Thursday, March 28, 2013

Where there's Poop, there's YouTube

YouTube Poop. Those bizarrely edited, mostly nonsensical videos that uses primarily animation and children's shows for a laugh. What are they?

For those who don't get them, I think I have a simple explanation.

To me, YouTube Poops are the modern version of Vaudeville. If you're not familiar with the wealth of pop culture references, sound clips, and memes they use, they're pretty hard to understand.
They're like routines, like "Pat and Mike" and "Slowly I Turned", and half of the fun is spotting a familiar bit, and the spin the YouTuber gives it.

YouTube Poop humor, I believe, is humor in its most abstract form. Most of the time you don't even know why it's funny... Most of the laughs come from sheer juxtaposition: placing a sound effect or dialogue where it doesn't belong, to distort or even bastardize the source material. The rest of the time it's simple absurdity and non-sequitirs, or goofy noises.

Sometimes it's merely the timing. It's like audio-visual Jewish humor, in a way. But usually, it's a combination of all of the above.

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