Never in my life have I felt more unfunny than I did while compiling this list. There is nothing that’ll give you the ick faster than someone whipping out their phone to show you something “funny” they’ve seen on the internet, thrusting you into the longest three minutes of your life. Oh and that keen, wide-eyed look they give you after, practically begging for validation? Gross. And somehow, despite knowing this, here I am, desperately hoping that you’ll laugh and think I’m cool.
Look, I’m not in the business of being funny. I make music. And that’s the excuse I’ll be sticking to if nothing on this list appeals to you. But if you’ll feelin ‘frisky, let me whip out my proverbial phone and show you a thing or two…
1. @ rhyleep95 on TikTok
I think creating this list has made me realize that a lot of what I think is “funny” is actually just earnest expressions of joy and people at play. Rhylee is a natural comedian who is genuinely talented across multiple disciplines, but her account is perfect comfort-watch territory because it’s just truly nice to watch someone have fun.
Nina Oyama on Twitter (@ninaoyama)
I’m a depressed queer with a penchant for dry, grubby humor, so naturally I’m a Nina Oyama stan. If you’re on Twitter and not following Nina, you’re misusing the platform.
3. @mignonettetakespictures on Instagram
More amusing than literally funny, but @mignonettetakespictures serves up bittersweet tearjerkers, unhinged absurdity, belly laughs and everything in between.
4. @gnomeboys on TikTok
I could have just submitted 10 Gnome Boys clips for this list tbh. A supremely balanced mix of comedy, talent, and wholesome celebration of friendship in equal measure. Slay.
5. Seven interviews Chet Hanks
I do not know what this says about me, but Ziwe making people uncomfortable is something I find thoroughly enjoyable.
6. @grandma_droniak on TikTok
Grandma Droniak is a modern feminist icon. And if you do not like it, leave.
7. @aureliastclair on TikTok
If there’s one thing I’m into, it’s deeply specific memes about Melbourne’s inner north, and Aurelia handles this masterfully. I’ve chosen this particular clip cuz I live in Brunswick and I’m very attached to my putrid bucket of rotting food scraps that literally goes into the general waste bin every week.
8. Dirty Bird # 2: Dads
Uh. I’m not sure what to say about this. Please enjoy some vintage Sam Campbell, where he and his friend Henry run into their dads while on a “chicken eating tour of the suburbs”.
9. @ janemckennan0 on TikTok
Jane’s body of work is very dynamic and thrilling. A cutting edge artist in the peak of her prime, in my humble opinion.
10. @lostmymarblesagain on TikTok
Look, we’re this deep into the list and I do not know what’s funny any more. But if Brittany Broski has one million fans, I’m one of them. If she has one fan, it’s me. If she has zero fans, I’m dead.
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