My 6 Favorite YouTube Videos of the Week

On any given week, I may like or favorite 1 or 2 videos. For some reason, though, there are lots of videos that simply delighted me this week, so I thought I’d share them with you. The total viewing time of all of them is 23 minutes, though a few of them only require a minute or two to get the point.

Here they are in no particular order:

1. Slashfilm alerted me to the newly released trailer for Isle of Dogs, a Wes Anderson film, and it looks absolutely delightful. My favorite Anderson film is The Fantastic Mr. Fox, as I think he’s at peek creativity when working in stop motion. I almost didn’t watch this trailer because I already know I’m going to see the movie, but it won’t be released until March 28, so I’m sure I’ll forget it by then so it’ll be fresh on my mind.

2. My favorite ongoing bit on Conan is Jordan Schlansky, which isn’t really even a bit. Schlansky is a quirky producer on the show, not an actor, yet it’s comedic gold whenever he’s on screen. This is one of the videos that you don’t need to watch all the way through to understand, but it’s worth watching the first minute before skipping to the end (there’s no grand punchline, just a sense of accomplishment and appreciation at the end).

3. This video made me supremely happy. It’s a true story about some tourists in Japan and an incredible act of kindness. Because I studied abroad several times in Japan, I’m overwhelmed with something akin to nostalgia and homesickness when I see people in Japan, and I definitely had that feeling while watching this. It’s beautiful.

4. I’m generally fonder of interview clips on late-night shows (compared to monologues or sketches), but this bit on Jimmy Fallon really tickled me. It’s a fake interview between Ben Stiller and Fallon where the audio skips back and forth between the interview and their inner monologues.

5. Okay, one more Conan video. This one features a bizarre but hilarious exchange between Conan and an audience member (not a staged encounter). “You’re a man I don’t know and you’re handing me a flash drive.” It’s great to see Conan off script.

6. Last, this video toes a fine line between an ad for Clash of Clans and a mini-documentary about the power of board games…but it has Viticulture in it, so it’s cool.

What’s your favorite YouTube video of the week?

10 thoughts on “My 6 Favorite YouTube Videos of the Week”

  1. I really enjoy this behind the scenes video of the making of a Go Nuts for Donuts cake. Full confession that there is a bit of nepotism in my recommendation but I’m really proud of the work they have been doing and I get to eat the fruits of their labor (or cake of their labor).

      • Thanks for the kind words. Yes, my wife and my youngest daughter. Each week we try to have a family game night but the kids weren’t always into it. My wife started making treats themed to match what we would be playing and it kind of took off from there.

  2. Jamey, you are literally the first person that I have ever seen expressing a preference for the interview segments of late night shows. I find myself compelled to learn more about this. Do you tend to generally like most of the interviews? Only ones from specific careers (ex: actors, polticians, etc.)?

    As someone who turns those shows off the moment the interviews start, I must learn more!

    • Kyle: Interesting, I didn’t know this was a rare trait. I think I really just like the interview format–that there’s back-and-forth engagement between two entertaining/interesting people, and that you usually get a few interesting anecdotes from the interviewee. My favorite interviews are those that go “off script”, but that’s really rare.

      As for who the interviewees are, it varies widely from person to person. I haven’t detected many patterns, though I probably tend to watch more interviews with entertainers than politicians.

      Conversely, why do you like monologues and sketches on late-night shows?

      • Jamey, it’s certainly possible that it’s only rare within my peer group. But I think your reply is interesting. I think you make a good point about the ones that go “off script”, and I think that’s partly why I don’t care for them most of the time – the exchanges often feel superficial to me.

        Truth be told I don’t care for the sketches much either, I usually just enjoy the political commentary in late night shows, which is primarily in the monologues. I’m guessing a significant part of that is that it’s often humour that’s speaking straight to my biases! It also offers a nice spin on the largely negative news that I spend a lot of time consuming.


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