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    The queen Bette Midler has already tackled TLC. Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she stared into the void and put the tweets of Kim Kardashian to music.

    She hit all the classics: Kim’s tweet about that godforsaken dress, the one where she talks about makeup, the one where she talks about shoes. Such a diverse array! Of course Midler’s voice adds a gilded edge to the garbage heap.

    Next, Midler needs to tackle Jaden Smith’s tweets.

    Screengrab via Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube 


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    The latest trailer for Pixar’s Inside Out was just released, and we’re feeling a lot of emotions about it.

    The film revolves around a young girl named Riley, and the “little voices in our head.” Those little voices are Riley’s emotions, and they’re voiced by one of the most perfect casts ever: Amy Poehler (joy), Mindy Kaling (disgust), Bill Hader (fear), Phyllis Smith (sadness), and Lewis Black (anger). How much easier would adolescence have been if you had that team rattling around in your brain? 

    I mean, Amy Poehler is one of the voices in my head as an adult. 

    Inside Out debuts June 19.

    H/T Tastefully Offensive | Screengrab via MOVIECLIPS Trailers/YouTube 


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    Broad City's resident al dente dentistHannibal Buress is getting his own Comedy Central show. Naturally, it's titled Why?

    Comedy Central announced the pickup today. Kent Alterman, the channel's president of content development and original programming, explained that "Hannibal keeps asking us ‘why’ so we just told him to go find out and we’ll air it." Buress said he's "extremely excited to help Comedy Central sell advertising." 

    Buress already dropped a big why last fall, so he should have no trouble exploring the burning questions weighing down on society. The half-hour show will be part standup, part man-on-the-street, and part studio segments. If you've watched Buress on The Eric André Show or Broad City, you have reason to be excited. 

    Why? debuts in July. 

    Screengrab via Comedy Central 


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    It was a match made in YouTube heaven when Phil DeFranco and Lindsay Doty married this weekend in California with their friends, family, and fellow YouTube celebs cheering them on.

    DeFranco and Doty met in 2007 on YouTube, when both were rising stars on the platform. The pair have a son, Phil “Trey” DeFranco III, and they got engaged last year during DeFranco's tour when he planted a question in the audience that allowed him to propose in front of 600 fans.

    The event was ripe with YouTube celebs. Michael Buckley officiated the ceremony, and Jess Lizama and Meghan Tonjes were bridesmaids. Other YouTubers in attendance included GloZella, Shay Carl, and AlphaCat.

    Doty, who is a travel vlogger, wore a dress she found when she was featured as the "YouTube Bride" on a recent episode of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress.

    In true YouTube fashion, the wedding was amply captured on social media. Especially by guest GloZella, who even brings us a peek at the first dance.

    In fact, the wedding was so good that groomsman (and DeFranco's former editor) Matthew Bowman split his pants, wasn't wearing underwear, and kept on going.

    H/T NewMediaRockstar | Photos via Instagram | Illustration by Fernando Alfonso III


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    In 1999, comedic genius Mike Judge brought us the legendary film Office Space. The cult classic not only gave viewers a glimpse at the endless agony that comes with being trapped in a dead-end job, but it also showed us how painful it can be to have the same name as a popular musician. 

    So what would the film have been like if the legendary pop singer took on the roll of cubicle worker Michael Bolton? Finally, 16 years later, Funny or Die is here to show us.

    The site managed to unearth some footage of when the famous singer tested for the film. From venting on camera about how frustrating it can be to share the same name as "that extremely talented ass-clown," to smashing up a printer, the artist holds nothing back. 

    Then just when you think it can't get any better, we get the ultimate treat as Bolton raps along to Scarface's "No Tears" right before the credits roll. God bless you, Michael Bolton, and God bless Funny or Die! 

    H/T Digg | Screengrab via FunnyorDie


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    Fans finally know when they can find YouTube darling Grace Helbig's on E! helming her own talk show, thanks to a new promo.

    Helbig penned a deal to host an E! talk show in August, and the series finally has a premiere date of April 3. She'll air after The Soup at 10:30pm ET. Instead of the typical talk show formula, Helbig is shaking things up.

    "She's from the Internet," the promo explains, and as such will have no couch, no audience, and no limits. The clips seems to imply that The Grace Helbig Show will structure the episodes with Helbig driving around between guests and segments, but that could just be a one-off gimmick.

    Helbig is E!'s apparent replacement for Chelsea Lately, which ended around the time Helbig's show was announced. The promo clip also shows Helbig's frequent collaborator and fellow YouTuber Mamrie Hart will be part of the show in some capacity.

    The Grace Helbig Show isn't the only project on Helbig's plate this year. She's also filming a remake of the 1970s series Electra Woman and Dyna Girl with fellow star Hannah Hart for Legendary Entertainment. The series is digital, but could make the eventual jump to TV or film. 

    Screengrab via E! Entertainment/YouTube


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    There are a few basic truths every car lover must uphold, and we owe all of them to BBC’s long-running auto program Top Gear: You can’t be a petrolhead without owning an Alfa Romeo. “Nissan” sounds better pronounced the British way. And road signs are the bane of our existence.

    As news surfaced Tuesday that show cohost Jeremy Clarkson—easily the most stubborn and contentious of the trio rounded out by the charming Richard Hammond and lovable James “Captain Slow” May—had been suspended by his producers after a “fracas,” the Top Gear fans in our newsroom began to panic. We’re more reliable with our Sunday-night habit than most Americans are about going to church, so naturally, we needed to get our fix somehow. (Besides, if the license plate scuffle and racist slurs didn’t tip them over the edge, we’re on the edge of our seats to learn what he’s done to piss off his producers this time, and there’s no word yet when or if the show will resume.)

    Fortunately, a few recent seasons of the show remain on Netflix, and the bulk of the back catalog—we’re now in season 22—is available on Hulu. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, let these YouTube clips of some of our favorite Top Gear moments be your guide.

    1) Introducing the Ariel Atom

    Top Gear is known for its love affair with supercars, and this tiny monster is no exception. Even though it’s based on a Honda Civic's engine, the Atom packs more power than a Ferrari. Watching it manipulate the corners of the track like a toy car and Clarkson’s face like Play-Doh never gets old.

    2) Bugatti Veyron vs. Euro Fighter Typhoon

    The 1,000-horsepower Volkswagen (let’s be honest) is a favorite of all three of the hosts, but Hammond’s turn with the car was a drag race with “the cutting edge of what a plane can do,” and it truly puts the sky-high ambitions of the show on display, no matter who comes out on top.

    3) Audi R8 review

    This glowing review gives us the delightful description “about as high off the ground as a badger’s badger,” but it also made millions of people fall in love with the German automaker’s street-legal luxury supercar entry. No wonder the world lost its collective shit when it learned there’s an electric version available too.

    4) Squeezing into the Peel P50

    By now it’s clear how much Top Gear worships its supercars. But fear not, regular Joes. Every now and again, usually prodded by their producers, the team takes on a more economical brand, usually with a classically British sense of humor about it all. This P50 review is no exception, and we dare you to watch 6-foot-5-inch Clarkson zoom through the halls of the BBC without giggling.

    5) Down in Africa

    Over the course of its 13 years on air, Top Gear has jetsetted all over Europe, up to the Arctic Circle, and across the pond to America. But this series 19 special in Africa sees the team at its best and worst, driving practical estate cars (read: sedans) from Uganda to the source of the Nile. (Extra credit: Keep an eye out for the special edition of the show’s credits as the roll at the end of part 2.)

    6) Aquatic cars

    Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention, and there’s no stopping these three stooges when they set their hearts on some bizarre task—like, oh, say, crossing the English Channel in automobiles. This episode ultimately airs less as a car show and more as a triumph of human endurance, but that’s perhaps an even more admirable achievement for Mssrs. Clarkson, Hammond, and May.

    7) Reliant Robin rocket

    Here, too, the schemes are wild and the premise absurd, but the fact that these guys got even close to making a successful minivan space shuttle is impressive. Move over, SpaceX.

    8) Alfa Romeo challenge

    It takes a true car lover (or, in show parlance, petrolhead) to appreciate the love/hate relationship of owning an Alfa Romeo. The Italian carmaker is known for its beautiful creations and electrical failures, but Clarkson, Hammond, and May insist it’s worth every trip to the shop. Here, they try to justify that position to the producers, who sensibly maintain it just doesn’t make good cars.

    9) The Stig, revealed

    The identity of the silent fourth host of the show—“tame racing driver” the Stig—is a long-running debate among fans (and, indeed, the hosts themselves, as they introduce a new bizarre factoid about the Stig each week). A few different men have undoubtedly filled Stiggy’s shoes over the years, but in this very special interview, the man/myth/legend himself pulls off the helmet in front of a live studio audience.


    With 174 episodes to date, it’s difficult to play favorites. In the inevitable event that those nine have whet your palate for more, check out this preview of the current series. Depending on how long this standoff between Clarkson and the producers lasts, it may be the last, best clue of what the season’s final three episodes have in store.

    Photo via Alfa Romeo 8C Spider/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


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    When it comes to genre-bending musical takes on modern pop hits, Postmodern Jukebox has the YouTube market cornered. From the band's Motown riff on Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" to its bluegrass interpretation of Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda," these musicians have proved time and time again that they know how to turn the clock back on Top 40 tracks. 

    But forget reimagining what's blowing up the Billboard charts, can these rhythmic wizards work their magic on a hit with a little age on it? To put themselves to the test these uber famous YouTubers decided to take on Coolio's 1995 classic "Gangsta's Paradise."

    With the help of vocalist Robyn Adele Anderson, the group managed to make the Compton, Calif., rapper's hit sound like it originated in a 1920s Chicago speakeasy. Forget Crips and Bloods, this jazz take is all about Capone and bootlegging.

     H/T Laughing Squid | Screengrab via ScottBradleeLovesYa/YouTube


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    Dressed in custom-made Valentino suits, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson recently made a surprise appearance at Paris Fashion Week, strutting the catwalk as Derek Zoolander and Hansel. It was like 2001 all over again. Except in 2001, we didn't have Vine.

    We've already seen plenty of clips from the show, but one moment stands out in particular: Zoolander stealing someone's phone and taking a video selfie with his signature Blue Steel expression. 

    It turns out the phone belonged to French Vine star Jerome Jarre, who is at Paris Fashion Week achieving such terrifying feats as getting a kiss from Anna Wintour.

    It's probably not a coincidence that the phone in question belonged to a Vine star. But even if the event was staged, does it really matter? After all, that type of blatant self-promotion is part of Derek Zoolander's charm. 

    Photo via ZoolanderMovie/Facebook


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    The Daily Dot is celebrating Woman Crush Wednesday, better known as #WCW on Twitter and Instagram, by highlighting female creators on YouTube whose work we admire.

    I distinctly remember the first time I watched the webseriesAdult Wednesday Addams. It was right when the first episode was released, and a mere 15 seconds into the video, I turned to my boss—who has actually seen every YouTube video ever created—and said, “You have to watch this right this minute. This webseries is going to be a hit.”

    So who is the genius responsible for moving everyone’s favorite gothic heroine from her parents’ haunted mansion to the smoothie-obsessed streets of Los Angeles?

    You can thank Melissa Hunter for that.

    An actor, writer, and comedian, Hunter began creating content on YouTube long before her series gained viral fame. A graduate of Northwestern University’s theater program, Hunter has portrayed roles in both traditional media—like shorts Let’s Get Laid! and The Morning After—as well as appearing frequently on Lorne Michaels’ digital network Above Average. She’s an active member of L.A.’s Upright Citizen Brigade and is currently developing a pilot presentation for NBC, after finishing as a finalist for NBC Playground. This could put her on the map as the next Tina Fey, so pay attention.

    In between her many pursuits, Hunter also managed to create one of YouTube’s most popular webseries. Adult Wednesday Addams answers the question every Addams Family fan has always wondered: What would Wednesday Addams—the girl who could instill more fear in a single glance than a WWE wrestler in a lifetime—grow up to be? We all had our guesses: mortician, taxidermist, Medieval literature professor. But a resident of Los Angeles? You can’t help but love it. Through the eyes of Wednesday Addams, Hunter hilariously exposes just how ridiculous the lifestyle of Los Angeles can be.

    The last episode of the second season comes out today. In just seven episodes, this season alone has accumulated 8.5 million views and been praised by such publications as Marie Claire, People, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and Nylon. There is nothing that makes me more satisfyingly proud than when an original, creative, worthwhile series is given its due praise. Every episode is worthwhile, but her recent episode “Wednesday vs. Catcallers” stands out from the pack in its comedic handling of the hot topic issue of street harassment.

    Through her series, Hunter has become a major influencer, paving a path for female comedians on the platform. Though YouTube is technically available to everyone, it’s still exceedingly rare to see a female-led webseries gain mainstream media recognition. Woman want to see themselves reflected in the digital media they consume, and that’s why Melissa Hunter is so important to YouTube.

    Now the big question is: When and where will Wednesday Addams be joining us again for season 3?

    Screengrab via melissahunter/YouTube


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    Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan has a stern message for the fans who’ve been visiting Walter White’s old home and throwing pizzas on the roof.

    Gilligan stopped by the Better Call Saul Insider Podcast, AMC’s official look behind the scenes of the Breaking Bad prequel, to discuss the latest episode. Before he, cocreator Peter Gould, Jonathan Banks, writer Gordon Smith, and assistant editor Chris McCaleb broke down “Five-O” with editor Kelley Dixon, Gilligan wanted to take some time to discuss the house that the show used for Walter White’s home in Albuquerque, N.M., which has turned into something of a tourist attraction.

    The soundbite starts around the 3:16 mark. 

    Gilligan notes that the couple who own the house have been fine with people visiting the home—as long as they’re respectful about it. However, some fans have been trespassing on the couple’s property to throw pizzas on their roof, essentially recreating the famous scene from the season 3 episode “Caballo Sin Nombre.” The woman who owns the house is often forced to come outside and ask visitors to leave.

    “Let me tell you, there is nothing original or funny or cool about throwing a pizza on this lady’s roof,” Gilligan said. “It’s just not funny, it’s been done before, you’re not the first—”

    “And if I catch you doing it, I will hunt you down,” Banks piped in.

    Have you seen the most recent episode? Not that we needed a reminder, but we really don’t want to get on the wrong side of Mike Ehrmantraut.

    Don’t trespass and throw pizzas on Walter White’s house, everyone.

    H/T Reddit | Screengrab via Netflix


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    Abandon your search for footage of people unpacking the new Apple Watch, because we've found the only unboxing video you will ever need.

    Once again, the minds behind Sesame Street have proven that they are the masters of translating pop-culture touchstones into children's programming. Having already taken on House of Cards, these geniuses set their sights on a YouTube classic: unboxing videos.

    Cookie Monster's take on the popular packaging-removal genre isn't just entertaining, it's also instructional. Get a refresher on shapes from the furry blue guy as he breaks down how a round pizza made out of triangular pieces fits inside a square box. 

    Does Cookie Monster's unboxing video mean we can expect more spoofs on popular YouTube genres? If the good folks over at Sesame Street are listening, we'd love to see a purse-haul video from Grover or a beauty tutorial from Oscar the Grouch.

    Screengrab via The Watercooler/YouTube


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    There's been a lot of chatter about Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the new documentary about Kurt Cobain, since it debuted at Sundance in January. The first trailer finally gives us an intimate glimpse into the life of Nirvana's frontman, and the mythology that swirled around him since his death. 

    The trailer includes animation, audio, archival footage, and Cobain's artwork, as well as clips of Cobain with former wife Courtney Love and their daughter, Frances Bean. The scenes with Frances are especially moving. 

    In an exclusive interview with Yahoo!, director Brett Morgen—who was given unprecedented access to previously unseen material by Love, Frances, and Cobain's family—said that "85 percent of the material that audiences will see in Montage of Heck has never been seen or rarely seen." 

    On Saturday, Morgen also referenced a previously unreleased acoustic track that will be featured in the film. 

    The doc airs May 4 on HBO, which has been nailing the documentary series lately.

    H/T Indiewire | Screengrab via Yahoo!


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    If you're hoping for a peaceful night's sleep, do not watch Paula Deen's latest YouTube video.

    The cooking channel star is buying into the celebrity app trend made popular by Kim Kardashian with her own, Candy Crush-style puzzle app that involves cooking utensils. That's no cause for alarm. The video she choose to promote the new venture with, however, is flat out terrifying.

    Deen is no stranger to being a meme, or a high level of public scrutiny for her actions. For this app video, she definitely deserves all the memes and scrutiny the Internet will throw at her. It's potentially a play off the already-demonic slowed-downDeen videos that do well on YouTube, but instead of slurring interviews and instructions, we just get Deen staring into the camera as she pours milk and smiles at eggs. The song alone will never leave your head.

    The app is free for download in the iTunes store. If you win the game, you could get a chance to cook with Deen, but who would want to after that disturbing video?

    H/T BuzzFeed | Screengrab via Paula Deen/YouTube


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    Before Steve Carell channeled a deranged wrestling coach in Foxcatcher or a spotlight-hungry boss in The Office, he was Fabio. 

    Splitsider has been posting a wealth of previously unseen Second City clips, and the latest addition features a shirtless Carell embodying romance novel icon and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spokeshunk Fabio during a Second City show in 1994. Carell's Fabio is introduced like he's some sort of freakishly handsome circus act, and if Fabio's voice sounds familiar, it's because it's Stephen Colbert's. 

    We're certainly OK with seeing him shirtless

    H/T Splitsider | Photo via Eva Rinaldi/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)


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    A SWAT team arrived at Lil Wayne's Miami home Wednesday afternoon after reports of gunshots and injuries. But despite a scan of Wayne's property, the team found no signs of foul play following the hour-plus search. Miami police representative Ernesto Rodriguez has confirmed that the event was a hoax.

    For his part, so has Lil Wayne.

    A call was reported at 12:40pm ET wherein a man confessed to shooting four people. The Miami police said that "swatting," the disturbing online trend of dialing police and sending over a SWAT team, is a distinct possibility.

    Lil Wayne was reportedly in a music studio recording during the time of the alleged incident. However, a nearby construction worker did tell Miami's Local 10 News that he heard gunshots.

    Whether the hoax was a straightforward prank call or an intentional ploy to send over a SWAT team remains unclear. The practice is increasingly common between online gamers, but if this was an intentional "swatting," Lil Wayne is the highest-profile celebrity to fall victim to the practice. 

    Photo via Vincent Escuerdo/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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    Glee may be ending in a week, but star Darren Criss has been slowly counting down to the series finale by giving Gleeks daily tastes of an original song he wrote for the episode.

    Criss, who plays Blaine Anderson on the show, began tweeting handwritten lyrics to his original song, "This Time," on Tuesday.

    Fans usually know the song titles and lyrics weeks before an episode, since Glee regularly covers pop songs and throwback classics. However, they've occasionally dipped into fully original songs, starting in season two. Criss' tracks mark the first time a cast member has contributed wholly original music to be used on the Glee stage. 

    Criss already had one original song of his featured in last week's episode, with "Rise" highlighting the episode's climax where the New Directions and the Warblers join forces to form a super show choir.


    "This Time" will be sung by Lea Michelle's Rachel Berry character in the second hour of the finale. Fan, naturally, are freaking out about the slow tease.

    Fans will likely be able to hear the final track on Monday. Glee typically releases each episode's soundtrack on iTunes at the beginning of the week. The two-hour series finale airs Friday.

    Screengrab via Broadwaycom/YouTube


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    Liam Neeson will look for you, he will find you, and he will read you a bedtime story.

    But, as the action-movie star demonstrates with his rendition of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, he might not be enthusiastic or sympathetic about it. Neeson lacks the bedside manner of Samuel L. Jackson and takes the side of an unappreciated, unsung hero while having none of the monkeys’ shenanigans.

    Neeson and his logic quickly ruin the classic children’s tale, and if your children had trouble sleeping before, we don't think this will improve the odds of them going to bed.

    Screengrab via Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube


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    Noah Guthrie didn’t intend to end up exemplifying a YouTube trend. As many of his fellow YouTubers were stretching their wings from the digital universe and becoming interested in making the jump to television by developing their own shows or joining pilots, Guthrie landed a plush gig on an already established network production mostly by luck and chance.

    This fall, Guthrie joined the cast of Fox’s Glee as Roderick, a loner with the voice of a rocker, in its sixth and final season. But before he became TV star, Guthrie was already making waves on YouTube, thanks to his inventive cover songs and original music. He currently commands 421,000 subscribers on his only1noah channel, but Guthrie’s first brush with digital fame came several years ago, after his cover of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” was seen by a researcher for the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

    “They were trolling the Internet, looking for things for their website,” Guthrie explained. “They called my dad out of the blue; he didn’t answer it because it was unknown. I remember him listening to the voicemail and his face going from normal to the biggest grin he’s ever had in his life.”

    After Ellen put his video on the site for a competition, which Guthrie subsequently won, he partnered with his first management company and started doing covers on a regular basis for the next four years. One of his biggest successes is a cover of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” which landed him appearances on the Today show and Dancing With the Stars and clocked in more than 22 million views.

    “That was one of those lightning in a bottle situations,” he said. “I hadn’t put a cover up in a couple weeks, and I was getting pressure from my dad to do it. I didn’t know what song I was going to do, but I had a blues riff in my head. I did it as a joke. It wasn’t what I wanted to do originally. It was one of the videos that didn’t take me 12 takes to do. Two takes and I was done. When I woke up, it was at 50,000 views. I thought that had to be a glitch. It never fixed itself; it kept going up.”

    Now Guthrie is signed with Fullscreen to monetize his videos, and he’s trying to focus on what he’s doing as an original songwriter and artist, but that transition from covers to originals can be difficult.

    “I find that’s the thing with most YouTubers,” he said. “You get pigeonholed into being a YouTuber. If that’s what you want to do, that’s great. I know people that finance houses off of YouTube. For me, it’s mainly about just being a musician in general. When my album came out in 2013, we put a few originals on [the channel]. Everyone loves it, and they’re positive. But it’s a whole new game plan, and you’re used to doing these covers. It’s a completely new system that you have to get down.”

    That’s why Glee was a welcome project for Guthrie: It allowed him to push outside of the YouTuber mold while still keeping in the music world. Acting was never on Guthrie’s radar, but he was discovered while playing a house show in San Francisco.

    “One of the guys that owned the apartment was also a talent judge for a lot of big talent competitions,” Guthrie explained. “He went to a singing competition the next day or weekend, and it was him on the judge panel and also a casting [associate] from Glee, Alex Newman. They’re watching people sing and catching up. Alex said they were having trouble casting this person for Roderick. They needed someone who’s kind of chubby, kind of shy, and has the voice of Otis Redding. This guy was like, ‘I just saw him last night!’”

    After the Newman looked Guthrie up on YouTube, he contacted the artist and had him send in a tape of himself reading in his living room. Guthrie didn’t hear anything for a couple weeks, but then production asked him to fly out to Los Angeles to audition for Glee creator Ryan Murphy.

    “He was great, but it was intimidating,” Guthrie said. “I met Robert [Ulrich, Glee’s casting director] and Alex beforehand and they told me: ‘We just want to let you know it’s going to look like they hate you, but they don’t hate you. They’re just thinking.’ I remember thinking during the audition, Ryan looked so stonefaced, and I was like, ‘I think he hates me.’ The next day I was getting on a plane to go home to South Carolina, and I got a phone call that I got the part. I went home for a day and a half and came back.”

    Guthrie had been approached for TV before, but mostly in the form of singing competitions. He’d been considered for The Voice but decided to turn the opportunity down. Just a month later, Glee came calling, and he said yes.

    “I even asked myself why I did that,” Guthrie said. “I think it’s because on Glee I’m playing a character. At the end of the day, I’m not Roderick. On The Voice or American Idol, you’re branded one way, and that’s you. At that time, it just wasn’t the right move for me. With Glee, it was the perfect thing I needed at the time.”

    Guthrie joined Glee as part of a gang of new students populating a rebuilt club in the final season. In previous years, when Glee trie to introduce new high school characters, they were often met responses ranging from disinterest to flat-out dislike from the fanbase. Luckily for Guthrie, this batch was well-received, and Guthrie has gotten a lot of praise for his solos and his acting.

    “[Acting] was never on my radar,” he laughed. “It just presented itself. It’s a completely new thing; it’s a different world. It was scary, and it was more about getting over the fact that I would have to put the music aside for just a second and do something completely different. I figured there are people all around the country and the world who would kill for an opportunity like this, and it was just laid in my lap. If I didn’t do this, I was not only stupid, I was a jerk.”

    In addition to becoming close friends with his new Glee castmates, he’s also welcomed one as a collaborator on his YouTube channel. Broadway alum Laura Dreyfuss, who plays one half of a pair of twin cheerleaders on the show, dueted with Guthrie on a recent cover of Sia’s “Elastic Heart.”

    “Laura and I really liked that Sia song, and we just holed up one night and made that song,” he said. “It was great. I love it. I haven’t had enough downtime to orchestrate anything else like that. I know now since we’ve done it, we should do something else. But we don’t have time!”

    Glee’s grueling production schedule was a bit of departure from Guthrie, who was used to controlling his own time as a musician. Another departure was the dancing—a decidedly new experience for Guthrie.

    “For the first five or so episodes, we didn’t have super hard choreography,” he explained. But “for these last couple episodes we’ve been shooting, it’s been full-out dancing for every episode. That was something in the back of my mind when we went to a dance rehearsal in the early part of the season. I think by the time we started doing the real heavy stuff, I realized you have to not care about how you look. The choreographers are my favorite people, because they’re so patient and so fun. The last month or so, with all the dancing, I’ve had so much fun. It’s something I never thought I’d do. But now when I’m having out with friends or at dinner, I find myself jiving to the beat. I would never do that before!”

    Guthrie may have found success in the mainstream with a season of network television under his belt, but once he's closed the books on Glee, fans can look forward to him returning to his online roots and churning out new music with his band.

    Screengrab via only1noah/YouTube


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    If you're going to call plagiarism on a fellow YouTuber, you better have a solid cause for alarm. This week self-confessed YouTube newbie GradeAUnderA took to his channel to call out YouTube veteran Ray William Johnson for "plagiarizing" his recent work.

    Within two weeks' time, both creators posted videos about job interviews. At the base, they're differently styled videos. GradeAUnderA's is a cartoon with voiceover that serves as a personal comedic monologue about why he hates job interviews.


    Johnson's, meanwhile,  is a skit featuring a variety of characters sitting in a job interview making comments that clearly aren't helping them land the job, despite it being titled, "How to Ace a Job Interview."

    GradeAUnderA points to three overlapping jokes as proof of plagiarism.

    "I'm late all the time" vs. Johnson's "I'm probably going to be late for work every day"
    "So tell me about a weakness of yours?"
    "Oh my god where do I start?"
    "Where do you see yourself in five years' time?"
    "Hopefully not in this shithole."

    All three are standard questions and tired replies. None of them plays on personal experience or uniqueness. In both videos, the protagonists go on to make other, more varied riffs on their employability that differentiate the videos.

    This is not plagiarism. But that doesn't mean YouTube doesn't have a copycat problem.

    There are real cases in the YouTube community of stolen bits or jokes. Most recently, The Fine Bros. called out BuzzFeed for aping their Teens React format, right down to set colors. There, the issue is pretty clear-cut. However, with BuzzFeed not technically infringing on any copyright terms or directly copying an already produced video from The Fine Bros., the idea of teenagers reacting to old things is not technically unique. That's why a million versions of reality shows can exist. Part of YouTube's power is repeatability, and ideas and themes are often redone to the point of oversaturation (challenge videos, anyone?). When it skirts the line of plagiarism, YouTubers' claws should come out, but weak accusations like GradeAUnderA's just muddy the water of what is and isn't a punishable offense. 

    Claiming plagiarism on YouTube is a serious offense. On a platform where creators are fighting for eyeballs to make a living off their ad revenue, a stolen idea could divert eyes away from your content, not to mention it's just rude and unethical.  If there were some irrefutable evidence that Johnson watched GradeAUnderA's video before conceiving of his, maybe there'd be an argument. But sometimes alleged plagiarism is just two YouTubers making the same old, basic jokes.

    In the end of his video, GradeAUnderA doesn't come out and make a full-fledged accusation against Johnson because he says he's new to the platform and doesn't know what he can and can't do. He's definitely on his way to pro status, because a user with 30,000 subscribers calling foul on a power user with 10 million subscribers turns eyeballs. GradeAUnderA has self promotion down, at the very least.

    Screengrab via Ray William Johnson/YouTube


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