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Kurtis Conner Is Keeping the Internet Goofy

Through his unique content and charm, Kurtis Conner has become one of the internet's most beloved people, and you'll be happy to know he's just as goofy behind the camera.

Photography: Lucy Jones

The internet comedian, Kurtis Conner, made a stop in Downtown Columbus for his ongoing Kurtis Conner Live! Tour. He was accompanied by his best friends and fellow Canadian comedians, Jacob Sharpe and Dean Hebscher. But before we dive into the incredible mind of Kurtis Conner, a bit of background in case you’ve been under a rock for the past 9 years.

Kurtis’s social media presence started gaining traction in 2014 when he joined the 6-second video platform Vine. By the time Vine shut down in 2017, Kurtis had amassed more than 350,000 followers. That same year, Kurtis’s YouTube channel really started to grow. It features a collection of hilarious commentary videos on a range of bad movies, cringy internet trends, and personas, and putting himself through entertaining “experiments." Like the time he became a magician, mastered the Fushigi, or achieved a world record speed run in an obscure golf video game. His goofy personality and often absurdist humor has drawn in over 4.12M subscribers and over half a billion views for his channel since he first started uploading videos in 2014. If you have ever seen any of Kurtis’s videos or listened to his "Very Really Good" podcast, it’s obvious why so many people consume and genuinely love his content; his perfectly timed jokes and comical skits leave you with the best kind of sore ribs from laughing too much. If you have been one of the few living on a rock lately, might I suggest watching The Frightening World of AI Generated Content. It’s a personal favorite of mine and it demonstrates the care and obvious dedication Kurtis puts into his content – also, it’s just hilarious.

But enough about that, let’s get to the part you actually care about.

Photography: Lucy Jones

You started your public-facing career on Vine, do you ever get frustrated if people only recognize you from those 6-second videos?

Kurtis: I feel like there was a brief time where I was like, I'm doing so much more than that, which is like a stupid ego thing, I guess. But it makes me happy now when people are like, I used to watch you on Vine, but they don't watch any of my shit now. I love that. I feel like I like that more because they just didn't care about whatever I am doing now, but they just liked me at that time of the Internet. I look at Vine with a lot of nostalgia and a lot of good memories. So, it's cool when people bring it up, I like it.