For its 3rd birthday the DPV is featuring a series of psychedelic videos specials which will run between the 22 and the 28 of April. Stay tuned for more of our psychedelic specials.
One of the things I like best about the psychedelic experience is humor. On a psychedelic trip, everyday situations can suddenly change their meaning in ways that make them hilarious. This can happen when normal stuff suddenly appears very weird, or when you find new and surprising meaning to ordinary occurrences. It can happen when one goes on a train of thoughts and arrives to some awesomely far out mental places, or when you suddenly realize that you and your friends look very weird, or are behaving in a very weird way. Regaining perspective on yourself can be exceedingly funny. Psychedelic humor, at its highest forms, can be a realization of the inherently humorous aspect of existence itself, a sort of metaphysical-humor state of mind cherished by some of the world’s religious traditions, like Zen Buddhism.
The psychedelic humor videos below combine the different elements of psychedelic humor described above in ways that I find hilarious. Here are my psychedelic humor favorites.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – The Hotel Scene
The Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas hotel scene, is one of the classic psychedelic comedy scenes in cinema. The scene makes use of a distinct kind of psychedelic humor where the joke lies in the gap between reality as it is perceived by the tripped-out protagonist and the actual ‘objective’ reality as it is captured by the camera/others. (See here for another example of this kind psychedelic humor, featuring Jack Black).
Louis CK Animation
“In animation you can do anything” is the premise of this video by Louis CK, where the comedian uses the force of animation to become a kind of superhero. For other writers it would probably just mean flying in the air or fighting huge monsters, but Louis CK, being Louis CK, uses this new found power in order to very thoroughly work out his feelings of bitterness towards his father and infest him with guilt “which will make him age 50 years in a day”…
Pikachu on Acid and the stoned British soldiers
Pikachu goes on an extended acid-trip after being attacked with acid by another Pokémon. This is the proof that the American and British armies had the right idea when they experimented with LSD as a battlefield incapacitating weapon, which was an hilarious occasion in itself.
This is how we trip – The Good Neighbor
Dennis and his friends dose on DXM (cough suppressant) and go into time-portals while Dennis’s mother knocks on the door demanding an explanation. An hilarious video-portrait of a lively fucked-up bunch of suburban tripsters by the “Good Neighbor” group.
Two renegade cops take “memory medicine”
Two renegade cops is a brilliant and pretty psychedelic 13 episode 70’s style YouTube comedy show. In the 5th episode Brick and Steel go on a visit to the past, after smoking some “memory medicine” given to them by their hippie friend.
Arise – Church of the Subgenius
The instructions part for the video tape by the Church of the Sub Genius is an exceedingly deranged, far out video-instructions manual created by a demented video director. The result is unbelievable and hilarious.
Charlie the Unicorn
Grumpy unicorn Charlie, who just wanted to quietly watch TV, is continuously harassed by two particularly weird unicorns who take him on a far out trip to the banana king who teaches Charlie a peculiar lesson about life.
The highly stressed ape psychiatrist of an animal’s hospital mental ward is driven to madness by the never ending noises created by his annoyingly musical patients. Strangely, following the advice of the Banana King from the video above, doesn’t help either…
The stoned ape theory
Mckenna’s stoned ape theory, mixed together with elements from Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey and rendered to extreme by animation, makes for a particularly hilarious journey into the psychedelic roots of human civilization.
The Mighty Boosh & Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy
“Television needs a madman! I want the show to be psychedelic and beautiful but have charm and personality. If Dali made a show hopefully it would look like this” said Noel Fielding about his television work.
Fielding gained fame and acclaim with his highly successful show The Mighty Boosh, created together with Julian Barratt. He later embarked on a solo career, launching the Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy show.
Both shows are hilarious, surreal, mystical, and highly psychedelic, featuring many magical plots, shamans, drug dealers, a talking gorilla and variety of other bizarre characters.
Many of the episodes of both shows are available to watch on YouTube, and if you are a fan of psychedelic comedy, you’ve got to watch at least a few episodes. You won’t regret it.
Cranky Yankers – Cough syrup
Cranky Yanker’s Ed calls the pharmacy and asks for some cough syrup. Which kind?
“the happy kind”, “the kind that makes you sleepy”. The ensuing conversation is accompanied by his hallucination as he goes into a cough syrup Neverland.
Story from North-America
The “Story from North America” is beautifully animated video with which combines vivid images, evocative moral issues and a funny song to create a precious 4 minute lesson about the value of life.