Viral videos of the week: Stephen Fry, Left Shark and Saved by the Bell

6 Feb 2015

Still from 'Jimmy Fallon Went to Bayside High with "Saved By The Bell" Cast' by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on YouTube

This week in viral videos, we have been watching Saved by the Bell, Stephen Fry, Left Shark, Liam Neeson, Ryan Gosling, basic bros and a debate on family values.

About 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, Facebook videos see over 1bn views per day, and more than 700 YouTube videos shared on Twitter each minute, ensuring there is always video trending on the web.

With so much video available for viewing, we take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web.

Saved by the Bell reunited

Jimmy Fallon has had a killer week on YouTube. His Super Bowl-style lip sync battle featuring Will Ferrell doing Beyoncé’s ‘Drunk in Love’ has already breached 23m views, but it looks like this clip of Fallon reuniting most of the Saved by the Bell cast will surpass even that. Viewers have been tuning in to reminisce on the nineties teen classic and marvel at how little the cast have aged and to delight in how the skit pays tribute to some of the show’s most famous moments, and even one of Fallon’s recent viral hits.

Uploaded: 4 February 2015

Stephen Fry on God

Before we were all talking about the Saved by the Bell reunion, the top TV moment trending on the web last week was Stephen Fry’s appearance on The Meaning of Life, where Gay Byrne asks typically asks his guests what they would say to God should they meet at their end of days. Atheist Fry’s answer coupled with Byrne’s reaction faces made this a sure-fire hit with the online audience.

Uploaded: 28 January 2015

Left Shark wins the Internet Super Bowl

Unless you were living under rock without an internet connection, you’ll be aware of the fact that the Super Bowl took place last weekend and that Katy Perry stormed the half-time show with the most internet-friendly performance ever. Super Bowl half-time shows have birthed many memes, but the winner of this year’s event is Left Shark. With his hapless dance moves, he won the hearts of the online community and, while you can join the millions of YouTube viewers checking out the full show, all you need is this Vine.

Uploaded: 2 February 2015

Clash of Clans: Revenge

Speaking of the Super Bowl, you didn’t think we’d get through a post-Bowl viral videos round-up without a word to its sponsors, did you? Our pick of the Super Bowl advertising attempts stars Ireland’s resident tough guy, Liam Neeson, getting incensed by a game of Clash of Clans. And anyone who’s seen Taken will know you do not want to cross Neeson and invoke his wrathful revenge.

Uploaded: 1 February 2015

Clever canine gets the treats

There are tasty treats in the toaster oven, but there are many obstacles keeping four-legged companions from the kitchen countertop. What’s a doggie to do? This lad has it figured out.


Uploaded: 28 January 2015

Family values, featuring Michael O’Leary

Trending on YouTube in Ireland this past week was a clip from Vincent Browne’s new show The People’s Debate, which travels around the country and invites commentary on political issues from members of the public. One Michael O’Leary (not that one) got the internet’s attention with a verbally confused rant against marriage equality, but rather than give you the

To help you get over the trauma of that last video, here’s Ryan Gosling doing an appalling Australian accent. You’re welcome.

Uploaded: 29 January 2015

How to lift a drunk friend

Another life hack went viral this past week with this helpful instructional video on how to lift a drunk friend. You may need this at some point this weekend.

Uploaded: 29 January 2015

Mario Balotelli is not impressed by Daniel Sturridge

And finally, a sneaky late entrant to the viral videos chart is this peek behind the scenes at Liverpool’s changing rooms from Daniel Sturridge’s Instagram account. Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe seem to enjoy Sturridge’s dance moves, but then in struts Mario Balotelli to give us all a lesson in throwing shade.


Too much jokes… @31sterling @jordon_ibe @mb459

A video posted by Official Daniel Sturridge (@dstudge) on

Uploaded: 5 February 2015

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Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.