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The Create Unknown interviews the most successful online creators to reveal how they got started and how they keep going. iDubbbz. Vsauce. Casey Neistat. iJustine. PsychicPebbles. We talk to the YouTubers, artists, and streamers who exemplify our mantra of “Make Something. Mean Something.” Part high-level analysis, part hopelessly stupid, Kevin Lieber and Matt Tabor from Vsauce2 dissect the complex business, the unpredictable drama, and the uncertain future of creating online. We’ll see you in The Create Unknown, Space Cowboys. We wanna make the podcast even better, help us learn how we can: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4 For advertising opportunities please email PodcastPartnerships@Studio71us.com Privacy Policy: https://www.studio71.com/us/terms-and-conditions-use/#Privacy%20Policy

The Create Unknown interviews the most successful online creators to reveal how they got started and how they keep going. iDubbbz. Vsauce. Casey Neistat. iJustine. PsychicPebbles. We talk to the YouTubers, artists, and streamers who exemplify our mantra of “Make Something. Mean Something.” Part high-level analysis, part hopelessly stupid, Kevin Lieber and Matt Tabor from Vsauce2 dissect the complex business, the unpredictable drama, and the uncertain future of creating online. We’ll see you in The Create Unknown, Space Cowboys. We wanna make the podcast even better, help us learn how we can: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4 For advertising opportunities please email PodcastPartnerships@Studio71us.com Privacy Policy: https://www.studio71.com/us/terms-and-conditions-use/#Privacy%20Policy

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United States

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The Create Unknown interviews the most successful online creators to reveal how they got started and how they keep going. iDubbbz. Vsauce. Casey Neistat. iJustine. PsychicPebbles. We talk to the YouTubers, artists, and streamers who exemplify our mantra of “Make Something. Mean Something.” Part high-level analysis, part hopelessly stupid, Kevin Lieber and Matt Tabor from Vsauce2 dissect the complex business, the unpredictable drama, and the uncertain future of creating online. We’ll see you in The Create Unknown, Space Cowboys. We wanna make the podcast even better, help us learn how we can: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4 For advertising opportunities please email PodcastPartnerships@Studio71us.com Privacy Policy: https://www.studio71.com/us/terms-and-conditions-use/#Privacy%20Policy

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English


Episodes

Chinese Social Credit & Waifus with SumitoMedia

1/13/2022
Thanks to Brilliant for supporting The Create Unknown and the creative community. You can get started on Brilliant for FREE, and the first 200 people to click this link will receive 20% off an annual premium membership: https://brilliant.org/createunknown Buy our T-shirts: https://www.thecreateunknown.com/store/ 2021 was the Year of SumitoMedia – and just 12 months after we first talked to Sumit, his meme-culture YouTube channel popped from averaging about 50,000 views a month to nearly...

Duration:01:54:46

Reflecting on 250 Hours of The Create Unknown

12/23/2021
Thanks to Brilliant for supporting The Create Unknown and the creative community. You can get started on Brilliant for FREE, and the first 200 people to click this link will receive 20% off an annual premium membership: https://brilliant.org/createunknown We’re going to end the year with some good news: Smiling Friends is COMING SOON. Like, really soon. The trailer’s out and we’re excited – and we’ll have PsychicPebbles and Michael Cusack on to talk about it once the show is out. Watch here:...

Duration:01:23:58

The Gospel According to Weird Paul

12/16/2021
Thanks to Brilliant for supporting The Create Unknown and the creative community. You can get started on Brilliant for FREE, and the first 200 people to click this link will receive 20% off an annual premium membership: https://brilliant.org/createunknown When we first started planning the opening batch of episodes for The Create Unknown, we wanted Weird Paul Petroskey – and now we’ve finally got him. He’s a musician. He’s an archivist. He’s the subject of an excellent documentary. And yes,...

Duration:01:37:35

YourMovieSucks talks Hollywood, Indies and YouTube Thieves

12/9/2021
Few in YouTube’s burgeoning film review scene have the biting, quick wit of YourMovieSucks -- and if your cinematic masterpiece has flaws, Adum’s going to lay them bare. The good news, at least for us, is that he’s going to be outrageously funny doing it. After exposing Adum’s undying love for Nikocado Avocado, he jumps straight into detailing a crazy exploit on YouTube that’s causing him a fair bit of stress. And it makes sense, too, since other people are co-opting a subscriber base...

Duration:01:42:28

2nd Annual TCU Friendsgiving Celebration

12/2/2021
It’s The Create Unknown’s Second Annual Friendsgiving, which means it’s time to hang out with babies, tots, and assorted TCU miscreants and express our thanks for a few things -- from our incredible community to the fact that things aren’t worse. Because… they totally could be. Kevin kicks off detail about Vsauce2’s content direction and how thankful he is that subscribers seem to like it, and that makes a big difference in terms of making more of it. Matt loves everyone’s quirks and...

Duration:01:36:01

The Rittenhouse Trial Changed YouTube

11/25/2021
Something unique and amazing is happening on YouTube, and oddly enough, it was revealed by Rekieta Media and the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. It’s a contentious, complex event in the public interest, and Rekieta and his guests have democratized expertise. And they’ve obliterated the traditional networks in the process. Media companies are beholden to many, many people and organizations. Streamers aren’t. And this mirrors what we’re seeing in sports commentary, where the future probably suggests...

Duration:01:15:02

Jose Arroyo: Conan, Comedy, and Breeding Aquaman

11/18/2021
Jose Arroyo has almost certainly made you laugh even if you don’t know it -- and he’s bringing decades of experience as one of Conan O’Brien’s writers into The Create Unknown to put on an absolute masterclass in creativity. The first lesson? Outwait your impatience. Kevin’s got a unique perspective on all this, since he interned for Conan a lifetime ago (which is how he met Jose). Jokes are little, fleeting moments, and Jose describes what it’s like to juggle so many potential projects,...

Duration:01:41:56

The Story of Key of Awesome

11/11/2021
Mark Douglas’s pioneering work on Barely Political and Key of Awesome is one of YouTube’s most unique stories -- and Mark’s going through every detail with us. He’s been on a break for a few years now, and that’ll probably stop when he commits himself to being in a jam. Mark’s passions have changed a bit over time, but now Kevin’s going to threaten harm to get Mark’s album done. What could go wrong? Kevin realized the difference between hanging out with funny friends and actual professional...

Duration:01:33:09

William Osman is Done. We Discuss Negative Comments

11/4/2021
William Osman, I'm Done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVCpKfedfok After too many negative comments, TCU alumnus William Osman has announced that he’s had enough. He’s done despite continued success with his content, and he detailed why in a recent 20-minute video. Every large channel has some form of this problem, and Kevin is no stranger to mean comments about his appearance, style, and content. So, what does a creator do when a tiny percentage of people are criticizing them in a way...

Duration:01:52:41

Is Stolen Content Ever a Good Thing?

10/28/2021
It seems obvious that someone stealing your content is a bad thing. After all, they’re getting the views, the revenue, and the subscriptions. Most of the time that’s true. But after Kevin had his Vsauce2 YouTube content ripped and re-uploaded on TikTok, it got more complex. Vsauce3 Jake and several of the Baby Gang alerted Kevin to the theft, and… then there was a surge in YouTube views. The other guy got 17 million views from stolen content, but Kevin’s seeing it as a glass half-full...

Duration:01:18:27

Does Twitch Therapy Exploit Trauma?

10/21/2021
Is it possible to have public therapy chats watched by up to 70,000 people that are actually effective? If so, is that even ethical? And if there’s any harm done, does the overall good outweigh it? Is “Twitch therapy” just self-help information, or is it actual therapy? These are the big questions about what Dr. K does on Twitter. His ‘Healthy Gamer’ brand is designed to offer resources and information via social media platforms in an effort to get everyone living happy, healthy online...

Duration:01:30:48

The Death of YouTube Rewind Means More Than You Think

10/14/2021
YouTube Rewind is officially dead after a near-decade run, and it absolutely felt like giving up in Saigon or Afghanistan. It started slow, exploded, and plummeted faster than... anything else we can think of. It's not common to rise to such heights so quickly and then become the #1 most hated thing on the platform, and it's actually quite a feat. Kevin, a veteran of Rewind himself, has serious thoughts on why this happened and what it means for YouTube's commitment to itself and audiences....

Duration:01:25:35

Thoughts on Norm Macdonald and Cancelling Comedians

10/7/2021
The softest t-shirts ever: https://www.thecreateunknown.com/store/ It might sound simplistic to say that Norm Macdonald was a guy who *loved* jokes, but that actually has pretty deep meaning. Jokes are some of the most complex, intricate, delicate ways we communicate ideas, and Norm Macdonald was one of the best ever. And as legendary as Norm Macdonald was, some people not only don’t get him, but they don’t get humor at all. Seriously. Comedians have a language of joke-telling, and if you...

Duration:01:24:21

Vsauce2 Gets Demonetized

9/30/2021
The softest t-shirts ever: https://www.thecreateunknown.com/store/ We’ve talked to a range of creators about their struggles with demonetization, and we’ve always pointed out how nice it is that educational content is safe. Well… not anymore. Kevin’s latest Vsauce2 video about a very public crime in Britain has been smacked down to the point where AdSense doesn’t even begin to cover the cost of editing. Oh, and the video has been totally throttled. So, what’s actually happening here? But...

Duration:01:18:13

Archspire's Dean Lamb on Fast Guitars and Smelly Vans

9/23/2021
When Dean Lamb auditioned for Archspire, he didn’t feel that he was good enough to play with the band -- it took him weeks of pure practice to get up to match Archspire’s incredible speed that pushes the boundaries of how fast humans can play music. And now Dean is not only an integral part of Archspire’s success, but he’s got a YouTube channel that’s its own standalone enterprise. He knows how to “Stay Tech,” but what he doesn’t know is how to fix a touring van that doesn’t beep incessantly...

Duration:01:53:43

The Kino Corner, or 120 Minutes of Salo

9/16/2021
When we met The Kino Corner, he was just getting started on YouTube -- and in the years since, he’s become one of the go-to experts on YouTube when it comes to evaluating films. Just... not superhero movies. And there are a few reasons for that, including connected films and a larger ecosystem that affects how individual movies are made. Kino isn’t just a film critic. He’s a filmmaker as well. So who does more work, the creator or the critic? Yes, that’s a real question before we get a...

Duration:01:50:27

Eternal Sunshine of Hans Van Harken’s Mind

9/9/2021
It’s official: Hans Van Harken is one of our favorite guests ever, and it isn’t even because he met Pebbles via Newgrounds when they were both teenagers. When drought hit California, Hans saw a blank canvas on which he could paint a movie. That’s when Mutt and Chopps became a reality. Oh, and it’s incredible, from the writing to the makeup to the cinematography and score. But one of the most remarkable elements is how many genres it seems to combine into one unified thing -- including silent...

Duration:01:27:31

Kyle Hill is Serious About Science

9/2/2021
Kyle Hill has a creative track that’s pretty unique -- from graduate study to hosting Mythbusters: The Search, to running Nerdist’s science content for years, and now working on his own project, The Facility. He started in the skeptic community debunking bad science information, and eventually started playing around with Chernobyl and superheroes. But how do you figure out when it’s time to intervene? And when you do, who exactly are you? Are you YOU, or are you a specific persona unique to...

Duration:01:48:45

Marques Brownlee Does Everything. EVERYTHING.

8/26/2021
Marques Brownlee may very well be the top YouTuber of the last decade -- so of course, Kevin wants to distill his life force into a sippable drink. Between well over 1,000 videos, a new Studio channel, a successful podcast, and a YouTube Original series -- oh, and being a professional athlete -- how does he actually do it all? Seriously, does he sleep? It really is important to take care of yourself, and basic things like sleep and food go a long way. And creatives don’t think nearly enough...

Duration:01:25:22

Slimecicle: The Meat in Our Chuckle Sandwich

8/19/2021
Slimecicle is here to complete our Chuckle Sandwich trifecta, and we start with a hard-to-answer “would you rather?” and wise words about love. But he and the CS boys are doing quite well with their podcast, which is pretty rare in a world of supergroup e-projects that almost never seem to last. What are they doing right? What makes it toughest is dealing with the ‘reactionary brain’ of the YouTuber, and that’s even harder now that we’re past the simpler days of ElderTube. We talk about the...

Duration:02:16:03