Okay, folks. It’s time we had a rather serious talk about olanrogers. Settle in friends, this might be a lengthy one.

So, many moons ago (well, okay, only two years technically) I was having some trouble sleeping one night. It was about 4:00am and, knowing better, I decided to listen to some music. Phil Collins, to be exact. And I know what you’re thinking - “How in the world does casually night bopping along to ‘Easy Lover’ ever intersect with Olan Rogers?” Well, I’m here to tell you. Not having his sweet jams on my Itunes at the time (I KNOW), I was listening to Phil serenade me via Youtube. One way or another (and I honest to goodness could not, for the life of me, tell you how this happened), I came across a video simply titled 'GHOST IN THE STALLS’. Curiosity got the better of me, and I clicked. Let me tell you, the love, it was instant. Who was this magical story weaver who laughed heartily at his own jokes?! His giggle hooked me right then and there, and I watched every video of his I could. I laughed so loud and so hard that I woke up my poor roommate. Like, there was tears and wheezing involved here. I was afraid my breathing would never return to normal. Thankfully, it did and I finally fell asleep feeling so happy from the stories shared with me by this wondrous little internet fellow.

Fast forward to 2014 and this dude still keeps me in hysterics. That’s a pretty neat thing to be able to do, don’t you think? So, of course, when my dear friend Fehryn told me that he was coming to Toronto for Buffer Festival, the decision to attend his screening was a no-brainer. Today was that big moment, and it couldn’t have happened to a cooler person.

The screening itself was wonderful. Loads of strangers in a room giggling with one another is not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon. All of the videos Olan chose to share were so great. What I really like about Olan is that his comedy is SO funny but never mean or at the expense of someone else, which I love. I think that’s a pretty rare thing to come across these days. Of course, there were some pretty emotional moments too. Olan crying during a portion of his documentary was hard to watch. But seeing someone so moved by the genuine strength of their relationships with people was so heart warming. Then he went on to speak about following your dreams, and I think everyone in that room felt a little bit brighter and more inspired because of him.

After the screening was the meetup portion. There was well over a hundred people waiting, but he took his time with everyone. One thing that really struck me was how he greeted every single person with a hug. That simple little gesture said volumes about what kind of a person he is. We were towards the end, and watching him interact was such a neat thing to see. His joyousness is hard to describe, but he was so genuinely kind, warm, inviting, and friendly that it could be felt. Want a silly picture? Not a problem. Want to talk to him for a few minutes? He was totally engaged. At one point, one of the volunteers taking photos dropped a girl’s phone and it broke. Olan, without hesitation, offered to buy her a new one. If that doesn’t tell you what a truly exceptional human this guy is, I don’t know what will.

You may think, “Whoa there Britt, he’s just a dude that makes Youtube videos, simmer down”. But the point I’m trying to emphasize here is that people who are genuinely positive influences in this world are hard to find. Olan is, at the end of the day, a truly good and nice person. Yes, his platform may “just” be Youtube videos, but he is important for the message that he sends simply by being himself - you can achieve your dreams while still being exactly the goofy, ridiculous, caring, hilarious, giggle machine that you are.