G’day. I am Georgie Carroll or Nurse Georgie, nurse turned comedian. I have made humans, I have saved humans, I have written a book and I am on the telly; a pretty useful person, all things considered.
Below is my take on the 10 funniest things on the internet. The internet is enormous and a lot of it is not at all funny, so it was a big job. But I love a challenge!
1. Troy Hawke of the Greeters Guild
Ladies, gentlemen, and all you glorious entities in betwixt: may I introduce you to British comedian Milo McCabe, also known as Troy Hawke of the Greeters Guild. Spoiler – there is no Greeters Guild, but that does not stop Troy from standing outside shops (uninvited) in a smoking jacket, cheering people on. I simply cannot go past him when he drops on my feed. He says he is trying to redress the mood balance in the general population in a post-pandemic era. There is no one more qualified to cheer you on (he started out as a psychotherapist).
2) Joe Lycett
Oh! This boy makes my heart sing. He is a brilliant and silly adult. The clip above is well known, but watch any of his clips and you can throw the rest of your day in the bin. He is ridiculous in real life too: he and I performed together at the Sydney Opera house. I was a rookie at the time, overwhelmed by the iconic building and the talent in the green room: Phill Jupitus, Fern Brady, Lycett himself. I decided to not reveal myself as a comic and instead positioned myself behind the buffet and pretended I worked in catering to avoid small talk. Lycett joined me after a while and we played shop like kids do; warned people off the sushi, gave the sausage rolls a backstory. He is a proper joymonger.
3) Soccer fans showing their team where the goal is
Nothing could grab me less than team sport. I am a lone wolf, I cannot bear the idea of having to depend on 12 or so other people working together to define my success. What I do love about team sports, and particularly European football, is the audiences. As a comic, I completely know the value of an invested audience.
The British shine brightest when they are losing. The best songs are made when a fan’s unequivocal belief that their team can win is coupled with despair when they do not. Simmer this sentiment in copious amounts of beer for a decade or more and you have the recipe for wonderfully funny crowd performances.
4) Comedy for the Internet: animal facts
Sketch at its most delicious. This troupe of bold and bonkers idiots are not big on facts unless they are about animals. There is a lot on their website and TikTok, so start with this video – if you hate it, abort the mission because each click gets weirder. They will tickle parts of your brain that you have not used for a while.
5) My mother
Although technically not someone I want you to follow on the internet, my mother is by far the funniest thing when she is on it. She is not an unintelligent woman, but there are massive gaps in her learning when it comes to technology; Google Maps always sends her the “wrong way”; somehow voice messages sent from her phone and in her voice end up on other people’s phones without her sending them; she pedantically puts capitals in email addresses; and she has pondered – out loud – if the Australian WORLD WIDE WEB works in England! It is no surprise that catfish target the mature woman.
(Should you be a catfish who is now searching for my mum, back off, I will destroy you. Also, she has yet to transfer money online successfully so, although she is a very loving woman, it will be a fruitless financial endeavour.)
6) Michael Palascak
In stand up, there is the writing, and then there is the performing. This guy nails both. Christian comedy is a huge subculture within stand up. Their audiences are massive – I almost wish I were part of it for that reason. Some Christian comedy can grate with even progressive audiences, but this good Catholic boy is clean, clever, dark and, most importantly, funny as.
7) Ava Ryan
I have two sons. Sometimes they ask me which one is my favourite child, and I tell them Ava Ryan. She is still young, so her funnies are published through her mum Katie’s channel. I have been following this half-pint comic prodigy since she was three, when she was viral for the catch phrases “I smell like beef” and “Frikken bats”. Now, at 12, she has more moxie and funny than most adults I have met. I cannot wait to see what she turns into. We should all quit comedy when she fully hatches.
8) The Good Liars
Comic journalists Davram Stiefler and Jason Selvig find some of the most passionate far-right Americans and ask them extremely basic questions to expose the utter tripe pinging around in QAnon’s echo chamber. The lads are charming and respectful while causing a decent amount of bother and enlightenment at rallies and political events. It is how I get my US news, while simultaneously laughing and gawping at the united states of some people’s brains.
9) James Donald Forbes McCann
A philosopher comic based in South Australia, McCann has a quirky brain full of original thoughts. You could follow him on Insta where he does good, but you will love him more on YouTube. His finest work is the James Donald Forbes McCann Catamaran Plan, his podcast where he plays a husband and father hoping to raise enough money to fund his dream of owning a catamaran, through podcasting. Help a boat-loving brother out and have a listen.
10) Hot Ones
Now – we feast! This is a celebrity interview channel where the talent is quizzed while being fed progressively hotter chicken wings. If you own teenagers, bring Hot Ones up in conversation – they will not say you are cool, but they will think it. The show’s creators, Christopher Schonberger and Sean Evans, have immense celebrity pull and have grilled and fed everyone from Gordon Ramsay to the Rock. Watch this while drinking milk – the wings near the end look painful.
Georgie Carroll is touring nationally as part of the Multicultural Comedy Gala; see her website for all dates.