From my humble beginnings performing twee ukulele covers on YouTubeuntil I was pooped for art in my music video House of Air, the global network (sometimes abbreviated to “www”) was a tool to get past the front door of LAMESTREAM MEDIA so I could sell my music to gay people.
It’s a full-time job pretending to be interesting, but luckily the net (not to be confused with the 1995 film starring Sandra Bullock) has a way of making really funny sketches, tweets and videos to find their way to me, the protagonist of it all. .
1. @vinn_nayy: dove at Pride
Starting with something gay for Pride month (technically it’s not Pride month in Australia, but whatever gets clicks), here’s a dove at Pride.
2. Funny or Die: Lindsay Lohan’s eHarmony profile
I love Lindsay Lohan and I think this sketch just shows that she’s in every lame joke you could make about her. I remember this feeling as so elegant “fuck you” when it appeared. To kill.
3. Mr Weebl’s song Magical Trevor
This song is why I got into music. So here it is in a loop for 10 hours because it was designed to be heard.
4. Caleb Gallo’s Happy & Wonderful Life: “Sometimes more expensive things are worse”
Brian Jordan Alvarez sets up the iconic Lentil (Jason Greene) for one of the most powerful phrases ever uttered online. The entire sketch is completely deadly, no stuffing, and includes a cameo by Fire Island writer Joel Kim Booster. Hot!
5. Baited: Ziwe interviews Caroline Calloway
I could put the whole Ziwe series here, but since we’re on Onlineland, let’s pick it up to her new series, Baited. It marked the rebirth of a crazy comedy; Caroline Calloway is later texted in real time by her manager, who begs her to finish the interview.
6. Not to Feminism
Created by TV and Twitter Writing Lesbian Bec Shaw, the Twitter account @NoToFeminism featured some of the dumbest word combinations I’ve ever read every day. But as absurd as any of these tweets might be, they would still attract a conservative audience that somehow really believed it to be true. Even when it came to women driving potatoes to work.
7. Cole Escola: A boring joke from relatives at Christmas
Escola is my favorite comedian of our generation, no questions asked. I see a lot of their work echoed in main standup right now and probably helped pave the way for RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Willow Pill’s rise to online glory. Escola balances stupidity, improvisation and terribly accurate impressions to full effect. This isn’t their best known sketch, but this perfectly encapsulates Escola’s unique ability to take the rhythms of banal conversations and leave you panting for air.
8. Demi Adejuyigbe: Lana Del Rey’s love song to Stuart Little
Originally tweeted as an April Fool’s joke by Demi Adejuyigbe, City Mouse is an “extremely rare” Lana Del Rey track dedicated to the titular mouse. Musical comedy, especially songs with a twisted ending, can certainly be forgotten after you crack the gag – but the song and music have received such care and attention, and the nods to Lana’s real music are so well done that I keep coming. back to this one.
Vine was like Tik Tok, but without so many adults self-diagnosing themselves as motorists. It was a lot of fun. Here are three vines that I count as one entry:
A. fre sha vocad o
B. ‘And they were ROOM CAMERAS’
C. Microwave dance
10. Lee Lin Chin: “Who’s that beautiful …”
And ending with the only good news reporter blooper, from mother Lee Lin Chin.