Arts

Weekly YouTube

This week for the YouTube review, we will take a look at Will Ferrell’s “Landlord Problems.” The video opens with Ferrell and his roommate chilling out. Ferrell is rocking an amazing wafro, his roommate is reading a magazine and life seems pretty good. Then the doorbell rings. Uh oh – it’s the landlord. Except instead having the stereotypical balding, obese 40-year-old landlord adorned in a wifebeater answer the door, it is an adorable blonde little girl. Although Ferrell is a comedic genius, it is the landlord who really shines in this clip. She is blunt with Will about the rent, and is not afraid to use coarse language and threats. She quickly reduces Ferrell to tears. Then, the truth comes out. The reason she wants the rent money is to fuel her drinking problem. It turns out that she is also drunk on the job. When push comes to shove, there is nothing funnier than a small child acting drunk and obscene. There is something about the sweet innocence of childhood being tarnished by adult problems like the rent and alcohol that brings a smile to my face. Plus, it’s Will Ferrell; it has to be funny. On my quest for Internet entertainment, I have discovered another site that compliments YouTube, and can provide an effective distraction from homework. The British Website VideoJug.com provides all the how-to videos a person could possibly need. Ever wanted to learn how to roll a cigarette, tune a guitar or flirt in British Sign Language? Of course!!!! And now you can. Just like YouTube, the site gives viewers the power to contribute their own how-to videos. All of these videos are informative, but many provide a good laugh. Most videos are part of a series. For example, there is a series of videos dedicated to British Sign Language. I found this series to be particularly entertaining. Watching someone converse in sign language is always mind boggling for me; it’s impressive to see some one act out their thoughts so quickly. But seeing someone reject a date in sign language? That’s pure entertainment. The other VideoJug series I found entertaining was the series on Internet etiquette. I never would have guessed there were so many rules for chat rooms. The most rewarding part of this video is the actor’s facial expressions. He gets very excited about using the internet. He also has the coolest poster I have ever seen in his computer room. If only I had a chart of all of the crabs and lobsters in the world…