YouTube is great. What isn’t great is surfing around aimlessly looking for something to watch because you’ve already seen everything. That sort of blind channel-surfing just leads to nihilism and despair and as we saw in The Big Lebowski, that sort of thing isn’t good for anyone.
But then how do you find something that’s worth watching? After all, there are seemingly infinite YouTube channels, and 90% of them are filled with nothing but mentally ill vloggers ranting and raving, and that includes a good chunk of the “popular” channels too. Well, as always, I’m here to help.
The next time you’re bored and looking for something to watch on YouTube, why not check out one of the following channels? Hell, you should probably just go ahead and subscribe to them all, because not only are they interesting, they are so interesting that they are nine YouTube channels that every bro should be following.
Chances are, you’ve seen at least one of this dude’s videos because, yes, this is how you go viral. Two words: Muppet mashups. Yes, this is the home of Bert and Ernie spitting the hottest fire, and it’s all just absurdly brilliant. I especially dig the recent Bert and Ernie/”Regulate” mashup which sees our favorite Muppet life-partners recreate the glorious Warren G/Nate Dogg video. Yes, you read that right.
This is the channel for everyone who loves movies… and loves overanalyzing them to death even better. It’s gloriously nerdy while at the same time pop-culture aware, which is a super-fun combo, and you’ll find yourself wasting tons of time vegging out watching videos explaining everything from how Batman really could take down Superman to why Luke shouldn’t have (spoiler?) blown up the Death Star.
Do you even lift, bro? BroScienceLife dares to ask this and many other tough questions as Dom Mazzetti teaches you how to lift like a goddamn champion. Or at least to laugh at the sort of bros who live on lifting forums and… well, you know, those guys. It’s very funny, and, you know what? You actually do learn a few things.
Okay, this one is a little confusing because there’s actually more than one channel you need to follow here. I linked to the original channel, which is home to some of the funniest stuff ever seen on the internet and probably in human history too. Basically, it’s one dude dubbing his own voice over clips of various pop-culture vids. He does all the voices, and he’s exceptionally talented and funny. Highlights include his infamous NBA trash-talk vids (check the Chris Bosh ones) and the Ni**a Turtles series which should have won him a Pulitzer or a Nobel or something.
Sadly, our boy was forced to abandon the original channel for, uh, reasons, but he’s got a new channel going at ITSREAL85VIDS, which so far has focused more on original skits using video games like Grand Theft Auto V. They’re funny too. Not as funny as his earlier stuff, maybe, but still worth following, and there’s always the chance he throws something genius up there.
This is for the bro who loves him some history and maps. Some of you are rolling your eyes right now, but I know you nerds are out there and this one is for you. Ollie specializes in making animated maps, which show the progress of various historical eras and events, which is especially cool for things like World War II, where you can get a sense for how the big picture was constantly changing in a unique and easy to follow way. Nerd on, bros. Nerd on.
Bros love cars. Maybe even more than that, bros like being able to take care of their own cars without having to pay someone to stick their dirty tools in her delicate private places. Eric the Car Guy understands this, and his channel is full of DIY how-to vids along with fun project vids. Perhaps even better, his vids are easy to follow and low-key, without all the flashy migraine-inducing pomp low on actual info that most channels favor these days. You’ll actually learn something here.
Look, sometimes you just want to kill a few minutes watching people making complete asses out of themselves. It’s that simple, and Fail Army is the place that makes it happen. Good enough? Good.
Video game channels are everything these days on YouTube, and that’s because YouTube allows you to capture the fun of playing vidya with your bros. No one captures that more than Evan, A.K.A. Vanoss, who lets you ride along while he plays games with his friends, all of whom are entertaining in their own right and have popular and funny channels of their own. It’s a goddamn wormhole of gaming fun and it all starts with Vanoss.
And sometimes you just want to figure out how to do cool shit around the house. Nobody helps you out with this better than HouseholdHacker, which teaches you how to do everything from making baking soda go further for you than you ever imagined to how to make a candle out of a goddamn apple. Look, it’s a hard world out there, these are strange and terrible times, and we all need every edge we can get. The bro who can open a wine bottle without a corkscrew is the one who will survive the end times. That’s all I’m saying.