With state birds like Louisiana’s pelican, choosing a bird to represent your state seems like a decent idea. But Jam2Go’s video essay points out how many states completely missed the point, either picking inappropriate birds or duplicating other states. Along the way, he offers some suggestions on how to fix the problem.
THE BEST Comedy
This commercial spot from UAE telco company Etisalat sums up some of life’s many catastrophes in 60-seconds. The fail-filled video offers a heaping helping of slapstick comedy, and perfect pacing to get its message across. It’s got more disasters than a dozen Farmer’s Insurance commercials.
This Korean sci-fi comedy follows the misfit crew of a spaceship who escape Earth’s impending destruction and attempt to make a living by salvaging space debris. After discovering a young stowaway, they realize she’s a valuable and dangerous target, and decide to demand a ransom for her return. Coming to Netflix 2.5.21.
Based on Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse’s Dark Horse comic, Resident Alien follows the story of an extraterrestrial who crash-lands on Earth on a mission to destroy humanity, only to get distracted by a crime-solving mission while disguised as a human. Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Rogue One) stars. Coming to SYFY 1.27.2021.
(PG-13: Language) In this silly sketch from Aunty Donna’s Netflix series Big Ol’ House of Fun, housemate Mark decides to take in a stray he found wandering around outside. But it’s not a dog or a cat, this is a full-grown man. Fortunately, Antony Starr is a bit more docile here than as Homelander on The Boys.
A “monsterpocalypse” forces what’s left of humanity to take refuge underground. As survivors pair off, Joel braves the surface, facing the monsters between him and his high school sweetheart. Potentially as fun as “Zombieland” but with Michael Rooker in the Woody Harrelson role. VOD release drops 10.16.20.
(PG-13: Language) “Stir the sandwich… and slice the tea.” A woman answers her phone only to be met with demands from a mysterious caller lurking in the shed in her backyard. Francis Higgins and Viper Films poke fun at a classic horror film trope in this silly, but absolutely perfect little skit.
Ali Ali’s silly commercial envisions a world where Egyptian bakery company Edita is struggling to move its HoHos snack cakes, and how one clever employee comes up with a simple design change to send sales through the roof. We wonder what these could these guys do to sell more Twinkies.
(PG-13: Language) An awkward and socially-inept woman invites a girlfriend over for a sleepover, but we quickly discover their friendship isn’t real, and things take quite an unexpected turn. Carlyn Hudson’s dark comedy short film could easily be the premise for an episode of Black Mirror.
A couple finds themselves having difficulty connecting while quarantined apart, as they struggle to figure out if it’s their relationship that’s falling apart, or just their internet connection. Dogfood’s sketch offers a humorous look at one of the many challenges of dating in today’s world.
(PG-13: Language) Eli Shapiro’s short film about a guy and his childhood friend is filled with uncomfortable moments, yet is completely relatable for anyone who’s ever had a “friend” who was so obnoxious, but you couldn’t get rid of them. Actors Sean Brannon and Will Cooper’s great chemistry is revealed mostly through improv.
We honestly have no idea what to say after watching Quentin Smirhes‘ absurdist music video about a guy who thinks he’s a “chooka” train, but all we knew was we had to share it with the rest of the world immediately. Perhaps we’ve been hypnotized into doing it. Enjoy the source material here.
Two men find themselves at the wrong end of the long arm of the law. As they make a break for it into the woods, they question the decision that changed everything. Kevin James continues to prove his sketch comedy chops with perfect use of dramatic tension and a solid punchline. Filmed by the Kinnane Brothers.
Comedian James Veitch walks us through a gameplay tutorial for “Lockdown! The Game!” an entirely too appropriate card game about being stuck at home during a pandemic. While the game doesn’t actually exist, we’re pretty sure he’d sell millions if he did a crowdfunding campaign right now. We love the tiny toilet paper rolls.
Anyone in a serious relationship knows that communication and compromise are key to a fruitful partnership. Comedian Stevie Emerson envisions a conversation with his girlfriend is much like the business negotiations on an episode of Shark Tank. We’re just really glad he’s not dating Kevin O’Leary.
Kevin James continues to kill it with his YouTube channel, delivering sketch after sketch of hilarious and twisted comedy. In this clip, James plays a real estate agent who can’t help but shake an uncomfortable feeling after visiting a creepy old mansion… in his dreams.
You ever have a little food on your face and your friend points it out? Comedic actor Kevin James and his pal experience just that… and a little more, in this hilarious bit we spotted on his new YouTube channel. While you’re there, be sure to check out his Rocky and Star Wars sound guy sketches.
Comedian and presenter Bec Hill has a unique bit in her act. She creates silly interactive illustrations for punny, misheard song lyrics, then reveals them them in real time to the songs. Here she performs “When you’re in the club and you’re hungry..,” a follow up to her “When you listen to the radio when you’re hungry.”
(PG-13: Language) From Stringer Bell to Rick Grimes to Dr. House, so many American character roles are going to British actors (and the occasional Aussie) these days. Key & Peele’s hilarious sketch pokes fun at this Hollywood casting phenomenon, which we refer to as “Britwashing.”
Gene Wilder was one of the best comedic actors of all time. With performances in films like Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and The Producers, his timing and pacing of his speech are still unequaled. Editor Rishi Kaneria and Raging Cinema Extras present some of those perfect moments, minus Willy Wonka.
Like most people who post videos on YouTube, musician Madilyn Bailey has been subjected to an endless stream of hateful, poorly spelled comments by 12 year olds. Rather than taking them to heart, she turned their trolling into a song, and so far has racked up over 6 million views as the ultimate sweet revenge.
Directors Ian Kibbey and Corey Creasey aka Terri Timely’s delightful short film tells the story of two sisters – one who is constantly on the move, and the other one who prefers to watch the world go by. But like the story of the tortoise and the hare, slow and steady often wins the race.