Ziryab: The World's First Rock Star • Puppet History

Publicerades den 2 apr 2021
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Created and hosted by Shane Madej
Featuring: Ryan Bergara, Zach Kornfeld
Writer: Garrett Werner
Research: Liz Pierce
Editor: Josh Richardson
Camera Operator/Sound Mixer: Matt Real
Motion Graphics Animators: Mike Fox, Julia Capuano
Graphic Artist: Crystal Cheng
Additional Music By: Patrick Volker
Production Coordinator: Brittney Lee
Creative Director of Post Production: Anthony Frederick
Head of Development: Katie LeBlanc
Production Manager: Nicole Beaudoin
Executive Producers: Steven Lim, Shane Madej, Ryan Bergara, Katie LeBlanc
Music Provided by Audio Network
SFX by Audioblocks
Logo Designed by Jennet Liaw
Logo Sound Design by Yuta Endo (@yuuutaendo)
Image Credits:
Men in the decorated palace of Shah Shujah Ool Moolk, Afghan. Coloured lithograph by R. Carrick after Lieutenant James Rattray, c. 1847. CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Jo Dusepo, Large-bodied Syrian oud with floating bridge (left) and Zenne oud (right). CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


  • "*gasp* Corndiddy!!!" Exited my mouth for some reason

    • Just know zach, if you ever wanna change your name, you can

  • Awesome 👍😎

  • Historians said they were "good friends"

  • Missed the C dogs at 11:00 ish 🥲

  • Zach has a weirdly perfectly shaped forehead.

  • I loved The Last Jedi, so you guys bashing The Rise of Skywalker just brought more healing to my shattered soul. Thank you.

  • DOJA CAT YAAAYYY say so will slap forever tbh

  • I really appreciated the obviously Beatles influence in the Ode's song this episode.

  • The way they described the haircut reminds me of Edna Mode from The Incredibles

  • do y'all think zach knows shane and ryan murdered the try guys in the sims???? lmao

  • Ryan wasnt told about that rotten jellybean he got, is that actually how hes been losing ?

  • i want to see ryan win! He seems so sad!


  • OMG the ellen joke had me laughing so hard

  • I was so excited to see Zach!! I hope Keith comes onto the show sometime lol

  • The professor playing the guitar is so cute

  • Does anyone know the song playing in the background at 6:21? Thank u!

  • 28:07 i guess you could call them pin pals

  • I love how Zack was so pure and wanted Ryan to get some jelly beans! Try guys/Watcher crossover episodes are the bomb.

  • "You start out with a big chunk of something and widdle it down until it becomes Doja Cat." - The Professor, 2021

  • I'm a Ziryab stan now

  • I'd love to see an episode about Tarrare, History's Hungriest Man. I think y'all could have some fun with that wild ass story

  • im imagining ryan listening to say so omg.

  • I'm half american and I didn't get 85% of the references zach made.

  • I love watching this series but guess who’s now hooked with me? My 3.5 year old lol every-time he hears the intro he smirks and laughs at the professor since he’s so funny. I would show you his reaction if I could. Thank ya for what y’all do!

  • I’m not going to bother to go back and count, but did Ryan actually win this one numerically?

  • Also amir tends to mean prince

  • So the vegan paired his wine with cheese empanadas.. so he's more like a vegetarian wolf huh

  • "Give me more Harry" - me everyday, same professor sameee

  • No one noticed Ryan's mug....

  • I love how this episode just has all three of these boys talk about movies.

  • how did nobody say pin pals at the end

  • Serious props to Shane and the Professor for always picking the coolest subjects to teach us. You have no idea how much I appreciate not just the production value of this show, but the stuff I'm learning also. It's incredible. Thank you so much to Shane, the Professor, and everyone else involved with this show and helping making it happen each week. ily.

  • They really missed an opportunity to say "We're Pin Pals!" lol

  • Omg I felt so dumb I binged watched all of these for the first time about a week ago and I didn’t realize the joke was Ryan never won and I kept like trying to guess who would win lol it took me too long to get it

  • I like the implication that Ryan and the professor go on coffee dates

  • Me going back and forth between this and kiss me more every time they say doja cat

  • There should be a loser award, just so Ryan can win something

  • So are we just going to ignore the professor plushie in the background at 24:10?

  • Can I have jellybeans plz? My dads got an oud and he tried showing me how to play it. Lol

  • Okay "The professor" sure does make some absolute BANGERS but Where's my justice for Ryan. Just, let him win??

  • i was a little too excited about the oud question lmao i never got to take the IGCSE music exam bc of covid so my brain went "I KNOW THIS"

  • Ryan was truly the Try Guy all along

  • the professor would use the light mode on Instagram

  • The Professor’s subtitles: “...Ood...” Me, a Whovian: (draws another tally in the “evidence that The Professor is a Time Lord” column)

  • Bout to a Ziryab the Bard

  • Maybe I would have a live in dj, it would give me someone to talk to

  • shane has 3 hands now

  • Ryan, your Ricky Goldsworth is showing

  • Did the Professor admit to eating dolphins?

  • Patriarchy is such a long & old oppressive structure, so many women’s talents were sidelined.

  • I won't lie, I've watched this multiple times now. I'm pretty sure Ryan actually has more points >.>

  • Zach. It's "loo-in" HE SAYS IT IN THE FILM. Respect our lord and saviour Oscar Isaac.

  • i used to genuinely think ryan could win

  • sorry... did the wolf use vegan cheese or does someone wanna tell him?

  • Ryan wassss high on this one

  • The gentle confusion of "Did you write down a vegetable you don't know about?" sent me.

  • no no no hold on im only 1 minute in but WHAT was that about the tattoo on ryans leg??? he has to spread them HOW far??????

  • me in gary indiana hearing him say the city :eyes:

  • Donnor Party Episode: We shouldn’t hang out outside the show this episode: they go to star bucks together ✨character development✨

  • ok but that song was like straight out of pretty.odd

  • Nawbah is effectively what they call a “Rock Opera”.. ‘Pinball Wizard’ and such. Even ‘Clutch’s’ Psychic Warfare.. in more modern times.

  • wow, posphorus really got around, huh?

    • there’s something so funny about zach and the professor simultaneously saying “they’re fucking.” in such a matter-of-fact tone

  • Imagine if I could download this from Prime Canada... that’d be great. Time to expand lads.

  • Every time I hear Ryan thanks for tryin my heart breaks just a little more

  • Okay, Ryan has won a few times..... Why doesn't he win on the show? It bugs me.

  • Ryan’s laugh sounds like waluigi and still manages to be audibly pleasing. How? I don’t know. But I love it so much. (ex. 8.29)

  • Donnor Party Episode: We shouldn’t hang out outside the show this episode: they go to star bucks together ✨character development✨

  • 2:15 Nooooooooooo

  • u should do an episode on achilles so you can bring back the "your they're fucking" sign , make is a reoccurring thing

  • omfg the professor looks so cool with his little guitar 🥺🥺🥺🥺

    • Get Eugene Lee Yang on here next for an Asian History episode. Preferably Korea.

  • everybody! write your zyriab/al-rahman fanfics, it is time

  • Ryan: 2 Zach: 2

  • ziryab kinda cute ngl

  • I somehow managed to get all but one question right. I feel accomplished

  • Gay legendary musicians, fuck yeah

  • there’s something so funny about zach and the professor simultaneously saying “they’re fucking.” in such a matter-of-fact tone

  • Mad respect to the Professor for his review of TROS.

  • I'm definitely ignoring my music history paper to watch this, but it's still (kind of) on topic, so it's fine.

  • First of all, it was a tie not a win for Zach, and holy fuck there’s a third hand back there during the song!!

  • Say So does slap tho

  • Ryan just looks more and more dead inside each episode that pass

  • Am I the only one that counts the history points? I believe that they were tied at the end of this episode

  • Hey, you should talk about the demand for nitrogen during World War I one episode. I know you probably won't see this comment, so for people to like it I should mention that the largest amount of naturally occurring nitrogen is found in animal and human waste.

  • Ryan with 3 Zornfeld with 2 #JusticeForRyan

  • Get Eugene Lee Yang on here next for an Asian History episode. Preferably Korea.

  • Who else keeps track of jellybeans and see the prof. is cheating Ryan?

  • Donnor Party Episode: We shouldn’t hang out outside the show this episode: they go to star bucks together ✨character development✨

  • Wish Kate was here for that one ☝️!!

  • I’d rather see the professor’s commercials, than any others !

  • Oh. So nawbahs were early concept albums.

  • The first time I watched this I was drunk and as soon as I saw the professor come on stage playing the guitar I genuinely screamed so loud I woke up everyone in the house. It made me so happy

    • This is the third straight episode with no mention of a Genie. I am displeased. ...Not really... but fuck!

  • Hello what happened to Are you afraid of..?

  • Followed you guys over from BuzzFeed and just wanted to say your absolutely crushing it with Watcher!!! puppet History is a stroke of genius.. I would love it if you did some more unsolved mysteries and some ghost hunting expeditions...in your own style of course but seriously guys your doing such an amazing job 👍👍

  • What I wanna know is this-who was the third hand controlling either the professor’s strumming or the oud ????? Did Shane spontaneously grow extra limbs? I must have answers

  • No one: ... Seth Rogen: 21:36

  • I'm really wanting poor Ryan to win one, poor guy gets ripped off every time lol. Although I must say I love the banter at the end.

  • Can I get a "Ryan, Thanks for Tryin'" Shirt please?

  • I think Ryan is losing his social skills in quarantine

  • The Professor out here flaming Star Wars is not something I thought I needed, but I like it.