My 500,000 Friends

Straight out of Springboro, Ohio, via the virtual reality of the Internet, Mitchell Davis is a 20-something kid who has cornered a certain kind of pseudo-celeb status with the Gen Z set. That's a convoluted way to say: He's a YouTube star with nearly 72 million video views to his credit.

Basically, he posts clips of Mitchell arguing with multiple Mitchells, or Mitchell talking to his audience about buying perfume, or Mitchell and friends lip-synching to Top 40 tracks. It's a haphazard mashup of unfunny comedy shorts, video art, taped confessionals, homemade music videos, and reality TV, all backlogged on his YouTube channel, livelavalive.

This Sunday at 6 p.m., Mitchell Davis logs off the web and walks into Culture Room for what his PR people are calling a night that "bridges online social networking with real social networking." Translation: an hour and a half of shtick only a friend would want to watch. Luckily, Mitchell has a half-million friends.
Sun., April 11, 6 p.m., 2010
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