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

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

This graph represents a standard, wholesome particular person’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 appears to be like 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 a degree the place I discover comedy severely humorous. Comedy on this space is one thing that, if I actually did my greatest, 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 nervousness barrier (2). Past this level, comedy is so humorous that I do know deep down I may 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 utterly bypasses my ego and permits me to get pleasure from it with totally 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 potential to level out how humorous Anne is. However I She remembers seeing her doing a uncooked comedy in 2009. She took 5 minutes to offer a whole 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 may probably have on show for an hour. With the whole lot 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 superb instance of that.

2. This photograph was taken by Elliot Gould

Editor: You get these photographs of Elliott Gould and Grover?
Photographer: Positive did boss, actual fuckin attractive identical to you requested.
Editor: what

— Chris Thorburn (@CBThorburn) April 17, 2020


Editor: Did you get these footage of Elliott Gould and Grover?
Photographer: After all he did Boss, actually attractive 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 lovely 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 basic communication issues.

After you perceive the humorous fictional relationship within the textual content, there’s time to consider actuality. The actual fact is that somebody took this photograph. They usually made it actually thrilling. What was occurring there?

The rationale behind that is the conclusion of our loss of life. The deeper reality is that we have been all younger and exquisite as soon as, and ultimately we are going to all grow to be the previous 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, continually pursuing nice jokes and deep insights whereas staying easy and pure. I really like him. That is very related to me, as somebody who is consistently attempting to undertake new productiveness techniques after which abandoning them with superb effectivity. It is an excellent 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 methods Andy Serkis by telling him he’ll 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. Nevertheless it’s additionally a fantastic show of the leveling energy of fiction and social media that work hand in hand. What did Serkis do to deserve this? nothing. He appears to be like 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 sooner or later, 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 might Suppose If I Drive Billy Joel Off to a Vacation Occasion 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 possibly can write something. about anybody. You will get into somebody’s head and management their ideas. There’s quite a lot of energy on the market.

And she or he’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 attention-grabbing. Burgers’ efficiency is ideal, and there’s no different particular person on earth who can carry out such irresistible innocence at what actually is the best stakes in a comedy scene ever. And the thought of font may be very surreal, however odd. Like a dream, you possibly can learn this scene as a metaphor for all types of issues, or nothing in any respect. I can watch this over and over.

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 nice. They do the duck job rather well. However simply as Mark Zuckerberg determined he may 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 particular person on this planet who can consider giving the legs of a time machine so you possibly can refer again to the time stream.

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 exhibits right here, however the business does not appear to take a threat, even on somebody very humorous And the Arduous working. I do not know for certain, however I’ve a sense that sooner or later 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 mistaken arms, could possibly be a recipe for catastrophe – however the reality 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 just lately. I’ve been lucky to put in writing 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 in all probability my largest comedic hero. There are quite a 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 became an previous statesman in Australian politics. In an absurd vogue, this graphic resists that. No, you aren’t an previous statesman. You silly previous man, all of us chortle 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 sorts of comedy is the limitless seek for a brand new spin for an previous 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 Folks 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 writer of Gustav and Henry, illustrated by Pedar Thomas (Hardy Grant), and host of Two within the Suppose Tank podcast with Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall.