The week of October 18, 2015

The Fame Issue
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How the world’s greatest hand-fart musician captivated millions on YouTube

By Andrew McMillen

Gerry Phillips got to travel the world making noises with his hands, and Iron Maiden loves him.

Features

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Viral artist Jesse Willesee wants to legalize marijuana—and become the next Andy Warhol

By Anna Denejkina

Sex, drugs, and dick pics: The Australian artist-provocateur knows what shocks.

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The end of the line for the Internet’s favorite Joker cosplayer

By Aja Romano

Anthony Misiano wants to quit playing the Joker before it’s too late to stop.

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Periscope call-in show ‘Bongcast Live’ collects the freaks and geeks

By Audra Schroeder

Up in smoke every Thursday at 8:20pm PT.

Opinion

Illustration by J. Longo

YouTube’s ‘My Daily Routine’ is a beautiful lie

By Roisin Kiberd

What the tag really says about being a girl online.