The standard of humor on YouTube must be really low

A guy decided to do a “prank” in a university classroom, I presume to get clicks. I was curious to see the level of humor behind this prank, and here it is:

He walks into a lecture hall as if he is an enrolled student (he isn’t), pulls out a typewriter, and starts banging on it while occasionally yelling at the professor to speak up.

After leaving the lecture hall to retrieve his typewriter, Adams then entered the room a second time. He continued to type loudly and shouted, “Professor can you repeat that last part real quick?” A woman speaking from the front of the room, whom The Harvard Crimson identified as a professor named Hopi E. Hoekstra, could be seen telling Adams, “You’re being incredibly disrespectful and incredibly disruptive of this class.”

Adams’ bag and typewriter were confiscated again by the professor, and when Adams left the room, he was told by a second man that university police had been called to the scene.

Adams could then be seen walking outside the building when he encountered a man who appeared to be a campus police officer. The man asked Adams if he was a student at Harvard. When Adams said he wasn’t, the man said, “You shouldn’t enter any Harvard buildings if you’re not affiliated.”

The Harvard Crimson reported that Berry asked staff to call the Harvard University Police Department, who arrived after the YouTuber had left the lecture hall.

At the end of the video, Adams said, “I feel like that went as horrible as it could have and also as best as it could have,” adding, “I literally didn’t do nothing. I mean, I guess I was being annoying, but I’m always annoying.”

That’s it. Is that funny? It sounds like a guy disrupting a class, nothing more. It barely even constitutes a “prank”.

I found his video about this “prank” on YouTube.

3 million views.

Fuck me. It’s just monetized assholery.


  1. Reginald Selkirk says

    Last week, Quebec restaurant Le Roy Jucep joined the fray, saying it was removing the word “poutine” from its branding in protest of the invasion, according to Canadian daily the Ottawa Citizen.

    The diner, which claims to have invented poutine, said in a now-removed Facebook post that the dish would temporarily be called “fries cheese gravy,” per the Citizen.

    (Op cit)
    I guess “fries cheese gravy” is Canadian for “freedom fries.”

  2. Reginald Selkirk says

    … adding, “I literally didn’t do nothing. I mean, I guess I was being annoying, but I’m always annoying.”

    Stealing money from people is more than just “being annoying.” This prankster should research how much those Hahvahd students are paying per hour to be educated.

  3. says

    When “Just For Laughs” does stunts, they don’t embarrass, hurt or demean people. It’s still not my thing, but it’s tolerable because the targets of their jokes laugh about it after the reveal.

    Doing stuff that annoys, insults or inconveniences others is no more “humour” than blasting a stereo at 3am is “music”.

  4. says

    Dude, just make a video where you put sunglasses on a dog’s butt. That will get you about the same number of views, and no one will think you’re a total jerk. Well, PETA maybe, but don’t worry about that.

  5. F.O. says

    “The number one movie was called: Ass. And that’s all it was for 90 mins. It won eight oscars that year including best screenplay.”

    Idiocracy (2006)

  6. PaulBC says

    Is it supposed to be funny because people don’t use typewriters anymore? I’m very confused.

  7. StonedRanger says

    Huh. I thought monetized assholery was what the internet has been all about for the last fifteen years or so.

  8. Jazzlet says

    When I was in third year (so 13 years old) at the grammar-then-comprehensive I attended, my form, with the assistance of some friends in other forms to muddy the waters, stole every blackboard rubber in the school. Chaos ensued. We were not punished for this when the blackbord rubbers were discovered in a cupoard in our form room, beyond a ‘stern’ telling off from our form teacher who was struggling not to laugh.

  9. Rob Grigjanis says

    Jazzlet @14: If we’d done that in third form (1967-68), there would have been canings.

  10. PaulBC says

    RobG@15 And not the polymer clay kind I’m guessing.

    By the time I started Catholic parochial grade school in the early 70s, I there must have already been a directive from somewhere that corporal punishment was not permitted. My older siblings had a different experience. You could tell that some of the older nuns and lay teachers found it frustrating.

  11. moarscienceplz says

    OK fine, screw typewriter boy, and screw Youtube, but also, screw fucking Harvard times a googolplex!

  12. PaulBC says

    I suppose the young’uns now think typewriters are intrinsically funny. I got through high school with an electric typewriter. By college I was already editing papers on a computer (a TRS-80) (on a bare-bones text editor I wrote myself in Z80 assembly) and printing them on a daisywheel printer that was about as slow as a fast typist. That was nearly 40 years ago. What the hell is supposed to be funny about typewriters?

  13. StevoR says

    @ ^ PaulBC : beats me , Idon’t get it either.

    @ 12. StonedRanger : Cat videos and porn?

    Well, among a lot of other things too actually..

  14. Reginald Selkirk says

    Three day notice – you may be baking a pie in the near future, check your ingredient stocks now.

  15. Jazzlet says

    Rob Grigjanis @15, no corporal punishement in the all girl school I went to in the 70s, though there was in the primary I attended in the 60s, girls got the slipper, boys the ruler.

  16. chris61 says

    @24 Jazzlet

    The primary I attended in the 50s, everyone got the ruler (although for the girls it was such a gentle tap it was sometimes difficult not to giggle).