We’re barely halfway through August and already this summer’s become an endurance test. Heat, humidity, and the dumbest rhetoric to ever be uttered in a political arena have all weighed on our psyche like a toxic spray tan. Fortunately, we have five hilarious videos to help us cross this week’s finish line.
From assembling IKEA furniture while on LSD to programmable toaster art, here are five funny things from this week you need to watch.
Sometimes the most brilliant concepts stem from the simplest idea. In the case of this video: What would it be like to drop acid and try to assemble IKEA furniture? That’s the intriguing yet dead-simple concept for the online reality series HIKEA — hallucinogens, vague diagrams, and lots and lots of umlauts. (The crippling giggles and existential revelations are just a happy byproduct.)
2. Documentary Now!: Choose or Else ’92
As we gear up for the brand new season of Documentary Now!, let’s take a look back (with the help of MTV VJ Tabitha Soren) to the pivotal election at the center of the season premiere episode, “The Bunker.” Dwarfing the media coverage of the presidential candidates that year, the Ohio governor’s race was the most talked-about election in 1992 thanks in large part to steely campaign managers Alvin Panagoulious and Teddy Redbones (who are dead-ringers for Doc Now! co-creators Fred Armisen and Bill Hader). But we’ll let MTV’s stellar “Choose or Else ’92” coverage fill you in.
Problem: You’ve been crafting toaster stencils out of sheet metal since 3 a.m. only to discover your daughter isn’t into Pokemon anymore. What’s the family’s designated toast artist to do? Well, as long as this isn’t a Banksy stunt, the Toasteroid is here to help. As seen in the product’s Kickstarter promo, the Toasteroid allows users to craft their loaf portraits with the flick of a finger in a smartphone app. (Remember when we said the most brilliant concepts stem from the simplest idea? Ignore that.)
4. Billy West Quotes Donald Trump as Zapp Brannigan
— Billy West (@TheBillyWest) August 10, 2016
Fearless, headstrong, and unconcerned with facts or logic, Futurama’s Zapp Brannigan has an arrogant, ill-informed swagger that’s awfully familiar to anyone following the chilling 2016 U.S. presidential election. In fact, the similarities spawned a Twitter hashtag #MakeAmericaBrannigan which highlights how Donald Trump’s bizarre statements sound fitting coming from the cartoon captain — even more so when actually spoken by Zapp’s voice actor, the great Billy West.
5. Virginia Woolf’s Personal Assistant
You don’t need to be a literary major to get a kick out of this short film about the harried work life of Virginia Woolf’s personal assistant. Tending to the troubled British author, comedian Gaby Dunn wades through piles of dirty clothes, siphons heavy stones out of a laundry basket — a grim reference to Woolf’s ultimate fate — and relays messages from Tilda Swinton’s disembodied head in the fireplace. (It makes more sense in the context of the video, trust us.)