To know what is funny on the internet, you have to BE funny on the internet – and, let’s be honest, I’m a hoot.
The internet is a lot different nowadays: a three-minute YouTube video of Potter Puppet Pals just doesn’t hit like it used to. These days, to be funny online, you’ve got to behave in a way that’s borderline insane. If you’ve not got crippling depression and severe anger issues, then why do you deserve my laughs? I want to see RED RAW emotions and complete cluelessness. Otherwise take your jokes off the internet and put them in book or something.
So shut your door and get ready for the laugh of your life, cos I’m about to serve you something even better than masala dosa with mango chutney. Here are the 10 funniest things that I (or anyone else for that matter) have ever seen on the internet.
1. ‘Pooja, what is this behaviour?’
The emotion. The performance. The rawness. The vulnerability.
SOMEONE GET POOJA AN OSCAR.
Let’s be honest, we’ve all had days where nothing is going as planned and you’re about eight seconds away from a full-fledged breakdown. That is why when Pooja Misra went on the Indian reality show Bigg Boss and smashed a broom into the ground, it resonated with us because, let’s be real, who hasn’t wanted to do that? (Brooms are expensive.)
The showdown between Pooja and Shonali Nagrani has been recreated and remixed for years and years since it first aired. If this isn’t the best part of being Indian, I don’t know what is.
2. Internet jokes about Taylor Swift’s private jet
The sustainability marketing firm Yard put together a list of which celebrities have used their private jets the most this year. Taylor Swift’s private jet was ranked No 1, with a whopping 170 flights in the last six months, some of which were a mere 15 minutes long.
A spokesperson for Swift has denied that she was responsible for “most or all” of the trips, saying: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals.” But the internet has gone full savage, pairing footage of random planes with T-Swizz doing the most menial tasks.
3. The fact that H20: Just Add Water is a thing outside of Australia
Not to be a basic bitch, but I just got back from Europe and you have NO idea how many Americans and Europeans screamed at me: “CLEO, THE BATHROOM’S FREE!” The fact that the most cheesy and low-budget Australian television show is known around the world is insane. Jessica Mauboy’s career barely made it past these shores but for some reason Emma, Cleo and Rikki did?
The best part of all of this are the TikToks that Americans make about it, and how they put on their best (or worst) Aussie accents when they yell out: “Cleo!”
4. Trisha Paytas sings Shallow
If you google “humour that dances on the verge of a mental breakdown”, both my face and Trisha Paytas’ face will come up. (Kidding, I’m not famous enough to show up on Google.)
Trisha is the internet’s favourite meme. There is no corner of the internet she hasn’t crawled into and left behind a trail of chicken tender crumbs. She’s beefed with almost everyone, she’s had meltdowns all over the internet and, most importantly, she’s put together her own rendition of Lady Gaga’s Oscar-winning song Shallow, which is too amazing to be missed.
5. Tom Holland spoiling Marvel movies
Anyone who says: “I was born in the wrong generation!” is stupid because they would have missed out on Tom Holland innocently leaking Marvel movie secrets. We’re talking about one of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time and this innocent twentysomething is breaking contract and dishing out all the tea. You can’t get mad at him though! He’s SO ADORABLE.
6. The Camp Rock chant
This is engraved into my brain more than any other Disney Channel moment. I wasn’t even a big Camp Rock fan but, for some reason, even in my 20s, I will still sashay my way down a forest trail making random hand movements and screaming “CAMP ROCK!”
7. Julia Fox saying ‘Uncat Jahmmz’
Not a day goes past where I don’t wish that I was Josh Safdie’s muse.
When Julia Fox went on Alex Cooper’s podcast Call Her Daddy and gave her answer to the question “What is a muse?”, we had no clue that we were about to be blessed with an answer that was almost not even in English. Once TikTok found it, boy oh boy was it game over. The voiceovers, the remakes, the DUETS. I love the internet.
8. Rita Ora claiming she was hacked on Twitter because no one gave her any attention
Throwback to the time Rita Ora tweeted that if she got 100,000 retweets she would release a new song and, er, fell far short of that figure. Later that night Ora tweeted that her account had been “hacked” and that she didn’t intend to release new music any time soon. Rita, hunnie, it’s OK – I promise we aren’t judging <3.
9. Jack Harlow flirting with Emma Chamberlain at the Met Gala
Emma Chamberlain is my 24/7. She is my religion, she is my therapy and she is my Mum. Seeing her go from a random YouTuber making vegan pizzas in her living room to interviewing celebrities at the Met Gala has been the most precious journey of my life.
So to see June’s white boy of the month, Jack Harlow, tryna MACK on our girl at the Met Gala? NAHHHH. He shot his shot but, let’s be real, Jack, you aren’t even an eighth of the man Emma deserves – she deserves the UNIVERSE.
10. Wendy Williams sentencing people to death
I’ve looked forward to witnessing Wendy Williams wield her sharp tongue and loud opinions every single day for the past nine years. There are so many iconic Wendy moments so please ensure you watch more after reading this article, but my favourite will always be when she suddenly sentenced the Spears family to death for … wait, why did she do it again?