A satirical sketch which parodies the student gap year has been named as one of the online hits of 2010 according to the annual YouTube list of most popular videos.
â€˜Gap Yahâ€™, which showed Orlando calling his friend Tarquin about his life-enhancing trip around the world, was named top UK comedy video of 2010.
As Orlando describes several of his experiencesÂ in Peru, Tanzania and Burma each story results in him vomitingâ€”or ‘chundering’â€”everywhere.
Scroll down to watch the ‘Gap Yah’ video
A spoof of British upper-middle-class public school students, the video spawned a musical remix and T-shirts, with â€˜gap yahâ€™ becoming an instant catchphraseâ€™
It was created by theatre group The Unexpected Items, and Matt Lacey, the actor that played Orlando, said: â€˜It’s a satire on the great number of people who seem to be leaving these shores to vomit all over the developing world.’
The most watched YouTube video worldwide was the dramatic TV interview given by 24-year-old Alabama student Antoine Dodson in the U.S.
Cher Lloydâ€™s X Factor audition was the most viewed talent show clip in Britain while Justin Bieberâ€™s promotional video for the single â€˜Babyâ€™ was the single most viewed clip in the UK in 2010.
This year, more than 13 million hours of video — approximately 1,500 years worth of viewing — were uploaded to YouTube and more than 700 billion videos were viewed via the site.
A song based on Antoine Dodson’s furious TV interview became the internet’s most viewed video in 2010
When Dodson gave an angry TV interview about an attempted rape against his younger sister he became a viral hit. When a video turned that rant into an auto-tuned song, ‘Bed Intruder Song,’ he became a full-fledged internet sensation.
Top 10 videos worldwide
The ‘Bed Intruder Song’ is the top YouTube video of the year. YouTube added the view counts for two versions of the video, which put its total at over 61 million views.
YouTube separated commercial music videos from their top-10 list. Otherwise, all the top 10 videos would have been by either Justin Bieber, Shakira, Eminem, Rihanna or Lady Gaga.
With more than 406 million views, Bieber’s video for ‘Baby’ trumped all others.
The ‘Bed Intruder’ video was remixed by New York musicians Evan and Michael Gregory who are also known for their Web series ‘Auto-Tune the News.’ The song charted on iTunes, with profits being split between Dodson and the Gregorys.
The second most-watched video was another made-for-YouTube riff: a parody of Ke$ha’s ‘Tik Tok’ by the musical sketch Web series Key of Awesome. More than 50.6 million have watched the mock version of the popular pop song.
In the third most-watched video, a potential new pop star was born. In it, 13-year-old Greyson Chance (who has been compared to Bieber) sings Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi’ while playing piano at a sixth-grade music recital.
The top 10 also included: a video from the ‘Annoying Orange’ series; a viral ad from Old Spice; the hysterically happy ‘double rainbow’ guy; OK Go’s video to ‘This Too Shall Pass’; the trailer for the ‘Twilight’ film ‘Eclipse’; Jimmy Kimmel surprising a 3-year-old Bieber fan with the young star; and a stunt driving video by rally racer Ken Block.
YouTube said it made an exception in its rankings for OK Go’s music video because the band is no longer on a major label. In March, the band left EMI’s Capitol Records to start Paracadute Recordings.
Mia Quagliarello, YouTube community manager, noted that several of 2010’s top videos were made by people or companies that attempt to create YouTube videos for a living. YouTube shares advertising revenue with uploaders who are ‘partners.’
Many of the so-called amateurs that helped build YouTube have gone pro.
‘More and more people are seeing YouTube as a place they can make it their career,’ said Quagliarello. ‘We try to give them the tools and the financials to make that