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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Vine 5 Film Festival: Yeah!

Vine is a toy from Twitter that challenges users to make the most profound work ever committed to video in exactly six seconds. Or at the very least, challenges comedians to bring a little more laughter into this world. Every Tuesday we showcase five of the funniest short shorts of the past week.

Your RSS feed might be difficult and not show the videos, but trust us – they are there.

This past week on Vine there was some positivity; a tragic, contemporary death; a loud opinion; another example of poor elevator etiquette; and possibly the funniest Disney feature ever made.

"It's Pretty Good #DailyAffirmation"
By Maria Bamford

It is cool whenever Maria Bamford finds her way to Vine, and it is even better to see her do so in a five-part series (albeit all posted within ten minutes time.) Her words of empowerment are just about as humorously unconvincing as Bob Ducca's, no matter how many attempts she makes in believing in what she is saying.

"Midwestern Cop Confesses to Dream Visits from Slain Undercover Twerking Partner"
By Dan Ewen

Screenwriter Dan Ewen took a huge risk making anything that had anything to do with twerking, considering that jokes about the latest dance that is a signifier for the end of civilization are now considered as old as whatever last dance everybody was bemused and privately horrified about. Ewen understood however the deep well of funny contained in any odd word spoken in a Fargo accent. The odd scenario significantly helps too.

"#TomsNonBlog pt.5: Love Thy Neighbor"
By Tom Vrab

The character "Tom Vrab" in Tom Vrab's vine seen above is apparently a supporter of Thoreau and his simplifying, anti-modern technology ideals, but cannot resist the urge to voice his probably worthless opinion on probably insignificant things like the rest of our generation. The very long intro setting up the bit juxtaposed with the instant response to Vrab's earnest(?) comment is what made it work. Also, what is that guy's problem?

"How to Make Friends on the Elevator"
By Omegan

Omegan has worn the penguin suit before, but never to ask one of the most chilling questions you can possibly ask while enclosed in an old, moving rectangle containing hundreds to thousands of pounds supported by thin wires. In the best case scenario, only one of those individuals will have heard vaguely about the M. Night Shyamalan written movie about a group of people trapped in an elevator, one of those people secretly being Satan, but not remember the last part.

"No taste #loop #newyork #saturday #twerking"
By Erik Bergstrom

Comedy is subjective, but I can confidently write about the mental deconstructions I made of even the shortest of videos to explain as much possible why I believe a joke is funny or not funny. Except here. This vine doesn't technically make sense, there's a little dead space before Bergstrom says his two words, and it seems like the scenario was serendipitous, but it perfectly encapsulated the ridiculous anger people feel towards hipsters, a term that just continues to grow in popularity that I think at some point has applied to anybody that has looked at a bike. I guess. Profanity in the vicinity of Disney characters is funny too.

Playing in Theater 2

Pier 1 Imports Manager by Carey O'Donnell

The untimely death of a co-worker can really wreck havoc on the living.

Chuck E. Cheese by Nate Bargatze

The gigantic rodent shaking hands with the man at the end seems creepily conspiratorial.

Suicide by Denise

This is some bad timing.

One Year Anniversary by James Urbaniak with Len Peralda

Someone is a hugger.

Buffalo Vine: Take 1 by Mary Radzinski

Hashtag second hand smoke.

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