YouTube Stars on YouTube's 5th Anniversary

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Five years ago this week, the first video was uploaded to a new online video sharing site called YouTube. It was grainy, slow-paced, and featured elephants: hardly the sort of thing you'd forward to one's coworkers.

Featuring YouTube co-founder Jawad Karim, it was soon joined by millions more video clips: some of them polished, controversial, mundane, irritating and laugh-out-loud funny.

Today, in honor of YouTube's anniversary, we talk with two ordinarly people who found international fame thanks to YouTube.

Since posting the video for his song "Chocolate Rain," Tay Zonday has appeared on TV, in other artists' music videos and, most recently, in an ad alongside Beyonce.

And Greg Breinberg is the director of the PS22 Chorus in Staten Island. Thanks to YouTube (and Perez Hilton, who re-posted some of his early videos), Breinberg may be the most famous elementary school music teacher in America.

Guests:

Greg Breinberg and Tay Zonday

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [7]

Ellen Marsh from Prince Rupert, Canada

My favorite youtube video of all time would be:

I'm Yours(ukulele)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErMWX--UJZ4

A talented 4 or 5 year old Japanese boy covers this tune on his ukelele.

Apr. 23 2010 01:55 PM
Ellen Marsh from Prince Rupert, Canada

My favorite youtube video of all time would be:

I'm Yours(ukulele)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErMWX--UJZ4

A talented 4 or 5 year old Japanese boy covers this tune on his ukelele.

Apr. 23 2010 01:49 PM
annie

Extreme Sheep Herding. I believe this was created for a commercial, but I still think it's pretty wacky, fascinating and just plain funny!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2FX9rviEhw

Apr. 23 2010 11:15 AM
Wendy Kessler from Briarcliff MAnor NY

This very talented musician totally made my day...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErMWX--UJZ4&feature=related

Apr. 22 2010 09:28 AM
Joan from Jersey City, NJ

What about Trololo!?!?!? (the original version) It even has an app based upon it for iPhone!

Apr. 22 2010 08:59 AM
Ryan

Chocoollatteeee Rainnnnnnnnn =D

Cool interview :}

www.youtube.com/itsquitesimple

Apr. 22 2010 08:18 AM
Peter from Hudson, New Hampshire

My favourite video is a parody of Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" called "Granite State of Mind" which is about my home State. It includes an amazing rap of Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX7nQrCgALM

Apr. 22 2010 07:35 AM

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