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August 22, 2010 7:06 AM   Subscribe

I'm getting crankier in my old age and I'd love to bust a gut and laugh so hard that I cry. Recommendations for short video clips that have made you go "HA!" aloud. Laugh-aloud stuff for me looks like the David Brent dance from "The Office," and Harvard Sailing Team. My kids and students thank you in advance.
posted by dzaz to Grab Bag (68 answers total) 169 users marked this as a favorite
 
The front fell off gets me every time.
posted by markx2 at 7:21 AM on August 22, 2010 [7 favorites]


Rejected
Wolverine in 60 Seconds
Butt Dance
Obama's Elf
Mango
Why did the lion get lost?

I'm afraid this list says a lot about me.
posted by neushoorn at 7:24 AM on August 22, 2010


I came across the Macho Salad last night and laughed so loud the cats fled the room.
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 7:27 AM on August 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


I was a dour fuck for years and my ex was forever on my ass to lighten up but nothing really got me to belly laugh like Whose Line Is It Anyway? She dragged me into the TV room and said "watch this," then, "damn it's good to hear you laugh again."
posted by seanmpuckett at 7:32 AM on August 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


... The Richard Simmons Whose Line... skit is ... precious to me.
posted by seanmpuckett at 7:33 AM on August 22, 2010 [15 favorites]


...today is already so much better.

Now, I have to get my hands on a copy of "The Games." Damn, that was a great show.
posted by dzaz at 7:35 AM on August 22, 2010


Peep Show Episode 1 is pretty funny.
posted by KokuRyu at 7:36 AM on August 22, 2010


Most recently, I found myself laughing out loud, snorting, giggling and chuckling and finally sharing it around the office. It was the comments that did it for me.

Miss Universe National Costumes Part One and Part Two
posted by The Lady is a designer at 7:45 AM on August 22, 2010


Oh, and Pete and Dud for the win, forever.
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 7:48 AM on August 22, 2010


The IT Crowd. My go-to for getting out of bad moods. I sit there roaring and the family wonders....
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:50 AM on August 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


How about Every Day Normal Guy?
That one slays me.
posted by knmr76 at 7:54 AM on August 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm on a Boat by Lonely Island and their other videos cracks me up every time. A little crude, though...
posted by dmbfan93 at 7:56 AM on August 22, 2010


Mythbusters: Fun with Gas

Ocean Smack

The Good Word

Trololo Cat

Best Scenes from "The Wicker Man"

?????
posted by Rhaomi at 7:57 AM on August 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Peep Show Episode 1 is pretty funny.

Super funny. Just wanted to point out that I think all episodes from all seasons are in Hulu.
posted by whiskeyspider at 8:00 AM on August 22, 2010


oh and there's the Trunk Monkey commercials

hilarious!~
posted by dmbfan93 at 8:02 AM on August 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Whitest Kids You Know - Grapist
posted by codswallop at 8:10 AM on August 22, 2010 [6 favorites]


Armstrong and Miller RAF Pilots
posted by Comrade_robot at 8:11 AM on August 22, 2010


The links on this mefi post on the 2 Ronnies should do the trick
posted by handee at 8:26 AM on August 22, 2010


Big spider attacks (warning contains real spiders) I accidentally woke up my wife in the next room laughing at this last night.
posted by bottlebrushtree at 8:41 AM on August 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Perhaps some Kitten Mittens from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia?
posted by statsgirl at 8:48 AM on August 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Anything from the first season of Whitest Kids U Know, and scattered sketches from later years.

Sketches from A Bit of Fry and Laurie, or earlier episodes of Jeeves and Wooster. (Many of both are on YouTube.) Those two define comedic duo.
posted by supercres at 8:57 AM on August 22, 2010


Man-Bat always makes me laugh out loud, particularly towards the end.
posted by essexjan at 9:18 AM on August 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


The Count (sesame st.) Censored
posted by mcarlson85 at 9:24 AM on August 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


The Will Arnett-Olsen Twins sex tape (via Human Giant) brought me to tears probably the first through fourth times I saw it (warning: NSFW language)
posted by windbox at 9:32 AM on August 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


These bring me the lulz:

Astronaut Prank
George Washington
Flip Flop Treadmill Fail
posted by illenion at 9:49 AM on August 22, 2010


Nthing Whose Line. Something about this show must be balm for the curmudgeon's soul because my 80-something Dad is the one who turned me on to it. He's usually in constant cranky mode but he laughs so hard during Whose Line that his face almost purples.

The Man Show Boy never fails to make me belly-laugh no matter what mood I'm in.
posted by Oriole Adams at 9:52 AM on August 22, 2010


Smartass Vader

Yeehaw Vader

Death Star - What's All That Noise?

Pork Chop Sandwiches

Reggae Peeping Tom

Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video: 2nd Attempt

Zorro Cat and Mariachi Cat

Dog Hands

Proper Ducks

Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literal Video Version
posted by Askr at 10:02 AM on August 22, 2010


Can't get on YouTube from where I am now, but google "Eddie Izzard" "Death Star Cantine" "Lego" and you'll find it. If you haven't already.
posted by lapsangsouchong at 11:16 AM on August 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


Fatal Beatings
posted by carsonb at 11:20 AM on August 22, 2010


One of my all time favorites is Spiders on Drugs.
posted by jquinby at 11:32 AM on August 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Best Mime Ever (to 'Torn')

Vader Sessions
posted by Comrade_robot at 11:45 AM on August 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Talking Cats
Pedophile Beards
posted by w0mbat at 11:45 AM on August 22, 2010


Posh Dancing
posted by purpletangerine at 11:58 AM on August 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) tries a pick-up line

Alan Partridge pierces his foot on a spike

Special Recommendation: The Ricky Gervais Show, in its various forms. Basically, all the radio shows and podcasts with Ricky, Stephen Merchant and most especially Karl Pilkington. I've collected about 80 hours (!) of this. On shuffle it's nearly an infinite source of hilarity and stress-relief.
posted by Harry at 12:04 PM on August 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


Just another Karl Pilkington clip. I couldn't help myself.
posted by Harry at 12:07 PM on August 22, 2010


Love that video of "Johann Lippowitz"/David Armand's "Torn" , and here's his fabulous "That's my Home."
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 12:10 PM on August 22, 2010


Worst Music Video EVER
posted by onepot at 12:25 PM on August 22, 2010


Alan Partridge - The Best Lord.
That Mitchell and Webb Look - Numberwang.
That Mitchell and Webb Look: Homeopathic A&E.
Look Around You - Maths.
Day Job Orchestra.
Who burned Nic's toast?
posted by hot soup girl at 1:01 PM on August 22, 2010


Thanks to everyone; no best answers because they're all great!
posted by dzaz at 1:05 PM on August 22, 2010


If The Office is your thing, the bloopers had me in tears.
posted by atypicalguy at 1:07 PM on August 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Channel 4 has put the classic comedy series Father Ted up on Youtube. This is not the first episode, but it is a high note and a good starting point.
posted by Lorc at 1:15 PM on August 22, 2010


Penguin Joke
posted by spasm at 1:16 PM on August 22, 2010


Hello Dave
Rambling Hiker
Chanel 9
posted by Dr.Pill at 1:32 PM on August 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


This always gets me: That's Why I Don't Like Cricket from The Mighty Boosh. Actually anything from the Boosh.
posted by mskyle at 1:44 PM on August 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


This is one of my all-time favorite MeFi questions. I've been laughing for hours. Thanks, dzaz!!!

My contribution: Hugh Laurie's take on folk music.
posted by Paris Elk at 2:08 PM on August 22, 2010


I must be nuts, but what's done it for me is watching the 1960s Pink Panther episodes on Hulu with my 6-year old. There's something about seeing the Pink Panther matching his wits against a ghost, a flea, or an astronomer.
posted by crapmatic at 2:19 PM on August 22, 2010


The best comedy no-one's seen: The Castle. It's the surprisingly touching tale of an Australian family whose house is about to be repossessed. It's wall-to-wall jokes though, I can't think of any film that's made me laugh more. There are clips on YouTube, but none of them do it justice.
posted by hnnrs at 3:45 PM on August 22, 2010


Anything Viral Video Film School clip, but especially Bears
posted by FakePalindrome at 4:12 PM on August 22, 2010


Spaced. Two majestic seasons. So good.
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 4:39 PM on August 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Cat poop. So very, very juvenile, and so incredibly low budget, but I was in serious distress from laughing so hard when I first saw it.
posted by holterbarbour at 4:57 PM on August 22, 2010


When trying to think of something that makes me laugh every time I see it, I could only think of Hurra Torpedo covering Total Eclipse of the Heart.
posted by katinka-katinka at 5:05 PM on August 22, 2010


Love "The Castle" with an almost unrecognizable Eric Bana!
posted by dzaz at 5:59 PM on August 22, 2010


Oh, and assuming you're familiar with "Montgomery Flea Market", then this:

Montgomery Redemption
posted by holterbarbour at 7:04 PM on August 22, 2010


Thanks, MeFi -- what a fantastic way to spend some time on a Sunday evening!

My favorite vid for a quick and dirty (*groan*) "LOL":

Outtakes from a Dirty Jobs promo shoot with Mike Rowe
posted by abigredchair at 7:33 PM on August 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Someone linked me once to this fan video -- the cast of Stargate is at a convention, and for some reason the topic of furries comes up. One cast member doesn't know what furries are. His costar explains. He...reacts strongly. (You don't need to ever have heard of any of these people -- the funny is all in watching his reaction.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:42 PM on August 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ass pennies gets me every time.
posted by Ryogen at 12:20 AM on August 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yakkity Sax does The Passion of the Christ - folks, get ready to weep...
posted by honey-barbara at 1:32 AM on August 23, 2010


Good morning. Some more!

Markets of Britain by Peter Serafinowicz.

Green Wing. It's a brilliant show, a sitcom that's almost a sketch show, with a very large, very good cast. Marp Heap as Dr. Alan Statham is just amazing.
posted by Harry at 2:33 AM on August 23, 2010


News team reacts to a runway model taking a tumble.
Ernie and Bert go brutal.
Cat jump fails miserably.
posted by prinado at 2:56 AM on August 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


Bambi Meets Godzilla
posted by mbarryf at 5:17 AM on August 23, 2010


How To Kill A Mockingbird
posted by namewithoutwords at 6:22 AM on August 23, 2010


Bert and Ernie do Casino. NSFW language.
posted by jquinby at 6:50 AM on August 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Pablo Francisco's Little Tortilla Boy sketch always does it for me. His impressions of Keanu and Ahnold are dead on.
posted by ashirys at 7:27 AM on August 23, 2010


VideoSift's Comedy channel is perhaps a nice link to get to loads of quality clips.
posted by Harry at 7:28 AM on August 23, 2010


These are a bit more involved than pratfalls and perhaps are more amusing than laugh-out-loud but maybe someone else will enjoy them as much as I do!

Eric "the eel" Moussambani at the Sydney Olympics, competing in a swimming event. He is from Equitorial Guinea, where at the time they had no Olympic-sized swimming pools. The commentators crack me up every time, and they're cracking themselves up by the end of it too.

"Send Us Your Reckons, a Mitchell and Web clip about the practice of soliciting viewer opinions on things they know nothing about: "You may not know anything about the issue, but I bet you reckon something!"
posted by hepta at 2:07 PM on August 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


The Best Sketch Ever
posted by philip-random at 8:36 PM on August 25, 2010


Japanese toilet pranks slay me every time. The insane sauna pranks too. *wiping gasping laughter tears from my eyes to type this
posted by nickyskye at 1:16 AM on August 28, 2010


seanmpuckett, I have been laughing my ass off at Whose Line Is It Anyway clips on YouTube all week. Bless you, sir. (For everyone else -- there are 27 Best Of compilation videos and they are hilarious.)
posted by kate blank at 7:13 PM on September 3, 2010


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