I came here to say Ashens, he's the only person in the world I'd get starstruck by these days.I like his old videos a lot more tbh, maybe it's just cause I was younger, but I think they felt more genuine because he was worse at being a performer at the time.
Yeah, he's refined his banter to a science by now. Notice how when something takes longer than expected in a video, he never leaves dead air and comes up with something to say or noises to make. No awkwardness to it whatsoever now, those days are long in the past. We also don't see experimental stuff anymore, like Ashen's Tech Dump or his Noseybonk parodies. It's formulaic.
But I will always appreciate how he's a PHD holding, honest-to-God doctor of psychology who ended up making an entire career out of reviewing all sorts of things on his couch. Half a million pounds worth of schooling well spent.