Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to access the internet because my parents had a fear I’d become like my brother and develop an addiction to the World of Warcraft. They were wrong. I developed an addiction to something far worse: Reddit.
On a daily basis, I continuously ignore the limit on the Screen Time app then ask myself where the day went. But I swear I’m not that addicted. I’ve never announced to the world I’ll be taking a social media “detox”, so that counts for something, right?
During my time on the interwebs, there’s some stuff that’s made me giggle. You might find some of these funny or, alternatively, judge my sense of humour much like those Facebook friends who unfriended me after I publicly liked the page “I am a plant, nomnomnom photosynthesis”. Anyway, enjoy!
1. Derrick Comedy – Girls are not to be trusted
OK yeah, the title makes this look questionable but Donald Glover (AKA Childish Gambino) is in this so I swear it’s worth your time. This is one of my favourite videos from his sketch group, Derrick Comedy. Not only do they nail the tone of cringey student films, the performance from Glover is A+. Anyway, things get less funny when you try to explain them. I’ll stop rambling and let you watch.
2. Einstein’s fame goes to his head
The first time I watched this found footage “documentary”, I thought to myself “Whoah … fame got to a man as brilliant as Einstein!” This is because I compared the notoriety of Einstein’s Nobel prize to the way I felt when I received my first comment on TikTok. I then realised it was a joke and forwarded it to all my friends.
3. Hiring Strangers To Attend Your Funeral
If you’re into cringe comedy, this one’s for you. Nathan for You is a comedy series where Nathan Fielder goes around to small businesses and provides them with absurdly ridiculous advice. Know that the businesses and people in this video are real. No one is in on the joke except Nathan. Go ahead, stare into Nathan’s deadpan eyes and tell me you’re not uncomfortably laughing.
4. Game Show duet
Sometimes I insist that comedy should challenge people’s worldview and speak to deep universal truths. This is not one of those times.
5. The cat lawyer
Here’s one you can share with your mum. I love people pretending to carry on like everything is normal when things are glaringly not. In this case, “normal” is a Zoom call and “not” is a cat filter on a lawyer’s face. The man’s wallowing voice perfectly complements the forlorn expression of the cat. It’s so desperate. Nomnomnom I like this content.
6. Lady Gaga and 100 people
Look, I know we probably all saw this in 2018 but Lady Gaga is about to star in House of Gucci so this due for a rewatch. If you don’t remember, in 2018, Lady Gaga threw herself into the world of acting by taking on a lead role in A Star is Born. In interviews, she attributed her motivation to the one person who believed in her: Bradley Cooper. It’s sweet and even moving … until you realise she says the exact same thing in every interview and press conference. The whole situation reminds me of times where I’ve recited a story to a friend only for them to go “Jenny, you told me this exact same thing twice last week.”
Side note: Bradley Cooper deserves a medal for repeatedly sitting through the speech and keeping a straight face.
7. How are you? That’s a question
Aaron Chen is a national treasure. Even more than that Declaration of Independence Nicholas Cage keeps trying to steal. While many have seen Aaron Chen crush it in his standup, I think the world needs to know about his skills as an interviewer. Look, I know the video is over 10 minutes long but it’s ENTHRALLING.
8. Belly dancing to all types of music
I’m not usually a fan of young hot people dancing on TikTok but I’ll make an exception for this. The punchline gives me a good chuckle because it’s so satisfying.
9. Increasingly Stranger Things
I’ve never seen an episode of Stranger Things in my life but if I were a casting agent, I’d hire this girl in a heartbeat. Spotting her in every scene is like an I spy game. Also yeah, I’m linking part two because part one got flagged for copyright music and honestly, part two is better.
10. Kanye West and Gagas’s credentials
I would not be able to complete this list without mentioning Kanye West. The man is endlessly memeable. Depending on the political climate, my thoughts on his latest album, and how much I love Taylor Swift at the time, I will openly admit to being a fan. Sometimes Kanye is so genius the world can’t understand him, but here’s a moment where his thoughts are crystal clear. And it involves a delightful human who’s already been on this list: Lady Gaga.