Comedy is a diverse and varied genre – no two people have exactly the same tastes.
With the advent of the Internet, however, that doesn’t matter. There really is something out there for everyone — from lowbrow to highbrow. From cheesy to cutting satire. Even as you start pondering the difference between “Internet humor” and “humor on the Internet”, let’s start the laugh meter.
Here’s our list of the top 15 funniest websites in the world.
It seems somehow appropriate to kick off this list with Engrish.com. It’s a website that specializes in pictures of English-language mishaps, often in foreign lands.
Let’s be clear, there is absolutely no shame in making errors when English is not your mother tongue, but this site typically focuses errors committed by businesses – and there really is no excuse for them.
Funny or Die’s bread and butter is viral videos, but it mixes them in with a healthy dose of original content from comedians as well. The site was launched by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy, and has since received lots of Silicon Valley backing.
Once you’ve registered you can vote on whether a video is funny or deserves to “die”, hence the name.
If satire is more to your liking, you’ll certainly have heard about The Onion.
The site, which is operated out of Chicago, uses current events to create spoof stories, editorials, op-ed pieces, and interviews. Comedian Bob Odenkirk has gone on record as saying “[The Onion] is the best comedy writing in the country, and it has been since it started.”
Ah, we’ve all seen them on our social media feeds. Cringe-worthy relationship break-ups, chronic misunderstandings between parents and siblings, and embarrassing conversations between employers and employees – all of which have been caused by smartphones’ fateful autocorrect feature.
This site documents thousands of examples. Cringe at your leisure!
Overheard in New York lets residents of the city submit snippets of conversations they hear while going about their daily lives in the Big Apple.
It has become so popular that a number of sister sites have been spawned (such as Overheard in the Office and Overheard at the Beach) and a book of the most popular quotes has been published.
Granted, “Pictures of Walls” doesn’t look like the most inspiring title for a humorous page, but it’s actually a great site.
It’s packed with pictures of funny messages that people have graffitied on walls and buildings, sometimes as standalone phrases, and sometimes by editing a sign or advert.
CollegeHumor has become one of the most well-known comedy sites on the web. It was launched in 2000 and features an original series of pranks, mini-series, sketches, and animations.
It was originally aimed at the college-aged demographic, and while that is still arguably its core purpose, it now has something to suit most tastes.
Its success led to an MTV series in 2008 called The College Humor Show, but it was cancelled after just one season.
Branded as “comics, quizzes, and stories”, The Oatmeal’s biggest draw are the cartoons that are crafted by its founder, Matthew Inman. The content itself is varied, covering everything from the English language to computer usage.
Every single one of the works on the site requires a lot of dedication; in an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 2010, Inman said each image took him around eight hours to produce.
Most family homes have at least one picture on the wall that makes you shudder each time you see it.
This website collates all those images into one place; from painstakingly recreated family portraits to perfectly-timed snapshots, you can finally feel safe in the knowledge that you’re not the only one who has a shoebox full of embarrassing photos.
Cracked actually has its roots in a magazine that was launched in 1958 as a rival to the then-popular Mad magazine. Circulation declined after the turn of the millennium, and in 2007 the print version ceased to exist.
The website version now draws more than 300 million views per month and focuses on funny blogs, videos, and images.
If you want GIFs and memes, 9GAG needs to be your first port of call.
Its upvote/downvote system means you’ll find new content each time you visit, and the frequently-updated “Featured” section typically focuses on what’s hot in the media at any given time.
The site has recently launched mobile apps on both iOS and Android, and now boasts a thriving Reddit-esque community.
Did you hear about the two antennas that got married? The ceremony was long and boring, but the reception was great!
Jokes.cc is a massive repository of one-liners which will be sure to make you laugh and groan in equal measure.
The funnies are organized by category and sub-category, with everything from the police to animals getting their own section.
If you want comic strips that are based in reality, look no further than Dilbert. It was first launched in 1989 and is now published in many nationwide newspapers and magazines.
The comics follow Dilbert – the strip’s main character – through the mundanity of modern office life, with plenty of current and geeky references thrown in for good measure.
Rich people crashing expensive supercars, skateboarders doing stupid things, and people walking into glass doors – we all know what’s coming with fail videos, but they never cease to be hilarious.
There are lots of them on YouTube, but arguably the best dedicated website is epicfail.com – tons of new stuff is uploaded every day, and it features both videos and pictures.
You’ll recall that earlier in this article we mentioned The Onion – it’s quite clearly satirical, no one could ever mistake that for real news, right?
Literally Unbelievable is about what happens when Onion stories meet gullible Facebook users. Hilarity ensues.
The Funniest Websites You Have Come Across?
We are well aware that we’ve only scratched the surface here – there are thousands of sites out there, all of which are dedicated to the noble pursuit of making you laugh. Many of them lie undiscovered in the little nooks of the web.
There’s the classic Cheezburger. You might have come across Found Magazine or theChive. Then there are the ones like Clearly Dope, Team Coco, Headlines Against Humanity, Fill The Silence, or Tosh.o which are Webby Award honorees.
Which are your favorites? Highbrow or lowbrow? Which ones do you avoid? Let us know in the comments.
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