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TikTok, the short video app that local teens are interested in, can feel like a mystery to strangers and/or people over the age of 24. With a somewhat aloof culture constantly re-incorporating popular voices and visible gags into new horrors, there is plenty to go along with this joke just to feel like you’re really “getting into” the joke.
Fortunately, TikTok is not difficult to come by thanks to the power of its recommendation algorithms; The app’s endless For You page at first looks like immersive content, but all you have to do is scroll and like videos that make you laugh, smile or feel any emotion that you want to repeat over and over again. Eventually, TikTok will get you a good understanding of the types of videos you’ll all love, but by this point, you’ll probably already be spending countless hours on the app.
However, if you’re not convinced, we’ve put together a list of 15 TikTok videos to try and get you hooked on the app’s humor tag. This is by no means an exhaustive or preferential list – think of it as a primer on the kind of funny content that TikTok has to offer.
The cat that screams
Like any other social media platform, TikTok is a haven for cat-related posts, including challenges revolving around placing sliced bread on cats’ heads and a notable viral video of just a cat flying through the air to “Mr.. hypnotic.” However, this video is of a cat screaming its lungs and groaning when it can’t get around a piece of candy. Next, I don’t think I need to explain why cat videos are so popular. It is a universally accepted internet fact.
toilet paper. Oh boy, this stuff is good.
While TikTok is primarily an online Gen Z playground, the platform hasn’t completely ignored the past. This TikTok, which has a toilet paper roll insistently rolling from the grocery store to the bathroom, parodies the infamous Chef Boyardee ad in which it could follow a little chef-obsessed girl home to, uh, have her dinner. Even if Chef Boyardee’s reference crosses your head, the video runs on its own as a devastating story about a roll of toilet paper arriving at the bathroom empty, after much rolled over to the sounds of an accordion and gently Frenchman.
Spree in the pool, spree in the spa
Long Furbies are kind of all the rage right now. Mixing nostalgia with a serious WTF factor, looking at them is both fun and awe-inspiring. LongBoyeFurb takes advantage of the fact that it’s almost impossible to take your eyes off a good Long Furb, and this video is one of the most popular. The audio (from user @theplushieshow_) perfectly complements the visual mood with a grating rendering of High School Musical 2 Classic “Fantastic”.
This post plays into two previous trends on TikTok: eating your fingers, and matching a mustache to “Oui”. Originally, the finger-eating trend was associated with a Kidz Bop cover of “Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence, while the mustache gag is usually set to “Burn” by Ellie Goulding, so it pays to have some knowledge of TikTok to understand what’s going on here. However, in the broader picture, it looks funny for the same reasons as its predecessors. Look, finger block! Look, French mustache joke!
Hey, hello, barbecue sauce on…
TikTok is often compared to its purported short-form video predecessor, Vine. While nostalgic millennials still cling to the memory of Vine, TikTok is populated mostly by generation Z teens who likely consumed Vine after his death at the end of 2016. As a result, mentions of Vine occasionally appear on TikTok, Which entails some sort of cross-generational, beyond-text knowledge to really understand what’s going on – I bet you never thought you’d read that sentence about a social media app. This video uses audio bytes picked from AJR’s song to simulate the infamous “barbecue sauce on my tits.” Also, @noah.hass spells “titees”, which is objectively funny.
Who are you?
Yes, sometimes adults are on TikTok. In this case, news anchor @conflenti has transformed his workplace into a vehicle for the TikTok stardom by lip-syncing to Jufu’s song “Who RU” not only in real time, but also through a pre-recorded clip that appears to be from a broadcast clip. This kind of situational indebtedness is a huge asset in TikTok videos, and yes – sometimes it’s hilarious to get fed over by teens separated by millennials.
When Gen Z-ers become parents
The Generation Z Parenting series from user @straight.cheese is about the virtually inability of today’s teens to let go of their preferred slang (and outspoken attitude) into adulthood. You may prefer some of the others in this long series (for TikTok), but this line alone is enough to justify the above choice: “Jimmy, if you wear Sketchers, people are going to annoy you, I swear that—”
I’m the bloating guy
The “bad guy” by Billie Eilish is a mainstay of TikTok culture. From simple lip-syncing and dancing videos to a parody of squeaking door sound to a SpongeBob remix, the song is so widespread that any excerpt from it is instantly recognizable on the app. @maxboonch’s original voiceover fuses parts of “bad guy” into a conversation between father (or rather, “Puff Guy”) and his son. Does it make sense? Not necessarily, but that’s what makes it an essential TikTok artifact.
VSCO girl makes you feel welcome on your first day
This list would be incomplete without shouting at the video that arguably launched the “VSCO Girl” speech into the stratosphere. The term itself is fairly new and catalogs a particular type of teenage girl distinct with certain physical connotations such as an oversized tee, copious cotton, friendship bracelets, a Puka shell necklace, and of course Hydro Flask. With liberal use of “sksksks” and “I oop-” the video is essentially every VSCO girl stereotype crammed into a captivating performance.
Give me some Skittles
Modified vocals are a hallmark of TikTok culture, and notables like “Mom Did I Take My Tour” walked so that “Give Me Some Skittles” could be played. This video features low-key lifting and clicking and dragging animations that no one would mistake for hyper-accurate work, which is exactly what makes it so appealing.
It’s the slope of the head
One of the dominant modes in TikTok remains (unlike, for example, Twitter) honesty; For every silly goof on TikTok, there’s another person on the app showing off something awesome they’ve made or an incredible physical feat. That’s why this video, which shows user bigdaddyankee talking about the slope of a vert, plays so well with the more serious angles in the app. Just as bigdaddyankee prepares to take on the adventure, the action stops. Peppa, what are you doing in the fert slope? After Peppa Pig’s recent explosion in internet popularity, cartoon characters have started appearing in the most unexpected places on TikTok videos. It’s a pretty simple meme, but bigdaddyankee sells it hard.
I just had a DNA test
It’s been the summer of Lizzo on TikTok. Her single “Truth Hurts” challenged users to reveal facts about themselves or their heritage. This video from mxmtoon takes some wild turns from Lizzo’s voice to ancestry report to a short clip from “Maad City” by Kendrick Lamar with Super Smash Bros.Quarrel Trait. It’s an editing work full of comedy.
Respect the point, Karen
The original sound is what makes TikTok feel like a community driven by creators, where someone can find a long time in the app and maybe one day achieve the same kind of cultural currency as a Vine reference today. Created by user @drewbreeeeze, “Respect the Pointing, Karen” has a simple pinhole font built in – all you have to do is bring your camera to the mirror to reveal your look. The more ridiculous, the better, and this inflatable snowman costume took the cake with about a million and a half likes.
Hey, can I use your bathroom?
TikTok’s longest-running format gives space for something Vine hasn’t been able to achieve regularly: painfully awkward, long comedic timing. From the very long pauses in the opening conversation to the stare between the man and the dog to set a tune hereditary There is a lot going on here. Camera angles! Delivery! The hidden little smile at the end! This is a 45-second cinematic masterpiece.
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