David M Green: the 10 funniest things I’ve seen (on the internet) | Culture

WThe first time we got “Internet” on our family computer was in 1996. I remember staring at the thick CRT monitor for about 15 minutes as the images on the Thomas the Tank Engine home page scrolled line by line and I thought this it was quite tedious.

Flash forward to 1999 when a friend and I realized that we could use our modem to make prank phone calls. The recipient, usually a classmate we didn’t like or, more often, his father, would pick up the phone and hear something like a fax machine trying to make a connection. We, on the other end, were hearing garbled voices coming from the modem’s internal speaker.

This gave me my first Friday detention; we got carried away a bit. It also gave me my first Internet-stimulated giggle, though it certainly won’t be my last.

1. Catchphrase: Snake Charmer

I love everything about TV game shows: the music, the sound effects, the fabulous slow-spinning prizes. I have written questions for a few. even me I presented mine on Channel 31. But I could never dream of matching this infamous 1994 moment from the UK version of Catchphrase outside of Burgo. The way it all comes together is just magical.

2. Mr. Bankruptcy

Mr Bankrupt was an Adelaide institution, much like Glenside. The discount retailer was known for its loud and annoying ads with probably the most exaggerated voiceover on Australian television. I love to make fun of advertising, but I don’t think it’s possible to make it any more ridiculous than the real thing. And if you thought that ad was irritating, imagine a classroom full of 13-year-olds putting on their own performances.

3. Aunt Donna’s Pancakes

As a rule, I hate all sitcoms and comedians. But the first time I saw Aunt Donna talking about chips and tea towels on a Melbourne Channel 31 show called Lost Dog TV back in 2012, I snapped my finger, pointed at the TV and said ‘yeah’, then went online and I saw the whole program. back catalogue. They are quite simply the largest group of sketches in Australian history and it was evident from their earliest work.

4. Stuart Has Cancer (dress rehearsal)

The original and best of SNL’s “The Californians” sketches. Portraying Angelenos as blonde valley girls and beige surfers who can only communicate via freeway routes is brilliant satire, but what makes the dress rehearsal version so great is that the actors laugh at each other. others. As soon as Fred Armisen (who rarely bodies) says “what are you doing here?” you can see in Bill Hader’s eyes that he is gone. And once he’s gone, they’re all gone.

5. A succulent Chinese meal

I have been obsessed with the Democracy Manifesto video for over a decade. There are literally 15 killer lines in those 60 seconds. I quote at least one daily, even going so far as to shoot a parody shot by shot just for fun.

More and more of the story behind that 1991 incident has leaked out in recent years, but this brilliant ABC podcast by Lawrence Bull is the definitive explanation of Mr Democracy Manifest, Jack Karlson.

It’s not all laughs, but one particular 12-minute anecdote about his first time in prison in the 1950s got me rolling. And congratulations to sound engineer John Jacobs. I can’t wait for the Jack Karlson biopic A Succulent Life.

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Photography: Facebook

I first discovered the joy of posting Simpsons shit back in 2015 when Malcolm Turnbull called out Tony Abbott and some hilarious memes from a page called The Simpsons vs Liberals appeared in my feed. There are now dozens of Facebook groups where people combine images from The Simpsons, paste other people’s heads onto the characters and add captions for satirical effect. It is an incredibly versatile format.

I think the best is Compuglobalhypermeganet Australia and New Zealand – no doubt because many Australians were effectively brainwashed by 20 years of The Simpsons every night at 6pm on Channel Ten. And since the launch of the website Frinkiac In 2016, it has never been easier to get a screenshot of The Simpsons and create your own meme.

The guys who created that website deserve the Nobel Prize for literature.

7. Interview with the anonymous hacker

This is one of my favorite early sketches by my good friends and fellow Mad as Hell writers Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall and Andy Matthews. They do a good job.

8. Penis inspection day

I saw this prank played by some Melbourne high school kids a couple of years ago and thought it was hilarious. They had understood the pedantic language and format of the school charter. It was especially funny because I went to an all-boys high school and I was pretty gullible, so I couldn’t help but wonder what my own reaction would have been. I suspect I would have been quite scared.

The kids have been pulling this worldwide since at least 2010. I guess that makes it a classic.

9. Bob Johnson breaks the prices!

It’s been 15 years since Australia’s funniest and therefore best radio show, Get This with Tony Martin, Ed Kavalee and Richard Marsland, went off the air, but every once in a while I drive and all of a sudden, a random line like “this litter box is not compatible with my printer!” pops into my head. I would have included Warwick Capper’s soundboard prank calls, but Mark Humphries beat me to it. Instead, here is my favorite fake ad.

10. Peter Russell Clarke swearing

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When it comes to TV chefs, as is often the case, I grew up during the Iain Hewitson period. I had never heard of Peter Russell Clarke until around 2008 when some Sworn bloopers from a series of 1980s cheese commercials appeared online. They’re pretty funny on their own, but I recently came across this video on Instagram where someone mixed the intro to their ABC cooking show Come & Get It with the bloopers. To quote Keith Floyd, just great!

  • David M Green is a comedian and writer for Shawn Micallef’s Mad as Hell, which airs Wednesdays at 8:30 pm on ABC. He also reviews videotapes in his web series. VHS Magazine. you can follow him on Twitter, InstagramY Facebook

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