Connor Malbeuf (COM’19): Creator, Comedian, & COM student

Connor Malbeuf (COM’19) is a lot of things–comedian, content creator, YouTuber, a student in the College of Communication’s Media Ventures graduate program, and co-host of COMunfiltered. His goal? To deliver authentic content that makes people laugh. And, maybe someday take over Jimmy Fallon’s throne.

How do you create innovation? 

I produce, write, edit and host my own videos.

Who or what inspires you to create impact? 

As a Canadian living in the U.S. I see things through a different lens. I hope to use comedy as a way to shine light on issues and differences in our society. I am also just inspired by comedians and content creators who are not afraid of what people think of them.

How did you get started in content creation?

For two years, I was the manager of Western TV, Canada’s largest student video outlet. I had the opportunity to operate a television station, which I grew to love. I traveled around the country covering music festivals, and elections. I got to interview and produce celebrity interviews with Lil Yachty, Oh Wonder, Charlotte Cardin, The Naked and Famous, and more.

After I graduated I realized I had built a platform for others, and not myself. I was stuck in a limbo period not sure what content I wanted to make. I was tired of having other people make decisions on what I created. As an independent video creator, I can swear a lot more, which is always fun.

What problem are you hoping to solve with your videos and content?

I hope to be able to break the superficiality of vlogging and content creating. YouTubers now are so composed, calculated and thought-out. I want to bring relatable content that is real and honestly funny. I do not want a barrier between people watching my content and me. I also did not want to typecast myself into a bubble. My channel is for anyone and it is about everything.

What has been the biggest challenge or obstacle you had to overcome in your role or for your new venture? How did you do it? What did you learn from the experience?

It is not easy being a one-man show. Before doing my own channel I had video editors, transcribers, and money! It was overall much easier. Running your own channel is time intensive, mentally draining, and hard work. I take pride in every little detail so that does not help when you need a regular posting schedule.

Who do you turn to for mentorship and advice? 

I have some amazing mentors all around the world who I reach out to for personal and professional advice. Whether they are in news organizations, public relations, or YouTubers themselves, they all offer valuable advice.

What is one major accomplishment you’re most proud of?

When someone I do not know reaches out to me and tells me they laughed at one of my videos or it made them happy. It is so rewarding when you do not know the person. Numbers and ratings are great, but the heartwarming compliments are the best. I make content to make people laugh.

What advice would you give to someone starting their own innovation journey right now?

Trust your instinct and be patient. The media business and video creation is no fast game. It is more business-focused than ever and you have to be juggling a million different things. Be ok with things taking time. Oh, and have a few close friends you can go to for advice.

Two years from now, what do you hope to be doing? What keeps you motivated to get there?

I hope my channel grows into a platform for comedy and humor videos that also mean something. I move to LA in January, so I can’t wait to head to the streets and ask people some crazy stuff. The games have just begun.

Other people motivate me. Comedy motivates me. I also know that I can’t get where I want to go by sitting around. Get uncomfortable to become comfortable.

What’s next?

I want to take Jimmy Fallon’s throne. Is that too much to ask for?

What was/is your favorite character from TV/movie/book? Why?

Miranda Presley from the Devil Wears Prada will always be a boss. I love her for that. Oh, and Selina Meyer in VEEP. She is the funniest character on television right now.