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What the Buck! Comedian holds sway
Sachin Kalbag, Hindustan Times
October 21, 2007
First Published: 01:40 IST(21/10/2007)
Last Updated: 01:42 IST(21/10/2007)

One would guess you’d be happy if one of your videos somehow makes its way to the week’s top 10 on YouTube. Two, and you’d be overjoyed. Michael Buckley, a comedian who satirises American celebrity culture, broke all records last week when four of his shows ended up on the week’s 10 top-rated videos.

Buckley hosts an online video show on YouTube called “What the Buck?!” that has garnered nearly 60,000 subscribers, and several million viewers each month. What Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are to the political satire genre on Comedy Central, Buckley is to celebs on YouTube. He insults them, he parodies them and he makes up funny incidents (he once warned American Idol and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson that singer Beyonce is going to kill her).

In just five months since his show debuted on YouTube, the self-confessed gay comedian who “stays in Connecticut with his husband and four dogs” is the second most popular comedian on YouTube, and at the rate at which his subscribers are growing, Buckley may become No 1 pretty soon. Like several comedy shows on US television, Buckley mainly relies on the hottest news topics of the week for his scripts.

For instance, in the latest episode, he quotes the rag News of the World saying controversial actress Lindsay Lohan is broke, and has debts to the tune of $7 million. “The source claims she spent $1 million on one hotel bill, $1 million on chauffeurs, $1 million on clothes, $137,000 on rehab and $70,000 on tanning,” he says on the show. “Guys, I know what you are thinking… rehab seems pretty reasonable.”

About his 60,000 subscribers, Buckley thinks, “it’s sick… I love it.” Take a look why his viewers love him too on youtube.com/user/whatthebuckshow.


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