Silence please! We’re about to begin the meeting of the fangirls and discuss the most important business of all. Hey! Harry Potter fangirls, stop casting spells and listen! Thank you.
In the name of all the fandoms the internet is consumed by — Sherlock, Dr. Who, Lord of the Rings, the list could go on forever — we’re here to honor our leader of the pack, the animating wizard with the golden imagination, Ms. Leigh Lahav (Only Leigh) as our #WCW.
An animator and comedian based in Jerusalem, Leigh has racked up over 16 million views to her channel and just celebrated reaching over 100,000 subscribers — she’s now at 170,000 subs! — with a personal video to her fans, many of those being the men and women that comprise YouTubeNation.
Leigh’s channel has a little something for everyone whether it be the diehard fangirls, the imaginative dreamer, the aspiring animator, or the obsessive pop culture fanatic. It was when she came out with “Sherlock Spoiled Everything,” I knew I was destined to not only be a fan of hers, but to be a major fangirl of hers, to boot. Because lets be honest, an animator with this cheeky a sense of humor is not easy to find.
In the past year, Leigh has brought to life the triumphs and tragedies of our favorite shows and the fangirls who can’t seem to get enough of them. In her videos such as “Night of the Raging Fangirls,” and “A Very Fangirl Christmas,” Leigh not only makes a space for fangirls to gather, but makes the rest of us want to fangirl too! As Leigh so beautifully puts it, on her channel, “Everything is here and too colorful and shiny to stand.”
Her videos such as “Mean Elves,” a hilarious mashup of Mean Girls and Lord of the Rings and most recently, “Frozen is the New Black,” have gained acclaim from every magazine and blog under the sun from Huffington Post to Time to WIRED.
I always knew that Leigh’s channel was something special, and for me, her channel has become a place where I can indulge and tease the shows I both love and hate. Her parody of “The Trial of Tyrion Lannister”? Classic. Her take on Gravity? Even George Clooney would be proud.
In the past 12 months, Leigh has wowed her viewers and expanded our expectations for cartoon sketches on YouTube. Her videos are witty, provocative, and just when you think it’s about to end, she gets you with one last joke about Sherlock and Watson being a couple, and there you go, laughing once again.
Leigh, it’s truly an honor to name you our #WCW, and when you move to Los Angeles this fall, can we make a pact that we will be the first one you call?
Carly Lanning is a YouTube Nation curator, and to the commenter who is so concerned, no, her eyebrows are not falling off her face. But thank you for your concern.