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My name is He Huang. I was born and raised in China in the 1990s, so I didn’t really use the internet as a child due to my packed studying schedule. My love for surfing the internet began when I started university in Beijing, and it now plays an important part of my life as an international student and expat living in Sydney. Here are the 10 funniest things I have found on the internet:
1. The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report introduced me to the world of political satire, which I did not grow up with. I celebrated my university years by watching Stephen Colbert’s humorous commentary on all issues, small or big. I just cannot get enough of his larger-than-life ego.
2. Stephen Chow – Only You by Kar-Ying Law
Stephen Chow represents Hong Kong’s particular brand of slapstick humour, known as Mo lei tau (冇厘頭), and the best decade for Hong Kong movies. He is like our Monty Python. I go back to the internet to watch funny scenes from his movies all the time. This song is one of his most famous scenes.
3. Why cats are better than dogs – Zoltan Kaszas
I don’t have any pets because I am not ready for responsibilities. But I love watching people who have pets fight over which type of pet is best. So far, I think Zoltan Kaszas has made the best comedy out of it and I just love his cat, Jessica.
4. Russell Peters’ special Red, White, and Brown
Russell Peters was the first stand-up comedian I watched as a way of learning English. It is too real for me when he does his impression of a Chinese salesman bargaining with him, and the famous: “Be a Man.” It brings so much life to me.
5. Doug Stanhope on nationalism
Stanhope is my all-time favourite comedian. He is a comedians’ comedian. His comedy special No Refunds has so much to offer – his bit on nationalism is definitely a classic.
6. Patrice O’Neal: Animal Lover
Patrice O’Neal’s comedy special Elephant in the Room is a must-watch. This part is the one that gets stuck in my head – Patrice is a master of the riff.
7. Felipe Esparza: They’re Not Gonna Laugh at You
If you want to listen to some good self-deprecating comedy, you should definitely check out Felipe Esparza, a Mexico-born American comedian. His cadence and delivery is mesmerising to me.
8. Margaret Cho: Asian chicken salad
Margaret Cho is an idol of mine. Her comedy is a delightful mix of well-written jokes and superb act-outs. I laugh hysterically every time I listen to her early comedy specials. Her “Asian chicken salad” bit just never gets old – it is too good to be true.
9. The ‘Why are you gay?’ interview from Uganda
This hour-long interview makes me burst into laughter so many times. The host is genuinely confused while trying to understand LGBTQ rights. The topic is totally serious, but the interview itself is comedy gold. We need more interviews like this nowadays.
10. Never say no to panda
Last but not the least, something that relates to where I am from. I thought I was going to watch a commercial about how a panda’s cuteness makes it irresistible, but this turned out to be about a massively controlling panda.