Funny Video: Have Glass, Will Squash. Remi Gaillard the prankster

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Mario Kart a la Remi Gaillard

Not heard of Rémi Gaillard? If so, the chances are that is because you still only believe in mainstream media (MSM), i.e. you watch television, read newspapers and surf only the established sources on line.

Rémi happens to be the most watched humorist in the world — and that is ONLY on line. A comedian-hooligan-prankster from Montpellier, France, Rémi is a rampantly anti-mainstream media comedian.   But, he definitely has the internet working for him.

You can see more from the collection of videos on his (PageRank 6, Alexa ranking 1665).  If his URL is in French, you certainly don’t need to understand French to understand these videos and his site is multilingual.   His slogan: it’s by doing just about anything, that you can become just about anyone.   And, over the course of the last 10 years, he has become quite the celebrity in so doing. His videos have amassed a collective 745 million views so far (and counting).   ANY media company would positively salivate at having so much.   However, he does not have any MSM deals…

For squash lovers (thanks Ash!), you might enjoy this silly video from Rémi. Overlooking his squash talents, he brings a new dimension to thinking inside the box.

This little video has 2.7 million views as of this day. Another fact about Rémi: his Facebook page was launched by a friend as a prank in January 2010, with the prompt: If I get a million fans, I will present myself as a candidate for the 2012 Presidential elections in France (a tip of the hat to the famed French comedian Colluche). As of today, the FB page has over 2.2 million fans.  He has stated his only purpose will be to encourage people to vote and that he will not enter into politics… but the temptation is there!  His YouTube Channel is well subscribed as well with 368K subs.  A sign that Twitter is still slow in France, he has less than 1000 followers on Twitter @nqtv.

The moral of the story is that humor and video go very well together on the internet.  How he turns that into a living is not too hard to imagine (read: LG deal).  How he turns himself into a mega-billionaire (if that is what he aspires to) is a bigger challenge as it will require talking with some of the institutional folk he has so overtly shrugged off.

What’s your favorite Gaillard prank?

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  2. Linn Gossack

    Early on, there were only comic books and video tapes that people brooded over to have a good laugh, but today there are so many websites available for the same. These websites are filled with funny crazy pictures, funny video clips and allow the user to surf through and watch any video they wish to. They can either watch the top rated ones or specify a search keyword and look for that one particular video. However, building a funny video website is not as easy as it seems. If an individual wants to create a website, they need to go through a rigorous process. And so, you can imagine the amount of details involved for a company to launch a website. Their main content would be based on humor and interactive flash games only.^,

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