Yes, we know. It’s been over a month and the journal has just gone in one giant circle right back to the Big Apple! But this time it’s in new hands – Todd Womack’s to be precise, although he is perhaps better known as Wombatron to the YouTube community and one of the comic gurus behind the hugely successful channel Barely Political.
Created in June 2007, Barely Political is dedicated to producing politically-themed viral music videos and parodies. Their I Got a Crush…on Obama video has been viewed over 20 million times and has been nominated for a YouTube award.
Originally from Texas, Todd joined the New York based team in 2010 as a writer and performer for the channel’s Key of Awesome series. Since its creation, Barely Political has been viewed over 1.3 billion times and Key of Awesome videos alone over 600 million times.
With his versatile shaven head and impressively high voice – which make his Voldemort impressions so eerily convincing – Todd has a wide comic repertoire that includes everyone from British bad boy Russell Brand to a white mouse called Dale.
You can also find clips from his stand-up comedy routines showcased on his own YouTube channel. He was a finalist in Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots Contest and has performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts/HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – the largest performing arts festival in the world.
During a particularly funny show, he compares dating women to watching a film with a friend who isn’t following the plot – the two scenarios are more similar than you might think!
In his latest video, which features an interview with eminent CERN particle phycisist Mike Tutts about the recent Higgs Boson discovery, Todd shows he is not daunted by more serious, complex subject matters. Although, by his own admission: “I am no particle physicist – I’m a particle comedian!”
ML. The trip of your dreams.
T. I’d really love to go to Antarctica. It’s truly the last frontier and I’ve heard it’s the weirdest and coolest place on earth (literally!)
ML. Is there something that you’ve never done that you would like to try for the first time?
T. I’d really like to try riding a bicycle off one of those huge jumps that lands in a lake. I see someone’s GoPro series of people doing that and I think it would be awesome, provided that you don’t land on the bike.
ML. What do you think you’d be able to share and teach?
T. I’m pretty good at stand-up comedy, and most people want to try it. I’d love to help the right person out who wants to try it!