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.
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 a crash course 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.)
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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.
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 obscene 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.
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 he's apparently finished posting Salad Fingers updates, but he still posts other strange and horrifying crap from time to time, like this inscrutable stop-motion short.