Noticed the line outside Skylark? It’s for video star Taylor Caniff

Thanks to Rachelle for calling us about an hour ago and asking what was up with the massive line outside The Skylark in North Delridge. Research ensued, and here’s what we know: An 18-year-old online-video star named Taylor Caniff is here to meet his fans. He’s famous mostly for clips on Vine (:06, endlessly looping) and YouTube. Samples in this YT compilation of some of his Vines:

According to this tweet (he has 1.5 million Twitter followers), he’s officially holding court for the next three hours:

And if the line we found around quarter till 5 is any evidence, he’ll be busy. Listen to the fans scream as his RV rolls up:

He lives in Indiana; an online bio says he’s been posting videos to YT since 2012, Vine since 2013.

34 Replies to "Noticed the line outside Skylark? It's for video star Taylor Caniff"

  • cj October 30, 2014 (5:40 pm)

    I watched about a third of the top video. /facepalm

  • Old October 30, 2014 (6:07 pm)

    Wow, I feel old and I’m only 35, also wasted 2 minutes of my life watching that vine compilation trying to figure out why he’s so popular… I got nothing

  • Laura October 30, 2014 (6:13 pm)

    I couldn’t make it that far! I now feel very old. I am feeling the urge to call someone “sonny” and tell them to get off my lawn.

  • MC October 30, 2014 (6:13 pm)

    I’m really surprised at this crowd for a homophobic Vine “star”

  • Noelle October 30, 2014 (6:47 pm)

    Wow. He seems like a real idiot.

  • JanS October 30, 2014 (6:55 pm)

    Laura just made me laugh out loud in the middle off the bowling alley. I’m 67. I think we should start making moronic vines and get rich – lol

  • Mike October 30, 2014 (7:13 pm)

    I love the Internet, it keeps me gainfully employed. Then I see this stuff… I’m so sorry citizens of the world.

  • Barry2012 October 30, 2014 (7:24 pm)

    I had the exact same thought. I wasted 2 minutes of my life watching that….I want those minutes back.

  • Helen October 30, 2014 (8:39 pm)

    The Internet keeps me gainfully employed as well, but omg ouch my poor brain. I could only stand 1:26 of that first video. Ish…

  • pigeonmom October 30, 2014 (8:50 pm)

    What the heck is this kid actually going to do on stage? *I don’t get it*

  • Homedk October 30, 2014 (8:53 pm)

    My initial impression was that the content was immature & sexist as opposed to sexy/sexual. Am not impressed by guys/boys/men using the “B” word to describe women and girls.
    Continued to watch & hoped to see something that might resonate or cause me to reconsider. Nope. Seemed like amateur video night.
    Would love to see our local businesses bring in & promote performers that made me say “Wow!”…

    • WSB October 30, 2014 (9:31 pm)

      Just to be clear, I don’t think this was a “performance.” Might have been a private rental for all I know. Wasn’t promoted to us and wasn’t on our calendar; somebody asked us “what’s up with all the people outside Skylark?” and we went over to see (plus I pulled a Twitter search, armed only with “Skylark” and “Taylor”). Re: other peformers, Skylark has continued, under new owners, to put together a slate of nightly live entertainment that we generally do have in our calendar as a free service, as we do for other local venues that keep updated event calendars – one thing that generally IS an annual “wow” is tomorrow night, the annual “Come As You Aren’t” Halloween bash in which local notables masquerade as music superstars. Lineup’s on our Halloween page and I think Skylark’s FB page. – TR

  • Me October 30, 2014 (9:05 pm)

    The dumbing-down of America is complete.

  • smokeycretin9 October 30, 2014 (10:21 pm)

    I’ll be appearing tomorrow night at the Beer Junction, signig autographs and handing out posters.

  • my two cents on teeny boppers October 30, 2014 (10:37 pm)

    this is pre-adolescence as it always has been, more or less to me. I could not get past :46 seconds, so I comment based upon that.

    my brothers were equally moronic forty years ago – in the absence of direct motherly and/or adult observation.

    They are not acting out for us gray haired people for god’s sake. Though I *do* think it was every inch a hormonally induced performance for the attentive eye of every budding blooming potentially hetersexual young woman child who might hit click and bring them eternal fame.

    if you think a bout it, the girls are not very demanding, are they?

    Oh. Maybe that is what you meant.

  • JanS October 30, 2014 (10:50 pm)

    They all look and act about 13….and the video said “Best Vine Videos”. If that’s the best what the hell do the others look like?He’s laughing all the way to the bank :-\

    • WSB October 30, 2014 (10:59 pm)

      It really is generational. But media is so fragmented these days, that even specific generations are atomized in terms of stars and followings. First thing I did was ask the youngest member of Team WSB – 10 days younger than our visiting star – if he’d heard of him. He had not. Regardless of whether I think he’s “talented” or not, I really appreciate having a bit of a window into a whole ‘nother world. I wish we had a “surprise” story every day – not “surprise” like unexpected house fire or crash, but “surprise” like “had NO idea there would be hundreds of young ladies standing along Delridge waiting to meet a guy from Indiana who makes 6-second videos.” I’m just looking around to see if he made a vid for any channel DURING the event … TR

  • sophista-tiki October 30, 2014 (11:06 pm)

    So sad that this is the level of mentality that passes for entertainment. We’re doomed. give me some P Funk any day.

  • Keilas October 30, 2014 (11:22 pm)

    This is teenage boy. He may be obnoxious, but, he’s a teenage boy. I doubt he’s setting out to be the next Anthony Hopkins (or even know who that is). Let the boy do what he does, let him enjoy his bit of “fame”. Who cares. It’s not that serious and everything doesn’t have to be so intense all of the time. Let’s face it, if us middle agers got it, then it wouldn’t be entertaining to them. Let’s be glad we don’t get, that seems like a scarier day! All the seriousness and intensity about everything lately…it’s becoming exhausting.

  • The Beav October 31, 2014 (2:30 am)

    Lighten up people.

  • sam-c October 31, 2014 (9:41 am)

    Jan: (to your first comment) You should. there is also a lady I’ve seen on vine, she might be in her 60’s or so. I am not sure. But it is a lot of huh?? is she for real?

    (she may not be actually in her 60’s. I have no idea.)

    But yes, watching these things make me feel old…
    based on the reviews of this guy, I guess I will skip it.

  • heather October 31, 2014 (9:48 am)

    Ahem. I actually thought they were innocent and pretty funny. I think we can all remember when saying “pub** hair” in public was rebellious. I can see why girls lined up to see him. He’s dorky, cute and a total “guy”.

  • sam-c October 31, 2014 (11:10 am)

    Ok, so i broke down and watched some of the compilation. some of it was offensive and I would hate to be seated next to him… anywhere…, but Don’t all young’ens make stupid videos?

    these are just stupid videos of a teenage variety. thinking back to my early teenage years, I spent a better part of a family reunion running around the woods with my cousins making videos of “moss man”. if we were older, maybe some of them would have been more vulgar? and now 1st grader has made a couple ‘stupid’ videos around the house with one of those plastic finger puppet monsters….
    But I guess to be able to make a living off of stupid videos, that’s another thing, I guess…

  • Jason October 31, 2014 (11:42 am)

    Keilas: Driving a vehicle (in a parking lot or wherever…) while backwards and upside-down behind the wheel is “not that serious”??
    It’s the slow, methodical acceptance by society of this type of behavior as “ok” that is, as another commenter said, “dumbing-down America”
    How do kids convince their parents to allow them to participate in and/or support this stuff?

  • anonymous October 31, 2014 (12:30 pm)

    working at uptown and i was wondering why there were so many 14 year old girl running around! now i know!

  • Brian October 31, 2014 (1:39 pm)

    As reigning member of the thirty-something elite, I must protest that I do not understand this newfangled teeny bopper and I have tons of opinions about why today’s youth are most definitely different and worse than previous generations and certainly America is doomed as a result.

  • datamuse October 31, 2014 (2:13 pm)

    I’d gripe about kids these days, but I remember the 80s.

  • West Seattle Hipster October 31, 2014 (2:39 pm)

    To each their own I guess, I remember how my parents thought Bill Haley & The Comets were the ruination of society.

  • Jeffrey Robert October 31, 2014 (3:10 pm)

    I’m just glad I can be shocked and repulsed by something kids do. I thought my generation was going to skip over that rite of passage and have to settle for being bored and unimpressed with the young ‘uns.

  • steve October 31, 2014 (3:28 pm)

    Is this nitwit really 18? I know I’m not the brightest bulb in the fixture, but I cannot imagine acting like this at 18, age 10 maybe. He has a couple low rated rap songs, and he’s probably most famous for a video “what we do in hotels” or something like that. Acts like an ignorant rockstar without the talent. Bring back the 80’s pleeeeeze. Where’s Flock of Seaguls when you need them? Long live A flock of seaguls!!

  • datamuse October 31, 2014 (4:13 pm)

    Congratulations, you all sound exactly like my parents circa 1981.

  • Mike October 31, 2014 (8:42 pm)

    “How do kids convince their parents to allow them to participate in and/or support this stuff?”
    Have you met some of the parents? They’re just as bad.

  • Homedk October 31, 2014 (8:56 pm)

    I try to be accepting of other people, as long as their actions don’t cause harm to others. Immaturity isn’t always related to age; I try to overlook harmless immaturity all the time. I mentioned immaturity earlier, but that doesn’t bother me as much as the glorification of shoplifting and some of the disregard for the feelings of others that I saw in the content of these vines. The one filmed in the nursing home/senior center was worrisome and creepy.
    We could all “lighten up” or let it go, because “it’s not that serious” or “boys will be boys”, as they used to say… We could all just chill out and not bother to care.
    I’d rather express my divergent opinion in the hope that it might make a difference. I hope that the takeaways from all this discussion go beyond this particular event. The messages in these videos and in this performance would bother me as a parent because they have the potential to impact self-esteem and trivialize values. If I had a 14-year old daughter in that audience, I would want her to understand than an 18-year old guy who refers to girls/women using the “B” word is an “A” word…
    While people are focusing on this performer/performance, what better content are they missing?

  • ScubaFrog October 31, 2014 (9:03 pm)

    WSB is complicit by posting (glamorizing) this garbage.

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