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What is your favorite legendary, hilarious clip?

Every so often (usually at the recommendation of a friend) I'll come across a Youtube video that has acquired legendary comedic status in kind of a niche way, something that people once saw and still talk about, that probably would be impossible to find had video-sharing websites like Youtube not been invented. Some examples include: Casey Kasem Loses It In the Studio, Norm Saves the Interview, Bill O'Reilly Goes Nuts, Patrice O'Neal Changes His Opinion of Face/Off. (In trying to figure out what these share, they are not just funny, they are so funny that people remember them and reference them years later, and it seems like there's often an element of spontaneity/something going awry in a hilarious way involved in the clips themselves.)

What are some other videos that fall in this category?
posted by sallybrown to Media & Arts (80 answers total) 236 users marked this as a favorite
 
The apocryphal Newlywed Game episode.
posted by pla at 2:40 PM on September 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


You Should Have Seen This - GREG RUTTER'S DEFINITIVE LIST OF THE 99 THINGS YOU SHOULD HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCED ON THE INTERNET UNLESS YOU'RE A LOSER OR OLD OR SOMETHING.
posted by carsonb at 2:41 PM on September 22, 2012 [5 favorites]


Gotta Have More Cowbell.
posted by Sassyfras at 2:43 PM on September 22, 2012


German weather lady gets the giggles. Probably my favorite Youtube video of all time.
posted by drjimmy11 at 2:44 PM on September 22, 2012 [5 favorites]


Baby Monkey Riding Backwards on a Pig.
posted by scratch at 2:44 PM on September 22, 2012 [4 favorites]


Indian "Thriller."

I am never tired of the old French guys fighting. (Not an original uploader, but I can't doubt its authenticity, can you?)
posted by Countess Elena at 2:46 PM on September 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Yeah, I'm done with that."
posted by drjimmy11 at 2:48 PM on September 22, 2012 [9 favorites]


David After Dentist
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 2:50 PM on September 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


"Don't...tell me how to do the line...it sickens me." - William Shatner
posted by Lorin at 2:50 PM on September 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


"baby farts with talcum powder"
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:51 PM on September 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


Can I touch it? Wow!

(Not what you think, perv)
posted by Sweetie Darling at 2:55 PM on September 22, 2012 [5 favorites]


Richard Simmons on Whose Line is it Anyway?
posted by small_ruminant at 2:55 PM on September 22, 2012 [25 favorites]


"Ah fuck, I can't believe you've done this."
posted by drjimmy11 at 3:01 PM on September 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Kwanzaa Cake
posted by eggplantplacebo at 3:05 PM on September 22, 2012 [5 favorites]


Baby moose in the sprinkler. (comes with schmaltzy music)

Does anyone know what happened to that Japanese home video of the kitten waving its paws at the big cat until the big cat can't resist and jumps it?
posted by small_ruminant at 3:05 PM on September 22, 2012


We know a certain fjord in Norway
posted by Aznable at 3:06 PM on September 22, 2012


Show 'em how you mind mind me.
posted by dobbs at 3:14 PM on September 22, 2012 [8 favorites]


As far as "funny stuff that we only found due to the internet" I'd have to go with Winnebago Man.

But for "legendary funny clips" I'd nominate "Family Feud: September"
posted by ShutterBun at 3:14 PM on September 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


Toupee return, with Bob Newhart & Dean Martin

Johnny Carson and Ed Ames

Basically anything Johnny Carson is pretty funny. He had such timing.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 3:19 PM on September 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


The "Mirror Scene" from Duck Soup
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 3:23 PM on September 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Girl losing it with webcam effects
posted by cmoj at 3:24 PM on September 22, 2012 [8 favorites]


There's one I like of Anderson Cooper having a wildly giddy gigglefit but I am too lazy to google it.
posted by elizardbits at 3:26 PM on September 22, 2012


Woody Allen on What's My Line?
posted by dobbs at 3:29 PM on September 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Fenton! Oh Jesus Christ! and
One happy dog
posted by Okapi at 3:30 PM on September 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Live webcast fail (infinite loop)
posted by PercussivePaul at 3:33 PM on September 22, 2012 [7 favorites]


Turkey? That's a country? I've heard of Hungry.

I personally believe that US Americans...
posted by dobbs at 3:34 PM on September 22, 2012


Weatherman gets the shits
posted by Sal and Richard at 3:37 PM on September 22, 2012


Norm MacDonald tells the moth joke.

(Not the best clip, sorry.)
posted by easy, lucky, free at 3:38 PM on September 22, 2012 [16 favorites]


(Moth joke starts at 6:00)
posted by easy, lucky, free at 3:40 PM on September 22, 2012


WKRP Turkey Drop.
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:43 PM on September 22, 2012 [9 favorites]


Anchorman and Reporter on-air argument


Great question, btw!
posted by Sal and Richard at 3:45 PM on September 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


George Bush doesn't care about black people.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 3:52 PM on September 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


frontier Bris
posted by jgirl at 4:10 PM on September 22, 2012


Single Ladies Fail.
posted by mullacc at 4:12 PM on September 22, 2012


Webcast Fail makes me laugh every time.
posted by nakedmolerats at 4:19 PM on September 22, 2012 [5 favorites]


Also, Leprechaun in Mobile Alabama spawned the "who all seen a leprechaun" catchphrase, and the drawing of the leprechaun was kind of a meme for a bit.
posted by nakedmolerats at 4:21 PM on September 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


I want to say VITAMEATAVEGAMIN, but I'm not sure if it's what you want. Flipping hilarious nonetheless.
posted by windykites at 4:34 PM on September 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


These are all great; the Norm Macdonald moth joke and that "Amateur Sketch" of the suspected leprechaun particularly just made me laugh so hard I almost threw up.
posted by sallybrown at 4:36 PM on September 22, 2012


Sorry, that link I posted is a total fail... should have watched it the whole way through before posting. this is a much better version. Skip to 3:14 (or just watch the whole thing for extra laffs).
posted by windykites at 4:44 PM on September 22, 2012


And Boom Goes the Dynamite
posted by just_ducky at 4:45 PM on September 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


I love cats
posted by Lobster Garden at 5:05 PM on September 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


May not be what you're looking for, but this improvised scene from the Australian comedy "Summer Heights High" made me permanently bruise the arm of my sofa from repeatedly hitting it while laughing: Mr. G's Dance Class
posted by raztaj at 5:08 PM on September 22, 2012 [4 favorites]


Oh my gosh! Wiggles!
posted by dobbs at 5:14 PM on September 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


They rapin everybody out here.

Bubb Rubb.
posted by dobbs at 5:19 PM on September 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Peanut Butter Evolution.

Banana, the atheist's nightmare.
posted by dobbs at 5:27 PM on September 22, 2012


Attempting to dispose of a rotting whale carcass with dynamite.
posted by Sublimity at 5:33 PM on September 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


I cannot believe you have this many responses and no one has yet said Grape Stomp.

(NB: apparently the reporter actually asked for the guard rail, which is normally in front of the stompers, to be placed at the back. Oops.)
posted by AthenaPolias at 6:35 PM on September 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


Stephen Fry has a little trouble with the Acropolis.
posted by zadcat at 6:52 PM on September 22, 2012 [11 favorites]


Any Norm MacDonald talk-show appearance is like this. I don't know if "people" reference these but I for one do all the time! (in my head)

The Crocodile Hunter
Hobos
Gordon Ramsey
Bill Cosby

Also Jeffrey's.
posted by granted at 6:57 PM on September 22, 2012 [5 favorites]


Oh and this classic radio slip (semi-NSFW).
posted by zadcat at 6:58 PM on September 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'll see your One Happy Dog and raise you one!
posted by bricoleur at 7:12 PM on September 22, 2012


Way back before YouTube, Vice Magazine had an article on the most legendary "found video art." These are the clips that aficionados used to pass around on grainy VHS tape. Of course, all these clips can now be found on YouTube.

My favorite among them are Orson Wells drunk on the set of a wine commercial and Anna Nicole Smith's Skyscraper outtakes.
posted by mcmile at 7:18 PM on September 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


Kevin Sorbo mistakenly reads a script direction as a line of dialogue while filming an episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
posted by Aquinas at 8:17 PM on September 22, 2012 [6 favorites]


motherfucking bootleg fireworks
jesus christ in richmond park (fentonnnnnnnnn!11!!)
posted by quiteliterally at 8:20 PM on September 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


The Found Footage Festival celebrates the sort of VHS clips mcmile mentions. Their Videos page is a pretty fine repository of this stuff.
posted by Tufa at 8:33 PM on September 22, 2012


It's not ancient, but just google "Daily Show Prince Charles". Stephen Colbert fellates a banana and that's not even close to the funniest thing in the sketch.

Going back in time a little, Tim Conway loved to torture his castmates.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 8:56 PM on September 22, 2012 [6 favorites]


Jon Stewart on Crossfire. I like to believe he got the show canned.
posted by pseudonick at 9:24 PM on September 22, 2012 [5 favorites]


Louis CK on Conan's show: Everythings Amazing & Nobodys Happy.
posted by Gary at 11:49 PM on September 22, 2012 [6 favorites]


World of Warcraft classic: Leeroy Jenkins
posted by neushoorn at 1:32 AM on September 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Fenslerfilm's GI Joe Parodies
posted by a halcyon day at 4:07 AM on September 23, 2012 [4 favorites]


"What time is it, Eccles?", from the Goon Show. Technically audio, but this visual from a Spike MIlligan bio makes it.
posted by ewan at 6:45 AM on September 23, 2012


I personally believe that U.S. Americans - in song.
posted by prefpara at 8:09 AM on September 23, 2012


Newscaster downtime.
posted by dobbs at 10:31 AM on September 23, 2012 [4 favorites]


Fart machine in a municipal meeting.
posted by 4ster at 11:29 AM on September 23, 2012


BBC mistakes cab driver for IT-expert .
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 11:48 AM on September 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


News bloopers are totally where it's at for this kind of laugh.

Keep fuckin' that chicken (watch how the co-anchor rebounds to "pleasantly oblivious" in the slomo.

BBC Jonathan Charles learns the importance of punctuation on the autocue.

As a general search term I can also recommend youtubeing babies eating lemons and fratboys trying those anti-barking shock collars.
posted by Iteki at 1:09 PM on September 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


The Front Fell Off
posted by namewithoutwords at 4:55 AM on September 24, 2012 [9 favorites]


Klaus der Gabelstaplerfahrer

Greatest. industrial. safety. video. ever.
posted by Seeba at 9:31 AM on September 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


OH! and the Turbo Encabulator (previously on the blue)
posted by namewithoutwords at 9:52 AM on September 24, 2012


French and Saunders read out a Hungarian interview with Madonna.
posted by zadcat at 11:07 AM on September 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


This Pastor Gas video is dumb, infantile, juvenile and it kills me every time.
posted by cnc at 11:30 AM on September 25, 2012


The unaired Craig Ferguson Doctor Who tribute.
posted by schmod at 6:55 AM on September 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


namewithoutwords: "OH! and the Turbo Encabulator (previously on the blue)"

The nonsensical jargon in that video has always reminded me of this completely ridiculous (but real) synthesizer demo, made even better by the guy's incredibly strange accent.
posted by schmod at 6:58 AM on September 26, 2012


Just reminded this week of My New Haircut (NSFW).
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 9:21 AM on September 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Maybe it's just me but the Red Sox fan gets pizza thrown at him cracks me up every single time.
posted by triggerfinger at 4:55 PM on September 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Curse of Cheddar Bay
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 7:20 PM on September 26, 2012


What What (In The Butt)
posted by bq at 5:51 PM on September 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Cat Massage
posted by burnmp3s at 6:38 PM on September 28, 2012


Cat Interrupts Philosophy Lesson

I laugh every time I watch it. Every single time.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:28 AM on September 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


I've really enjoyed all the links in this post, and realized there's a lack of sports funny. Here's my favorites:

[NSFW - language] Tommy Lasorda takes the Padres to the woodshed.
Allen Iverson has opinions about practice.
Jim Mora doesn't like his team's chances to make the playoffs.
I recently turned 40, and I love to yell, "I'm a MAN! I'm FORTY!"


If you like the Lasorda link, google his rant about Dave Kingman's performance...I couldn't find a worthy clip to link to.
posted by vito90 at 1:57 PM on September 29, 2012


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