What are some great comedy music videos?
August 16, 2018 8:42 AM   Subscribe

Yesterday's AskMe about iconic music videos mentioned The Lonely Island's "I'm on a Boat!" which I'd never heard of before. I thought the video was hilarious. What are your favorite comedy music videos?
posted by storybored to Media & Arts (63 answers total) 48 users marked this as a favorite
Does Fatboy Slim - Weapon Of Choice qualify?
posted by Glomar response at 8:57 AM on August 16, 2018 [5 favorites]

I have a few I keep in reserve for when I want a video pick me up

- Pachabel Rant ("hey that song sounds familiar")
- Axis of Awesome Four Chord Song (similar idea)
- The Librarian Song (maybe only funny to librarians)
posted by jessamyn at 8:57 AM on August 16, 2018 [3 favorites]

In line with Glomar response's...uh...response, Fatboy Slim's Praise You video by Spike Jonze is pretty great too.
posted by AgentRocket at 9:10 AM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]

DJ Format, 'We Know something You Don't Know' is funny on its own, but more so if you're familiar with the hip hop video tropes they lampoon. Awesome song too.
posted by googly at 9:24 AM on August 16, 2018 [5 favorites]

Lazy Sunday
posted by exogenous at 9:35 AM on August 16, 2018 [3 favorites]

In a bit of the same theme as Fatboy Slim, the UK video for Moby's Bodyrock is full of absolutely delightful visual gags.
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 9:36 AM on August 16, 2018

Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" always makes me smile. It's basically Chevy Chase being a tool at Paul Simon's expense.
posted by kimberussell at 9:37 AM on August 16, 2018 [4 favorites]

This might only be funny if you are a GenX rock fan, but Sugarcube.
posted by hydrophonic at 10:01 AM on August 16, 2018 [8 favorites]

Lil' Dicky is an often-comedic rapper who gained his following largely through his music videos -- $ave Dat Money is my favorite, but he has a ton.

Jon Lajoie's Everyday Normal Guy is a YouTube classic.
posted by matrixclown at 10:06 AM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]

And Jon Lajoie's F**k Everything
posted by fso at 10:08 AM on August 16, 2018

The Sexy Getting Ready Song and Heavy Boobs are two of my favorites from Crazy Ex Girlfriend, but if those amuse you there are many more.
posted by ChuraChura at 10:14 AM on August 16, 2018 [6 favorites]

The Boss
posted by soelo at 10:14 AM on August 16, 2018

Coincidentally my SO only just days ago introduced me to this masterpiece: Redesign Your Logo

Jessamyn has librarians covered above, this is one for anyone with a career or interest in graphic design/brand/marketing.
posted by greenish at 10:14 AM on August 16, 2018 [4 favorites]

J.K.'s list of Weird Al's best videos didn't include his most recent...
the all-star Tacky
the perfectly appropriate lyric video of Word Crimes
the 'topical keychange' of Foil
the 'corporate CSN&Y' of Mission Statement

and the second best funny song guy Jonathan Coulton also has aggressively fun lyric videos of Ikea and Shop Vac.

I also fondly remember the video that introduced us to Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, the wonderful wardrobe of Queen's I Want To Break Free, Men Without Hats' Safety Dance and Men At Work's Down Under.
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:17 AM on August 16, 2018

Moves, The New Pornographers
posted by RajahKing at 10:27 AM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]

Pretty much everything by Electric 6.
posted by scratch at 10:29 AM on August 16, 2018

Ass on the Internet is a criminally underrated masterpiece (twerking! pancakes! snuggies!)

See also: the classic Lemme Smang It.

Edited to add my very most favourite Crazy Ex Girlfriend song, Maybe This Dream, for a flawlessly executed period poop joke.
posted by nerdfish at 10:46 AM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]

Paul and Storm - Write Like the Wind (George R. R. Martin)
Ylvis - Massachusetts (NSFW)
Ylvis - Stonehenge (NSFW)
Garfunkel and Oates - The Loophole (very, very NSFW)
posted by bondcliff at 11:00 AM on August 16, 2018

My favorite genre of music video is "regular folks lose control and bust out dancing in everyday situations"

Avicii - Levels
Fatboy Slim - Ya Mama
Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly
posted by subocoyne at 11:20 AM on August 16, 2018

SEAGULLS (Stop it now) - Bad Lip Reading
Turn Down for What - DJ Snake, Lil Jon

I can't watch Youtube at work, but hopefully that 2nd video is the right one...
posted by Grither at 11:27 AM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

Oh god, and if you're watching Ylvis, definitely check out The Fox, too!
posted by Grither at 11:28 AM on August 16, 2018

Most of what I'm seeing from folks here are more or less serious songs with funny videos. Drew Toothpaste (for Dinner) has some really great ones, too. For example, Charles has a licking problem. He's got plenty more.
posted by dbx at 12:01 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

How is there only one G&O song so far? They're all great, but I would pick This Party Just Took A Turn For The Douche

Fuck Shit Stack by Reggie Watts is amazing. Lyrics are NSFW obviously

Also, nearly everything by Flight of the Conchords. I'm partial to Hiphopopotamus vs Rhymenocerus and Fou De Fa Fa personally.

Give Me Compliments
posted by O9scar at 12:14 PM on August 16, 2018 [3 favorites]

I am frankly amazed that none of the Rubberbandits fantastic oeuvre of Irish madcappery is on display yet. A list of Must Watches:

Horse Outside
I Wanna Fight Your Father (and again in Gaelic)
Spastic Hawk (feels like a great riff on classic era Suicide, of all things..)
Black Man (an ode to the goal of building a multi-demographic 80s Movies style street gang)
posted by FatherDagon at 12:26 PM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]

Professor Elemental, Fighting Trousers.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 12:40 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

In the category of "poking fun at the format", I submit:

The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon (1966!)
Replacements - Left of the Dial
Pixies - Velouria
posted by look busy at 1:00 PM on August 16, 2018

If you think Cards Against Humanity is hilarious, you should watch the video for Oh Bo by Bo Burham. If you find CaH at all offensive, you shouldn't. It's highly NSFW if that's not obvious.

The animated video for Storm by Tim Minchin is fun too and less offensive.
posted by Candleman at 1:07 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

Can't believe I almost forgot Juicy Karkass - Punch 'Em in the Dick As seen on mefi music (lyrics most definitely NSFW)
posted by subocoyne at 1:11 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

It's a bit serious song/funny video, I guess, in that it's the video for a single, but the song's not that serious and the video is very funny. Bangarang by Doomtree, featuring Har Mar Superstar.
posted by clavicle at 1:41 PM on August 16, 2018

Every Bollywood Party Song
posted by yueliang at 2:04 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

Unintentionally hilarious, but also sweet in its earnestness:
• Mark Gormley, "Without You"

Funny and adorable:
• The Avalanches, "Because I'm Me"

Who Knew:
• DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince: "Parents Just Don't Understand"

• Barnes & Barnes, "Fish Heads"
posted by not_on_display at 2:04 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

Yacht Rock vs Loggins Not a song exactly, but contains lots of music and is the same kind of silly.

Somebody already mentioned Crazy Ex Girlfriend, but this one of my favorites from the show: I Go to the Zoo

Finally Amy Schumer Milk Milk Lemonade and Girl You Don't/Do Need Makeup
posted by The_Vegetables at 2:11 PM on August 16, 2018

Orange Caramel - Lipstick This is such a hilarious and self-aware send-up of so many tropes, I love it. Execution is flawless as well.
posted by yueliang at 2:16 PM on August 16, 2018

Stress by Jim's Big Ego always makes me smile.

I'll be checking out all of the suggestions as well!
posted by drinkmaildave at 2:17 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

How did I forget Hockey Monkey!
posted by jessamyn at 3:00 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

Wild Thing - Sam Kinison
posted by fuse theorem at 3:46 PM on August 16, 2018

Junior Senior, "Move Your Feet"
posted by not_on_display at 3:49 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

You want videos, not just funny songs but I don't care....Jake Thackeray The Lodger
posted by bonobothegreat at 4:59 PM on August 16, 2018

Bo Burnham - "Repeat Stuff"
posted by yellowbinder at 5:06 PM on August 16, 2018

These vids are all, to some extent, funnier than the songs themselves:

Kings of Convenience, I’d Rather Dance with You is charming and goofy

Mo Kenney’s Telephones and its spiritual predecessor from the Bangles, Hero Takes a Fall

Grateful Dead’s Touch of Grey

Pretty much anything by Huey Lewis and the News, and quite a lot by the Cars
posted by armeowda at 5:29 PM on August 16, 2018

Lots by GoRemy. My favorites are All About That Paste and I’m Yours (Arranged Marriage Version).
posted by FencingGal at 6:22 PM on August 16, 2018

For political funny songs, I highly recommend Roy Zimmerman, starting with Defenders of Marriage.
posted by FencingGal at 6:29 PM on August 16, 2018

Seconding Fuck Shit Stack, or really any Reggie Watts.
posted by greermahoney at 7:16 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

Roots Manuva - Witness the Fitness
Chris Ligon perfoming at his brother's wedding: There Go Yer Shoes
FIDLAR's videos aren't for everyone, so skip 'em if you don't want to see over-the-top violence or Nick Offerman pissing. Nsfw, nsfw.
posted by hydrophonic at 7:22 PM on August 16, 2018

OK Go's videos are fun, maybe not funny so much as clever.
posted by not_on_display at 7:36 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

Birthday Greetings From Joe Cocker makes me laugh everyyyy time. For fans of mondegreens (misheard lyrics).

The song is just the regular version but this video makes me WHEEZE: Love in This Club by the Rockafire Explosion (aka the Chuck E Cheese/Showbiz band)

Jon Lajoie, Show Me Your Genitals
posted by masquesoporfavor at 11:15 PM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]

The Golden Path - The Flaming Lips
posted by freya_lamb at 4:29 AM on August 17, 2018

If you like The Lonely Island you might enjoy Rachel Bloom’s comedy music videos. Jazz Fever is not her most famous but it’s my favourite. Charleston!
posted by archy at 7:51 AM on August 17, 2018

Jon Lajoie, Show Me Your Genitals

Oh yeah and his friends the Super Secret Project have this Granite State of Mind video which is maybe only funny to Northern Newnglanders but I've always loved it.
posted by jessamyn at 8:31 AM on August 17, 2018 [2 favorites]

Maybe Dick Around by Sparks?
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 9:28 AM on August 17, 2018

Not sure if it's "funny" or "lightheartedly informative" but definitely should include They Might Be Giants' "Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas)"
posted by daisystomper at 9:50 AM on August 17, 2018

DJ Shadow & Run The Jewels: "Nobody Speak" — offers a fresh, enlightening view into world diplomacy.
posted by not_on_display at 11:11 AM on August 17, 2018 [1 favorite]

Typecast by Tess Paras - Lorde parody of one of Hollywood's many problems

Save the Dinosaurs - Really heartwarming bop about an important issue

Weed Card by Garfunkle & Oates - An anthem for squares
posted by sweetjane at 1:07 PM on August 17, 2018

Hardnox - Pajamas All Day
posted by subocoyne at 2:24 PM on August 17, 2018

I adore Stephen Colbert's video he did for Get Lucky on his old show.

Also he's done a couple fun songs with Run the Jewels here and here.
posted by getawaysticks at 1:43 PM on August 18, 2018

Second Die Antwoord link in a week but I can't resist: Baby's On Fire
posted by freya_lamb at 2:57 PM on August 20, 2018 [1 favorite]

The hamster! The train tunnel! Abraham Lincoln (multiple) in states of undress! It can only be a video seemingly designed to cause maximum offence to right wing conservatives: Gay Bar, by Electric Six.
posted by Wordshore at 6:49 PM on September 4, 2018

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