Each month, many funny videos are posted to every corner of the internet — from Twitter to Instagram, Vimeo, and sometimes other weird places we’ll have trouble embedding. Because you’re busy living your life, you might miss some of these funny videos and feel left out when others bring them up in conversation. Well, worry not! We’re here to make sure you’re not listening in on conversations but leading them … as long as those conversations are about funny internet videos. Here, our favorite comedy shorts of the month.
“Book,” by Anthony Oberbeck
This short film written and directed by Anthony Oberbeck (Shrill) explores how art lets us feel superior, regardless of how low-status we actually are. Starring Nathan Min as Joe, the catatonic object of the world’s derision (and featuring a standout turn from Andrew Tischer as Joe’s boss), “Book” sees Oberbeck poking fun at the ways in which we might fail to realize we’re actually the butt of someone else’s joke.
“Forsooth,” by Scotty Nelson
It’s the turtleneck-wearing kid with marker all over his fingers and red juice ringing his lips … but as an adult. And he loves every bit of peripheral power he can suck up like so much boxed fruit punch. Yes, this is the best-ever imitation of a huge incel and self-proclaimed “dork” who both is angry and thinks he’s unquestionably, unimpeachably cool. 1:10–1:20 is powerful, powerful stuff.
“Ghostwritten,” by Chrissy Shakelford
In this web series created by Last Week Tonight writer Chrissy Shakelford and directed by George Gross, a struggling ghostwriter (James Dwyer) takes on a series of clients (each played by Shakelford). When you start laughing at the very first image of a web series — in this case, Dwyer’s hint for his laptop password — you know you’re in for something special. All of the episodes are currently available here.
“Googles Whether Horses Got Their Own Medals at the Olympics,” by Skyler Higley feat. Alex Collyard
Kevin Hart and Snoop did not cover this travesty on their Peacock-born tour de force, and Skyler Higley saw a horse-shaped hole. Thank you, Mr. Higley, for alerting America — neigh, the world — to the mistreatment of winning equines.
“How to Sell a TV Show in Just 3 Simple Steps,” by Sara Schaefer
Sara Schaefer’s straightforward breakdown of the extremely straightforward process of creating a television show clearly struck a chord with experienced and expiring TV writers of all stripes when she released it (just after we published last month’s roundup). Here, Schaefer paints a cathartic picture of Hollywood as a Kafkaesque bureaucracy that is utterly incapable of making any decision without taking a vacation to mull it over first. Be forewarned: If you have aspirations to sell a TV show, this will be a discouraging watch, but also an informative one.
“MAGA Icons: Where Are They Now and Are They OK,” by Vic Berger
Ever wonder what happened to the legions of idiots who supported Trump until the bitter end and thought there was no way in new-money hell he could be deprived of a second term? Well, Vic Berger has laced together a typically psychedelic supercut that will send off the deplorables in style. Oh, it’s also 28 minutes long. Take an edible first and settle in.
“New Faces of Comedy,” by Robin Tran
This month saw almost 40 sets from stand-up and sketch comedians at the Just for Laughs festival’s New Faces of Comedy, all of which are up on YouTube and worth checking out. In this standout set, Robin Tran discusses what it was like overcoming a language barrier to come out to her mom, as well as how hard the Vietnam War must have been for Tom Cruise.
“‘Nice Guys’ in Movies,” by Avital Ash
This guy knows the “Forsooth” guy above. They’re not close, but they’re aware of each other and have certainly forced conversation at some point in college while leering at girls walking into an unwelcoming fraternity house. Gentlemen all: It’s better to just ask a lady out and be turned down than subject her to this kind of self-aggrandizing faux-awkward horror.
“Passenger Duct-Taped to Seat for Attacking Flight Attendants!” by The Real Spark
Of all the internet reactions to the Frontier Airlines’ passenger who had to be duct-taped to his seat after assaulting airline workers and delivering an unhinged rant, none could beat this video from The Real Spark, in character as one of the flight attendants who knew the time had come to put his foot down. We don’t want more people to have to be duct-taped to their seat after assaulting airline workers and delivering unhinged rants, but we do want to see more from Alfredo Rivera.
“POV: You’re Dating Gordon Ramsay’s Daughter,” by MemeGuyAJ
Best Gordon impression we’ve seen, hands down. Don’t believe us? Have a gander at this little little nugget. From the hand gestures to the rocking back and forth while speaking, this is pure gold. If MemeGuyAJ sat for some (very) quick highlights, Michelin reviewers wouldn’t know the difference.
“Shit Nuts,” by Gil Ozeri
You thought you’d seen every influencer unboxing video, and you may have seen most. But have you seen the one where comedian Gil Ozeri eats, applies to his face, and compliments literal human shit? Well, you won’t. Because not even Ozeri would be crazy enough to eat real people feces. What he is nutty enough to do is spend what seems like thousands on designing and producing a “luxury” box called Shit Nuts … with fake shits and (probably) real nuts inside.
“Woman Cheats on Her Boyfriend and Makes a Grave Mistake …,” by Simple Town
The wonderful sketch group Simple Town (Felipe Di Poi, Caroline Yost, Will Niedmann, Samuel Lanier, and Ian Faria) has done it again, this time with a morality tale spoken with the cadence of a text-to-speech app. As Simple Town themselves will tell you, all good sketches have a message, and the best way to interact with a sketch is to spread the message. So that’s what we’re doing now.
Like what you saw? Want to be on this monthly roundup? Show us your stuff!
Graham Techler has contributed writing to The New Yorker and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Send him your videos at @gr8h8m_t3chl3r.
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