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Australians are renowned for their ability to have fun, especially at their own expense. With laid-back and light-hearted attitudes, the main attribute these Aussie vloggers have in common is taking the risk to turn their passion and creativity into a full-time gig, delivering us with laughs, advice, and educational titbits. Here are the 10 biggest YouTube sensations from the land of Oz:
This cheeky sketch channel is made up of three Aussie women combining their love of music and comedy. Easy and entertaining to watch, the trio first went viral with their sketch ‘Bohemian Carsody’, and their follow up ‘Mime Through Time’ – where they employ quick costume changes to re-enact hit songs from the last 70 years while seated in their car – catapulted them to international fame. Appearing on Ellen, the girls said they use the bare minimum to produce their videos, such as taping an iPhone into a bra on the dashboard.
While this channel’s original purpose was to create an easy and relatable kids baking channel, nine-year-old Charli and her trusty taste tester, seven-year-old sister Ashlee, soon found their audience base skyrocketing. Concocted in the small town of Ormeau in Queensland, they have nearly half a million followers of all ages and rake in more revenue than Jamie Oliver’s cooking channel. The sisters will soon become your favourite cooking personalities, with their fun recipes (think strawberry marshmallow pops and homemade sour candy) and their adorable demeanours.
If you want an authentic taste of an Australian perspective on current affairs, look no further than Ozzy Man. Fond of the words ‘strewth’ and ‘tinny’, if you want a short course in Aussie slang, give this guy a ‘squiz’. The man behind the personality is Perth-based comedian Ethan Marrell, who started by making a few videos here and there, stamped with his unique brand of satirical comedy and parodies. Next thing, he was juggling over 5.4 million followers on YouTube and Facebook. His Ozzy Man Reviews are down-to-earth hilarious, and perfect to tune into when you’ve had a stressful day.
In Australia, nothing is appreciated more than a person who can make fun of themselves. Brothers Theo and Nathan Saddian were raised by an Egyptian father and a Greek-Egyptian mother, and began their comedy careers by impersonating their parents at a young age. They used to laugh at their mother’s eccentrics, and it eventually progressed into them poking fun at their own lives and culture and posting it online so the rest of the world could laugh along with them.
A somewhat controversial group, the Melbourne-based Janoskians (Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation) began posting their pranks and skits in 2011. While they’ve been criticised for sometimes taking their acts too far, that hasn’t stopped them from having a huge international fanbase, known as the Janoskianators. Check out ‘Awkward Train Situations’ – it’s everything you didn’t realise you completely relate to.
Probably the highest in education value, Danger Dolan presents short videos about life and the world, narrated with deadpan facial expressions and a slow drawl. The topics of the videos range from the ‘The World’s Scariest Jobs’ to ‘15 Things You Didn’t Know Were Illegal to Do in Public’. He’s already up to 23,178 views, and recently published an eBook featuring physical lists of his most popular topics.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Troye Sivian. Born in South Africa but raised in Australia, he gained popularity back in 2005 with his self-made music videos. He was later ‘discovered’, and went on to perform in broadcasted talent shows, and in 2015 he launched his debut album, and today his channel has over 250 million views. He also uses his channel to raise awareness on LGBTIQ issues, and his music videos often feature LGBTIQ relationships.
This Chinese-Australian beauty aims for diversity in her channel. She started her fashion makeup-and-lifestyle blog as a hobby, but since reaching over seven million subscribers has branched into everything from makeup tutorials and life hacks and DIY projects. She uses and reviews a vast range of products from all over the world, from Asia to Eastern Europe – and emphasises engaging with her loyal subscribers. She changes her hair colour weekly, so it’s worth subscribing just for that.
Miss Curtis is YouTube beauty royalty. Clocking up over 1,849,500 views, her make-up tutorials and renowned for being extremely comprehensive, making them perfect for even the most inexperienced of make-up enthusiasts. Since hitting over three million subscribers, she’s merged onto matter-of-fact life advice, especially when it comes to those pesky boys (her words, not ours).
As the name suggests, this channel is dedicated to telling people how to do tasks such as unlock a door with a banana and how to install a toilet. However, while they are mundanely named, the videos often conclude with alarming, erratic movements, and raw eggs are involved more often than not. We can’t quite explain how the channel draws you in the way it does, but it’s oddly addictive. Check out ‘How to Quickly Defrost a Turkey’ – next thing you know, it’ll be four hours later…