The AfterEllen.com Huddle: Things that make us LOL

This Friday, we decided to dedicate this Huddle to things that make us LOL. Everyone has a different idea of funny, but sometimes what you find humorous can surprise you.

Group, what never fails to crack you up?

Jill Guccini: There are so many things that make me laugh on a daily basis, but there is one YouTube video that has made me laugh for YEARS, and it is these two Korean girls singing “Money.” I relate it so closely to hysteria at this point that I start heave-laughing in the first moments, but you can forward to 1:45 if you’re short on time for when I really lose it. I am 100% in love with the girl on right and want her to be my best friend for all time, and I also love how her friend can’t even handle it at the beginning but becomes increasingly annoyed at her antics. Everything about it is perfect. Also, this is definitely not the original video because it says it was uploaded in 2008 and I distinctly remember showing it to my family during a holiday break when I was in college, and, like most things I show to my family that I think are funny, laughing myself into silent tears while they all watched it stone faced and then just gave me a confused look. And I graduated in 2006. So basically this video is ancient in Internet terms and still my favorite.

Heather Hogan: One GIF of a cat walking upright makes me snicker. Two GIFs in a row of cats walking upright makes me cackle. Three or more GIFs in a row of cats walking upright flips my giggle box over and I laugh until I cry.



Erika Star: Well at first I was going to go with my dog, as she is the best and most natural comedian that I know. But I don’t want to be that lesbian, so I’ll go with The Oatmeal. I’m pretty sure we’re all familiar but, if not, you should spend a good chunk of your work day shifting through their comics. My personal favorite is this one about harnessing inspiration, mostly because it hits so very close to home.

Dana Piccoli: I have to say, #BooRadleyVanCullen and #Gaysharks tweets always slay me. It’s like this wonderful community of smart and hilarious people, and I look forward to it each week. And I’ve read this post a million times and it makes me laugh out loud every time — Missing Missy. I’m actually laughing right now. Tears now my face.

Sarah Terez Rosenblum: This. Always this.

Dara Nai: My love of Marbles Harsgrove is well-known and shared by Karman and Bridget, among others. Marbles has been around for quite a while — her video blogs cover “buzz topics” such as the 2008 Oscars and Mel Gibson‘s poor career choices, but my all-time favorite is her lesson on the dangers of E. coli. I’ve watched it dozens of times and it just gets better and better. And if you’re wondering, “Who is this cherubic know-it-all with the lazy eyelid, nerdtastic sweatshirt and bowl haircut?” it’s Melissa McCarthy. Long before Bridesmaids and Mike and Molly, this is what she did for fun: Create pure comedy genius.

Bridget McManus: I love Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. And Dlisted.com shocks me daily.

Dorothy Snarker: The “Tina Fey” tag on Tumblr never fails to make me laugh and generally feel better about the world. Every time I’m feeling a little blerg I just search for Fey and everything is so much better, and funnier. Suck it nerds.

Ali Davis: The Alan Arkin-Peter Falk version of The In-Laws makes me laugh everytime I see it. It might be the best predictor I’ve found for whether or not a relationship will work. If the other person doesn’t find it funny, we have a serious sense of humor gap.

Lucy Hallowell: This list of “46 Reasons My Three Year Old Might Be Freaking Out” makes me weep every time I read it. I have tried several times to read the entire thing out loud to my wife and have never been able to manage it without stopping to wipe tears and catch my breath. Usually I lose it in the neighborhood of “the inside of his nose stinks,” “a balloon he got six months ago is missing,” and “the gummi vitamin is too firm.”

Punky Starshine: No matter how many times I go to the site or how many times I read each post, Hyperbole and a Half gets me every time. Even though it makes me sad to think Allie Brosh disappeared off the face of the planet and sometimes I literally lose sleep worrying about her well-being, her art and hilarity are still readily available. Some of my favorites include the Sneaky Hate Spiral (happens to the best of us) and The Alot is Better Than You At Everything (I use that to make myself feel better about the world).

And possibly my absolute favorite, the one I sometimes send to people when they don’t quite understand how my room gets so messy, This is Why I’ll Never Be An Adult.

Emily Hartl: Dr. Steve Brule’s Check it Out! specifically, his workout tape.

Karman Kregloe: While noodling on this question, I was disappointed to discover that so many of the items on my all-time favorite LOL list are by/about dudes: Pineapple Express, Summer Heights High, Eastbound and Down, The Dave Chappell Show. WTF? Must correct! Since Dara already claimed Marbles Harsgrove, I’m going to go with the video for "Man! Let’s Have Fun!" by Icelandic performer Leoncie. A self-described "MUSICAL POWERHOUSE" and a "breath of fresh air in todays Boring music industry," Leoncie has a YouTube Channel containing some real treasures. But this one is my favorite. Watch your back, Björk!

Grace Chu: www.procatinator.com. It is a site that blends cat GIFs with pop and rock songs. It is amazing, and I’m not even a cat person. Keep refreshing for new cats and songs. Van Halen and Run DMC are my favorite.

Trish Bendix: I’m sure they’re supposed to be more sexy than funny, but I find Cazwell‘s videos hilarious. He’s a gay rapper who employs these sexy dudes to dance suggestively wearing the smallest underwear while he raps about ice cream, rice and beans, or seeing Beyonce at Burger King. I feel like if I were to ever write songs and then put together videos of my own dream scenarios, they’d be similar, but with hot butch chicks in tank tops and boxers. Werk!

What makes you laugh, without fail?

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