You know what time it is forum, it's time for the Comment Question of the day, and it comes from a user named "ThisTroper". And he says, "Could you describe Equals Three here?" Leave your interesting or creative responses in the comments section below.Equals Three (=3) is a YouTube series formerly hosted by Ray William Johnson, reviewing viral videos found by or sent to him. Three videos are shown and a question submitted via video is posed for the commenters to respond to in the comments section. New videos are posted every Tuesday and Friday. On March 12, 2014, Ray retired from the show but promised to find a new host within two months who'd then reboot the series. On July 16, 2014, the show was finally rebooted with the new host.Ray also releases songs and videos under the account name Your Favorite Martian (project has been retired at the moment but all videos can still be viewed).It has a Spin-Off in Spanish: Igual a tres, hosted by Pedro Flores; as well as a French equivalent in What the Cut, whose host and founder, Antoine Daniel, admitted that =3 was a direct inspiration for his series.Not to be confused with :3.
"I'm Ray William Johnson, and I approve this message!"
"Fake and gay!"
"Falso y maricon!"
"Staged and bi-curious!"
"So tell me, forum..."
In recent episodes, he maims the Google+ logo.
"Here's the dildo."note Misheard by some fans even though it's truly "Here's the deal though." Ray eventually went with it.
"But don't take my word for it. Go watch the original video, link is in the description."
Continuity Nod: Ray sometimes references videos that he reviewed in past episodes. A few examples include:
In the episode "YOUTUBE FAMOUS! - Ray William Johnson - Equals Three =3", he reviews a video called "Michel & Sven - Der Trampolintrick - Teil 5 / The trick with a trampoline". He points out that the kids in the video are the same kids that were in the video called "Michel & Sven - Der Tischdeckentrick - Teil 4 / The Table Cloth Magic Trick (Original)" that he reviewed in the episode "THUG GUMBY".
In the episode "REDNECK DAD", he reviews a video of Corgi puppies running. He says that he reviewed a video exactly like it a couple of years ago. He reviewed said very similar video in the episode "Epic Boyfriend FAIL".
In the episode "METEORITE CRASH IN RUSSIA", he reviews a news clip that has an anchot named Lisa Dutton in it. He says that you may remember her from the "pick a dick" video. The "pick a dick" video was reviewed in the episode "RHINO SAUSAGE - Ray William Johnson Video".
Cute Kitten: Cat videos show up on the series every so often on a regular basis. Ray lampshades the Internet's apparent obsession with cat videos.
Knife-Throwing Act: One of Ray William Johnson's viral videos was a series of videos by a couple named Dakoda and Adam involving various knife-throwing (including a on-fire hatchet throwing act) acts done on each other. Warning: Watching video may bring risk of anxiety and heart attack.
Running Gag: Several: Your Mom, Ray's non-existent social/sexual life or lame jokes, PedoBear, the Troll or any number of viral video-derived audacities, including something about 2 angry camels in a tiny car.
Russian virals seem to be the most fun and unsafe-looking of late.
Gabriel Iglesias himself admitted he can't host an episode without a Russian video.
Wham Line: "Hi. I don't believe I've been formally introduced. My name's Ray Johnson, and I'm an actor. And this is Equals Three. It's a show I started five years ago from my college dorm room. And this is my last episode." Averted if you followed Ray on social media before this.
Your Mom: An old Running Gag of the series. Reportedly, having sex with someone's mother is the only cure for squirrel AIDS.
Your Favorite Martian provides examples of:
Affably Evil: Exploited in Club Villain. Puff is allowed into the titular club, and uses his politeness to get himself laid.
Art Evolution: The video for Whip Yo Kids and the videos onward have much better animation and art than the previous music videos.
Ascended Extra: Benatar went from being the band's silent guitarist to getting as much singing time as Puff himself, singing more than Puff in Friend Zone, Complicated, Jupiter, Somebody That I Used to Know, and Bartender Song. According to Ray himself, Axel is expected to be singing at some point as well.
Call Back: Tig Ol' Bitties makes a reference to My Balls. "Like my balls—real big!"
And in Whip Yo Kids, a call back even further, to the very first song his earlier band, Fatty Spins, put on youtube note This song was used in Ray's old show, Capitol Hill Gangsta, as well as for much of the early =3 episodes titled "Doin' Your Mom".:
Hypocritical Humor: In Fight to Win, both Puff and guest rapper DeStorm claim that fighting games like Mortal Kombat don't make them violent. They then proceed to kick each other's asses over the last nacho.
Yandere: Text Me Back is possibly one of the most prominent example of this trope ever.
Puff: "I had a dream that I killed you. I'm not certain what it means. I didn't say that I would do it. I said it was a dream. Anger is the lone emotion flowing through my veins. Knowing you, I may spend the night going through some pain. Call me insane, call me obsessed, the fact remains, I'll rage unless you text me back"
"I'm Ray William Johnson, and I approve this trope!"