A few weeks ago I posted this post on our Instagram account:
I have since been asked by a few of you for video recommendations.
Friends, I am SO glad you asked!
Rich and I have basically made a surprising full switch from watching Netflix shows at night to watching YouTube clips (I’ll list our favorite channels to follow at the end of this post). They are fast, they are fun and they are PLENTIFUL my friends.
Or at least we were watching YouTube clips before our night time got eaten by the Podcast monster (it’s a nice monster, we like him, but he is hungry for our time- follow our podcast here!)
Anyway, life pre-podcast was basically a YouTube date night every night, but if you want to make a special night of it or if you are getting together with another couple, I highly recommend using the everybody picks a video from a category format. Like so:
Step 1- Select your preferred categories of shows/YouTube content. (see our categories below for ideas).
Step 2- Each person take a turn selecting a video clip from the category at hand and play it for the enjoyment of all.
Step 3- Repeat step 3 until all categories have been run through
Step 4- laugh and laugh and laugh. Return to your life renewed with mirth and merriment.
So. Set a date, select some categories, find YOUR favorites in each category and laugh until you cry!
Or, you can just sit down together and watch our favorite videos, which I have so painstakingly included in this post.
Its going to be a good time either way.
Here are a few of the categories we use. I will post my top three in each category. But know reader, that it is VERY hard for me not to post more in most or all of these categories. VERY HARD!!
Random Hilarious YouTube Videos
I just have to start with this one because, it miiiiiight be my all time favorite. I can never NOT laugh while watching it. Impossible.
Taylor Swift and the goat.
An oldie but goodie. Gets me every time.
Silent Dancing in the Street
Someone, a comedic genius we’ll call him, removed the sound from the music video Dancing in the Street with David Bowie and Mick Jagger and recorded what the street may have sounded like without the music, making the dancing all the more hilarious.
Ok, I feel like I am seriously doing the internet an injustice here, PLEASE comment with your favorite random hilarious YouTube video.
Saturday Night Live Clips
I’m just going to assume that you can google the classic SNL favorites (Kristin Wiig in the Lawrence Welk bit, more cowbell, Stephan, etc) and I’ll put just a few of my personal, lesser appreciated favorites. This category particularly is SO HARD not to do more.
Weekend Update: Cecilia Gimenez on Ruining a Portrait of Jesus
I don’t know what it is about this clip, but it is so funny to me.
Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Laughs!” Prank Show
I love Maya Rudolph forever and ever amen.
A few more faves: Googly Eyes Christopher Walken, Amazon Echo, Almost Pizza, The Closet Organizer, Liza Mennelli turns off a lamp, Jar Glove, all the Bronx Beats, Debbie Downer, La Policia Mexicana.
Late Night Comedy Clips
Lip Syncing with Will Ferrell
If there had been water in my mouth while I watched this for the first time, I would have spewed it all over our laptop for sure when he came out with his Elsa swagger. Couldn’t keep the laughs in.
Toddlers and Tiaras with Tom Hanks
Kid Theater with Jack Black
I love all the kid theater segments. The idea is that kids take just the names of a movie and write a story script of what they think that movie is about. Then the star of the movie reads the script with Jimmy Fallon. Always funny.
Honorable mentions: Peter and His Heckler (with Will Ferrell again), Carpool Karaoke on Corden, all the lip sync battles on Fallon, and a million more I’m forgetting.
He’s what now?
The Small Desert Lizard
From my hometown news station . . . a classic.
Zombie kid likes turtles
Good times here at the Waterfront Village!
Funny Animal Clips
Goats screaming like humans
More screaming goats. Can’t stop. Won’t stop.
Cat doesn’t finish his vegetables
Finish this one to the end- so funny. And while you’re at it – look up all the guilty cat videos- YouTube has such an excellent selection.
Dog sounds like a siren
I include this one more for sheer talent than humor value.
You could spend the rest of your life looking at funny animal clips on YouTube and still not exhaust your supply. Link to your favorites in the comments!
Stand Up Comedy
Tig Notaro No Moleste
Not tonight, thanks.
John Mulaney Realtors
This is a garbage can . . . . or a nursery.
Gary Gulman In This Economy
I love Gary Gulman.
We also enjoy the work of Pete Holmes, Jim Gaffigan, Ryan Hamilton and Mike Birbilglia.
Good Mythical Morning
Ok, this category may seem out of place since its possible you’ve never even heard of the popular YouTube show Good Mythical Morning. And if so, this is your lucky day! Welcome to our favorite YouTube channel!
Seriously, Rich and I started watching Rhett and Link just about a year ago and they have since probably taken over a solid 70% of our media consumption together. We think they are funny. Plus they have over 1300 episodes, so the fun never stops!
Will it Cookie?
Had to include a “Will It” when linking to GMM. These guys eat some weird stuff.
Kelsie Ballerini Online Complaint Country Songs
Don’t be turned off from the potty humor in the thumbnail (as I would). These are online complaints put to improv songs. So good.
How to dance to attract girls
Honorable mentions: The Safest Way to Walk, Tinder: The Musical, Can You Eat That?, Christmas Song Challenge with Jack Black, Guess that Laugh with Zach Braff, What’s She Screaming About?, Dance Battle with Lindsey Stirling (and part 2), Giant Cereal Bowl Bath, What Animal is Licking My Face?, Snake Yoga
Arrested Development Clips
I don’t understand the question and I won’t respond to it.
We quote this frequently. Lucille is my favorite character.
Have You Ever Even Seen a Chicken?
And that’s why you always leave a note
Honorable mentions: All the Charlie Brown Walks, George Michael’s muscle suit, Lucielle’s reactions to Jean Parmesan, Star Wars kid, Mrs. Featherbottom, the “loose seal” and all the subsequent hand jokes. Oh man, so many good ones.
Ok, that’s enough for today. Other categories we’ve used or you could use: 30 Rock Clips, Parks and Rec Clips, Community Clips, Ellen (SO many funny Ellen clips), Drunk History, Bad Lip Reading or America’s Funniest Videos.
And here are some of our favorite YouTube Channels to follow:
- Good Mythical Morning. Obvs. See homage above.
- SloMo Guys. This one is great for the whole family. We enjoy watching all together after dinner sometimes. Our kids LOVE the SloMo guys. The videos are interesting and funny.
- Binging with Babish. I think this is the channel that really got us going on YouTube (and introduced us to GMM). Its a guy who makes food from TV shows and movies.
- Bad Lip Reading. Classic. This one could have its own category above for sure.
- How it Should Have Ended. Such a funny way to document huge plot holes in movies.
- Cinefix. They’ve got a lot of segments going on. Our favorite is where they remake movie trailers with household objects – equally impressive and funny. We also like their “Things You Didn’t Know” segments about movies.
- Homemade Wanderlust. This one isn’t a funny one, it’s just a girl named Dixie who goes on “through hikes” (Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, etc) for months at a time and documents her week every week in 15 minute videos. Rich and I watch like we would a TV series and pretend like we don’t have any kids and are hard-core hikers.
I’m sure I’m forgetting some. What are your favorite YouTube Channels to follow. Help our community out and let us know in the comments!