(mouse clicks) ♪ (dramatic chord) ♪ ♪ (dramatic chord) ♪ ♪ (dramatic chord) ♪ ♪ (children’s music) ♪ – (gasps) YAY!!! – This is “Shoes”! Yes! – “Shoes.” (gasps emotionally) – Oh my gosh.
– Oh my god. (both chuckle)
– I remember this. This is a classic. – (father, monotonously)
Happy birthday, twins. – (boy) A computer! And a car! – Liam Kyle Sullivan, one of
the original YouTube heroes. – What IS Liam doing these days? – (father) …open your presents.
– (chuckles) – (father) Go ahead
and open your presents. ♪ (children’s song
continues in background) ♪ – It’s a big dinosaur! I knew that. – (girl) What the hell? – I feel like I’m supposed
to know who this is. – (mother) What’d you expect? “Con-dams”? – (laughs abruptly) – (mother) What’d you expect? “Con-dams”?
– “Con-dams.” – (laughs)
– (boy) Nice present, Kelly. – (reciting along) “I’m gonna
bitch-slap you, you shit bag.” – (cracks up)
– (mother) Stop fighting. You two are twins.
– This is my comedy inspiration. – (father) Kelly, where are you going?
– Oh, Kelly. – (Kelly) Out. – (mother) Whore. – (father) Kelly, what are you gonna do with your life?
– “With your life.” – (Kelly) I’m going to get what I want.
– Get it, girl. – Here it comes. Oh! – (Kelly) ♪ Shoes ♪
– There you go. – (Kelly) ♪ Shoes ♪ ♪ (repetitive pop beat) ♪
♪ Shoes ♪ – (singing along) ♪ Oh my god ♪
– (Kelly) ♪ Shoes ♪ ♪ Let’s get some shoes ♪ – Oh my god, this is– this is YouTube. – This video was like
my anthem for all of 2007. – This is straight-up O.G.
You know, like O.G. YouTuber. – (Kelly) ♪ Let’s get some shoes ♪
♪ (dramatic echo) ♪ ♪ Shoes ♪
– (snickers) That’s from “Simply
Irresistible,” Robert Palmer. – (Kelly) ♪ These shoes rule ♪ – (singing along) ♪ These shoes suck ♪ – (Kelly) ♪ These shoes rule ♪
– My favorite part. – (Kelly) ♪ These shoes suck! ♪
♪ (harsh chord) ♪ – (singing along) ♪ These shoes rule ♪ ♪ These shoes suck, blblblblblbl ♪ – (Kelly) ♪ Oh my god ♪
– I don’t think I have seen Liam since– we did a Weezer video together in 2008. – (Kelly) ♪ These shoes suck ♪ – Tell us about the next shoes.
– (Kelly) ♪ These shoes suck ♪ ♪ These shoes suck! ♪
♪ (harsh chord) ♪ – Heh.
– (Kelly) ♪ These shoes are $300 ♪ ♪ These shoes are 300 [bleep] dollars ♪
– (chuckles) – (singing along) ♪ Let’s get ’em ♪ ♪ (mellow trance music) ♪ – And that robot costume
belonged to Margaret Cho’s husband. – (woman) ♪ This style runs small ♪ ♪ I don’t think you’re gonna fit ♪ – Ooh, hoo-hoo.
– (woman) ♪ I mean your feet are ♪ ♪ Kinda big ♪
– Rachel nailed that. – (Kelly) ♪ Oh ♪ – And here’s when she loses it.
– (Kelly) ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ Oh, by the way, betch ♪ ♪ [BLEEP] YOU ♪ – (singing along) ♪ [BLEEP] YOU ♪ – (Kelly) ♪ [BLEEP] YOU ♪
– So random. – (Kelly) ♪ [BLEEP] YOU ♪ – I don’t remember this part! – Why are there marshmallows
on hula hoops? – (sighs) That scene was–
it was so fun to shoot. – I love the flame, but nothing
is connected in this video. ♪ (screech) ♪ – (clapping) – I feel so happy. Heh. – Whatch’y’all know about that? Y’all don’t know nothing about some shoes. – What happened to that guy?
I don’t even know. – This is like one of the very
first videos I ever watched, and it changed me as a person. – It’s classic YouTube right there. That– that is what built this platform. – (Finebros) When was
the last time you watched that all the way through? – All the way through… (exhales) years. It’s been years. (laughs) ♪ (dramatic chord) ♪ – (Finebros) Okay, so have
you ever seen this video before? – Oh, have I. – Oh yeah, YouTube classic. – Probably one of the first people to have a really big viral video that had everybody
quoting it all the time. – Liam Kyle Sullivan, he was
a huge inspiration to me and still is to this day.
I mean, he was one of the first– He was one of the first
comedians to use YouTube as the platform in which
to build an audience off of. – That is the first video on YouTube
I think I ever watched. It was exactly what I wanted to do. When I was in high school,
I’d put on dresses and wigs and play characters,
and I thought it was so weird and nobody would like it. And then I saw that, and it
went viral. And he was my hero. – (Finebros) Can you share
with us the story of how you came up with Kelly?
– Well, Kelly, uh… Back in the day, as they say,
I was doing sketch comedy, and then so I had a bunch of characters. Kelly was– she just came out
of me kind of talking to myself. I imagined having braces
and what it would be like to talk with braces on. And I just (as Kelly) was pulling
my face back like this, and that’s how the voice–
“Shut up!”– just came from that. – (Finebros) So this was
made by a YouTuber named Liam Kyle Sullivan.
– Liam. Where are you, Liam? – (Finebros) Since its release
over 10 years ago… – Ugh! “Shoes” is almost a preteen. – (Finebros) It has over 58 million views.
– Oh my god. (giggles) – (Finebros) Why do you think
this was so popular back 10 years ago?
– It’s just super random. It’s stupid and expressive
all at the same time. – There wasn’t really stuff
like it, I feel, back then. – It’s just very Internet before Internet realized what that meant. – The early days of YouTube is when that sort of absurd, disconnected
random kind of humor was coming out, and “Shoes”
was just the nucleus of that. – (Finebros) So what was it like
when this video become one of the biggest things
on the Internet at the time? – It was bizarre. It freaked me out, because I didn’t know what
YouTube was. I really– I had no clue. “Shoes” was all over.
“Muffins” was all over too. And it was like,
“Oh, okay. There it all is.” Like, it was a different,
totally– it was different. – (Finebros) This video was named
of the best videos of all time by Time magazine.
– It was?? When? – (Finebros) It was part
of their top 50 in 2010. – (chortles) – (Finebros) Liam won a People’s
Choice Award even way back then for the best web video of the year.
– I know, because I was nominated for that People’s Choice Award, and that’s why I’m still just a nominee. – (Finebros) How big of a deal
is it that someone crossed over a little bit
that many years ago? – That’s a huge deal. – Oh, that’s big.
– He was probably one of the first to do that. And people are still
trying to do that today. – He really pioneered the whole concept of becoming a viral star in a way. – To see somebody do something
online and then be on TV, that was like the dream. – He was one of the first people to kind of show that it was possible, that someone could create
something online and still have the potential to create some
dope shit off of YouTube too. – I feel like our space
has had these waves of traditional being kind of intrigued then be like, nah, nah, nah. They’ve transitioned in,
I think, the right way of supporting the actual creator
a little bit more in ways. And now I think it’s
a little more undeniable. – (Finebros) In today’s world,
it’s not as uncommon for online crossovers to happen. But how do you think people
viewed internet stars in 2007, when they still sometimes
don’t view them perfectly now? – I almost feel like they were
viewed a little bit better. They were like, “Oh, YouTube,
that site where you watch people be funny and make a little skit.” – I feel like back then if you
were popular on the internet, you were just popular on the internet. Now if you’re a YouTuber
and go into a mall, it’s kinda like… “Wait, you did that weird video.” – Traditional media is still
trying to treat online stars as like, “Oh, you’re welcome
that we put you in our feature.” – There’s real actual comedy
that exists on YouTube. And people like Liam at the time, I think, were challenging
traditional comedians. – In 2007, the Internet
still got no respect. I could go to a major agency
in L.A. in 2007 and say, “Hey look, I have big
numbers on the Internet.” And they’d go, “Well,
where are your TV credits?” – I think then, it was like, “What is it?” But now people are like,
“Oh no, here’s a pile of cash.” (chuckles) “Please.”
(chuckles) “Make stuff for us.” – (Finebros) So despite the success
of “Shoes,” a few years ago, Liam stopped posting content to YouTube. What do you think about that?
– Oh, he can do what he wants. If it doesn’t bring him
joy anymore, why do it? – Maybe it’s like a Harper Lee thing,
you know what I mean? You’re so popular, and then
you don’t want to fail, so you just stop. – I think he probably wanted
to keep making that kind of stuff, and YouTube wasn’t taking
that kind of stuff anymore. – Maybe the success that we see wasn’t actually bringing in enough
for him to be sustainable. Who knows? Or maybe he just lost passion. – It’s just changed so much. It lost its excitement of new and fresh and contributing something
that hadn’t been done. – It was wrong for him to stop,
because I think he is so talented he could’ve just evolved
it into something else. Kelly could come back
and be a Miranda Sings. And everybody would collab with Kelly,
’cause we all love Kelly. (imploring) Kelly, come back! – I almost feel like
interviewing him or just talking. Hopefully you have him reacting to this. – When I was looking at all
the stuff that YouTube provides, like you can look at who’s watching
and when they stop watching. And with that in my head, I became like, um… like an executive, thinking
business rather than creative. I could never really get back
to that kind of like, “All right, guys. We’re gonna
make a video! Isn’t this cool?” It was all– it became
much more of a business. – (Finebros) With some people,
there’s like a mystique around what you’ve been doing
since you’ve stopped posting. – Oh really? Well, I have a family. I have a daughter. She’s three.
She just turned three. I worked on MyMusic.
I work for Defy Media. I’m doing some acting.
I’m doing some stand-up. Just to keep something
going creative in myself. – (Finebros) So do you think that Liam should come back to YouTube? – Everybody should come back to YouTube. – I know a lot of people miss him,
and I know that the Internet is waiting with open arms for his return. – Yes! Can we start a petition?
Liam, come back to YouTube. – Why not come back
to where you came from, bro, and help us create more good content? – This is my official plea to you.
Please come back to YouTube. Play with characters. Inspire me. – Liam, if you’re watching this,
please come back. (getting excited) Oh my god. Oh my god. Me and Kelly, and we could
do some kind of video together. And then, oh my god,
me and Kelly could make out. ♪ (love ballad music) ♪
And then, oh my god, me and Kelly could make sweet love. – (Finebros) So last
question about “Shoes.” In terms of the history of web video, what do you think
the legacy of “Shoes” is? – I mean, it’s one of
the biggest YouTube videos I could remember from that time. – If I go up to anyone around
my age and go, “Shoes,” they’ll go, “Yeah.” – I think of Liam
and that video as an era, as a good representative of that era. – I think “Shoes” is gonna be forever in the time capsule of YouTube. – He was doing high-brow stupidity. And now people eat
baby food out of diapers. Liam, the Internet needs you. – I don’t think he is
capable of being aware of how much of an impact he has made, because that video has
inspired me, my friends. I know it’s inspired a lot
of other YouTubers. – (Finebros) So the YouTubers
in this episode talked about this video as being one of the most important
in YouTube history. And some specifically even mentioned
how you inspired them to do what they do on YouTube.
– I mean, that’s incredible. Ah, wow. That’s amazing.
That’s… that’s incredible. I remember meeting Bruce McCulloch
from Kids in the Hall. It was guys like that that inspired me. To think that, I don’t know,
people might think that about me is very… um… It’s nice. It’s really nice. Heh-heh. – Thanks for watching this episode
of YouTubers React, betch. – Let us know in the comments below what other YouTube viral video
we should react to next. – Subscribe to this betch and this betch and this betch over here. – (both blow kisses) ♪ Goodbyyyye! ♪ ♪ (end music) ♪