ICYMI: Watch and learn: Three YouTube shows that entertain

Forget “Late Night”: Columnist Ellie Papadakis shares three online talk shows you should watch.

From the time I’ve spent on YouTube, I’ve noticed that there are two types of channels. You have your regular vlog-y type channels, usually hosted by twee British 20-somethings, and then you have YouTube shows. Normal YouTube channels don’t have a set theme or format, but YouTube shows do.

So forget Netflix, below are a couple of my favorite YouTube shows to binge watch over break.

Good Mythical Morning

Move over, Jimmy Fallon. Rhett and Link are here.

Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal have been best friends since the first grade. On their primary channel, rhettandlink, they make silly music videos and commercials.

“Good Mythical Morning” is the duo’s daily morning talk show, in which they tell stories and do quirky challenges. I’ve only started watching them recently, and I’m hooked. Right now, the show is on its sixth season and has over four million subscribers.

The camaraderie between the two is great and you can’t possibly pick a favorite (but if I had to choose, it would be Neal).

As if that isn’t enough “internetainment,” McLaughlin and Neal also have a weekly podcast on iTunes called “Ear Biscuits.”

_Notable episodes: “The What If? Game (ft. Daniel Radcliffe),” “World’s Hottest Pepper Challenge”_

The Mental Floss YouTube Shows

When people ask me what Mental Floss magazine is, I always describe it as the “Buzzfeed for smart people.” In other words, their magazine is filled with nerdy stories and listicles that will make you a lot smarter, should you ever end up on “Jeopardy!”

While the physical and online portions of the magazine have been around for a while, it’s only recently that the publication has gotten on YouTube.

John Green hosts Mental Floss’s “List Show,” where, every week, in rapid-fire succession, he lists a variety of trivial facts about a certain topic. For example: Did you know that college students helped popularize the banana split?

The channel also has “Misconceptions,” where a misconception is debunked every week, and “Big Question,” hosted by fellow Chicagoan Craig Benzine, in which questions you didn’t know you needed answers to are, in fact, answered.

_Notable episodes: List Show: “36 Facts About Cats,” “Big Question: ‘How Do They Make Decaf Coffee?,’” “Misconceptions you learned in school”_


Disclaimer: I am not a science person. I hear the word “science,” and my brain literally stops working.

That said, SciShow is great. Hosted primarily by Hank Green, the show aims to answer common science-y questions, as well as inform viewers about new discoveries and awesome stuff.

The show is well-researched and tries to stay as accurate and timely as possible. On SciShow Talk Show, Green and his co-hosts meet and interview different scientists who are experts in their fields.

Notable episodes: “SciShow Talk Show with Jeff Good & Jessi Knudsen Castañeda,” “Blue Whales and the Smartphone Morality Experiment.”

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