During the first lockdown of 2020, Guardian Australia launched The Funniest Things Online, a weekly column to delight readers who need it most.
For each column, a famous funny person selects the links, videos, and tweets that made them laugh so hard. We thought it would be short-lived, but as the pandemic continues, so has our need for endurance – and now Thursday’s spot is a mainstay.
And we’d like our readers to get involved, too.
Please join us in the comments with a link to the funniest thing I’ve seen on the internet in the last year: it could be a tweet, Instagram, TikTok, video, headline, article… anything that’s not really offensive, defamatory, or mean-spirited.
To start off, the Guardian team chose their cast.
2021 in short
Although the news report is about a very serious driving charge inversion, there is something about the dull beating when the face meets the glass, followed by Wilhelm’s screaming scream, perfectly timed between the Seven News reporter’s narration. This clip looked like 2021 in a nutshell. – Josh Taylor
This is what a perfect man looks like
As someone who enjoys pickle experience (often buying oversized new pickles at a local store and eating them in abundance on the street to annoy passersby), I’d like to thank the 2013 Adam Sandler photo re-emergence for her brave and necessary acting act. – Michael Sun
“I deserve pee touches”
This has to be one of the best mini movies of 2021. Nobody can write anything that good. A man, at work, flies around his head, unfazed by anything other than…his personal household concerns. Indifference, confidence, indignation. And then the ejector. I left it to read. All in less than five seconds. – Amy Remakes
“There are silly goats outside.”
In a truly perfect Tiktok, a little New Zealand kid standing on a toy oven, simply wants to tell her mother about an unusual visitor in the park. Her mother, trying not to laugh, pointed out that the animal was in fact just a goat. are corrected. The child is right of course. It’s a fucking goat. – Bonnie Malkin
The big stuck boat
Ben Jenkins already wrote a definitive piece about the Ever Geffen, the big boat that got stuck in the Suez Canal and grabbed our full attention for an entire week. “It wasn’t just simplicity The problem, it was its precious craftsmanship,” he wrote. “The Big Boat Stuck was not a symbol of a deeper, more thorny problem that we should really talk about… It was an unfathomably large boat, stuck, and there was nothing anyone outside 11 boats could do And a number of excavators did it around.” – Steve Harmon
My husband accidentally spreads it
In the depths of closure, just when it seemed that nothing new could happen again, My husband spread on TikTok – grumbling about a dirty joke of a student in a takbeer lecture.
You probably shouldn’t crop the lecturers for the content, but in this case, the student did the right thing, reached out to him and offered to delete the passage. My husband told him to continue. The world needs a father more. – Alex Gorman
Roman Roy Pat Poitou impression
Like the charming Roman Roy on Succession, I also find it nearly impossible to sit in a chair the way the furniture designers intended. (I also – inexplicably! – have back pain.) So TikTok hits so close to home, it hurts. Janina Israel
Swollen testicles in Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend
The constant discussion about friend Nicki Minaj’s swollen testicles was the best thing that’s happened on the internet since the Ecce Homo restoration.
The Trinidad and Tobago government assures us that no one’s testicles have swollen after receiving the Covid vaccine, and Nicki Minaj denies being an anti-vaccine – but reports that a cousin’s friend’s wedding was canceled remain unconfirmed. – Gabriel Jackson
This is a tik tok remix of Gladys covid presses
Dance versions of political press conferences have become a thing in the Covid years – Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews even made Triple J a Top 100 – but it’s the choreography of TikToker Bronte Crawley that made EDM’s collection of Gladys Berejiklian’s daily Covid press conferences so fascinating. Especially the dance move for “crystal ball”. – Kala and Kist
The father who can’t use QR codes
There’s nothing more 2021 than a frozen beer and an iPhone full of QR codes. Pour one out for this guy who did his best to be a hardworking, covid-safe citizen and didn’t quite get there. – Caitlin Cassidy
Have you checked your puthole?
I only started seeing Tom Cardy in my TikTok feed in March of this year as it started to go viral. He has now garnered nearly 14 million likes on TikTok and 7m Spotify Streams, and has released an entire album of his self-described dumb songs.
Too bad about breakfast, thinking anxious, suppressing your feelings or a horrible date with Montaigne participating in the Australian Eurovision 2021 I have to agree with many of Cardy’s commenters – some of these songs are absolute pop and totally chaotic energy I needed today/this week / this year. – Dave Early
The parrot who sings
The best thing I’ve seen on the internet this year is this parrot who sings along with rock and classic metal and makes the songs even cooler than they were originally.
I can never stop seeing it because earlier this year I tweeted about it, this quote tweet was cropped and spread on Instagram, now it’s part of the internet ecosystem, and every two weeks or so someone posts I say, “Are you The girl who wrote about the parrot? – Stephanie Convery
“I’m not a cat”
Long after “you’re on mute” became a catchphrase, Zoom faux pas saw Texas attorney Rod Bunton masked a kitten filter he couldn’t shake while in virtual court.
The viral video brought 40 seconds of joy to anyone who fell prey to technology, as the lawyer insisted “I’m here alive, I’m not a cat,” while his mustaches and eyes tremble anxiously from side to side. – Maddy Thomas
Mines Joy Tumblr
Every now and then, a series of Tumblr posts pop up on Twitter, delivering a series of quick snapshots of mystical weird humor straight to my mind. I have no idea if these pictures are funny, or even half understandable, for people who haven’t been poisoned online like me, but hey — the gig is laughing. – patrick lum
ABC’s Accidental Satanic Rituals
Amidst endless Covid updates, political ads and your daily dose of crime, ABC News threw something special on one August evening.
While some conspiracy theorists have claimed it has something to do with their reckless ideas, this was, according to presenter Yvonne Young, a jumble that includes footage from another story about the Church of Satan in Noosa. – Rosemary Bolger
This tweet during the Olympics was so stupid and childish, no doubt it reflected so badly on me that I couldn’t stop laughing at it. Johannes came 11th in the decathlon, so he definitely deserves the best. – Mike Teacher
Why did the mammoth become extinct?
Adrian Bliss creates a collection of funny drawings for one person. My Favorites are the ones that give a fresh look to your favorite Sunday School stories – like this one behind the scenes on Noah’s Ark. – Elaine Liepeter
Francis Bourgeois spots trains
Trainspotter Francis Bourgeois might be the most cheerful person on TikTok. I hope one day I’ll love something as much as he loves visiting his old friend Gordon. – Joe King