Web Video / The Philip DeFranco Show

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"I love yo faces."

"'Sup, you beautiful bastards? Welcome back to The Philip DeFranco Show, and let's just jump into it!"

The Philip DeFranco Show, hosted by Philip DeFranco on the YouTube channel sxephil, is a irreverent "newsy-type" program started in 2006 that uploads regularly, with news videos being posted Monday-Thursday, as well as a special "Friday Show" where Phil revisits the news of the week and answers fans' questions.

In every show, Phil picks three to five current news items and gives each of them a brief (1-2 minute) treatment, with his own, frequently acerbic, opinions and commentary added on. Interspersed with these are recurring segments like "Today in Awesome", where he highlights something cool that he's found; and "BAMFnote /Douchebag of the Day", where he discusses particularly heroic and/or vile individuals. Each item is accompanied by a link in the description to further details. He often asks questions and encourages fans to answer them in a comments, since he believes that the PDS is less of a show and more of a conversation.

The PDS has become popular enough over its multi-year run that DeFranco has been invited to do news shows at various political events, including the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. It has spun off additional channels, such as SourceFed (multiple daily news videos), SourceFed Nerd (like SourceFed but for games, movies, and tech), and ForHumanPeoples (a variety channel as well as the name of his merch company).

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  • Abusive Parents: He has mentioned that he was mentally and physically abused as a child (for one example, one of his mom's boyfriends nearly killed him and his mom by carbon monoxide poisoning), which makes child abusers/molesters all the more disgusting to him.
  • Adorkable: If you've ever seen Phil geek out over new Netflix series, movies, games, etc., you know he's this.
  • Audience Participation: Encourages this ten-fold, what with his "less of a show, more of a conversation" ideology.
  • Berserk Button: Child abuse will genuinely make him angry. He's been shown to be disgusted at several stories covering child abuse. Understandable, since he's a dad and a child of abuse.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: From the October 13, 2011 show, when talking about collecting items from a car after an accident:
    Philip DeFranco: You know, I got a tire jack, I got some magazines, some CDs, 31 condoms filled with semen, and my checkbook.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • See Signing Off Catch Phrase below.
    • "Hello Internets!"
    • "Sup, Nation" and more recently, "Sup, you beautiful bastards! Hope you're having a fantastic [Insert Day Here]"
    • "What the F*** [X] people?!"
    • "I love yo faces!"
    • "Don't be stupid, stupid!"
    • After giving all of his "Today In Awesome" content, he always does an extremely catchy description to say that the link is down below.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Phil loves the ladies. For proof, look no further than the "Sexy Time News" segment of the show, or the "Nation is Sexy" posts on his Tumblr.
  • Clickbait Gag: "Clickbait Clickbait, Suspending Hypocrites, and Saying Goodbye to SourceFed" features a discussion of clickbait where Phil mentions a cosplayer solely to put her in the thumbnail. He questions if it's really clickbait if he discusses it in the video and ends up astounded by how many times he's said the word until he jumps into the video's actual content.
  • Critical Research Failure: In-Universe; the show prioritizes accuracy far over speed when it comes to reporting stories of immense weight, usually waiting a day or two to solidify as many facts as possible.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: See I Always Wanted to Say That below.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": His original surname wasn't actually DeFranco; it was actually Franchini...
  • Everyone Has Standards: When discussing how young girls actively try to get pregnant to get on the show 16 and Pregnant on the December 8, 2010 show, Phil quips that the show is "so trashy that people waiting in line for Maury are like 'What the fuck...'"
    • On the January 5, 2016 episode, Phil covers a story regarding model and aspiring singer Molly O'Malia. As part of a test, he goes around the office showing a picture of O'Malia to his coworkers, asking them how old they think she is. When everyone finds out that she's only fourteen, they all react with horror. note 
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: The show's iconic news monkey, complete with a squawk during the intro.
    • However, it has since been subverted; Phil retired it since after discovering that jumping into the story/content of a video as fast as possible helped the watch-through rate and subsequently boosted his videos in YouTube's algorithm, as they reward videos that keep people watching longer.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: If "Sexy Time News" ever included two girls together, Phil's tongue could be seen dragging on the floor.
  • Happily Married: To Lindsay "Linz" Doty, with two sons named Philip (nicknamed Trey) and Carter. The two had their wedding in 2015 but actually got engaged in 2013. At one of his live shows, no less.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: He reported on DMX's being sentenced to a year in prison solely to get to say the line "X did not give itnote  to 'emnote ", and then unashamedly goes into a long-winded explanation of the jokenote .
  • I Hate Past Me: Philip really doesn't like his older videos mainly because of how much of a douchebag he was, so much so that when fans come up to him and say that they've been subscribed since 2008 or so, he'll thank them for putting up with him.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Philip has noted that his calling certain despicable people "monsters" or "garbage" has led to reactions calling him out on his words being dehumanizing. He believes that no amount of human decency should ever be shown towards a thing that clearly lacks it.
  • Never My Fault: Was subjected to this from DaddyOFive; after his initial reports on the channel's troublesome content, one of their response videos featured the couple that ran the channel giving a somewhat backhanded apology and claiming that the backlash and death threats they were receiving were solely Philip's fault. He didn't take it lightly.
    "I'm as responsible as a security camera in a gas station filming a robbery."
  • N-Word Privileges: He doesn't have them, opting to say "boys" or "N-words" in exchange for "niggas", even when reading lyrics from a Kanye West song.
  • Only in Florida:
    • The December 13th, 2011 show's Douchebag of the Day is a 66 year-old lady from Florida who shot her son-in-law. (Of note, Phil is from Florida.)
      Philip DeFranco: It's like a douchebag factory, really.
    • He also reported on the crazy, bath salt-sniffing, face-eating man from there.
  • Once per Episode: Recurring segments include "Douchebag Of The Day"/"BAMF Of The Day", "Sexy Time News", and "Today in Awesome". Rarer segments include "What the F*** [X] people?!"
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • In his video in which he reports the death of Christina Grimmie, he doesn't even try to hide how heartbroken he is.
    • On his third coverage of the channel DaddyOFive, notice how he doesn't say his catchphrase "Sup, you beautiful bastards!" They've royally pissed him off.
  • Papa Wolf: As a father, Philip has mentioned multiple times in his videos that if there's a news story he covers where children are treated poorly, the perpetrators of said treatment get absolutely no sympathy from him. He has also stated on numerous occasions that his preferred handling of child molesters is to throw them into fires.
    • Some kid with an over-inflated ego used his fans to mass-dislike a YouTube video on Twitter; Phil sarcastically tweeted about it, only for the kid to get angry and tweet back, but also tagging Child Protective Services. Phil then tore the kid a new one and asked if anyone knew the kid's parents so he could speak with them.
  • Product Placement: As he has many companies that sponsor his videos, the start of his Today in Awesome segments are usually dedicated to quick advertisements for his sponsors, usually with some special discount code of his. However, whenever he has to report on a particularly troubling story, he'll not only remove monetization from the video but also remove any sponsor so people won't think he's financially profiting.
  • Raised Catholic: Phil was raised Roman Catholic, but is now atheist.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Infamously gave one to a commenter who claimed that the 2017 Portland train stabbingnote  was a result of "dumb fucks" who were white-knighting and should've stayed out of it unless there was physical assault occurring. Reactions to Phil's telling-off of the commenter were split, with some wholly enjoying Phil's roasting and others believing his harsh words to be uncalled for.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: It's now regular on the PDS for Phil to take away all monetization on videos covering tragedies or other very serious stories, even rescheduling Today in Awesome sponsors if he has to.
  • Sell-Out: Defied. In response to a fan asking if he was going to be in the 2016 edition of YouTube Rewind, Philip made a response that greatly implied that YouTube approached him, asked him to make a pro-Hillary video, and shunned him after he refused to do so.
  • Signing Off Catch Phrase: "As always, my name's Philip DeFranco, you've just been Phil'd in, I love yo faces, and I'll see you tomorrow."
  • Stealth Insult: Gives one to a Wired writer for about writing about PewDiePie's perceived racism:
    Philip: Do your research! I'm a guy on the Internet, you're supposed to be a journalist! Although, to your defense, your Twitter bio says writer at Wired. Not journalist. So maybe it's silly of me to think you've done any work.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Loves to take personal jabs at some of the more ridiculous stories he reports.
  • Take That!: Whenever mentioning ISIS in a news story, Phil will always call them by his preferred nickname for them, Goat Fuckers International.
  • Too Dumb to Live: During his January 26, 2011 show, Phil showed a video of a man who flattened himself against a railroad track while a train drove over top of him. And thus, the segment we all know and love, "What the F*** White People", was born.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: This is one of Phil's favorite ways to introduce a tragicomic story. As one example: *cuts to picture of explosion* (at 3:09).

"As always, my name's Philip DeFranco, you've just been Phil'd in, I love yo faces, and I'll see you tomorrow."

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