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Huliganov’s 2nd North American Experience #11 – In Angelo’s Electronics Shop


Original playout date: 10 January 2008
Duration: 5:54

A look at New York by night and also on 55th street which seems a bit like London’s Tottenham Court Road in that you can buy various electronics goods. I bought a camera, and it turned out to be less good than I expected, you’ve already heard the crackly audio. In the end I didn’t use it for long.
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Viktor Huliganov’s 2008 New Year message


Original playout date: 31 December 2007
Duration: 26:22

The flagship persona of Usenetposts channel does the honours in thanking the subscribers and viewers for their loyalty and kindness in 2007, awarding subscriber of the year accolade to one of the subscribers of this channel, and also talking about where we are at the end of 2007 and what the targets were and plans for 2008, on this Channel.
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I’ll never see you again, I’ll never forget you!


Original playout date: 14 August 2007
Duration: 4:02

Sophie is just lipsynching mainly to this one, but it is a great fun musical muckaround anyhow, and one that seems to have been watched and appreciated a surprising amount, see the stats below.
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Recite the Lyrics Challenge “Up The Junction”


Playout date: 26 May 2007
Duration: 3:59

There was a challenge on one of the channels in the Community I subbed to in the early days where you had to recite the lyrics of a popsong as if it were a poem. Not sure I can even remember which channel it was and now of course the “reply to video” feature that was there then is taken away and with it all record of which early days reply video was a response to what and each is a post in its own right. Which has the same effect as if you were posting replies in a discussion thread and then each reply suddenly gets refracted as an original post in its own right. Very annoying, but if only it were the only thing Google and YT ever did to annoy us.
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We’re not all alone after all


Playout date: 11 October 2006
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Office at ul Jazdow 8a, Warsaw
Other people featured: None, but wife calls.
Genre: Intro’d song
Music used: Rita Coolidge, We’re not alone
Languages used: English, Russian
Animals featured: Fish in tank behind

You might think that you’re alone In the office in the evening and able to sing a song for your admiring public who put more dislikes than likes in the marks, but that is in fact not the case. There’s always the mobile telephone to contend with. Huli gets caught by the missus whilst attempting an all time favorite by the incomparable Rita Coolidge.

Introducing Viktor Dmitrievitch Huliganov



This was made on May 27th 2006, when I had been on YouTube already over three months. The day before had been my birthday, and my parents had been here in Warsaw. For my birthday gift they gave me my first ever webcam, and the next day I got on it and started to do characters. Viktor Huliganov was born. This is the first ever Viktor video – he was going to be an amusing shady Russian businessman at first, but developed into more of a crazy professor, once the Russian lessons started. Although, of course, the one does not necessarily exclude the other. This marks the end of my “early attempts” section, and is therefore the last film in this section. With this film I transferred into the next phase of what I’ve been doing on the internet ever since.

Viktor has come to life in more ways than one. He blogs, he makes Russian lessons, he writes books, he talks on the radio. People write to me as Viktor, talk to me as Viktor, some people still think after watching many Viktor films that there really is this Russian dude – more sophisticated viewers are aware that it is a persona but want the persona to live anyway, and so they continue to address and to follow Viktor Huliganov. I had no idea of the success that this would have when I started doing it.

Some people have accused me of doing a Borat, but there are big differences in style on the one hand, but on the other hand, I have been impersonating the Russian accent ever since Sacha Baron Cohen was running around in short trousers. There are many sources for the Huliganov persona, not all of them Russians, actually. If Borat is on that list anywhere it is not high on the list and not with any intention or awareness on my part.

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