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"'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.

The show uploads regularly, with news videos being posted Monday-Thursday, as well as a special "Friday Show" where Phil covers fan-requested stories and stories from earlier in the week that he couldn't cover due to time (originally dedicated to answering fan questions on news stories covered in the week). In April 2016, Phil bumped the show's upload rate to 7 days a week with the additions of two zanier, community-based segments called "NSFW Saturday" and "Sunday Funday". These segments have since been discontinued.

In every show, Phil picks three to five current news/politics/pop culture 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:


  • "Today in Awesome", a Once an Episode segment following a show's first story where he credits the show's sponsor and highlights a list of cool videos that always ends with a Secret Link of the Day
  • "BAMFnote /Douchebag of the Day", a less frequent segment 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 firm belief that the PDS isn't a show, but a conversation.
    • His Friday shows were formerly dedicated to answering fan questions on news stories covered during the week, but they're now dedicated to covering fan-requested stories. Even during the week, he'll often leave a slot empty in his show and ask for story recommendations via Twitter.
  • 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: You know, I got a tire jack, I got some magazines, some CDs, 31 condoms filled with semen, and my checkbook.
  • Catchphrase:
    • He has opening and closing ones Once an Episode.
    • "I love yo faces!"
    • "Don't be stupid, stupid!" (in response to someone exhibiting idiotic behavior)
    • 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: Defied as much as possible 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. And even when they do slip up (for example, in the show where Phil discusses the death of Shinee's Kim Jong-hyun, the video accidentally includes the image of a different K-pop singer also named Kim Jong-hyun), they take it very seriously.
  • 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.
  • Jump Cut: Frequently used in the editing of his videos to create a fast-paced feel.
  • 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 Phil'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.
    • When reporting stories of considerable seriousness, Phil may eschew a normal daily PDS for a full-length coverage of that individual story, in which all goofy catchphrases are dropped.
  • 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 words to be harsh and uncalled for.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!:
    • Phil stated that in spite of YouTube screwing over his videos by means of mass demonetization and algorithm issues, he would not censor himself.
    • 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.
    • Phil is also very clear that anyone he is either sponsored by, or endorsed, needs to be credible and legit. When criticism towards Better Help, an online therapy based website, was brought up due to the wording of their legal disclaimers that made it seem like they were not being truthful, Phil removed his sponsorship from them, and requested that he, and an independent journalist be allowed to investigate the issue. Doesn't matter how positive his experience was before, he does not want to sponsor someone/something that is not credible.
  • Sell-Out: Phil consistently defies this, refusing to diminish his content or perspective for societal or monetary gain. He vocally refused to censor himself in light of his videos beginning to get demonetized, and 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 kicked him out of Rewind after he refused to do so.
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase: "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.
  • Tranquil Fury: When probably irked, he can get snide and snarky, but Phil never really raises his voice.
  • 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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