Spencer Owen is best known for his poetic YouTube essays on the Euro Tournament and EPL, but you can add standup comedian and editor of footballpreacher.com to the Englishman’s resume. His most important feat, though, is becoming the latest 91st Minute interview subject (congrats, Spence).
Here are 10 things you must know about Spencer Owen:
1. Like all great poets, he started off as a rapper.
“I’ve never really considered myself a ‘poet’. The closest I’ve come in the past is rapping with my brother who is a musician. Only recently (did I start writing poetry) and I’m enjoying going down the football poetry route. I’ve always been a massive football fan.”
2. YouTube loves this guy.
Uploading something to YouTube is like going before a firing squad. The user comments can be hardcore. But Spencer’s work has been universally praised. How?
“I’ve been amazed by the reception they’ve had. Some of my favorite sites and blogs have been posting the videos and pretty much all the comments have been positive which is rare for me, and YouTube in general!”
3. He can sum up Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in four sentences.
Holmes and Cruise
It was doomed from the start
Scientologists washed his brain
But Katie lost his heart
4. He’s inspired by Bob Dylan, and … Dr. Seuss?
“I’ve always been a massive Bob Dylan fan. His songwriting is second to none and he often wrote poems too. His poetic tribute to his hero Woody Guthrie is incredible, it’s called Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie. And to be honest, Dr. Seuss’ Oh The Places You’ll Go is pretty amazing.
5. He can bang out a YouTube piece in two hours.
I write the poems fairly quickly. I try to get them out as soon as possible after the event finishes. It’s the editing and recording that takes the longest.