Comedic Vlogging: Into the Future

The genre of comedic vlogging evolved a lot from its parent genre of original vlogging.  It became a meta-genre when people took it in the direction of comedy, leaving behind the traditional way of vlogging.  In the new form, comedic vloggers talk less about their own lives, and more about funny generalities and observations of the world around them.  They take their genre in a wide range of directions- spoofing, dancing, doing fake tutorials, ect., but they all retain the feature of speaking directly to the camera/to the viewer, keeping a thread of constancy through the genre.

Comedic vlogging has definitely blended into other genres, especially into the genre of spoofing.  Many “comedic vloggers” have taken so full-heartedly to spoofing that it is questionable to classify them as vloggers anymore, even though they technically are.  Personally, I am not a big fan of spoofs, so these comedic vloggers get on my nerves.  I wish they would do more with their own personal vlogging, and less with straight spoofing.  In my opinion, spoofing does not count as comedic vlogging because it is a form of true acting.  Comedic vloggers like Jenna Marbles who aren’t doing spoofs may also “act” for the camera, but they are not playing a role other than the one they have devised for their online persona.

I think the genre of comedic vlogging has a big future, and a lot of unfulfilled potential.  There are too many “comedic vloggers” out there who take too many liberties with the genre and stray too far from the most desirable form (in my opinion), which happens when somebody shares their hilarious personality with the camera from their true self, rather than playing a character and pretending to be someone else.  There are so many people out there who could make hilarious vlogs, but relatively few of them are actually making them.  Most vloggers have a more serious approach, explaining how to do things to a particular audience or sharing their views to a particular audience.

I think it is difficult for unknown comedic vloggers to rise to success.  It is hard to generate enough views to make your videos popular if you are not catering to a particular community.  If you are making videos for a particular community (like bikers or raw foodists), you will have a base of people who will be interested in watching your videos, and they will likely come up in a search.  But if your audience is the general public, you may have a harder time getting your videos out there because there is no platform to stand on.  More comedic vloggers need to make their vlogs, circulate them as well as they can, and hope that they take off.  If people like NigaHiga and Shane Dawson can make it big as comedic vloggers, many others could be even more successful if they broke through the barrier to popularity.  There is certainly an audience for comedic vlogging, and I think many people want more than they are getting.