Pivoting? It’s all the rage this year. Restaurants have pivoted to make bountiful food boxes and deliverable meals; seamstresses have pivoted to make PPE; gyms have pivoted to ensure their instructors can now shout at you through a phone. But the pandemic pivot, as it has been coined, also belongs to funny people. Those who make the internet, or corners of it, at least, that bit better. OK, that’s a vast understatement – they make it worth scrolling. With no stand ups or theatre runs, actors, comedians and impressionists have turned to their screens to create essential escapist entertainment. You probably already follow Jordan Firstman, who, famed for his conceptual humour, takes off everyone from the publicist of the fly who landed on Mike Pompeo's head, to guys who are 5"11 but pretend to be 6ft.
While this new cohort are yet to gain followers in their hundred thousands, they are, rest assured, just as good, bringing new meaning and actual vigour to the word 'LOL' – an acronym that lost its lustre somewhere between apathetic WhatsApp responses, and things that might be amusing, but fail to make your mouth move.
Has anyone ever seen Luke Millington-Drake and Keira Knightly in the same room? This actor perfectly skewers Knightley’s skittishness, her pained expressions, and pensiveness when staring out of rain splattered windows. It helps that his jaw, like hers, conveys his every emotion.
Yorkshire spoofs usually come off as hackneyed ee bah gums, but not Steff Todd’s. Transplanting America’s most famous family to Yorkshire, Todd takes off Kylie Jenner, narrating scenes from KUWTK.
Another Kardashian, Andrea Lopez lampoons Kourtney, whose monotone voice, over enunciation and staccato sentences, lend themselves perfectly to, well, anything. She could be talking about her bowel movements and we'd be hooked.
From French influencers hammering home their effortless insouciance, to on-the-periphery fictional Royals, Harry does it all. We defy you not to binge his back catalogue in one sitting.