Andy Matthews: 10 Funniest Things I’ve Seen (Online) | comedy

I’ve a concept about comedy. Or reasonably, I’ve a concept about my capability to get pleasure from comedy. It’s best defined utilizing graphs.

This graph represents a standard, wholesome individual’s relationship to comedy. The funnier it’s, the extra they get pleasure from it. This appears logical.

An infographic by Andy Matthews, comedian and author, explaining his relationship to comedy
Illustration: Andy Matthews

My enjoyable scheme seems like this:

An infographic by Andy Matthews, comedian and author, explaining his relationship to comedy
Illustration: Andy Matthews

I can get pleasure from comedy a standard quantity as much as a sure level, however then it goes past the non-public threatening restrict (1). This marks some extent the place I discover comedy significantly humorous. Comedy on this space is one thing that, if I actually did my finest, I might need made, however I did not. I discover it very troublesome to get pleasure from this comedy due to jealousy. Then there’s a second level: the existential anxiousness barrier (2). Past this level, comedy is so humorous that I do know deep down I might by no means have created it. I am unable to get pleasure from this comedy (or, really, most issues after watching it) as a result of I am so indignant with myself and the world.

However then there Genius launch level (3). That is for comedy so good that it fully bypasses my ego and permits me to get pleasure from it with completely infantile glee. This stuff are sometimes actually silly. I attempted to gather a few of them right here.

1. This assortment is from Ann Edmonds

It’s now attainable to level out how humorous Anne is. However I She remembers seeing her doing a uncooked comedy in 2009. She took 5 minutes to provide a complete musical about making use of for a rental property. She one way or the other mustered extra effort and concepts into her small group than most individuals might presumably have on show for an hour. With every part Anne does, there’s a frantic feeling of being trapped in her thoughts, together with her ideas, recollections and anxieties, and we simply see what bubbles are over. This group is a good instance of that.

2. This picture was taken by Elliot Gould

Editor: You get these images of Elliott Gould and Grover?
Photographer: Certain did boss, actual fuckin horny similar to you requested.
Editor: what

— Chris Thorburn (@CBThorburn) April 17, 2020


Editor: Did you get these footage of Elliott Gould and Grover?
Photographer: In fact he did Boss, actually horny as you requested.
Editor: What

– Chris Thorburn (@CBThorburn) April 17, 2020

This tweet is simply too wealthy for me. Fabulous world constructing. There’s a stunning intersection between the identified and the unknown. The timeless familiarity of Grover. The superb eroticism of Elliott Gould. The dynamics of the imagined relationship with these elementary communication issues.

After you perceive the humorous fictional relationship within the textual content, there may be time to consider actuality. The very fact is that somebody took this picture. And so they made it actually thrilling. What was occurring there?

The explanation behind that is the conclusion of our demise. The deeper fact is that we had been all younger and exquisite as soon as, and finally we are going to all turn into the outdated man of the Ocean’s Eleven franchise.

3. This cartoon is from Worry__Lines

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Worry__Lines introduces new comics day-after-day, continuously pursuing nice jokes and deep insights whereas staying easy and pure. I like him. That is very related to me, as somebody who is continually attempting to undertake new productiveness methods after which abandoning them with superb effectivity. It is an incredible joke.

4. This Tweet is from Martin Dunlop

Tricking Andy Serkis by telling him he's going to be enjoying a tall dignified house alien with cgi then simply releasing the uncooked footage as a movie known as Inexperienced Ping-Pong Ball Fuckhead

— Martin Dunlop (@MartinDunlop1) August 29, 2021


He tips Andy Serkis by telling him he will play a tall, respectable alien with CGI after which launch the preliminary footage as a film known as Inexperienced Ping-Pong Ball Fuckhead

– Martin Dunlop (@MartinDunlop1) August 29, 2021

There’s savage cruelty to this tweet. Full disregard for public morals. Why would you do that? have to be a actual bastard. However it’s additionally a gorgeous show of the leveling energy of fiction and social media that work hand in hand. What did Serkis do to deserve this? nothing. He seems very cute as a person and as a wireframe mannequin of a monkey, so far as I can inform. However there’s an opportunity he’ll see this tweet at some point, and should really feel one thing consequently. It is the written model of working round a nook and hitting your head with an enormous pan.

5. This McSweeney article is about being Billy Joel

This piece by Michael Ian Black, titled What I would Suppose If I Drive Billy Joel Off to a Vacation Celebration The place I Knew There Would Be a Piano, was one of many first bits of “humorous writing on the Web” that I bear in mind actually opening my thoughts. Oh, you’ll be able to write something. about anybody. You may get into somebody’s head and management their ideas. There’s a whole lot of energy on the market.

And he or she’s like Clear comical speculation. she’s good.

6. That is the opening scene of the Phil Burgers aisle present

This complete episode is just like the funniest dream I ever had. However the opening scene was fascinating. Burgers’ efficiency is ideal, and there’s no different individual on earth who can carry out such irresistible innocence at what actually is the very best stakes in a comedy scene ever. And the thought-about font may be very surreal, however abnormal. Like a dream, you’ll be able to learn this scene as a metaphor for all kinds of issues, or nothing in any respect. I can watch this time and again.

7. Badly designed duck sequence of peaderthomas

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Everybody asks the query Why Are you attempting to design this duck. The geese are already fantastic. They do the duck job very well. However simply as Mark Zuckerberg determined he might construct a greater model of actuality within the metaverse, somebody is unquestionably attempting to repair an issue that does not exist: constructing a greater duck. That is my favourite as a result of it is the worst duck I can think about. Peader has a knack for refined and mysterious particulars that trace at a wealthy and hidden world. It is one thing he did flawlessly within the Gustav and Henry journey e-book sequence for younger readers, which I labored with. Peader is the one individual on the earth who can consider giving the legs of a time machine so you’ll be able to refer again to the time circulation.

8. Fairly A lot Something by Laura Davis

Maybe the funniest comic Australia has ever produced, Davis has gone overseas with institutional neglect. It ought to make its personal TV reveals right here, however the trade does not appear to take a threat, even on somebody very humorous And the Exhausting working. I do not know for certain, however I’ve a sense that in some unspecified time in the future in her life, Laura made the choice to by no means apologize or let anybody cease her from doing what she thought was humorous. Which, within the unsuitable arms, may very well be a recipe for catastrophe – however the fact is that she is aware of precisely what she’s doing and retains getting higher.

9. This clip is from the film Mad as Hell by Shawn Micallef

Mad as Hell aired its final ever episode lately. I’ve been lucky to jot down for this program for about eight years. It is exhausting to explain in phrases how thrilling it was to work on an astronomy that’s most likely my greatest comedic hero. There are a whole lot of nice graphics, many nice performances from the actors, and plenty of nice bits of satire. however in reference to one thing to cry; It is exhausting to beat this drawing, and it is simply Sean sitting there, speaking to himself, about one thing loopy and absurd. John Howard has one way or the other changed into an outdated statesman in Australian politics. In an absurd trend, this graphic resists that. No, you aren’t an outdated statesman. You silly outdated man, all of us snicker at you.

10. This Tweet is from Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall

I put on the pants in my relationship. My spouse wears the trenchcoat and buys the film ticket.

— Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall (@Alasdairtb) July 2, 2020


I put on the pants in my relationship. My spouse places on the trenchcoat and buys a film ticket.

– Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall (Alasdairtb) 2 July 2020

Considered one of my favourite varieties of comedy is the limitless seek for a brand new spin for an outdated thought, like gymnasts attempting to remodel the identical set of strikes into a brand new ground routine. On this tweet, Alasdair received. It begins within the “I am within the pants in my relationship” pose and performs an ideal aerial wrap within the “Two Individuals in Lengthy Coats” pose, sticking completely with the absurd state of affairs of two adults rising up needlessly complicating the unnecessarily easy chores of shopping for a film ticket.

  • Andy Matthews is the creator of Gustav and Henry, illustrated by Pedar Thomas (Hardy Grant), and host of Two within the Suppose Tank podcast with Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall.