I was recently asked to submit a list of some of the funniest websites around for Exposed Magazine. Here is what I wrote. Prepare to bust a stitch or three.
Websites to tickle your funny bone
This is the most popular comedy website on the internet, so if you’re a male between 18 and 35 you’ve probably visited this site at least once lately. If you’re not in the target demographic of the site, there’s no need to fear, it’s still pretty awesome. Do you like laughing at people who fall over? Check. Like videos of cats and dogs doing cute funny stuff? Check. You can even play games if things get too funny for you and you need a break from all that laughing.
A listing of the funniest sites on the internet wouldn’t be complete without eBaum’s World. Alexa ranks it as another of the most popular humor sites on the internet, just a few notches below break.com. Most of the funniest stuff you would have found on other funny sites can also be found on eBaum’s World and the site has been accused of copyright infringement a number of times. It does have some unique features though, including soundboards that let you mix and match phrases celebrities have said – making them say some pretty crazy stuff.
This seems pretty obvious, but in case you’ve been living under a rock, or in a third-world country without internet access, this site is a comedy video site created by Will Ferrell and that other guy. Lots of really famous people have actually shown up in these viral videos, like Harry Potter (I mean, Danielle Radcliffe). The first video was “The Landlord” and featured a hilarious drunken baby acting like the best landlord ever. It’s sort of like what SNL wishes it could be, only funnier.
I could spend an entire week reading every single article on Cracked.com and never get bored. The people who maintain this blog write about the things you never knew you needed know. From plain awesome revelations: The 6 Most WTF Moments from Shakespeare to the inspirational: 5 Reasons Life Actually Does Get Better Cracked.com has a little something for everyone.
This site makes me laugh every single day. I visit it at least once a day on my lunch break (at least that’s the story I tell my boss) and can be found LOLing in my cubicle. The guy who runs this website is an artist and he makes some of the funniest comics ever. None of that lame Doonesbury stuff, these comics are a reflection and interpretation of everyday life. Some of my favorite comics include: If you do this in an email, I hate you and Twenty Things Worth Knowing About Beer. Go ahead, visit the site now. I dare you not to chuckle.
Once upon a time, couch potato’s sat in front of the television and watched videos on programs like America’s Funniest Home Videos. Today, mouse potatoes sit in front of a computer and watch funny user submitted videos. It also has some great, hilarious articles and pictures. If you have several hours to kill, don’t reach for the remote, head over to CollegeHumor.
I’m a big reader; half the stuff they assigned us to read in high school and college I had already read for fun (yep, I’m a nerd). So when I stumbled across this site, it resonated deep inside me. The creator of this site Photoshop’s real books with titles that more accurately sum up their plot. Examples include: Always Ask Your Partner about Their Sexual History/Involvement with Nazi’s (actually: The Reader) and Sh*t My Dad Says (actually: The Bible). I know you didn’t just read that last example and not burst out laughing. Now head over to the site and checkout the rest.
It takes a Minnesotan to truly appreciate this site. In the land of Minnesota nice we try so hard to never say anything that could offend anyone. But we don’t have any qualms against leaving anonymous notes. This website is full of real notes people have so kindly left behind. My favorite: “Please stop spitting and making loud deep throat noises in this bathroom. It makes me feel sick and is disturbing the work environment. Thank you for understanding.” Tell me you haven’t always wanted to hang up that exact note.
A ton of people contribute to this site, mainly hipster twenty-something’s who live in New York. But rather than fulfilling the stereotype of being a bunch of kids who wear skinny jeans and eyeliner, these people have an amusing, self-deprecating view of the world around them, and they’re not afraid to call it like they see it. One author sums up her life and my own in one sentence about the end of her work day: “When I get home, hungry but unwilling to cook, I eat a yogurt, then lie on my bed and contemplate how if the internet ever breaks I will have way less marketable skills.”
Repeat after me: “I will not send text messages after five beers.” They will end up on this website. You will be embarrassed and I will laugh. And if you’re the one responsible for this text, I want to meet you: “The bouncers kicked us out around 3 so we went to the grocery store flasks in hand and asked them to turn up their music.”
Life is filled with bad news. You can’t turn on the TV or go online without running across headlines screaming about budget woes and crime sprees. But there is some refuge from all that seriousness. The Onion parodies real news articles with sensational headlines and is frequently mistaken as real news by unsuspecting fools. After browsing the latest news on the Onion, you may want to take a trip over to literallyunbelievable.org for a whole bunch of times people on Facebook have actually mistaken Onion news reports as real.
Have you seen Headlines on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno? Fail Blog is similar to that, except on demand and often much more inappropriate. Because you can get away with so much more on the internet! While I’m pretty sure Fail Blog isn’t a non-profit organization, the .org seems necessary because some douchebag has the .com as a business website. Type correctly my friends, or you’ll wind up on a very boring blog about intellectual property rights.
Part great Facebook status updates, part things-I-wish-I-had-said-at-the-time, Ruminations is a site where anyone (who registers) can write what they’re thinking. They’re mostly short quips and other people can vote on their awesomeness with the most popular ones making it to the front page. Classic example: “I’m sorry our menu doesn’t cater to your vegan tastes. But maybe you should avoid steakhouses.”
Sure, you’ve heard of planking and maybe even owling, but what about leisure diving? While similar to the memes previously mentioned, it’s much harder to dive into a pool with these perfect poses and leisure faces than to lay as flat as a board. The props often make or break the pictures.
If you ever find yourself reminiscing about your childhood and all the horrible things your parents made you do, like wear that horrible junior bridesmaids dress at your aunts wedding, just mosey on over to awkwardfamilyphotos.com. After only a few minutes, you’ll be speeding over to your parents’ house to hug them and thank them for never subjecting you to these types of photos.