11 under-appreciated geniuses on YouTube
Fratocrats

YouTube may be dominated by the latest pop videos, the big-name v-logger ‘personalities’, and a whole load of bizarre pet videos, but amid the endless clamour for your attention there are some sublime hidden gems – if you know where to look.

Covering such diverse subject-matter as music, movies, make-up, comedy and video games, all of these talented individuals or collectives have less than 50,000 subscribers, and in many cases way less than that. But they deserve a much bigger audience.

Check them out now, and see what you think.

Mr Forthright

Proving that age really is no barrier to inspiration, this senior citizen’s absurdist deadpan humour is an absolute, unequivocal joy to behold. Taking aim at all kinds of areas of modern life, his hilarious ‘How To’ videos poke surreal, offbeat fun at the world in general. Highly recommended.

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Total Shreds

Anyone with a soft-spot for the fine art of ‘shredding’ – whereby a popular song is made to sound absolutely hideous – should check out this woefully under-subscribed channel forthwith. Videos have the music awkwardly stripped out altogether, while live performances are rendered ludicrously off-key. Everyone from Rage Against The Machine to The Beach Boys gets the treatment, though our personal favourite is the One Direction one.

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RagnarRox

Perfect for some Halloween season viewing, this thoughtful Scandinavian gent is arguably YouTube’s most engaging and insightful commentator on the subject of horror in video games – and occasionally TV and movies too. With fascinating ruminations on the sub-text and symbolism of new, cult and classic examples; going far deeper than your average v-logger in a cool and often highly amusing way, he’s seriously deserving off your attention.

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Michael Evans

Speaking of Halloween viewing, this innovative horror filmmaker made our first short horror movies compilation with his supremely creepy creation 2AM: The Smiling Man, and has continued to produce some very cool shockers and chillers since. His latest, Trivia Night, is original, disturbing and darkly funny in equal measure, while Peep is a slice of surreal arthouse shivers that will give you a sense of palpable existential dread.

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Keevanski

Want to look like Geralt of Rivia for the day? Or how about Batman’s arch-nemesis The Joker? Make-up tutorials for cosplay and fancy dress are all the rage on YouTube, and despite being somewhat unsung, Keevanski is probably one of the best.

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Movies I Love (And So Can You)

Analysing the themes, ideas and filmmaking techniques behind some of the most interesting movies in modern times (and earlier), this committed cinephile offers both valuable, thought-provoking additional insights for existing fans, and a compelling reason to check out or re-visit these films if you haven’t already.

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Kristina Schiano

Fancy picking up some cool stick tips while also feasting your eyes on kick-ass drum solos and percussive covers of smash-hit songs? Of course you do.

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Cagey Videos

With some top analysis of video game tropes – exploring what works, and what doesn’t – and a spotlight on ‘great levels’ both classic and less prominently remembered, it’s hard to believe this fledgling channel has less than 1,000 subscribers. Its host’s mild, soothing tones guide you through a plethora of refreshing perspectives on the medium.

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Fratocrats

How these two utterly original, surrealist comics aren’t better known is a mystery. Armed with the kind of off-the-wall concepts and unexpected punch-lines that will delight fans of cult sketch series such as Big Train, prepare to behold some of the most gloriously daft situations and phone conversations imaginable.

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Pre Rec

Fans of irreverent movie reviews will no doubt have encountered the wonderful Red Letter Media. But what you might not know is that Jack and Rich, who are often seen weighing in to RLM’s hilarious film debates, have their own spin-off channel tackling video games. Funny, forthright and often taking a compelling counter-point to conventional points of view, it makes for highly entertaining viewing.

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Historia Civilis

If you’re interested in ancient and medieval warfare, you would do well to check out the videos here on famous battles including Trebia, Cannae and Agincourt, all of which offer a compelling account of the context, tactics and outcome of each engagement. The channel hasn’t been updated in months, but we await a new instalment eagerly.

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