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Happy Birthday YouTube: Our Favorite Videos Ever

Friday, April 23, 2010 - 10:00 AM

Youtube turns five today, and we want to share our favorite internet videos ever. Add your own! (one link only please) - and a line or two about why you love it - in the comments section!

The first YouTube video was uploaded on April 23, 2005. It's called  Me at the zoo, and shows founder Jawed Karim at San Diego Zoo.

 

 

Lots more have been uploaded since then, and here are our favorites. Click here to expand this post and see all of our picks for the best Youtube video EVER...

Brian Lehrer: George Allen introduces Macaca

After this video of Virginia Governor George Allen went viral, pols of all stripes were put on notice that the public is watching, not just the media pros.

Megan Ryan: Charlie bit my finger - again!

I'll go with a classic. A few seconds of random family life that were hilarious and memorable to onlookers far and wide. I haven't watched it in years but can still hear that kid's voice, "ow, Chawlie."

Paige Cowett: Goat yelling like a man

Because Youtube is for laughing.

Lisa Allison: Runner Jumps Over Catcher in Amazing Play

I think youtube is great for catching the latest craziest flotsam and jetsam of pop culture, so my favorite is the last one I've seen.

Alan Smith: Auto-Tune the News #2

It’s delightful to go see the news stories we’ve reported on become musical masterpieces, and they even get some social commentary in there sometimes as well.  Everyone else is representing “classic” you tube hits – Someone needs to bring the new school!

Jody Avirgan: Dress Sexy at My Funeral

On the drive between Gerlach and Empire, Nevada. The cameraman hits record, and the car lurches forward. A quick pan around to reveal his face, a bike, then back to the landscape. It's a private moment broadcast to the world, and the best incidental music video the band Smog could have hoped for. After watching this, a friend wrote me that "maybe before the internet this would have been a poem."

Valerie Lapinski: City relaxation .

A video that I accidentally found when researching web videos for a stress segment for Brian's TV Show! The music, the landscape, and the woman's regard for the chair...I just think it's fabulous and also a bit poignant. However, it will probably never go viral.

Rachel Senatore: Hey Jude

Alright, despite all the funny videos I've watched over and over again, I'm going to go with the Hey Jude kid. He makes me smile.
Plus...it reminds me of the cassettes (that are still out there,
somewhere) of my dad playing Bob Dylan songs on his guitar and five-year-old me singing along/shaking a tambourine in the background.
I wasn't nearly as talented as this kid - and thankfully, that was long before YouTube...Alright, despite all the funny videos I've watched over and over again, I'm going to go with the Hey Jude kid. He makes me smile. Plus...it reminds me of the cassettes (that are still out there, somewhere) of my dad playing Bob Dylan songs on his guitar and five-year-old me singing along/shaking a tambourine in the background. I wasn't nearly as talented as this kid - and thankfully, that was long before YouTube...

Alright, despite all the funny videos I've watched over and over again, I'm going to go with the Hey Jude kid. He makes me smile. Plus...it reminds me of the cassettes (that are still out there, somewhere) of my dad playing Bob Dylan songs on his guitar and five-year-old me singing along/shaking a tambourine in the background. I wasn't nearly as talented as this kid - and thankfully, that was long before YouTube...

Amanda Magnus: Crazy Indian Video... Buffalaxed!

Indian music video with an English transcription that I think is really funny and dead-on.

Sydney Beveridge: Box Tops - The Letter

When rock artist Alex Chilton died recently, I read up on his early work. After a few clicks, I came upon this 1967 hit of his "The Letter." I enjoyed the taste of entertainment tv of yore and seeing him (with quite a voice at 16!) in The Box Tops. The band has a few winks at the audience too--a nod to the independent rock to come (perhaps some of today's popsters will follow suit).

Chhunny Chhean: Daichi for Beatbox Battle Wildcard
Youtube is ideal for showcasing beatboxing -- watching the performer twist his mouth and face is the only way to believe all those sounds are coming out of one person.  Pretty amazing!

Matt Gurry: Planet Unicorn

I think the Planet Unicorn series represents Youtube at its best, actually: somebody creates a product that people would like; no one would ever spend money to distribute it; creator can get it out there nonetheless.  The guys here did just that.

Okay, now it's your turn! Post a link to your one favorite (one only please!) and a line or two about why you love it in the comments section below.

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Comments [104]

kara from downtown Manhattan

www.maniacworld.com
Bird Loves Ray Charles - Video

Love this parrot! Makes me smile every time I watch it--and I've watched it many times!

May. 01 2010 01:34 AM
Louise from North Brunswick NJ

"Blood" - it's "not funny", but you'll laugh.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fVDGu82FeQ

Time lapse photography: Road Trip from LA to NYC compressed into 4 min:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxCUlvEkQDg&playnext_from=TL&videos=rlk0mI_nXxU

Daft Hands - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
(How long did this take to learn?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2cYWfq--Nw&playnext_from=TL&videos=gVj_KqQojuI

18 seconds of non-plussedness:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMNry4PE93Y

Apr. 27 2010 02:29 PM
William from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjMo0bN71BY

30 seconds into this one, an amazing dancer blows everybody away.

Apr. 27 2010 01:28 AM
William from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjMo0bN71BY

30 seconds into this one, an amazing dancer blows everybody away.

Apr. 27 2010 01:27 AM
Winston Travasso from India

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeDDb5VYwbY

Guys you need to watch this soso creative and brilliant video by Sorab Wadia. Its just marvelous in aspects of singing acting humour etc. Sorab you are really brilliant..

Apr. 26 2010 03:14 PM
Dov

While a certain amount of empty-headed entertainment is fun, I'm more interested in youtube as a force for education and information.

This video, while admittedly less stupid than many, and hence less popular shows just what can be done by a skilled computer animator who wants to teach something, in this case, how we know the earth is round. I've used this in class, and it's terrific.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35UQVcY0_qw

Apr. 26 2010 02:03 PM
Urlesque

ALSO -- we recently compiled our list of the 100 Most Iconic Internet Videos in case you guys wanna check them out. Each has a bit of background, too.

http://www.urlesque.com/2009/04/07/the-100-most-iconic-internet-videos/

Apr. 26 2010 11:30 AM
Urlesque

listening to the Brian Lehrer show and the video that the Breast Cancer survivor mentioned about the dance nurses is actually called the 'Pink Glove Dance' -- and you can see it here: http://www.urlesque.com/2009/12/01/hospital-music-videos/

Apr. 26 2010 11:25 AM
Ellen from greenpoint

Pink Glove Dance
is the video the woman was talking about.....just looked it up....it's great.

Apr. 26 2010 11:25 AM
Yukari Sakamoto from NYC/Tokyo

My husband is Japanese and I am half-Japanese and have lived in Tokyo for eight years. A lot of what we watch on Youtube are Japanese videos that we can not get in NYC. Sumo matches, comedy shows, cooking programs, and much more.

We don't have a TV at home and have lived without one while we live in NYC and are fine without it. Most of what we want to find, can be found online, at places like Hulu, Comedy Central, etc.

Apr. 26 2010 11:19 AM
Theresa from New Rochelle

Canon rock is great, but personally I love the Pachabel Rant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM Pity the poor cello player!

Apr. 26 2010 11:17 AM
Miss Teen USA from South Carolina

I may not be the first to nominate this one, but I never tire of watching it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww

Apr. 26 2010 11:17 AM
Ryan from Brooklyn, NY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBb4cjjj1gI

Apr. 26 2010 11:16 AM
mark from the bronx

Hitler hates the new star trek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9i9N-Ez5Y8

Apr. 26 2010 11:14 AM
seth from East Village

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdU-vNpQLkY

Jon Stewart doing Glenn Back is a brilliant piece of satire on the devil that is FOX NEWS . If you haven't seen it, you are in for a real treat.

Apr. 26 2010 11:14 AM
Emily L from Jersey City

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6kTJ5xZxDI

You can't beat the pure joy in this little kid. Except for maybe the thrill his dad is getting out of this. Definitely one of my all time favorites.

Apr. 26 2010 11:13 AM
antonio from park slope

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOO6cMG2P1M

Where do you begin with this one...
Some believe that a girl this attractive can't shred lead guitar this well, so therefore she is a he! Some believe the "man hands" are a dead-giveaway...
What do I think? I could care less! S/he rocks!

Apr. 26 2010 10:22 AM
Hillary from Oyster Bay

RustyDarko makes moving and lovely videos of abandoned buildings and sites. Check the lead video of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

http://www.youtube.com/user/RustyDarko

And Buffalax -- YES!!!!!!!

Apr. 26 2010 08:16 AM
Sydney D. Donne from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZavEgHYkAK

Marrionette puppetry like you've never seen before. Not creepy or scary -suitable for all viewers. I hope you like it!
-Sydney

Apr. 25 2010 03:21 PM
perri from Brooklyn

Okay. This is easy.

1) Frozen Grand Central
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwMj3PJDxuo

2) Doc Ellis & the LSD No-No
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vUhSYLRw14

Couldn't help but mention that the last video tv writer David Mills (Treme, The Wire, Kingpin, etc.) posted on his blog before he died a few weeks ago was that Alex Chilton video "The Letter".

Apr. 24 2010 06:19 PM
Jim from Manhattan

One of the first videos I ever saw on youtube was this gem:
http://www.youtube.com/user/jimmycapp29#p/a/f/0/7kKVBZUVWxQ

Mazzy Star - Fade Into You - Fred Astaire & Rita Hayworth
From: 1majorkonig41 | May 02, 2008 | 31,981 views

Beautiful video done with an amazing editing job. My favorite song put together with fantastic footage of Fred and Rita doing their magic!

Apr. 24 2010 04:37 PM
Jim from Manhattan

One of the first videos I ever saw on youtube was this gem:
http://www.youtube.com/user/jimmycapp29#p/a/f/0/7kKVBZUVWxQ

Mazzy Star - Fade Into You - Fred Astaire & Rita Hayworth
From: 1majorkonig41 | May 02, 2008 | 31,981 views

Beautiful video done with an amazing editing job. My favorite song put together with fantastic footage of Fred and Rita doing their magic!

Apr. 24 2010 04:12 PM
NW from Mumbai India

Definitely "I wanna be like Osama", from Jihad! The Musical. It is really funny, the words are tricky, but absolutely hilarious (way beyond most patter songs) the videography is clean and the sound crystal clear. NOT the usual YouTube stuff. I watch it very often - not a chance that the show can come to Mumbai - but it deserves a long run on Broadway. Ya gotta see this!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeDDb5VYwbY

Apr. 24 2010 01:52 AM
Jon from Brooklyn, New York

"There Goes an A**Hole" is a perfect summation of what it feels like to have a bike stolen. The video maker got his hands on surveillance footage of the wheels being taken off his bike, and seeking some sort of catharsis he set the footage to song and therefore gets the last word. "I can get new tires, but you'll always be an a**hole." My all time fave.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKOWmPMrmsQ

Apr. 24 2010 12:36 AM
dm from nyc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oavMtUWDBTM

speak for itself

Apr. 23 2010 11:54 PM
Bill K. from Queens

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b-Cfe7fPok

This clip shows a scene from the 1896 Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife, the Empress Alexandra. According to the posting, it is "one of the oldest filmed moving pictures" in existence. As an historian and monarchist, I have been delighted to see all of the historical and royal image clips there are on youtube.com. Long Live Youtube!

Apr. 23 2010 11:14 PM
Diane from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ivkWkUeeuc

This a PBS learn to paint show on acid.

Apr. 23 2010 09:45 PM
Pauline from Queens from Queens

"Jólin eru að koma" by the Icelandic pop group Í svörtum fötum:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eynE6Y_DsTE
In Icelandic, "Jólin eru að koma" means "Christmas is Coming." The group's name (Í svörtum fötum) means 'Men in Black.' Jonsi is a pop superstar in Iceland.

Apr. 23 2010 07:38 PM
DP from NC

I wanna be like Osama - from Jihad - The Musical -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeDDb5VYwbY

I think that this is hilarious and I have heard only great things about Jihad - The Musical...I hope it comes to the US soon!

Apr. 23 2010 05:23 PM
Erin from Greenpoint, Brooklyn

The front fell off! This still cracks me up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcU4t6zRAKg

Apr. 23 2010 05:15 PM
Michael Sheafe from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X43AAdCsK4

All the Queen's Horses London

Apr. 23 2010 05:07 PM
Nancy from Mt. Kisco, NY

Ukranian Polka band performing Katy Perry's Hot N Cold

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_TIOfUEudo

Apr. 23 2010 05:04 PM
Cricket Saurel

The title of this show "Jihad the Musical" sounds a little dubious, but this is one of the funniest things I've ever heard. Everyone I've shown it to ends up laughing until they're crying!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeDDb5VYwbY

Apr. 23 2010 04:43 PM
Trey from Times Square

"Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer" is one of the most hilarious things I've seen in years. I think it's done by some NYU film students.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFicqklGuB0

Apr. 23 2010 01:39 PM
Mark Lewis from Chelsea

Title's in Japanese. Seach YouTube for "chintaijinkak". There are 4 vids. You want the one that's 3:05 mins posted Sept. 10, 2008. This gal is playing Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet on a Therimin hidden inside a Russian doll. Plus, she sings. GREAT.

Apr. 23 2010 12:25 PM
Billy Davis from Seattle, Washington

A short film reflecting the juxtaposition of energy coursing through New York City. Ferocity and tranquility coexisting side by side. Sights, sounds, textures and aromas mix together to create a vast palette for the senses.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRtsFdW3g60

Apr. 23 2010 12:24 PM
John A. from Westchester

I like the user "Brookers" for all the different things she has tried on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/user/Brookers

Fairly difficult to summarize,Her best videos might be where she's making fun of the all those random vloggers (video bloggers) on YT by the millions.

probably her most famous video:
"CRAZED NUMA FAN !!!!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6j475XI1Xg

One of my favorites:
"Generic !!! NO LOGOS !"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QshpXgtSupQ

but there's so much range its worth looking around.

Apr. 23 2010 12:22 PM
Lamar from Brooklyn

I love this video for the tenderness and world-weary melancholy of its TV-spellbound star, who just happens to be a cat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETQ0urHjSIk

Apr. 23 2010 12:06 PM
CF from Queens

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnZb5wi_jsU&feature=related

Just doesn't get old.... Hope this couple learned their lesson about additives in baked goods.

Apr. 23 2010 12:05 PM
Kat Caverly from New York

I love Father Time:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYKhkUd-hns

and oh yes I am married to him!

Apr. 23 2010 12:00 PM
Anu Prestonia from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbI1kQ_nHe8

I love this video because it shows the amazing transformations one can have from just changing one's hair.

Apr. 23 2010 11:56 AM
Jane from NJ

The Mean Kitty Song - This wonderful video launched a very successful career and Youtube presence for Sparta the
Cat and his owner Cory Williams of SMP Films. Cory created and entire channel for the "Mean Kitty" videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qit3ALTelOo

Apr. 23 2010 11:54 AM
Elaine Gerstenfeld from Baltimore MD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1u4Td1rI4s

Youtube makes it so easy to share political viewpoints. I made this music video to a song my husband wrote and sings. It was filmed during a trip to Israel, much to my daughter's chagrin every time I whipped out the camcorder! It celebrates the meaning of Jerusalem to Jews.

Apr. 23 2010 11:50 AM
Katharine from Poughkeepsie

"Adorable Little French Girl Tells a Whimsical Story"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCQZvLPIiVo

Apr. 23 2010 11:49 AM
rachel

this is the one of those oh-so-fabulous gay guys extolling the virtues of fire island in this miley cyrus "party in the usa" cover ... is it still called a cover when you're rolling around in the surf lip syncing?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ezfk7s1NyY

Apr. 23 2010 11:49 AM
Steven H. Nagourney from New York City

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-YUIFCLbh4

US Congressman at hearing with US Admiral concerned that the deployment of troops to Guam will "capsize the island."

PLUS

Best baseball clip ever!http://video.yahoo.com/watch/7364830/19256240

Apr. 23 2010 11:48 AM
Hildann

You cannot watch this without laughing!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE6PNps5N9I

Apr. 23 2010 11:46 AM
Yolande

My favorite YouTube video is a compilations of famous pop videos from 2009. "DJ Earworm - United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop) - Mashup of Top 25 Billboard Hits"

Apr. 23 2010 11:46 AM
Trez from Manhattan

A how-to on the accents of the 5 boroughs, instructive and hilarious!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hrA9-6o4tI

Apr. 23 2010 11:43 AM
Phillipe from Brooklyn

One of our family's favorite YouTube video is the Mint Royale version of Singing in the Rain :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcYa9b7mMmA&a=NFHsMTa19As&playnext_from=ML

Apr. 23 2010 11:36 AM
Linda Lucy from Tarpon Springs, Florida

:):) Wanna laugh? This hilarious video is not to be missed. The six-million Dollar Man and his sexy nurse. Sort of a Team America feel and very well made.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yom5hEZp1Dc

Apr. 23 2010 11:35 AM
Jeffrey Slott from East Elmhurst, NY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntrsMAlIQWA
I'm sure that a lot of people have already seen this but I still want to make mention of it. When The Flintstones were first broadcast, it was designed for more of an adult audience, sort of like The Simpsons. So it was not too tasteless that Winston's Cigarettes were an original sponsor.

Apr. 23 2010 11:34 AM
Carol Scudder from Brooklyn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXFjhpSXytk - yes - it's my own video - but it's a great story, if I say so myself! - I wrote it (and lived it) and my husband did a great job making it. Happy Birthday Youtube!!! (and thnx, as always WNYC for your wonderful programming!)

Apr. 23 2010 11:32 AM
demi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoZW3jEBoMw

The ultimate amalgamation of acrobatics and piano playing!

Apr. 23 2010 11:30 AM
dm from nyc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oavMtUWDBTM

speak for itself

Apr. 23 2010 11:29 AM
mcmitch from brooklyn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laiZgrIpbcA

Quintessential youtube compilation telling the ten year story of a depraved wrestler spiraling into steroid induced madness in 4 sickly comical minutes.

Apr. 23 2010 11:27 AM
Sylvester from Dallas, Texas

An absolutely delightful tribute to The Rolling Stones. Here we have a rendition of Honky Tonk Women. Very well done! :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7QUaCFKDJM

Apr. 23 2010 11:26 AM
Germano from Hoboken NJ

I do like George Carlin's We Like War that also reflects the reality.

Apr. 23 2010 11:24 AM
Jimi from Tampa, Fla

A MUST SEE! This is a home made stop motion film depicting a brilliant scene from STAR WARS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAobpZRY6JA

Apr. 23 2010 11:23 AM
KenS from Connecticut

I think "21accents" is my alltime favorite. This actress shows amazing voice talent. Here's the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UgpfSp2t6k

Apr. 23 2010 11:22 AM
Mike from Queens, New York

Amazing LIVE performance of The Munts! These guys are totally awesome!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0SJM3LquCk

Apr. 23 2010 11:21 AM
Michael L from Bayonne, New Jersey

While most great YouTube moments reveal and revel in those unguarded moments, either family humor gone public or public figures losing their masks, this video The Battle at Krugar was the one that felt simultaneously mundane (vacation footage) and epic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM

It's YouTube as a window the world as it is happening, and this video plays like the inverse of those historical wall-sized paintings of human battles.

And, didn't Discovery create TV special around this?

Apr. 23 2010 11:21 AM
Nathan from Brooklyn

Battle of Kruger

Some of the most amazing nature footage ever. 52 million views!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM

Apr. 23 2010 11:20 AM
Doug Messner from Ramsey, NJ

As a public school music teacher I used this video of Amazing Grace on only the black keys to great affect. I know it starts off a little slow, give it a chance. It may explain a whole lot about the music we listen to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMF_24cQqT0

Apr. 23 2010 11:20 AM
Ellen from NYC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9Ne7CAfqI

This video is a riot - this man really knows how to do Obama, perhaps better than Obama himself

Apr. 23 2010 11:19 AM
Jake White from Astoria

Amazing biking video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z19zFlPah-o

LHC Rap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3iryBLZCOQ

Colbert Remix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvvhDngERXo

And of course the WNYC Bake sale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sou-cVwAINE

Apr. 23 2010 11:19 AM
Fred from Dobbs Ferry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKoB0MHVBvM

Watermusic on coke?

Apr. 23 2010 11:19 AM
Michael L from Bayonne, New Jersey

While most great YouTube moments reveal and revel in those unguarded moments, either family humor gone public or public figures losing their masks, this video The Battle at Krugar was the one that felt simultaneously mundane (vacation footage) and epic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM

It's YouTube as a window the world as it is happening, and this video plays like the inverse of those historical wall-sized paintings of human battles.

And, didn't Discovery create TV special around this?

Apr. 23 2010 11:18 AM
David from New York City

These folks do an amazing live jam of The Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil. Outstanding!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M04yWqm2OUg

Apr. 23 2010 11:17 AM
Ellencpw from NYC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9Ne7CAfqI

This video is a riot - this man really knows how to do Obama, perhaps better than Obama himself

Apr. 23 2010 11:16 AM
Eric W from East Village

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6HWQG5swcw

Hey all,

Here's the link to The Accidental Home Birth of Lou posted on November 17, 2009. I made it in honor of my second daughter and the lady who bore her on the first anniversary of the birth itself. It has gotten over 14,000 views already.

Here is the note: On November 18, 2008, Lou was born in our East Village studio apartment on accident. Papa delivered while on the phone with 911. Obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, here's the actual phone call with a slide show of images of Lou's first year of life.

WARNING: The recording contains the sounds of a real birth. Lots of screaming. Surprisingly, no profanity.

If you want to see the images without all the dramatic audio then click on The Accidental Home Birth with Ravi Shankar. This song is what was playing randomly on our IPod playlist during the ordeal.

Peace.

Apr. 23 2010 11:16 AM
John from Long Island, NY

An amazing look at a one of a kind Vintage 1967 Gibson SG guitar. Wow!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QziQwSPg7w

Apr. 23 2010 11:15 AM
Flore from NYC, NY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es4SwdJklDM

Whenever I need a trip back to the '60's this is where I go-lot's of fun references!

Apr. 23 2010 11:15 AM
Carol Scudder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXFjhpSXytk - yes - it's my video - but it's my favorite! (and it's a great story, if I say so myself!) Happy Birthday Youtube!!! (and thnx, as always WNYC for your wonderful programming!)

Apr. 23 2010 11:15 AM
Jen M from Brooklyn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM

Still more amazing than many professional nature shows I've seen...a standoff between water buffalo, lion, and crocodile. It's long, but watch to the end!

Apr. 23 2010 11:14 AM
Tommy from Brooklyn, NY

Somewhat disturbing but thought provoking Art film.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE06AGDlcow

Apr. 23 2010 11:14 AM
Eric Wallach from East Village

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6HWQG5swcw

Hey all,

Here's the link to The Accidental Home Birth of Lou posted on November 17, 2009. I made it in honor of my second daughter and the lady who bore her on the first anniversary of the birth itself. It has gotten over 14,000 views already.

Here is the note: On November 18, 2008, Lou was born in our East Village studio apartment on accident. Papa delivered while on the phone with 911. Obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, here's the actual phone call with a slide show of images of Lou's first year of life.

WARNING: The recording contains the sounds of a real birth. Lots of screaming. Surprisingly, no profanity.

If you want to see the images without all the dramatic audio then click on The Accidental Home Birth with Ravi Shankar. This song is what was playing randomly on our IPod playlist during the ordeal.

Peace.

Apr. 23 2010 11:13 AM
Geo. from New York, NY

This unusual cooking show is very funny and insightful. Love it! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gXQuYhBrM4

Apr. 23 2010 11:12 AM
Nathan from Brooklyn

Nothing tops Grape Lady Falls:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THfiHQZVSw0

Apr. 23 2010 11:12 AM
Carol Cramer

This is my favorite YouTube film. So smart, funny and chic!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LMA7oKuYDc

Apr. 23 2010 11:11 AM
Charlene from Brooklyn from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WofFb_eOxxA

gizmo flushes
It makes me laugh every time I watch it

Apr. 23 2010 11:11 AM
Kathleen Kelly from You Tube

The funniest one I ever saw is "The Front Fell Off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-QNAwUdHUQ

Apr. 23 2010 11:06 AM
Rebecca from New Haven

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbRom1Rz8OA

George Washington.

Opponents beware - opponents beware.

He's coming. He's coming. HE'S COMING.

Apr. 23 2010 11:05 AM
Will McMillin from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKTSa-NT5Oc

You don't have to know who Huell Howser is to crack up at this (sortof) tribute video, in fact I think it's more exceptional as a "funny video" without any context at all. The late Mitch Hedberg's self made movie clip is also good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW-ryo1SnqE

Apr. 23 2010 11:00 AM
W. Kramer from Hoboken from Hoboken NJ

My favorite is George Carlin's Religion that has almost 7 million views because is very funny and I do agree with everything he says.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeSSwKffj9o

Apr. 23 2010 10:57 AM
S from Montvale, NJ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGOGOxtN2lM

Can these dogs move sheep or what? One of my all time favorites. I grew up with Border collies. The creative and problem solving efforts the herders went through to get the animals to complete these tasks always amazes me.

Apr. 23 2010 10:52 AM
Bea

This one makes me so happy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-t1uSSEBk8

Apr. 23 2010 10:50 AM
Ian from Brooklyn

Best AC Transit Bus fight narrated by David Spates.I the Mufha$=## Man Talkng with David. Hilarious

Apr. 23 2010 10:47 AM
nancy cohen from nyc

I love Oye Vay Sarah Palin.. it's wacky, it's Obama-loving and who could resist the appearance of Woody Allen and Jesus in one short film.

Apr. 23 2010 10:47 AM
Jeff in Jersey

This one is perfect, just perfect--ideal for the medium.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbRom1Rz8OA

Apr. 23 2010 10:45 AM
Larry from Allen Iverson Practice

DJ Steve Porter-"Press Hop" featuring Allen Iverson. I laugh until I cried. I love how he mixed various comments from different people with a simple beat.

Apr. 23 2010 10:45 AM
Kristin from Brooklyn

This makes me laugh out loud every time I see it.
Home-made Olympics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdwa8s2-Zb0

Apr. 23 2010 10:39 AM
Shelley from Brooklyn, NY

Sometimes I search youtube with random words. One time I searched "communist bikini." Besides finding great videos on the communist bloc band "Bikini" I found this great Slovakian beauty contest from 1966. The Slovakian band the "Beatmen" are playing in the background. This is almost Hitchcock style because there are so many little details that are unintentionally obscure -- like the lead singer's cracked coke bottle glasses and his really sharp looking teeth! And the girls frolicking in the industrial showers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqNyyIneFXs

Apr. 23 2010 10:36 AM
Allison from Manhattan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Na0qnYO81E

I think this is one of the first youtube videos I ever saw, and it's still one of the best. Hasn't everybody wanted to do something to break the monotony at work? (Such as, for example, watching a video of people doing something to break the monotony at work?)

Apr. 23 2010 10:36 AM
Stanley Dorn

"Rachmaninoff had big hands"

for classical and non classical music lovers alike. I'm tempted to say "trust me, just watch it!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifKKlhYF53w

Apr. 23 2010 10:36 AM
tester from mnhtn

Pants on the groun' - pants on the groun' - lookin' like a fool with yo' pants on the groun'

I can't get enough - PANTS ON THE GROUND:)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMwhl4IrPNc

Apr. 23 2010 10:33 AM
Sara from Yonkers NY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIwLWNEZtbc

Techno Viking .... always makes me happy!

Apr. 23 2010 10:33 AM
Erin from Brooklyn, NY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytCgoYrgIgw

My wife and I got married and did this hip hop dance during our reception last year.

Apr. 23 2010 10:31 AM
leesmommy from NY, NY

Happy Birthday Youtube! Watching concert footage and archive clips of news is priceless.

My favorite video on Youtube is one I made myself of my beloved dog "Lee" dressed up as Buffalo Bill in the "Silence of the Lambs" for Halloween. Lee passed away from spinal cancer, but this video is great example of what a lovable goof-ball he was!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0q3xUFw_K4

Apr. 23 2010 10:31 AM
Ben VH from Brooklyn, NY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf7h6o3I8yw

Footage from "The Shining" edited into a trailer made to look like a romantic comedy. Part of a whole YouTube genre of movie trailer mashups, many equally clever -- http://www.thetrailermash.com/

Apr. 23 2010 10:30 AM
Daniel from Brooklyn

#1 Two Angry Camels In A Car

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWQvFmtmXc8

#2 Drinking Out Of Cups

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skCV2L0c6K0

Apr. 23 2010 10:30 AM
BL from New York City

"David Blaine Street Magic 2: The Sequel"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGrTvNzGCZE

Fake David Blaine, with his goatee drawn on with a Sharpie, is just plain hilarious. I just can't get enough of these two guys getting terrorized by magic.

Apr. 23 2010 10:23 AM
Paulo from NYU

Inappropriate Slide:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tCu0JkN9nc

Apr. 23 2010 10:22 AM
Chad L. from Brooklyn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyMXYE_50Ts

I like that short video clip, despite its somewhat offensive name, because no matter what's going on in your life, you will laugh when you watch it.

Apr. 23 2010 10:16 AM

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