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Why young viewers are abandoning traditional TV when it comes to humorous content.

 

This article titled “German audiences look to YouTube stars for comedy fix” was written by Philip Oltermann in Berlin, for theguardian.com on Sunday 13th April 2014 14.41 UTC

Philipp Laude and his neighbour Matthias Roll were 15 years old when they made their first YouTube clip: a shaky parody of the scene in Cast Away where Tom Hanks starts talking to a volleyball, which descends into an absurdly drawn-out water pistol fight.

Something clicked, and so did more than 6,000 users: “We suddenly realised: that’s half of the population of our hometown,” said Laude.

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