21st Century Humor

21st Century Humor

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Added Aug 19, 2020 at 05:54PM EDT by Jel.

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About

21st Century Humor videos are rapid-fire montage parodies that use old Vines, various meme sound effects, earrape, and other editing techniques and video sources. They are made with an editing style similar to r/arabfunny videos. 21st century humor surged in popularity after being frequently submitted to Canadian content creator twomad’s $1,000 You Laugh You Lose (YLYL) challenge livestreams.

Origin

21st Century Humor descends from YouTube Poop videos, combining sound effects and clips in a chaotic manner. The format was popularized on iFunny in 2019, sometimes referred to as "iFunny poops," and spreading outside of the app through reposts on YouTube and Instagram.


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While the origin of the term "21st century humor" was is unknown, it likely occurred in late April to early May (example video shown below).[1][2]



Precursors

21st century humor videos are preceded by YouTube poop and montage parodies. The style of 21st century humor is similar to Arab Funny videos. They share elements such as overlaid static and moving visuals, meme sound effects, earrape, audio and video compression, rapidly changing visuals, and red circles and arrows (Arab Funny video example shown below).

Spread

21st century humor videos were popularized on twomad's live streams in late April 2020. During an April 19th twomad live stream, YouTuber fire uploaded[3] a video titled baba boo eee that included clips from twomad’s stream that day (shown below). twomad laughed and praised it as funny.[4][5] On the same day, twomad proposed[6][7] a $1,000 YLYL challenge in which viewers could win $1,000 if they made twomad laugh.



On April 22nd, twomad did the YLYL challenge stream and videos similar to fire's were submitted (examples shown below).[8][9][10] During the stream, twomad directed viewers on what he found funny and encouraged them to include certain sources in videos they made for him. Examples include sorting algorithms,[11] hypnosis,[3] and the movie Shazam’s "I Would Like To Purchase Some Of Your Finest Beer" scene[12].



On May 3rd, YouTuber cowdill uploaded a video called "Guide to 21st century humor," illustrating common elements used in 21st century humor videos.[1]



A YouTube playlist with over 140 sources used in 21st century humor videos at the time accumulated over 1.2 million views in two months.[13] A list of common sources found in 21 century humor videos as of August 2020 is included below. In 2022, the sound effects gained recognition under the name Goofy Ahh sound effects.



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External References

[1] YouTube – cowdill

[2] YouTube – James_welch 79

[3] YouTube – twomad VODS unofficial

[4] YouTube – fire

[5] YouTube – jorios_

[6] YouTube – twomad VODS unofficial

[7] Twitter – @twomad

[8] YouTube – Harel Katz

[9] YouTube – twomad VODS unofficial

[10] YouTube – TwoMad Video

[11] YouTube – twomad VODS unofficial

[12] YouTube – twomad VODS unofficial

[13] YouTube Playlist – 21st century meme sound effects

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