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Notice to Quit’ and This Month’s Other Must-See Comedy Shorts

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Each month, many funny videos are posted to every corner of the internet — from Twitter and Instagram to 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.

“Blue,” by Home Planet

David Timon, CEO of Globe Milk, would like to assuage any fears and rumors that might be circulating that suggest his company’s product turns people blue. Before long, he’s on the run from the blues, who appear to want revenge … or do they? Joe Gleason and Alex Forrest’s sketches have become a reliable source for oddball premises that toy with expectations at the last minute, and this video is no exception.

“Cartoon Country,” by Manolo M

Demetri Martin, Mitch Hedberg, and David Firth smoke a bunch of weed … and Manolo M is born. Okay, that’s not really how biology works, but Manolo’s brief collection of razor-witted animated shorts has left us excited about his potential to usher in a 2022 version of MTV’s hit Liquid Television. Look THAT up, zoomers! (We’re getting older.)

“Cholo Squat,” by Frankie Quinones

Frankie Quinones’s massively popular cholo fitness-instructor character tells us how to appropriately squat for photos while getting a workout. There’s not much more to it, and the fact that this kind of simplicity resonates is a testament to how perfectly crafted Quinones’s character really is.

“Couple Who Bought a Cabin,” by Graham Wallace

Graham Wallace returns to the e-pages of Vulture with a very dumb vignette about a cabin purchased under the assumption that he and his partner would be staying at it much more than they currently do. Isn’t that always the way with vacation homes? The skewering of upper-middle-class banality is palpable.

“A Day in My Life,” by Lisa Gilroy

If you’ve ever wanted a glimpse into the carefree day-to-day life of a TikTok influencer that is definitely not dedicated to obsessing over the precise composition and potential fallout from an ever-so-slightly confrontational email, check out Lisa Gilroy’s fast-paced symphony of paranoia right here.

“Footage of a Real Live Quick Change I Did During a Shakespearean Play,” by Dylan Adler

All the latest and greatest innovations in the art of comedy sometimes just can’t hold a candle to people falling over. Such is the case with this video from Dylan Adler, a cast member on TikTok’s new sketch-comedy show Stapleview, in which a Shakespearean actor takes out everyone in the wings during a 12-layer costume change. We’d say Chevy Chase would be proud, but we don’t have to bring him into this. Adler seems much easier to work with.

“Klezgermiia,” by Felipe Di Poi Tamargo and Simeon Kondev

Felipe Di Poi Tamargo and Simeon Kondev are the minds behind this fantastic animated short, a parable of indifferent gods and their unnecessarily pious subjects. The people of a desert moon orbiting the planet of Klezgermiia are obsessed with sacrificing twins to a volcano to please the Klezgers, a bored pair of siblings who just love to throw rocks at stuff. The Klezgermiians quickly engage in a deadly form of goalpost-moving, in terms of what counts as a twin, to stop the apocalypse from raining down on them.

“Mom Who Insists on Calling Underwear ‘Panties,’” by Hannah Pilkes

Like moist, the word panties sends shivers up the spines of a great number of English speakers. There’s just something so blech about it. Hannah Pilkes recognizes this and asks the question “What if your mom couldn’t stop using it?” Art is made.

“Notice to Quit,” by Niles Abston and Johnny Mac

This is the best short we’ve seen this year. If we’re being real honest, it’s the best short we’ve seen in the past couple of years. Equal parts Friday and Half Baked, with a dash of two very good J’s (John Singleton — RIP — and Jordan Peele), Niles Abston and Johnny Mac’s story about two losers trying to get out of paying rent they can’t afford is so much more important than its logline. Nonlinear storytelling, masterful tonal changes, and experimental flourishes (like a story-time narrator tag after the “Fin” card) make this one to watch, and Abston and Mac talents to track closely.

“You Just Slept With Your Feminism Professor,” by Chloe Troast

A student postcoitally asks their feminism professor to define the gender divide. The monologue that follows should just be watched instead of explained, because we dare you to read the following line in your head — “The man hunts the beasts, right? While the women get the berries and put them in a basket” — with the same musical delivery done to perfection by Chloe Troast.

Like what you saw? Want to be on this monthly roundup? Show us your stuff! 

Luke Kelly-Clyne is co-head of HartBeat Independent and a watcher of many web videos. Send him yours at @LKellyClyne.

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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