What YouTube comments really sound like

YouTube Reacts, a popular new series, gives voice to the pithy remarks filling up the site's various comment sections.


Kris Holt


Published Feb 28, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 8:48 pm CDT

YouTube comments are both the best and the worst thing about that community. The best provide humor or relevant context, while the worst are off-topic, unintelligible, or simply offensive.

A series of videos titled “YouTube Reacts,” brought to our attention by The Daily What, vocalizes the comments on some of the most popular videos on the site. A few of the comments are good, most are terrible, and almost all are hilarious.

The comments are read by a variety of voice artists—noted by their Twitter handles—who try to match the tone of each comment. The best part is the fact that typos remain intact.

One of the best of the videos, “YouTube Reacts to Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen,” references the father who uploaded a video of himself shooting his daughter’s laptop as a punishment. Nothing in the clips made me laugh harder than someone reading the comment, “hey check out the parenting vid on my channel its got lots of fire and explosion !!”

There’s also a “Twitter Reacts” video in the playlist too, which provides readings of tweets related to last month’s Wikipedia blackout.

The clips, all of which were uploaded by YouTuber Shesellsseashells, are reminiscent of an amazing animated vocalization of an angry badly written video game review that hit the Web early last year, not to mention the Alamo Drafthouse’s infamous public service announcement.

However, they’re pretty great in their own right.

Here are two of our favorite—albeit slightly not safe for work—“YouTube Reacts” videos.

Photo by Adikos

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*First Published: Feb 28, 2012, 3:45 pm CST