Nathan Zed Is The YouTuber Who Is Socially Conscious AND Hilarious

27 January 2016, 16:57 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

Nathan Zed
Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

When you're not problematic at all. You're just actually funny.

We can't get enough of the YouTube community's talented, often under-appreciated, creators of colour so we're continuing with our weekly series highlighting the best and the brightest. Last week we got very excited about the awesome talent of African American, vlogger, Kat Blaque and her incredible social voice. This week, Nathan Zedd, a YouTuber who is actually funny (unlike so many others), is majorly catching our eye. 

Meet Nathan

He is an 18 year old creator killing the social commentary game. Like many YouTubers, Nathan also has a pretty large Vine following. He has nearly 700,000 followers on Vine and has been vlogging as TheThirdPew since 2011. His YouTube following is 400,000 subscribers strong and translates to similarly healthy Twitter and Instagram numbers. 

But, why do we love Nathan? His irreverent commentary on internet trends and social issues manage to keep viewers very entertained while introducing them to different world views.

Nathan's specialty is common sense. He doesn't come up with elaborate sketches or insane pranks. Nathan's voice is hilarious, succinct, and very insightful. 

Like when he eviscerated the "pranking" trend on YouTube. 

When he advocated for women of all ages to feel positive about themselves.

And when he told the truth about celebrities.

Nathan is clearly great at speaking his mind and isn't afraid to turn a tense topic into a humorous one.

His rebuttal to Nash Grier's "WHAT GUYS LOOK FOR IN GIRLS" video is one of his most watched videos and it's obvious why. Without being nasty or horrible to Grier, Nathan destroys everything said in the original video, point by point, and with the type of rationale that makes you need a seat afterward. Not to mention the fact that Nathan is also an ace at twitter and Instagram. 


A video posted by Nathan Zed (@nathanzed) onJan 8, 2016 at 1:30pm PST

Nathan goes against the grain of so many YouTube "comedians" who purposefully try to offend, degrade, and shock audiences into viewing their material. The 18 year old has built a real audience of genuine fans and supporters who like and respect his content. He understands the platform better than people who have been doing it twice as long as he has and it's definitely paying off.

And, of course, real definitely recognizes real.


A photo posted by Nathan Zed (@nathanzed) onJul 25, 2015 at 5:06pm PDT