My old favorite YouTube videos

I wallowed in nostalgia today and decided to revisit some of my all-time favorite internet videos. Please clap.

First off, this shrew elephant x Phantom of the Opera mashup from 2015 remains my favorite video on the entire internet. According to “Know Your Meme”, the original clip of the elephant shrew was taken from a nature show and featured a narrator saying, “Look closer at that snout!”. It was uploaded in 2010 by YouTuber LiLAH4, and the clip was quickly picked up by enthusiastic content creators who edited it and added other graphics, music, and narration. That the person who crushed it with The Phantom of the Opera be blessed forever.

Then I can’t get enough of this compilation of what looks like (really bad, cringe-worthy) actor auditions from the 1980s or 1990s. The video is titled “You Could Stop In Five or six stores,” and the clips aren’t actually auditions, but rather excerpts from various acting classes given by the Sarantos Studio of Acting. Many thanks to Sarantos Studio of Acting and the cast – Carla Shaw, Todd La Rue and those not named in the video – for sharing this shine with us. To quote Todd La Rue, when I watch these clips, “I feel like a deer in the headlights of love!” (To learn more about these weird actor videos, I found this excellent explainer video).

Finally, the piece de resistance, Microw Jupiter’s, “You’re tearing me apart feat. lisa dubstep remix”, which consists of excerpts from the cult 2003 film by Tommy Wiseau Bedroom, set to dubstep music. The video quality is absolutely terrible. Apparently the one currently available on YouTube is a re-uploaded version, as the original HD version was taken down years ago. But you can still enjoy movie clips featuring famous lines from Bedroom“You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!” “Oh hi Mark”, “Leave your stupid comments in your pocket”, “I got the test results back, I definitely have breast cancer”, “Everyone betrayed me, I’m sick of it of this world” and “How can you do this to me?” – set to awesome dubstep.

Raymond T. Helms