northNever in my life have I felt less fun than while compiling this list. There’s nothing that grosses you out faster than someone pulling their phone out of it to show you something “funny” they’ve seen on the internet, plunging you into the longest three minutes of your life. Oh, and that sharp, wide-eyed look they give you afterwards, practically begging for validation? Rough. And somehow, despite knowing this, here I am, desperately hoping 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 stick to if nothing on this list appeals to you. But if you’re feeling frisky, let me pull 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 sincere expressions of joy and people playing. Rhylee is a natural comedienne who is genuinely talented in multiple disciplines, but her account is perfect territory to watch comfort because it’s really nice to watch someone have fun.
2. Nina Oyama in Twitter (@ninaoyama)
I’m a depressed queer with a penchant for dry, dirty humor, so naturally I’m a Nina Oyama fan. If you’re on Twitter and you don’t follow Nina, you’re misusing the platform.
3. @mignonettetakespictures on Instagram
More fun than literally fun, but @mignonettetakephotos it serves up bittersweet tears, deranged absurdity, guffaws and everything in between.
4. @gnomeboys on TikTok
I could have submitted 10 Gnome Boys clips for this list tbh. A supremely balanced mix of comedy, talent, and wholesome celebration of friendship in equal measure. To kill.
5. Ziwe interviews Chet Hanks
I don’t know what this says about me, but Ziwe making people uncomfortable is something I find very nice.
6. @grandma_droniak on TikTok
Grandma Droniak is a modern feminist icon. And if you don’t like it, go away.
7. @aureliastclair on TikTok
If there’s one thing I like, it’s the deeply specific memes about Melbourne’s inner north, and Aurelia handles them masterfully. I chose this particular clip because I live in Brunswick and am very attached to my putrid bin of rotten food scraps that literally goes into the general trash every week.
8. Dirty Bird #2: Dads
Oh. I’m not sure what to say about this. Enjoy a bit of old Sam Campbell, where he and his friend Henry meet up with his parents during a “suburbs chicken potluck tour.”
9. @janemckennan0 is a TikTok
Jane’s body of work is very dynamic and exciting. An avant-garde artist at the height of her prime, IMHO.
10. @lostmymarblesagain on TikTok
Look, we’re so into the list and I don’t know what’s funny anymore. But if Brittany Broski has a million fans, I am one of them. If she has a fan, it’s me. If she has zero fans, I’m dead.
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