Independent comedy creators making sketches for the internet have now started to match traditional TV broadcasters in terms of production quality. Here's our twelve favourite sketches from 2013, sorted by upload date...
This fast paced animated sketch show for the HuHa! channel is full of surreal delights:
Moonwalking Shetland Pony
As you may recall, at the start of 2013 there was the horse meat scandal... and that ubiquitous pony mobile phone advert was all over the TV. Cope and Dalton, who have since gone on to create the warped sitcom Future Duck, mashed the two topics up brilliantly in this viral spoof:
Building A Human
Adolf Hitler in Mr Men
Jake Yapp is one of the online video producers who really made a name for himself in 2013. His Channel 4 News video showed off his skill for impressions, however it was his animated Mr Men video that most caught our eye this year:
2013 saw a number of new independent video channels spring up, one of which was Hunka Wunda. This is perhaps their best video to date. We love how the topic of the video is slowly and subtly revealed:
This Glorious Monster
We love This Glorious Monster, a group which mixes great writing with slick filming. Their Office Cult sketch was our highlight last year, and they've continued with more great sketches this year. It's hard to pick a favourite, but here's a musical one from them:
Don't Fear Death
Rik Mayall narrates this fast-paced comedy arguing the joys of being dead. It's made by the rather talented pens of Dice Productions.
The Dam and the Damned
Marek Larwood - How To Make An Art Film
Marek Larwood has been experimenting all year with various styles of comedy video. Here's one of our favourites from his channel - advice on how to make an art film. We love rule two:
Alan Rickman Karaoke
This short from Max Dowler makes our top 12 for the simple reason it made us giggle a lot. It's him, as Alan Rickman, as Professor Snape, singing an Adele song:
Kill Yourself by Phil Nichol
Barbershopera - The Christmas Jumper Song
Barbershopera, the comic musical theatre foursome, did themselves proud earlier this month with this tribute to a particular festive garment:
Best Advert of 2013
Using humour in adverts can really boost a brand's profile. This is what the team at Yorkshire Tea found when they created this charming but not entirely true song about their favourite beverage:
Best from the Broadcasters
Whilst the above list focuses on independently produced comedy, we shouldn't forget the TV channels have been working on their own online projects too. We've got two favourites, both from Channel 4's Comedy Blaps strand...
The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society
So those were our favourites from 2013. There was so much to choose from, inevitably some great videos didn't quite make the cut, so do search around our site for more.