The internet is basically the sun to me. I need it to live, but I know that spending all day in its glow will eventually kill me. It has made my brain a worse place to be but when I look at these funny videos, I can easily forget how terrible it is. Actually, I can easily forget anything because the internet has ruined my long-term memory.
I get nervous when showing people things on the internet – there’s a real shame in showing people something they’ve already seen. People roll their eyes at you like you’re the second guy to invent the wheel. That being said, let’s kick off with an extremely popular video!
1. Lubalin: turning Yahoo answers into beautiful music
There’s a good chance you’ve seen Lubalin’s songs made from internet comments. He’s been on Fallon, which makes what I’m doing tantamount to “introducing” you to Coldplay. If you’ve already seen this just 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 been sent this tweet at least a dozen times when it dropped. I already know my job is a joke, I frankly do not need these kinds of personal attacks. My girlfriend thought this was very funny when I showed it to her (after she’d finished her busy day working at a hospital).
3. The Day Today: ‘Is this cool?’
I didn’t discover The Day Today until 20 years after it was off 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 intermittently yelling at each other since she showed me this sketch.
Once The Algorithm decides you like something, it will jam that thing down your throat like a duck being turned into foie gras. It has decided I love “specific impressions”, and hats off to the terrifying algorithm because I absolutely do! Here are three quick favourites:
@calebsaysthings: listening to a friend when they’re completely in the wrong
There will never be a more on-point impression of talking to this kind of friend.
@melbuttle: things mums say when it is raining
Mel Buttle’s impressions of mums belong in a museum. “Good day to be a frog!” Love it.
@itscaitlinhello: the ‘sad lead girl’ in every Netflix teen film
Caitlin Reilly is the best actor at playing actors acting. All her work is great, but her series of poorly written female characters (in sci-fi, action movies, teen dramas and more) is amazing.
There’s joy in a joke that takes you by surprise. This is not that. This stupid joke is going exactly where you think it is and your hand is on the stupid steering wheel.
It’s a sick thrill. 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 attacking a man who tried to pat it
Sometimes when we’re having a hard day at work my co-workers will suggest we watch South African Pig Man again. It’s just a little treat. Everyone has their own version of South African Pig Man. This is mine.
Whoever made this clip ended it at EXACTLY the right time. We will never know what happened to South African Pig Man, and I think that’s for the best.
7. A Life in Questions: Wisdom School with Aaron Chen
As a broadcaster I ask questions every day, but I know deep down I will never come close to Aaron Chen when he comes to the skill of question-asking.
8. That Mitchell & Webb Look: ‘Remain indoors’
This blew up again at the start of the pandemic, and remains a modern classic. It was pretty close to the bone two years ago – hopefully you’re ready to laugh at it again!
9. The Chaotic Nightclub Photos Twitter account
As the world opens up after years of lockdowns, people are ready for our Jazz Age. Chaotic Nightclub Photos is both a love letter and public service announcement to anyone ready to get back out there and paint the town.
I’m pretty bad with money. I bought some bitcoin back in 2010 to buy normal legal things off the internet and I didn’t keep track of the wallet. I have no idea where it is. My Michael Hing did a rough calculation and estimates its current worth at around A$3m. Oh well. Now all I can do is take joy in rich people losing money in ridiculous ways.
I’m not just saying this to make the Guardian look good, but that headline shows the perfect amount of restraint. It doesn’t get much funnier than the truth.