Lilly Singh isn’t the only YouTube star who has recently toured the TV talk show circuit. Like Singh, Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg stars in a new original program on YouTube Red, and he too has taken to TV to promote his work. Leading up to the release of his series Scare PewDiePie, he appeared on both Today and Conan to discuss his status as the world’s most popular YouTube star.
PewDiePie has appeared on TV before (he hung out with Stephen Colbert last September), and in all his televised appearances, he has come off as a cool customer. The buttoned-down behavior he displays as he calmly explains his world to Conan O’Brien may not match the loud personality he puts forth online, but he is a good ambassador for his community, and for that, he deserves praise. As he told Conan and Andy Richter during their chat, “It’s all about having fun.”
Embedded below is his conversation with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on Today. He’s full of smiles, and the two co-hosts can’t help but be charmed by him. When watching this clip, it’s easy to see how PewDiePie created a “bro army” of more than 42 million subscribers.
He put his smiles on hold, however, when he filmed Scare PewDiePie, a series that places its star into real-life scenarios that resemble the horror games PewDiePie is famous for playing. The show, which arrived on YouTube Red on February 10th, makes a point: He may be full of smiles, but it’s PewDiePie’s screams that provide the entertainment.