A video mocking student gap years
has been named as the UK’s most popular comedy YouTube clip of 2010.
But the most viewed overall in the
UK was Justin Bieber’s Baby music video – amassing more than 400 million hits
Gap Yah, created by Oxford
University graduate Matt Lacey, has been viewed nearly three million times.
Lacey plays a student named
“Orlando”, who tells his friend “Tarquin” about his experiences
on his gap year.
He explains his trips to Peru,
Tanzania and Burma, claiming he had vomited – or “chundered” –
The video first shot to fame in
March and creator Lacey said: “It’s a satire on the great number of people
who seem to be leaving these shores to vomit all over the developing
X Factor hopeful Cher Lloyd’s
original audition was the most popular video of ITV’s reality shows, including
Britain’s Got Talent, beating Gamu Nhengu and Tobias Mead.
More than 13 million hours of video
– approximately 1,500 years worth of viewing – were uploaded to YouTube and
more than 700 billion videos were viewed via the site.
“More than ever in 2010,
YouTube was a hub of creativity, a hive of hilarity and the place for people to
share their passions and entertain themselves online,” said YouTube UK’s
“This year’s top
videos lists give us a glimpse at the tremendous growth YouTube has experienced
as a company and as an online community in 2010.”