Welcome to The Christopher Bingham Comedy Initiative. This inaugural episode collects several of the most recent sketches, including How To Build Hype (extended), Pound of Flesh, And Bing Was His Name, and unseen material including voice acting audition tapes, and a messy Snapchat meltdown…
Watch all 21 minutes of The Comeback here:
The Comedy Initiative is a sketch show that collects recent videos from my channel as a long-form show. I’ll be posting a few excerpts and bonus clips for a couple of weeks to promote this one, then the process will start again. New sketches starting next month and running through new year 2017 will eventually mighty morph and roll out into a second episode.
In the wake of the 2016 US election there has been a constant stream of reactions from bloggers, YouTubers, and influencers. President Elect Donald Trump, at times, seemed intent on upsetting as many people as possible on his campaign, and his victory has come as a huge surprise to a lot of Hillary supporters. I wanted to avoid a lot of the rhetoric I’ve seen from fellow video bloggers, mostly anti-Trump, whose post-election uploads have been fairly predictable: dissections of how the result was made possible; rallying calls to arms; or heartfelt appeals to humanity and understanding. I wanted to talk more about our reactions as individuals, particularly for those feeling disenfranchised and unsatisfied.
Watch my video, Doubling Down on Selfishness here:
This video, of course, is not to be taken too literally or seriously. The latter section is deliberately extreme for comic effect. However, it holds a certain amount of truth for me, as I’m sure it does for many of you. For most of this year one of the questions that has weighed most heavily on my mind is ‘how do I remain steadfast and personally driven in the face of realities that seem unfair?’ (It’s something I touched upon in this video as well.) In the face of unexpected and upsetting situations, it’s a very natural response to allow a little more selfishness into your life. When the world seems hostile and the future is unknowable, control over the material can be comforting.
But for me, ‘doing you’ is more than just acquiring money. In times of uncertainty I turn to the things I have definite control over: my diet, care of my body, what I’m reading, what I’m watching, what activities I choose in my spare time. If the world outside is letting me down, at least I know I’m still growing, and learning, and becoming better.
Unfortunately too much selfishness can lead to political apathy, as some of you were quick to point out in the comments. I also speak from a position of great privilege, as others were also quick to point out. This video is by no means a comprehensive lifestyle guide, nor is it solely about the US election, but an expression of something I’ve been thinking about for a while. If you are experiencing a crisis of faith or anger at the way of the world, a little selfishness may go a long way to healing you. Once healed, you might find your capacity for activism, understanding, and hope are back to normal.
Granted early access to Google’s new ‘Apple killer’ smart phone, the Pixel, YouTuber Christopher Bingham was keen to unbox the new tech in a video. One feature in particular caught his attention…
Bing has been unusually quiet on social media following the upload of the video. His Snapchat (slomozovo) appears to have been hacked, and his Instagram and Facebook pages have uploaded cryptic videos like this:
Nothing at all like Drake’s record-breaking album Views, this is a YouTube video called Responding to Hate Comments with Comment Dog. It features the all new original character Comment Dog, a cute pug dog who reads comments. Watch it in rapturous silence for 12 minutes and 46 seconds:
The video was announced on Instagram and Facebook with bite-sized edits of Comment Dog, for the busy professional on the go.
So this month I started working on a project called The Christopher Bingham Comedy Initiative, a new sketch comedy series on my main YouTube channel. The series will premiere as short individual videos which will later be collected and adapted into a longer ‘episode’.
Today I uploaded a new channel trailer to YouTube.
I also made shorter, funnier trailers on my new social media pages: