Robert James Rallison is known to millions of fans for his widely popular YouTube channel, TheOdd1sOut. This 25-year-old didn’t start off with the ambition to be a famous YouTuber. But I suppose when you combine your talent as a cartoonist and naturally funny personality, it’s only a matter of time before you accumulate billions of views.
So what’s the story of Rallison’s unexpected success? Well, at the age of 14, Rallison uploaded one of his webcomic strips to Tumblr. In 2014, he decided to take his webcomic talent and upload animated videos to YouTube. Within a few years he gained massive popularity, dropped out of college to work on his YouTube channel full-time and now has more than 17 million subscribers.
Rallison’s bubble-style animation, featuring people that sort of look like marshmallows, feels pretty original and leaves space for his humor and quick wit. His videos cover anything from puns and laughing at social cliches, to talking about life and personal opinions.
Unlike a lot of YouTube videos, Rallison stays away from profane language and suggestive content. But don’t be surprised when his thoughts and stories about life go down weird paths that can get out of hand and even a little awkward.
Many of these videos are genuinely hilarious and have no profanity—which may be due to the influence of his Mormon upbringing. Whatever the reason, it’s refreshing to listen to something without a ton of profane comments.
Rallison jokes about his girlfriend and the pains of learning proper etiquette. He says that it’s important for two people in a relationship to be happy together and he also discusses why it’s good that we’re all different.
In another video, Rallison encourages viewers to use critical thinking skills and to logically process news stories before believing everything you read on the internet.
One video discusses the importance of contributing to the economy, being thankful for life, enjoying the present moment and choosing a healthy positive mindset, despite the negative comments and opinions that flood the internet …
… but this intentionally funny video also shows a problematic side of Rallison. He talks about how “life is ultimately meaningless,” how “your brain is flawed, and all your friends will die” or how “at any time you can get clinical depression.”
In one of his 14-second videos, a villain tries to stab a person in the heart but misses due to dyslexia (of all things). The wounded, animated marshmallow man has blood on him and a knife through his chest.
Elsewhere, Rallison jokes about how his girlfriend might be a deranged murderer after he finds a dead, frozen snake in her freezer. He also wonders if she’s hiding severed hands and jokes about Satan.
Rallison reviews a movie where a puppet urinates via “three pee streams” and worships crystals. He also jokes about old grapes making him tipsy. We hear about a coworker who smoked marijuana and “snorted crystals”; who believed in chakras and a third eye; and who talked about black mirrors and astrology.
Rallison says “frickin’” quite often.
James Rallison is a 25-year-old YouTuber who makes wildly popular cartoon-animated videos, adding his humor and quick wit to personal opinions, life stories and general musings. Sometimes they’re great fodder for a good laugh. Other times, Rallison’s humor turns a darker, more melancholy corner as he jokes about how messed up life can be.
Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).