SpamNapkin has been a pooper for almost five years now, still churning out videos to this day. In this interview, I question SpamNapkin about how he got introduced to YTP, what he has to say about how it evolved, along with other related matters.
You have been making poops for quite some time now. How did you first get introduced to them?
It's a pretty long story, actually. Back in the early days of YouTube, summer 2006 to be exact, I stumbled upon a short 30 second mashup of a Beavis and Butt-Head episode by one "AdmiralDelmore". It was remarkably similar to an early YouTube Poop but I still have no clue whether he was inspired by early poopers or he was just doing his own thing. At the time I thought it was hysterical and it inspired me to make my own videos out of the (really bad quality) South Park episode rips and Tourettes Guy episodes I had lying around on my hard drive. Basically I was making YouTube Poop without having any knowledge of what it was.
Flash forward to a couple months later, I stumbled upon my first REAL YouTube Poop, Phillips' Phrightphest by 1upclock. Turns out people like him and SuperYoshi were making this shit at least a year before me, and we had no idea who each other were. It slowly began to grow on me as I watched more and more videos by him and DukeOfFortuneMan, and sometime in November of that year I made my first "real" YouTube Poop. It's long gone now but it wasn't anything special, really.
Looking back, did you ever imagine YouTube Poop would have gotten as big as it did as the years went by?
In the back of my head I knew it wouldn't stay an inside joke forever, now matter how much I wanted it to. I knew it was going to become popular in one form or another, I just didn't know how popular. I kind of miss the mystery of it all. With early poopers you didn't know what to expect. Now you know exactly what to expect.
Who are and have been some of your biggest influences when it comes to making your videos?
In the early days, DukeOfFortuneMan, Stegblob, and ApolloBoy were my biggest influences. They all had a distinct style and their videos always made me laugh. Today, I'd say my biggest influences are Terroristx124, Radock, and MrTennek. All of which are banned members, coincidentally.
Would you say that your taste in media has made an impact on how you create and view your own work? If so, how?
Definitely. I've always felt that if you use a source that you enjoy, or something you're familiar with, it makes everything a lot easier and a lot more fun. The humor just comes to you naturally that way.
What are your opinions on how YTP has 'evolved' as time went on? Do you see anything exceptional in its future?
Well it's come along way since "Robotnik's Dijon Mustard Part III" that's for sure. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. When I first used Sony Vegas, I thought it was a godsend. Working within the limitations of Windows Movie Maker was tedious as all hell, every five seconds it would crash on you and you would lose what you were doing. You didn't get any of that with Vegas or Adobe Premiere. I can't say I don't miss the charm of the original 2006-era poops, but I find plenty of new YTPs to be just as entertaining.
For how much longer do you envision yourself making poops?
As long as I could go without getting bored of it, and that hasn't happened yet. I don't think I'll ever give up entirely. I used to upload a new video every day or so, it was quanity over quality, and that's never good. You shouldn't try to force creativity. So I've been taking a lot of breaks. It's just something I'm doing for fun, after all. It's not my job or anything.
As a final note, do you have any words of advice for all the poopers out there?
In the words of Aaron The King Wizard, "BE ORIGINAL". Do what YOU think is funny, not what everyone else thinks is funny. Develop your own style and have fun with what you're doing!