YouTube sensations galore
It never ceases to amaze me how people can post one video on YouTube and become an overnight sensation. There are a couple out there right now that I just find absolutely hysterical and I thoroughly enjoy.
The first of those is Julian Smith. You can YouTube his videos, but he's so up-town now that he has his own Web site. You can view his GENIUS videos at www.juliansmith.tv. The videos are wacky and out there, and people fall into one of two camps…they either get them or they don't.
The first time I heard anything about Smith was when someone e-mailed me the link to his Techno Jeep video. It. Was. Awesome. So I googled the dude, and have since found a treasure trove of videos. Which he does, all for me.
My recommendations for your viewing pleasure? Well, everyone who views Smith's offerings will have their favorites, but I'd go with "Malk," "Jellyfish," and "Racist Coffee," followed by a smattering of "25 Things I Hate About Facebook," and "Grandma Like Whoa."
The other person getting a lot of attention for his YouTube posts is Keenan Cahill. This kid's formula is simple: he lip syncs to popular tunes. And in the process, his posts have garnered millions of hits, and some of the artists have even appeared with him in the videos. It's crazy. You should definitely check him out.
One even recently tweeted the kid – Jersey Shore's DJ Pauly D. He asked the kid to "fist pump" with him to his song, "Beat Dat Beat." The video was posted Feb. 6, and it already has nearly 600,000 views. His video of Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" had 11,790,000 hits. Crazy.
Chicago-born Cahill is 15, and has a rare genetic disorder called Mariteaux-Lamy Syndrome. This caused him to have a shortened trunk, restricted movement and a stop in growth at about age 8. But it hasn't stopped Cahill from getting his groove on.
Cahill first posted on YouTube in October 2009, lip syncing to "When You Look Me In The Eyes," a Jonas Brothers song. He's posted tons of videos since. He's well worth looking up. And the kid has his own site now. You can find him at www.keenansroom.com.
I don't know exactly what constitutes an overnight sensation online. I just know I want to be one when I grow up.
Look out, Keenan. I'm coming for you.