Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wilbur Sargunaraj

I just dont get him. I don't know what people see in his youtube videos. I sort of see a poor man's Borat but don't really find it hilarious. I tried my best to like him because he looks likeable and really looks like a nice guy. However, I actually could not see even a single video till the end and simply clicked on to the next video and so on until I gave up. So don't get what the fuss is all about.

24 comments:

Dilip Muralidaran said...

Originality, period.

Hawkeye said...

agreed. but thats a low bar. many uninteresting things are 100% original

Gradwolf said...

He is not consistent. I think two or three videos were great, original like Dilip says and after that he's been trying too hard. And that is true for a lot of humorists!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you 100%. My classmates are all posting his videos on their Facebook accounts and hailing like he's some super comedy party. Highly unwanted.

The so called humour to me appears crass.

Pipa said...

me neither -- some generation gap must be.

Plus ABCDs are fans too, so ...

Anonymous said...

annoyingly boring...

Extra-Ordinarily Ordinary said...

No - I think he engaged in some kind of Viral marketing and succeeded. I tried to see one video of his where he does something in Cricket costume - mudila, oru alavukku mele!

aditi said...

Right-O.I was under peer pressure to like him.This has given me courage to openly say he sucks.

Alan Smithee said...

Trend ba trend...

Anbudan said...

Have you seen the video's of Sam Anderson?

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sam+anderson&aq=f

kaipullai said...

/I sort of see a poor man's Borat /

I haven't seen Borat yet. But if you consider people who act funny unknowingly I find karadi king TR's interviews unmatchable. Maybe because TR doesn't have to "act" unlike Wilbur who has to act it out and sometimes it seems as though Wilbur has to force it upon himself and his dialogues, the body language, dialogue delivery just doesn't seem to fit.

glass said...

Hey. Check out this guy named Nalanish instead, he actually seems pretty funny. His videos are pretty enternating.

Anonymous said...

One word comes to mind. Retarded...

-G.

Rangan Kandaswamy said...

Please watch Mummy Daddy 10 times, you will get it.

Dr.Dheep said...

he is so uninhibited. any1 seen the vids where he tries to teach whites to dance punjabi dances?

aparna said...

Cannot agree with you more and When you have people around who adore him, its even worse.

Vi said...

He is just a common man; I see you and me in his videos. I think his aim is to make music and dance reach all the people. Not that he wants every1 to become MJ or Prabhu deva but people to shred their inhibitions and relax. You can see in one video “Video Story “he has casted local women in his video, those people wouldn’t have danced or heard western music, cos all their life they didn’t have the luxury of electricity in their houses. You can see those women smiling and dancing 100% genuinely, its priceless man. Lots of people including me like that genuineity. Its not some perfectly choreographed dance video with bikini clad girls (Wilbur could have done that if he wanted). If my mom dances she will dance like those women in that video. Don’t see his videos with your intellectual brain looking for something extra ordinary. Just chill and relax.

yash said...

i agree

Anonymous said...

What I find likeable in him is some mild comedy with useful information and most importantly without hurting others. Tamil comedy has hit new low from the times of koundamani were only thing tamilians seem to find funny is bad mouthing others and hitting others. In that process almost all tamil comedy nowadays hurt the meek and the down trodden. That is sick and Wilbur is a welcome change to the this trend

Anonymous said...

Wilbur is unique. He has even made contributions for African children. He is what he is and has no qualms about that. Have you watched him on the drums.... certainly his talent is multifaceted and there is more to him than what meets the eye.

Anonymous said...

guys this guy has a higher purpose behind these vidoes and stuff. he does a lot of humanitarian work and he is doing a good job.

Elendil said...

I find the term 'poor man's Borat' offensive to say the least. To describe him thus is to rhetorically assert the superiority of Western cultural production over non-Western. Additionally it connotes some kind of class difference, implicitly equating Indians with intellectual and creative poverty.

Besides, while a comparison between the two is not unjustified, I feel there are considerable differences between the methods of the two comedians.

While some of their comic techniques bear comparison, such as their general tendency to make fools of themselves, Sacha Baron Cohen is a more self-aware comedian, a satirist who is clearly playing a role, (as is evident in the fact that he has other comic alteregos). While there has been some debate regarding the authenticity of the Wilbur Sargunaraj persona, compounded by the fact that he aggressively viral-markets his product, thereby undermining any possibility of his being entirely naieve, I still feel he is being, in some way, more genuine than Cohen in the Borat role. I cannot eulogize his 'genuineness' as unrestrainedly as Vi has, and I agree to some extent with what Kaipullai has said -- he is certainly not unintentionally funny. In his exaggerated use of cultural iconography, for instance his 'first class' seal of guarantee, and the over-the-top typography and sound effects that underline comic moments, I detect a hint of iconoclasm, an awareness of the ridicule he is likely to engender in the eyes of the primarily middle or upper-class Youtube audience. He is perhaps mocking the poor production standards of indigenous television, while cleverly using its comic potential to create a fan base. There is clearly an intelligence at work here -- he is a clown who is using his own foolish antics to his advantage.

At the same time, I do not feel he is putting on a persona to the same extent as Sacha Baron Cohen. I see him as inhabiting an ambiguous middle-ground between self-consciousness and genuine buffoonery.

I find this equivocity troubling. He himself points out in one of his videos (the one on blogging) that we laugh at his videos but we don't know why. As one website astutely asks, is the joke on us?

Anonymous said...

Wilbur totally rocks!
I completely disagree that he sucks!
Go Wilbur!!!

Gerry. said...

Hi Hawkeye,

I am an MBA student in Canada, originally from India. I guess we find it boring because he is from India and we are used to the culture. But for outsiders, this is hilarious stuff. I find it entertaining. Do not look for logic. Just have fun :)

Gerry.