Show Me The Funny

Show Me The Funny: Bloopers, Pranks and Recorded Misfortune

I love to laugh. I know that probably sounds like the dumbest statement ever because you know, who doesn’t and all, but I really, really love it. There’s nothing better than laughing so hard that there are tears rolling down your face and you can barely breathe. Most likely this happens over the littlest things but isn’t that what humour is all about? The funniest stuff is often the realest; stuttering, clumsiness, terrible pranks? Count me in.

One of my favourite things in the entire world is definitely that joyous creation known as the blooper reel. Gag reel, outtakes, call them what you like – it’s hilarious when people mess up. I often think about how much time and tape I’d waste if I ever did any serious acting work because everything is funny to me and I’m terrible at playing it straight. It’s okay, casting directors! There’s enough of me to go around!

In addition, I’m pretty sure I’m the only adult female who still considers America’s Funniest Home Videos to be appointment viewing. I love it! So much so that I even refer to it by the acronym AFHV, which often confuses people and then makes them wonder how that show is still on the air. Hello, earth to everyone! It’s hysterical! Who doesn’t love to see kids fall off a trampoline or a cat miss the fishtank it was attempting to jump atop or a dad get hit in the crotch with a whiffle ball bat? If you answered “me” to the above question, see yourself out.

I could talk about how much I love laughing over stupid stuff for hours, but let’s not waste anymore time. Instead, here are some of my favourite go-to videos when I’m looking for a giggle.

The Buttered Floor Prank:

There aren’t enough words for how genius this is. Some guy’s roommate likes to slam the door when he leaves the house, so the guy takes revenge by putting butter all over the tile floor and hilarity ensues! What’s great about this is that he gets his roommate on three separate occasions. Note: the original video is rather expletive-laden, so audio track has been overlaid with some sedate classical music for our younger HelloGiggles eyes.

Hidden Forest Pool:

It’s a lovely fall day and you decide to walk the dog with your partner/go for a run with a friend/ride your bike through the scenic forest, never suspecting that along your route, you’d fall (sometimes head-first) into a water-filled hole that someone cut into the ground and covered with leaves. Oops!

The Invisible Banana Peel:

Like a bad game of QWOP come to life (Side note: Every game of QWOP is a bad one for me, I have no idea how to work it!), sometimes your legs just have ideas of their own and you find yourself scrambling and ultimately landing on the ground for no apparent reason. This woman is a true boss, though, as she tries to play it off and get right back up after!

Bill Dance Outtakes:

I’m not sure if words can express just how hilarious I find this. When the snake falls into the boat and Bill so animatedly exclaims, “Golly! Man Alive! Sonny Jim!”, I knew I was in for a treat. This clip has been bookmarked on my computer for like, the past two years.

Talking Cats:

It’s cats! Talking cats! I don’t need to say any more.

BONUS: America’s Funniest Home Videos Summer clip compilation:

Some of these look rather painful but I did just sit here cackling for a good 90 seconds, so I think that’s a good sign.

What are some of your go-to favourite funny videos? Share in the comments section below!

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