My strongest memory of the internet is pirating stuff off LimeWire and Kazaa. I felt pretty cool downloading CD rips of Guido Hatzis albums and Adam Sandler’s Piece of Shit Car but I wanted more. My friends warned me that there was hella porn on LimeWire and I should watch out because I’d probably download it stupidly and get in heaps of trouble. I hated being patronised. Still do. That’s why I decided to make a point and fearlessly pirate a TV show just to brag to my friends the next day.
I snuck down to the family computer, opened up LimeWire and searched for this random sitcom starring Ryan Reynolds called Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. I was pretty much a pro at the internet by then so I only typed in the first half of the title. Two Guys and a Girl. I clicked download. Long story short, my friends were right.
The internet is cool, funny and scary. Here’s a list of other cool, funny and scary stuff.
1. Kay’s Cooking
I’ve never seen someone be so monumentally horrible at cooking. Every video is both a work of art and a comedy goldmine. Kay iss either blissfully unaware of how bad she is at cooking or she is an Andy Kaufman-level comedic genius. It’s one thing for rice to be too dry or too gluggy but Kay somehow manages to burn a risotto to a blackened crisp. At the end she makes her son Lee rate her food and the way he crunches through this risotto makes me cackle every time.
2. He kinda looks like Bella Ramsey
The more I look at the picture this tweet is referring to, the more I laugh. It adds nothing to the social commentary that the original image is obviously trying to encourage but at the same time it kinda does? In an oblique way? I dunno. Let’s not dissect this frog. He kinda looks like Bella Ramsey.
3. Graeme Barrett
Graeme Barrett is such a good character comedian. You can tell he’s spent hundreds of hours hanging out with the kinds of people he portrays. I also love how much effort he puts into these sketches. I’ve got nothing against low-effort, churn-and-burn comedy. I have a bunch of friends whose careers were built off that. Do what you gotta do. On the other hand, it’s always great when you find accounts like Barrett’s that pop a little zing on there, whatever that means.
Beavo never fails to make me laugh. Firstly he’s a British food influencer, which is already hilarious. Also he basically eats the same foods. His meal will almost always have chips, because he’s British. Another thing I love is his catchphrases. He’ll constantly say, “Big up the ______.” He tries to give props to the food’s country of origin but he’ll either be overly broad or just wrong.
For example, he’ll eat any dish with rice in it and say, “Big up the Asians.” Or he’ll be eating Nandos and say, “Big up the Asians.” My favourite of his catchphrases is, “You know the rules and if you don’t know, get to know.” The genius is that Beavo has never ever stated the rules so it’s fun to go into the comments and see people try and guess them. Stuff like:
Rule 1: No chewing. Swallow food immediately.
Rule 2: Ketchup on everything.
Rule 3: Doesn’t matter what you’re eating, hot chips has to be part of the meal.
Rule 4: Big up everything and anything.
Anyway, big up Beavo and big up the Asians.
5. Redfern Electrical
John Cruckshank and Luke Smith are at it again. Their mockumentary Redfern Electrical follows a semi-fictional version of Cruckshank as a standup comedian turned electrician. He’s a bit skint but he’s got a genius plan to make some cash. Cruckshank has a comedy brain you can enjoy and envy and I can’t wait for the next episode.
6. The Wheel of Not Your Destiny
God I love webcomics and Elder Cactus is one of the best. Sometimes you read or hear phrases that just stay in your head forever. Because of this comic, one of mine is “inexplicably and aggressively into Japanese culture”.
7. The Ludacris-Proximity Sadness Meter
You know the six degrees of Kevin Bacon thing, yeah? Where anyone in film is connected to Kevin Bacon by six or fewer steps or whatever? Yeah, whatever, that’s boring and not relatable. The Ludacris-Proximity Sadness Meter is great because it actually works. I am despondent and Ludacris is nowhere to be seen.
8. Compulsory Entertainment
I love sketch comedy and the fact this is made by a bunch of local legends makes me love it even more. The core creative team – Eric Hutton, Mariel McClorey and Laura Hughes – did such a fantastic job of making something that’s funny but also deeply Australian and weird as hell.
9. Caroline Baniewicz
There are heaps of videos out there that make fun of podcasts but this one is particularly silly. As with most TikToks, the comment section adds extra laughs, kinda like a sweet treat after dinner.
10. Jenny Tian – How I Lost My Home Language
My favourite thing about Jenny Tian is how her approachable demeanour can disguise her sharp and brutal wit. I’m not saying that Jenny is a bad person at all, more that when chipper and kind people like Jenny say something ruthless, it’s so much more satisfying. Eat up this clip and then check out the rest of her hour-long special.
Harry Jun is a standup comedian, host, writer and shitty cartoonist. He got the Moosehead award grant for his new standup show Watermelon Licking, which will tour in 2024 – starting with Melbourne international comedy festival from 28 March to 21 April. Follow Harry on Instagram and watch his comedy hour I Grew Here on YouTube
Tyler Fields is your internet guru, delving into the latest trends, developments, and issues shaping the online world. With a focus on internet culture, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies, Tyler keeps readers informed about the dynamic landscape of the internet and its impact on our digital lives.