Liza Koshy

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Silly, zesty comedy videos have some off-color content.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Liza talks openly about her multiracial heritage and her family's culture, which sends an inclusive message to other multiracial and minority viewers. She frequently talks about her background: her strict Indian dad's refusal to let her pierce her nose, her parents' "disappointment" that she's a YouTuber (though she sometimes features them on her show and the family is obviously close). She mocks pretensions and encourages viewers to be their own people too, like during a video on taking the perfect selfie where she advises those watching to wear makeup or dress up only if they want to: "Make it so you feel good, and you'll look good!" she says. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Koshy calls herself "a little brown girl with big dreams," and is the kind of homegrown role model young kids, particularly tweens, relate to. Though her videos can be slightly off-color, Koshy herself is ebullient, funny, and confident. She clearly likes herself and likes connecting with viewers and is having a great time on her channel. 

Violence

Any violence is very silly, such as a video in which one of Koshy's characters is asked "What book impacted you the most?" "It will hit me," she answers, and the book hits her in the face. 

Sex

Lots of off-color jokes, but ones that will make tweens laugh. "Do you play an instrument?" Koshy is asked, while playing a male character. "Define 'instrument,'" she says, looking down at the front of her pants. Later, pretending to be a skater boy talking to a girlfriend, she says "Don't make me spank you with my Vans." There are jokes about "pee-pees" (penises), periods, underwear, and other potentially touchy topics. 

Language

No cursing, but plenty of questionable words: "boob," "booty," "pissed," "bunghole," "pee pee," "heck," "poop," "farts," "sucks." Liza also frequently uses words like "freaking" and "fricking" instead of four-letter words. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Jokes occasionally touch upon drugs, with Koshy making references to "420" (slang associated with pot) and creepy people standing in an alley trying to sell "sugar" (with air quotes). 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Liza Koshy is a YouTube comedy channel composed of short videos created by Koshy. Koshy plays different self-created characters, takes viewers shopping or driving with her, and posts satirical how-to videos. The language and topics can veer into second-grade territory: periods, underwear, body parts, poop, "boobs,"  "booty," "pissed," "bunghole," "pee pee." Koshy also uses words like "freaking" and "fricking" instead of four-letter words. There are also some mild sexual jokes. "Don't make me spank you with my Vans," she says, pretending to be a skater boy talking to a girlfriend. Some jokes also circle around drugs, with Koshy referring to "420" (pot slang) and making jokes about someone selling "sugar" (with air quotes) before advising kids "Don't buy the 'sugar!'" Otherwise, Koshy's videos are silly and fun, nonthreatening and relatable. She talks openly about her multiracial heritage and background (and calls herself "a little brown girl with big dreams"), and encourages viewers to laugh at life and accept themselves as they are. 

User Reviews

Parent Written byHannah B. December 16, 2017

Mother of a 10 yr old girl

Usually, whenever I get into my apartment after I pick my 10 y/o daughter up from school, she goes straight to the kitchen table to watch Liza's videos on... Continue reading
Adult Written bylonniepie January 7, 2018

Liza is the Best

I love watching Liza, she is hilarious!!!! She doesn’t curse but she rarely makes some jokes that younger children wouldn’t understand.
Kid, 11 years old December 30, 2017

Iffy

Liza's sense of humor and personality stand out in all her videos, ALTHOUGH she does have some crass and suggestive humor, like teasing that she would say... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byjoshuadain January 23, 2018

Liza Koshy

Super funny, but so many sexual jokes and jokes dealing with race and more.

What's the story?

If you've ever used a hairbrush as a microphone and delivered a comic monologue into your bedroom mirror, LIZA KOSHY's comedy will look familiar. Goofy and absurd, Koshy tries on accents and characters, instructs viewers on the finer points of taking the perfect selfie or putting together a "bro" costume for Halloween, and has everyday adventures: a walk around her neighborhood, a trip to the grocery store, a cooking segment in her kitchen. In fact, unless Koshy is taking her camera along on an outing, most of her videos are filmed in her kitchen or bedroom, familiar backdrops that add to the channel's homegrown feel. 

Is it any good?

Silly, playful, and lots of fun in a way that will appeal to tweens, Liza Koshy's YouTube channel will make kids laugh without making parents worry. The laughs are good-natured and poke fun at pretensions and absurdities instead of people -- tweens could do worse for a role model than the confident, good-humored Koshy. Koshy has the expressive face and comic timing of a true absurdist, and her comic targets are as relatable as she is. In one particularly popular segment, she goes to a local dollar store to find bargains. "This tastes like 'Made in China,'" she says, licking one plastic package. "See it says 'Made in China,' 'Hecho en China' here on the back -- I'm not being racist!" She then picks up an enema and advises viewers "Now, anything you're going to stick up your butt, you don't want to get it for just a dollar." 

In other popular videos, she plays "Helga," Koshy's "cousin" from a "foreign country" who has an Eastern European-esque (?) accent. "What's one word that best describes your mother?" she's asked. "Mom," says the deadpan Helga. "Would you rather be buried or cremated?" "I'm not dead yet!" answers Helga. It's junior-high humor, but it's nonthreatening, and Koshy comes off as a funny friend kids would like to hang out with. If the slightly naughty jokes and language, or the "mock-the-foreigner" humor in some of Koshy's skits passes your family's standards, this channel is fun, frothy humor for young viewers and a much gentler bet than many humor channels. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why videos like those on Koshy's channel are more interesting to teen and tween viewers than televised skit shows like Saturday Night Live. What do the YouTube shows offer that network TV doesn't? What are the differences between the two? 

  • How has Liza Koshy's humor changed over time? Has the humor matured as she has? What age did Koshy originally appeal to? Has that changed? 

  • Families can talk about why Koshy frequently plays a character as opposed to appearing as her real self. What's the difference? Would she be as funny or able to do the same things if she weren't in character? 

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