*This list was updated on 18/07/2019 and now includes new entries which made it onto my personal Top 10 list.
Before we actually start the list I’ll give you a quick introduction to Jon Jafari, better known online as JonTron. He is an American internet personality who reviews video games, movies and television shows on his YouTube channel. More recently he has transitioned into what he described in a recent video as “stuff that’s new and fresh and funny”. So while his content is changing, it’s just evidence that he and his team are growing and developing, which can only be a good thing. JonTron started Normal Boots back in late 2010 alongside Austin Hargrave (also known as PeanutButterGamer) as a platform where they could upload their content. The site closed in 2012 when Google’s AdSense program offered a better alternative. It was relaunched with additional content in January 2014. JonTron continued to be involved until May 18th 2017 when it was announced that he would no longer be an active member of Normal Boots but would remain a founding member. JonTron also co-founded popular Let’s Play channel Game Grumps, which he hosted alongside Arin Hanson (also known as Egoraptor) from July 18th 2012 until he left in June 25th 2013, in fact I also made top 10’s for JonTron’s time on the show, both one offs and extended playthroughs which you can check out by clicking here and here.
1. Waterproofing My Life With FLEX TAPE
The famous flextape episode, so well received it got a sequel. This is a holdover from the previous version of this list, it even kept it’s top spot on the list as well. When coming up with the order of this list I thought long and hard about this one but when it comes to comedy I look for three things, quotability, genuine laughter and rewatchability and this episode has all those three in bucket loads. It also has some of the best JonTron reactions in recent memory, and since it came right before a hiatus I tend to go back to it quite a lot.
2. The Weird World of PSAs
I love this episode, I mean in broad strokes it’s just him watching clips and talking about them but it’s just so honest and funny, and I could watch this a hundred times. Personal favourites are the Frying pan clip, whose more dead? and Marijuana Does Not Make You Attractive.
3. Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Skull Vodka
JonTron is funny, he can make comedy out of anything so it’s a golden opportunity when he has something as bizarre as Dan Aykroyd’s advert for the Crystal Skull Vodka to riff about. Honestly JonTron has been changing a lot lately and in my opinion he’s only getting better. He blends critique with sketch comedy and tight writing to produce a hilarious video like this one.
4. California Games
I don’t know why I liked this video so much, objectively their are probably “better” videos on his channel but for some reason I really like this one, for a start it has the origin of the word ‘swood’ which as we all know has changed the course of human history, it’s also the only video to date which features a shark, with or without a top hat. So yeah I’m more than a little partial to this video, whether I’m actively watching or just have on in the background.
Titenic is a really great episode, JonTron’s comedy tends to come from his reactions, usually a game is either so difficult or baffling it sends him off on a rant, and Titenic doesn’t let you down. The video opens to a strong narrative before Jon also actually sits down to play the game, which I enjoyed. Finally it spawned this song, which I am unashamed to say is on my Spotify playlist and I listen to regularly.
6. Disney Bootlegs
Other than the terrifying Bootleg Zazu, this is a brilliant episode. A whole lot of puppets, but considering it’s Disney that kind of makes sense. I especially liked The Great Bootleg. Anyway this video, as I said is great, granted Simba commits suicide but it’s funny, plus we get to see JonTron dress up as a pretty Disney princess.
7. Flex Tape II: The Flexening
So I mentioned up top that Jon’s Flex Tape video garnered a sequel, and this is it. This one features a fancy new intro and logo, and actually has Phil Swift from the original Flex Tape adverts. I enjoyed the 7 minute logo intro to the actual video that was essentially a gag about the booming popularity of the first video.
8. Food Games 1/2
A strong holdover from the previous version of this list, technically two videos, but I figured I could bundle them together as they are meant to be watched together. Food Games is funny, and is truly JonTron as his best, even though he’s essentially just showing us some branded games from industry titans like Burger King and Captain Crunch while eating a lot of McDonald’s. A personal highlight of the video is the entire scene between him and his…food slave? Grimbo who bears a near copyright level of similarity to Gollum from Lord of the Rings.
9. Soulja Boy Makes A Video Game Console
This earned it’s spot on the list for several reasons but primarily the musical sequence at the end. I’ve said earlier in the list that Jon is funny, and you see it here, he just rants essentially about Soulja Boy’s scam and makes it worth watching because of his reactions and commentary.
10. BUYING DUMB THINGS ONLINE
Man I wish I had the money to blow on a giant Gnome, envy aside this is a good episode, no one can ever say Jon does things by half. This is an exceptionally well produced episode, that has a whole gallery segment and a parody of ‘You are not Alone’ and most importantly R. Kelly owns the rights to it.
So those were my Top 10 favourite JonTron Videos and if you want to check out his channel and find your own favourites then head on over this his YouTube, and make sure and follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates from JonTron.
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