The internet is actually the sun for me. I need it to live, but I know all day in its glow will eventually kill me. It’s made my brain a worse place to be, but watching these funny videos makes it easy for me to forget how awful it is. In fact, I can easily forget everything because the internet has ruined my long-term memory.
I get nervous when I show people things on the internet – it’s a real shame to show people something they’ve already seen. People roll their eyes at you as if you are the second man to invent the wheel. That said, let’s start with an extremely popular video!
1. Lubalin: Turn Yahoo Answers Into Beautiful Music
Chances are you’ve seen Lubalin’s songs made from internet comments. He’s been on Fallon, which makes what I’m doing amounts to “introducing” you to Coldplay. If you’ve already seen this, pretend you haven’t and laugh along to make me feel good. It’s such a perfect execution of a simple idea.
2. This tweet (which Taika Waititi also enjoyed)
I must have received this tweet at least a dozen times when it fell. I already know my job is a joke, I honestly don’t feel the need for this kind of personal attack. My friend thought this was really funny when I showed it to her (after she finished her busy day in a hospital).
3. The Day Today: ‘Is this cool?’
I didn’t discover The Day Today until 20 years after it went off the air. Thanks, internet! It was the birthplace of Steve Coogan’s character Alan Partridge. This isn’t Partridge, but the line “is this cool?” is something my friend Veronica Milsom and I have been yelling at each other every now and then ever since she showed me this sketch.
Once The Algorithm decides you like something, it will shove that thing down your throat like a duck turned into foie gras. It’s decided I love “specific impressions”, and hats off to the terrifying algorithm because I absolutely do! Here are three quick favorites:
@calebsaysthings: listening to a friend when they are completely wrong
There will never be a more op pointe impression to talk to these kind of friends.
@melbuttle: things mothers say when it rains
Mel Buttle’s impressions of mothers belong in a museum. “Good day to be a frog!” Love it.
@itscaitlinhello: the ‘sad lead girl’ in every Netflix teen movie
Caitlin Reilly is the best actor in acting. All of her work is great, but her array of poorly written female characters (in science fiction, action movies, teen dramas, and more) is great.
There is joy in a joke that surprises you. This is not that. This stupid prank goes right where you think it is and your hand is on the stupid steering wheel.
It’s a sick sensation. Go on, treat yourself. Find out your dragon name, as long as it isn’t Rugarth. Your dragon better not be Rugarth!
6. A warthog attacks a man who tried to pet him
Sometimes, when we have a hard day at work, my colleagues suggest we take another look at South African Pig Man. It’s just a little treat. Everyone has their own version of the South African pig man. This is mine.
Whoever made this clip ended it EXACTLY at the right time. We’ll never know what happened to the South African pig man, and I think that’s for the best.
7. A Life of Questions: Wisdom School with Aaron Chen
As a broadcaster, I ask questions every day, but I know deep down I’ll never come close to Aaron Chen when it comes to questioning skill.
8. That Mitchell & Webb Look: ‘Stay Inside’
It exploded again at the start of the pandemic and remains a modern classic. It was almost to the bone two years ago – hopefully you’re ready to laugh about it again!
9. The Chaotic Nightclub Photos Twitter account
As the world opens up after years of lockdowns, people are getting ready for our era of jazz. Chaotic Nightclub Photos is both a love letter and a public service announcement to anyone ready to get back out there and paint the city.
I’m pretty bad with money. I bought some bitcoin in 2010 to buy normal legal stuff from the internet and I didn’t keep track of the wallet. I have no idea where it is. My friend Michael Hing has made a rough calculation and estimates its present value at about A$3 million. Oh well. Now I can only be happy with rich people who lose money in ridiculous ways.
I’m not just saying this to make the Guardian look good, but that headline shows the perfect degree of restraint. It doesn’t get much funnier than the truth.