The Weirdest YouTube Channels You Should Be Watching

Whether it's watching mukbang YouTubers eating large amount of food or ASMR YouTubers whispering into your ear, we all know about the “weird side” of YouTube. In our darker (or more enlightened) moments, we may even have ended up there. One minute you're minding your business, then someone sends you a link that you assume to be a funny YouTube video, and the next thing you know, you're watching a video of an adult in a full-body cat suit and party wig aggressively twerking to Beyonce, or an educational children's show that transforms into a terrifying hellscape.

With all that competition, what are the weirdest YouTube channels out there? The most bizarre YouTube channels? The creepiest YouTube channels? Let's be honest - we're all in the mood for something a little strange and horrifying sometimes, and with over 72 hours of fresh amateur content uploaded every 60 seconds, YouTube is the perfect place to go for that. Below, enjoy an introduction to some of the most bizarre, incomprehensible, and occasionally brilliant channels on YouTube.

  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared
    Video: YouTube

    Don't Hug Me. I'm Scared became Internet famous a couple years ago thanks to their retroactively childhood-destroying short film of the same title. The short tricks you into thinking it's a normal clip from a children's show, only to slowly derail into a discordant nightmare of raw meat, glitter glue, and screaming.

    They made a sequel to the original short earlier this year and continue to regularly update their channel with cryptic follow-ups like this one, featuring the same characters. Currently, they are working on a Kickstarter campaign to launch a full webseries. (God help us all.)
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    539 VOTES
    Video: YouTube

    Cyriak is a surreal British animator who makes repeating loops of creepy, mind-bending things like monsters made out of human fingers that puke their own heads up through their mouths in an endless cycle. Confused? You probably should be.

    Cyriak's animations are terrifying, but from a technical perspective, they're also brilliant and incredibly detailed. Plus, they're a great way to upset your friends.
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    403 VOTES

    HowTo Basic

    HowTo Basic
    Video: YouTube

    HowToBasic tricks you into clicking on their videos by disguising them with innocuous thumbnails and giving them generic names like "How To Stop Snoring" and "How to Twerk Like Miley Cyrus."

    Once you're there, however, you will find yourself watching a video featuring a panting, faceless person breathing heavily into the microphone while breaking things, slapping their own thighs with raw fish, smashing dozens of eggs, and performing all other manner of unspeakable horrors.

    The best reason to follow this channel, honestly, is so you can use the videos to prank your friends, but if you're in the right mood, the videos themselves hold a kind of fascination.

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    367 VOTES
    David Firth
    Video: YouTube

    David Firth is a pre-YouTube Internet celebrity who first rose to infamy roundabout the mid-2000s with his bizarre and unnerving Flash animation series, Salad Fingers.

    Firth is now a successful animator who does work for the BBC, and for a while, it seemed like he was done updating Salad Fingers - until January 30, 2019. The unnerving animation came back with all the fan favorites, including Salad Finger's best friends, finger-puppets Jeremy Fisher, Marjory Stewart-Baxter, and Hubert Cumberdale. It also features a new character, Glass Brother - which is really just Salad Finger's mirrored reflection. Firth prevented it from being viewed while embedded, but you can watch it over on YouTube.

    He still posts other strange and horrifying content from time to time, like this inscrutable stop-motion short.