This is my worst skill – remembering things. And a key reason why you find less and less of me doing standup and more and more of me not doing standup. I can’t remember anything.
Somewhere along the way the heady mix of misspent youth and misspent time-since-youth has resulted in a memory exclusively capable of parroting chains of numbers immediately after they were said, and my mum’s recipe for spaghetti. Anything else, useless.
So, far from a list of the funniest things I have ever seen on the internet, here are nine people and things that I DM’d to my friend Mark who usually gets a copy of something funny I stumble upon, and one plug for my podcast.
1. Caleb Hearon
Caleb Hearon is everything I love about LA. His tiny pieces to camera are very funny.
2. Please Don’t Destroy
Martin Herlihy, John Higgins and Ben Marshall are far too young to be so very funny. And yet last weekend they made their debut on SNL.
3. Hot Department
The great thing about Australian sketch comedy is that you can watch it online, sure, but in a few short weeks you will be able to go out and see it live (for example at my comedy club, Comedy Republic) and it is very funny.
4. Victor Kunda
Say what you will about it, the funniest stuff on Twitter and Instagram is a sketch that was made over on TikTok. There is a new breed of comedian coming up and they are very funny.
It is a personal disappointment of mine that I laugh more at animals doing things than anything else. None of the following require explanation.
5. This bird taking lead vocals
6. This dog scared of its brethren
7. This pony building up the courage
8. This warthog quietly moving in on his prey
9. This take on hot takes
I find it very funny at the movies when the credits roll and the producer, director and writer are all the same person. You couldn’t find anyone else who thought this was a good idea? Podcasts are the same. A million people who all think they have a very important voice, perfectly captured by this very funny sketch.
10. This hilarious podcast from Kyran Wheatley
Having said that, I have a podcast. Each week my guest and I attempt the weekend quiz, with the help of a brains trust of two comedians in character. It’s called Wax Quizzical for reasons I don’t remember, and there are 70-ish episodes of very funny, very silly people being as dumb as they can – perfect reprieve in a pandemic. Especially Wednesday’s ep.