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 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.)
Tonetta is not child-friendly and is definitely not for everyone, but if you're really looking to test your personal boundaries, this is the YouTube channel to hit.
Tonetta is a drag queen... we guess. And a musician... of sorts. Tonetta's videos mostly feature Tonetta, in various forms of drag, often wearing a mask, and usually performing inappropriate musical numbers. These aren't just blatantly shocking videos, though – something about Tonetta is weirdly emotionally compelling, even sort of fragile and sweet.One of Tonetta's tamer videos, "Yummy Yummy Pizza," can be found here .
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.
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.