Friday night is typically date night for me and Alex. But at 8pm tonight, with Alex about 30,000 feet above Wyoming, I left the apartment solo on my way (like any man whose wife is out of town) to a Youtube party.
I’d never been to a Youtube party and if it wasn’t being hosted by two of my favorite people in the World, I probably still would never have been to a Youtube party.
Before turning up, the hosts asked for their guests to submit two funny videos on Youtube. The rules stated that both videos had to be under 4 minutes in length when combined. The hosts also urged that we submit videos that people would likely not have seen before as the pointing system favored originality.
While I admit that I was initially skeptical about the format, the party was brilliant- good friends, beers, pizza, brownies, more beers, videos of people making fools of themselves… what’s not to like.
The competitive element was also key. Everybody had to rate each video from 1 to 10 so the banter was tremendous and made even more amusing by the fact that nobody knew who submitted what video, which meant you had no idea who you were making fun of. Which is nice.
Anyway, being fiercely competitive by nature I had spent a couple of weeks thinking about my video submissions, and to be fair, I was quietly confident about winning. My videos were:
While both did well, the fact that a lot of people had seen the videos seriously hurt my score. Considering that when I first “discovered” Curling Hair Girl a couple of weeks ago she had barely reached 50,000 views and now she’s been seen somewhere over 20 million times gives you a good indication about how much time people have of their hands.
And so it wasn’t to be. The top three voted videos were:
Although I didn’t win (DISAPPOINTED), I’ve learned some valuable lessons for next year’s competition. Namely, make sure your videos appeal to the ladies rather than the men as the ladies were far more generous with their scoring. So best to go for videos with babies, animals and burly men and stay away from German pricks in speedos.