A Squirrel Tries to Hide His Nut
“This video is of a squirrel trying desperately to hide his nut in a big, oblivious dog’s fur—and that should be all I need to say for you to want to watch it.”
Suggested by Nikki Glaser, a stand-up comedian and the host of the love-advice podcast We Know Nothing.
Season 2, Episode 5, of Got 2B Real: The Diva Variety Show
“This series is one of the most hilarious, genius things I have ever seen. The creator has invented an imaginary world where various R&B divas, like Patti LaBelle, Mariah Carey, and Beyoncé, are constantly dissing each other. She splices interview footage together and dubs their voices. This episode, where the divas come together in deep disapproval over Mary J. Blige’s ‘Crispy Chicken’ Burger King commercial, is my absolute favorite.”
Suggested by Issa Rae, a writer and the creator of the YouTube series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl.
Sweet Brown’s “Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That (Autotune Remix)”
“I love every second of this video. There are the weird visuals and, of course, there’s Sweet Brown, a woman who was interviewed by a local news station after her apartment complex caught fire. This is a woman I want to sit next to on an airplane. I love her. I love everything about her. I want to leave my wife for her. I want to rename myself as Sweet Stevey, and we’ll have a bunch of young Sweets running around the house.”
Suggested by Steve Byrne, a stand-up comedian and the star of Sullivan & Son, on TBS.
Zach Galifianakis’s Between Two Ferns With Guest President Barack Obama
“Everything Zach Galifianakis does is funny to me. In his Web series, he interviews celebrities like Ben Stiller and Natalie Portman and asks them questions that are mostly absurd, inappropriate, or obnoxious. In this episode, he’s sitting with the president of the United States and he asks, ‘So, which country were you rooting for in the Winter Olympics?’ I can’t get enough of it.”
Suggested by Mike Birbiglia, a stand-up comedian who is currently on tour.
A Baby Panda Sneezing
“Though I spend my life finely crafting lines and stories—pieces of material rich in insight, human foibles, heart, hilarity, and truth—what YouTube clip makes me laugh nonstop every time? The baby panda sneezing and catching her mother by surprise. Just shoot me.”
Suggested by Elayne Boosler, a stand-up comedian and the founder of Tails of Joy, an animal-rescue and advocacy nonprofit.
A Lizard Jumps on a Newscaster
“I do not know why it is so funny to watch newscaster bloopers. But it is! I have turned to this clip during some of my darkest days, and it delivers every single time. I don’t want to reveal too much about what happens. Just please watch it right now. And also—you’re very welcome.”
Suggested by June Diane Raphael, the screenwriter for two forthcoming comedy pilots, ABC’s DINKS and NBC’s Mason Twins.
English Bulldog Puppy Rolls Down a Hill
“This little bulldog’s life is going downhill fast, and it couldn’t be cuter! Sophie the pup gets her daily cardio in on a gorgeous sunny day. Watch this anytime you need a doggone good time!”
Suggested by Ross Mathews, host of the late-night talk show Hello Ross!, on E!
What the Cats Playing Patty-Cake Are Really Saying
“This clip of two cats playing patty-cake with a voice-over by two guys just kills me. I think it’s because anytime you anthropomorphize animals, it’s instantly funny, but also because the cats are so determined to play patty-cake correctly. I would like to articulate more why this is so funny, but if you have to explain it, it really loses something.”
Suggested by Michaela Watkins, a former Saturday Night Live cast member and the executive producer of Benched, on the USA Network.
Jimmy Slonina Lip-Synchs “I Who Have Nothing”
“This is a crazy-good lip-synching video. Slonina’s videos are some of the most committed, accurate, subtle, and amusing things ever. He also happens to be a highly regarded clown for Cirque du Soleil.”
Suggested by Megan Mullally, best known as Karen on Will & Grace, who stars in Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital.