YouTuber just records himself saying ‘not too shabby’ about random things

This bit is not too shabby!


Nayomi Reghay

Internet Culture

Published Nov 10, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 4:27 pm CDT

YouTube is the perfect platform for glorifying minor moments. And one user has taken that premise to its extreme with a spectacularly silly series of ultra-short videos.

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YouTuber kisscactus—real name Steve Garufi—takes simple videos of all things mundane and punctuates each one with the same enthusiastic exclamation: “Not too shabby!”

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If that premise sounds inane to you, Garufi agrees that it should. He told the Daily Dot, “I’ll admit my not too shabby video series is really stupid. But sometimes really dumb things can become FUNNY… [If you] play at least ten not too shabbies in a row [you’ll] get the full effect.”

Garufi, a mental health therapist who has biked across America twice, described his inspiration for the quirky videos:  

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“I started doing not too shabby videos of things that I found interesting in my life. For years, I would take pictures and put them on Facebook or Twitter, but then I realized many of the photos were boring. So I turned them into bite-sized videos.”

Many of the videos are shot locally, in Colorado, where Garufi resides. Some are of pumpkins, others are of elliptical machines; some are indoors, some take place outside. But spend a few minutes in the playlist of over 300 videos, and you’ll undoubtedly start to agree—these random finds are not too shabby!

Screengrab via kisscactus/YouTube

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*First Published: Nov 10, 2015, 11:00 am CST