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Adam Buxton reviews YouTube comments
posted by mippy (50 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite

 
There should be a previous for this somewhere...
posted by Artw at 12:30 PM on April 25, 2011


Ah, here we go Again and Again.
posted by Artw at 12:32 PM on April 25, 2011


mac fuckes your gradeds balls!!!!
posted by d1rge at 12:36 PM on April 25, 2011 [4 favorites]


I turn off the comments to most of my YouTube videos nowadays, and thos I allow comments on I moderate. I don't have the patience for letting everything I do become a forum for trolls, morons, and bullies anymore.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:37 PM on April 25, 2011


We should get him in for the next OS war GRAR thread.
posted by Artw at 12:37 PM on April 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


AZ: Is there any way to make that the default on new uploads?
posted by odinsdream at 12:42 PM on April 25, 2011


That was surprisingly great.
posted by mathowie at 12:44 PM on April 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


AZ: Is there any way to make that the default on new uploads?

No, at least not on the site itself (a 3rd party upload program that used the API could do it).
posted by wildcrdj at 12:45 PM on April 25, 2011


That was pretty entertaining, if you're wondering if you should sit through 6 minutes.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:47 PM on April 25, 2011


That was awesome. But can it fit in an evolope?
posted by wildcrdj at 12:54 PM on April 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


YES THEY CAN FIT IN A EVOLOPE
posted by inigo2 at 12:58 PM on April 25, 2011 [4 favorites]


I literally had tears in my eyes at the last comment, although a glass of wine and The Thick of It probably contributed as well.

Often I've wanted to send round videos at work and then looked down at the comments and saw a melee of racial slurs and blue language, and thought twice of it.

My manager looked up how to best make an omelette and was surprised at the vitriol various methods of egg combining elicited from the commenters. He was lucky he didn't get an N-word or two.
posted by mippy at 1:01 PM on April 25, 2011


FIRST!!!

What's an evolvelope? Is that like a springbok that is also a dolphin?
posted by Elmore at 1:13 PM on April 25, 2011


Adam still hasn't got his own show on BBC - wtf?
posted by Foci for Analysis at 1:28 PM on April 25, 2011


He's not Youth! enough.
posted by Artw at 1:29 PM on April 25, 2011


Highly amusing. For some reason it made me think of Richard Dawkins reads his hate mail.
posted by Decani at 1:33 PM on April 25, 2011 [4 favorites]


Oh, possibly NSFW (for swearies) on that Dawkins link.
posted by Decani at 1:34 PM on April 25, 2011


The YouTube comment, ι, should be the unit measure of stupidity. As in: "She asked me if I wanted to go back to her place and look at her etchings, and I told her 'no, thanks, I'm more into engraving.'" "Wow, you're an idiot. That's like 0.1ι."
posted by abcde at 1:35 PM on April 25, 2011


For anybody who hasn't been keeping score, Adam and Joe are finally back on BBC 6music, and are pretty reliably one of the best things on the airwaves.
posted by d11 at 1:50 PM on April 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


I have had one or two civilised and informed conversations in youtube comments... but they were for obscure 70s Brit TV clips which tend not to attract too many 'fuckes your gradeds balls!!!!' type of people
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:01 PM on April 25, 2011


Personally, I usually find YouTube comments to be better than most other sites, particularly those of (the worst of the worst) local newspapers.
posted by mrgrimm at 2:23 PM on April 25, 2011


Reading YouTube comments verbatim in funny voices isn't a particularly clever way to get laughs. Seems like the comedy equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel. I think Louis C.K. and Ricky Gervais would agree.
posted by joshuajcohen at 2:25 PM on April 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Nah. Knob jokes are the lowest form of wit.

(I Do Not Like The Ricky Gervais.)
posted by mippy at 2:30 PM on April 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I once had a greasemonkey script that replaced every Youtube comment with inspirational quotes. It was amazing
posted by wheelieman at 2:30 PM on April 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I would never have known gabriel25gatens was Scottish!
posted by dixiecupdrinking at 2:59 PM on April 25, 2011


I find this FPP difficult to masturbate to.
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:24 PM on April 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Stephen! Adam and Joe also do very good bad Scottish and British accents.
posted by ignignokt at 4:44 PM on April 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: fuckes your gradeds balls.
posted by ShutterBun at 7:09 PM on April 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Why is this the first time I've noticed Adam Buxton's resemblance to Jason Scott? Hmm. Perhaps Buxton just grew his beard out.
posted by gusandrews at 8:11 PM on April 25, 2011


"[x] fuckes your gradeds balls" is my new favorite insult
posted by danb at 8:32 PM on April 25, 2011


He does a mean StrongBad impression at the end there.
posted by koeselitz at 8:44 PM on April 25, 2011


Just coming!
posted by Artw at 9:31 PM on April 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


Totally unfunny until he starts making fun of people who don't speak English well. Which is funny, but is also mean-spirited and uh low-hanging fruit.

Waste of time.

Oh, no, wait, that opening line "which is on Earth" is HILARIOUS or something.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 10:29 PM on April 25, 2011


I love the shot of thedudextreme composing his comment. SHMOOOOOV
posted by DU at 5:39 AM on April 26, 2011


I can't figure out what "gradeds balls" is a misspelling of. Grandad's balls?
posted by DU at 5:42 AM on April 26, 2011


DU: I can't figure out what "gradeds balls" is a misspelling of. Grandad's balls?

No no, it's a synonym for taters.
posted by Drexen at 5:49 AM on April 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


For anybody who hasn't been keeping score

I haven't been keeping score -- when did Adam Buxton get old? One minute, he's a fresh-faced baby doing the Adam and Joe Show, the next minute there's a grey bearded old man in his place...
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:06 AM on April 26, 2011


Totally unfunny until he starts making fun of people who don't speak English well. Which is funny, but is also mean-spirited and uh low-hanging fruit.

Pretend it's written by cats.
posted by Artw at 11:15 AM on April 26, 2011


Oh man, Buxton does these live BUG shows at the BFI about once a month, and I attend them without fail. The actual music video component of the show is so-so, but his YouTube dramatisations (and this isn't even one of his best) regularly make me laugh so hard I almost pass out.

One of the highlights from a few years ago was his dramatisation of a YouTube comment argument about a Deathcab For Cutie video, in which a sweet-natured and rational commenter called NathanY579 was attacked by an unpleasantly aggressive one called Devindraoxford. Having enacted the exchange aloud in comedy voices for the BFI auditorium, Buxton clicked through to the YouTube channels of each user, and found that NathanY579 had posted a number of videos of himself singing and playing the guitar—Johnny Cash covers, that sort of thing—and wasn't half bad. So Buxton showed the audience one of NathanY579's songs, then recorded a little video message for him, complete with cheering and applause from the BFI's 450-strong audience. Buckles posted it to YouTube and the circle was complete.

NathanY579 was pretty damn excited. It was very sweet.
posted by hot soup girl at 8:16 PM on April 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Totally unfunny until he starts making fun of people who don't speak English well. Which is funny, but is also mean-spirited and uh low-hanging fruit.

I don't think 'graded's balls' guy is anything but a native English speaker. That comment read to me as pure 4channery.
posted by mippy at 4:24 AM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Why do you think he is a native English speaker? That makes no sense to me. That isn't native English, and I've never seen 4chanese that looked anything like that. If you have some good reason for thinking as you do, so be it, but if it's just some mysterious gut feeling, I'm going to have to say you're laughing at something dangerously close to racism and buddy-buddy with xenophobia.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 6:57 AM on April 29, 2011


If you think that's not native English, you should read a few dozen youtube comments yourself from people who have spoken putative "English" their entire lives. That is just how youtubers talk. It is its own language. It is a very, very funny language.
posted by koeselitz at 7:38 AM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also, the hilarity of youtube language can be chalked up to two things.

First of all, it isn't grammatical at all – I don't mean that it's not grammatical for English, I mean there is no language in which youtube-ese makes any sense at all. It becomes impossible to tell on the surface what language youtubers speak IRL, because there is no internal logic whatsoever to the order of the words they use, and any meaning imparted seems to be purely coincidental.

Second of all – and this is the really funny part – youtube-ese trips all over itself in a mad rush toward obscenity. Obscenity is almost always funny, but in this case – when, in a haze of illogic and muddled confusion amidst which someone appears to be trying to communicate something, and when with every word it becomes more and more apparent that what the person is trying to communicate is the most ridiculous, puerile obscenity – well, this is hilarious. It is not always hilarious (youtube comments are frequently virulently racist and sexist themselves) but when the perfect blend of blunt obscenity and puerile muddle comes together, well. That's comedy gold.
posted by koeselitz at 7:44 AM on April 29, 2011


If you think that's not native English, you should read a few dozen youtube comments yourself from people who have spoken putative "English" their entire lives. That is just how youtubers talk. It is its own language. It is a very, very funny language.

I have done this. I have also spent the last nine years working mostly with non-native English speakers. I believe the comment in question if from a non-native English speaker. I would still like some evidence to the contrary before I support the other assumption.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 5:04 AM on April 30, 2011


(And an interesting subtext of this discussion is that it seems to assume it's ethically okay to openly mock the uneducated and inarticulate but not the non-fluent...I'm not entirely sure I believe that to be true.)
posted by Joseph Gurl at 5:04 AM on April 30, 2011


> I believe the comment in question if from a non-native English speaker. I would still like some evidence to the contrary before I support the other assumption.

This question is very easy to answer if you have ten seconds and a search engine. I just googled 'gabriel25gatens' to find his YouTube channel; according to his profile he's a 13 year old boy in Newcastle, England. If his video of an alien giving birth on a plastic chair is any indication, he is indeed a native English speaker.
posted by hot soup girl at 6:33 AM on April 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


How can we believe that until we see his birth certificate and school reports?
posted by Artw at 8:14 AM on April 30, 2011


Huh? There's one English sentence in that video, and it says clearly it was made by two people. There is no shortage of non-native English speakers in Newcastle.

Then again, I'm not sure it matters. Openly mocking a 13-year-old isn't very funny either. And that was the funniest part of Buxton's show...
posted by Joseph Gurl at 8:16 PM on April 30, 2011


Maybe you can point to the part where there's open mocking of people. Obscenity is hilarious. That's the whole point.
posted by koeselitz at 8:49 PM on April 30, 2011


I'm not willing to watch it again to do that. Unfunny and dumb, that video, and at best, mean-spirited.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 5:17 PM on May 1, 2011


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