things that Youtube does very well, is bringing people together over common interests. If you feel that the content you create contributes to the community you are in, I think that creating a Youtube channel would be an awesome idea. I have been creating content, but mostly putting it out via other social media, and I know that it can be hard sometimes to keep at it. I would suggest finding people who support what you're doing and are willing to help you overcome the hurdles between creating content, finishing it, and getting it uploaded.

I would love to support you in chasing your dreams, so definitely reach out to me when you're starting uploading. I think it would be great to be able to contribute in any way I can <inklings (at) theboard (dot) byu (dot) edu>

Best of luck!

Inklings, who doesn't know if it is youtuber, Youtuber, or YouTuber, but prefers the first one


Dear Youtuber to Be, 

I have a Youtube channel... Except I made it 8 years ago and I can't even remember my email or password... BUT I have 11 subscribers and hit 1,187 views total on my 9 videos! (I just looked it up and I forgot some of the videos I created.) One of the videos that's now private was my cover of "Be Prepared" from The Lion King (evil laughter and all at the end). When I worked at a theme park, one of my coworkers looked it up and they absolutely loved it. Which resulted in them spreading it to the rest of the team. Everyone told me I should do that again for the work talent show. I was way too much of an introvert to agree to it, as there were a ton of people who worked there. But my team constantly brought it up and said I should cover more Disney songs. I did two more covers of Disney songs, but they were on the piano. Other videos included a Warhead Challenge where I shoved 6 warheads in my mouth, a music video for my film class (where I got 118% in the class boo-yah), three vlogs, an advertisement for a BYUI business class, and a 13 second video where I get startled because I forgot to turn down the volume. I was in my senior year when I first started, so I don't really think my parents knew(?) or if they did, they didn't care.

So, go for it! If I can do it, you can do it.

The channels I watch most are:

  1. Bon Appétit - Especially this playlist of Chris recreating dishes after eating them blindfolded.
  2. The Try Guys - Kinda don't like all the swearing, but I can't lie, they're entertaining.
  3. Simply Nailogical - Same as #2. I've been watching her pre-polish mountain.
  4. TingTingASMR - Come at me y'all. She's so soothing and a great stress reliever. I love it when she brushes the microphone or "my face".

-Goldie Rose


Dear Wannabe,

My top 5 favorite Youtube channels, in no particular order:

  • Binging with Babishnot that I'll ever cook anything I watch in all my Youtube cooking channels, but that won't stop me from watching endless cooking channels! Plus he has an incredibly soothing voice.
  • Nikkie Tutorialsagain, not that I'll ever recreate her makeup looks, but I love her creativity and artistry. I feel like a lot of makeup channels can be sort of fake or catty, but Nikkie is just so authentic and sweet.
  • Hot Onesthe show with hotter questions and even hotter wings! It's a genius formatthis guy interviews celebrities as they eat increasingly hotter hot wings, so it's entertaining but also has really great interviews. 
  • Buzzfeed UnsolvedI love true crime, so of course I love this channel where they break down unsolved true crime cases. 
  • Safiya Nygaardshe does weird stuff like melt down and mix every lipstick at Sephora, or mixing every bath bomb at Lush, and that's the kind of content I can get behind.

I made a Youtube channel once upon a time for some Teaching Technology class or something, but I didn't want anyone to actually watch itit was just filled with dumb videos about random topics for my class. But Youtube is a pretty easy platform to figure out, and if you have a good idea for a channel I think you could have a lot of fun with it. If you want to do it, you should go for it!



Dear content-creator-to-be,

I never thought I'd be the type to be drawn in to YouTube (I've complained more than once about how I find watching videos of all kinds to be pretty boring). With that said, this question has made me realize I have far more subscriptions than I thought, at a whopping 24. I'll just give you the highlights. 

  • videogamedunkey--probably my favorite YouTube channel of all time. His bizarre sense of humor and his massive library of videos always give me something entertaining to go back to, whether it's Mario, Dark Souls, Zelda, Animal Crossing or one of many, many other games that he's played. Even his videos on games I've never played are entertaining. His comedy is infectious.
  • The Cosmonaut Variety Hour--these guys do a lot of in-depth movie and video game commentary, which is something I've gotten more and more into lately. They're not super dry and analytical, either; their videos can get pretty long, but they're never at a loss for a good quip at a bad movie's expense. I for one am excited for Fantastic Beasts 3 not because I've seen any of the movies but because the Cosmonaut review of The Crimes of Grindelwald was so hysterical that I can't wait for another video.
  • How to Be a Great Game Master--some of the titles come off a little clickbaity, but a useful and in-depth channel with lots of content directed toward becoming a better Game Master for tabletop role-playing games. I for one can use all the help I can get. Improvisation is not my strong suit.
  • Schaffrillas Productions--similar to the Cosmonaut Variety Hour, although it's (mostly) a one-man show. Lots of movie reviews here, especially focusing on Disney/Pixar and Dreamworks films. Also has fun videos ranking everything from Disney films to Phineas and Ferb songs from best to worst.

I don't have a channel myself, and while my roommates continually pester me wanting know when I'll drop out of BYU and take off on a comfy RuneScape YouTubing career, I sadly don't think that's in the cards. If you think you've got a good idea for a channel, go for it! You never know what good might come of it, and the worst that happens is you learn valuable lessons for next time.





That's so exciting! Do iiiit!

I watch a lot of Gus Johnson, NakeyJakey, prozd aaaaand that's about it. Other than that, just so so much standup comedy.

Listen, I've daydreamed about starting a YouTube channel for years. Then podcasts became the thing and I daydream about having one of those. I just launched a blog and I'm seriously finding it terrifying.

Do it. Do it. Do it. When I released my music on Spotify I felt the fear and I will probably feel the fear when I create and publish any content for the rest of my life. But if you feel like creating then go do it. I think that's really what it's about. Don't get hung up on everything being perfect. Just get started so you can get good and you'll do great. 



Dear you,

My top favorite YouTube channels are...

I have not made a YouTube channel but I think you should go for it! One of my best friend's brother has a YouTube channel that he started for fun, and now it's blown up and basically he's set for life. Not saying that'll happen to you (and I think that's a bad main reason to start a YouTube channel) but it seem like a great way to share your ideas and creativity. If you feel uncomfortable about sharing it with friends and family then start by posting anonymously, and then share it with them as you feel more comfortable. Honestly I don't think there's anything wrong or weird about starting your own YouTube channel (though I guess that does kinda depend on what you're posting), and if I was your friend I think you'd be the coolest person for having the confidence and ability to do it.

-guppy of doom