Without too much preamble, find below my picks for this year's funniest Internet videos. While not as exhaustive as "Greg Rutter's Definitive List of the Things You Should Have Experienced on the Internet in 2012 Unless You're a Loser or Old or Something" I hope you'll see something that maybe you missed, and get a laugh at the end of what has been a pretty challenging, crazy year.
Who doesn't wish you could have "A conversation with my 12-year-old self"? Brilliant.
When you write about your favorite restaurant, did you ever imagine it could end up as "Real actors read Yelp reviews"? Me neither.
"S#it New Yorkers Say" is just one of the videos in this crowd-sourced meme that reached deep into the culture and out into the world. Check out those for yoga girls, boyfriends, dog lovers....the list goes on and on, and many of them are really funny!
If you play Skyrim (or have played any role playing video game, ever), the "Skyrim: To Lydia with Love" video will amuse. And there are several follow-up video parodies too!
I'm sure you didn't know that ladies needed special writing instruments (what have we been doing all these years)? Ellen hilariously skewers a silly new product in "Bic Pens for Women".
IFC's Portlandia makes fun of being a progressive, liberal person, and it turns out we're pretty funny (or maybe it's just Sleater Kinney rocker Carrie Brownstein and SNL's Fred Armisen who are the cut-ups). If you haven't checked out the show, cruise through a couple of their videos on YouTube; I suggest starting with "Is it Local?"
I'm not sure why Jenna Marbles hasn't been snapped up by a comedy show already. Her videos are routinely laugh-out-loud funny (for real) and cover everything from personal stuff to universal themes. Start with "How Girls Fall Asleep" and then OD on her archive of hits.
Sometimes it's the simple things that crack you up; a late entry this year (it was just published on the 23rd), this video of "Kids Eating Warheads Candy for the First Time" is a giggler (maybe because I used to love the candies?).
It's not politically correct (inasmuch as it makes some pretty sweeping generalizations about gay men and their tastes), but this video that seemed to come out of the gay marriage hyteria/debate in the latter part of this last election cycle left plenty of us chuckling and thinking about what if "Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends" came true?
And last but certainly not least (with well over a billion views, it tops all the traffic above), "Gagnam Style," which besides having a supercatchy song, is also a really funny video, which I think is often overlooked in all the talk about this video. It's totally silly! And that's why we love it.