Hi, I’m Dylan Behan, I’m a long-time comedy video editor for Australian TV who’s worked on a number of already forgotten shows like The Chaser’s War on Everything, The Letdown and Tonightly with Tom Ballard. When Tonightly was axed at the end of 2018 I decided to enter the highly lucrative world of podcasting, starting my wacky clips podcast News Fighters, which is now out weekly through Melbourne distributor Sanspants Radio.
As a connoisseur of “wacky clips”, I thought I’d share some of my all-time favourite internet LOLs going back to uni when all I did was waste time on the internet all day, which is completely different to how I spend my time now.
1. Hyakugojyuuichi!!! by Neil Cicierega
Homeschooled absurdist internet genius Neil Cicierega is probably best known for his Harry Potter Puppet Pals videos and his Smash Mouth-obsessed, Girl Talk-esque mash-up albums. He was first on my radar in the early 2000s when he released his “Animutations”, basically childish and absurdist pop-culture sampling Flash animations set to Japanese kids’ songs. Your life will never be the same.
2. This trailer for (the) Shining
As a video editor I’m always inspired by using editing tricks to completely reimagine stories, as it shows off how manipulative editing can be. This is one of the very first movie trailer recuts that went viral in the early days of YouTube around 2006, in which the Stephen King horror movie The Shining is reimagined as a romantic comedy. One of the originals and still the best! Mash-ups and re-edits are becoming increasingly scarce on the internet, which really sucks as they should be treated as new, original artworks.
3. Eric Andre at the RNC: Peppercorn Bing Bong
Talk show host Eric Andre met later-prosecuted Trump advisor Roger Stone at the 2016 Republican National Convention and it went exactly as you’d think. Eric’s frenetic editing style, in which he basically crushes a 60 minute talk show down to 10 minutes of insanity is some of the most inspired TV comedy editing since Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
4. Batman on Weed
I have no idea what this is, who made it or where it came from, but I found it so hilarious I made it my ringtone for years.
Onion spin-off Clickhole loved taking the piss out of Buzzfeed-style quizzes in its early days, and none have been funnier than this quiz, provided you’re at least vaguely familiar with the Billy Joel song Piano Man. Ask your parents!
6. The music video of Dancing in the Streets by David Bowie and Mick Jagger – without any music
Another fun and simple editing trick – replace all the music in a music video with foley noises and it becomes something completely different and insane!
7. Too Many Cooks
I’m still amazed when I meet people who haven’t seen this classic internet reinterpretation of 1980s sitcom opening titles that will literally give you nightmares.
I’m a huge fan of political satire that simply recites unbelievable yet true facts while somehow also being scarily prescient. This was published just a few days before George W Bush’s inauguration in 2001. Ask your parents!
9. Straight Pride Parade by Eva Victor
Brooklyn-based comedian Eva Victor tells us why we should be celebrating straight pride.
10. Senor Cardgage Mortgage
Homestar Runner, the surreal flash-based cartoon series and website of the early noughties, is a deep, deep rabbit hole of G-rated absurdity that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. My favourite character remains Senor Cardgage, a bizarre grifter whose existence is never explained and turns up randomly to mumble mispronunciations.