Professor Peter Schickele "discovered some works" by a forgotten member of the Bach family - "Music: P.D.Q. Bach, the twenty-first child & the youngest and the oddest of the twenty-odd children" of Johann Sebastian Bach. Here, he plays one of P. D. Q. Bach's more famously forgotten piece, "Konzertshitcke for two violins mit orchestra - P. D. Q. Bach (1807 - 1742)? with violinist Itzhak Perlman & conductor John Williams.
Grieg's Piano Concerto will never be the same after Morecambe & Wise was done through with it (with the special participation of Andre Previn, of course.) Playing all the right notes indeed. Here's the full clip.
Does no one here know about Alkan? His Funeral March on the Death of a Parrot is hilarious.
Allan Sherman's "Peter And The Commissar" turns "Peter and the Wolf" into an allegory for creativity versus the incompetence of the music industry. It also features Beethoven's 5th as a cha-cha-cha and Brahms' Lullaby as a rock-and-roll song, amongst other brilliant bits.
Listen to the second movement of Haydn's "Surprise Symphony" (#94) with the volume way up and tell me it doesn't repeatedly Jump Scare you into laughter.
Pretty much anything by Wesley Willis applies, but his funniest is "My Keyboard got Damaged" where he talks about getting ejected from a plane for cursing. The way he says "SUDDENLY, I YELLED FUCK YOU ON THE AIRPLANE" makes me laugh every time I listen to it.
The Super Mario LandRap is one part Obligatory Swearing, one part Boisterous Bruiser-style gameplay, at least two parts affectionate nostalgia, and... it kind of defies adjectives past that point, but if you've played the game and can live with the aforementioned swearing, it's hilarious.
This is a pretty accurate description of many of their raps, but with more swearing, more attempts at Comedic Sociopathy, and less affectionate nostalgia.
Cheeks squish squish Flat chest flat chest flat chest flat chest flat chest flat chest If you say you hate onions I'll stick an onion up your (BLEEP) Hey, what are you doing? Stop making me sing those perverted lines... Vocaloid is...V...Vo...Voc... Do you like Vocaloid?
"Master, did you buy us thinking we were aneroge? I'M RIGHT, AREN'T I?! 'But I still love him anyway'...is what he made me say *cry*"
Also sung by Len, Hetarenaide Yo! Oniichan. Specifically, at about the 1:57 mark: "Come (BLEEP)note "inside me", Onii-chan! / Don't worry about the pregnancy." The bleep, coupled with the song being sung by a 14-year-old boy who thinks he can get pregnant, is what makes the line (if not the rest of the song) hilarious.
"Give Him A Flower" by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown. While it's more or less a song about turning the other cheek, the sheer ridiculousness in the way its sung - complete with Napoleon Dynamite-styled music - makes you wanna roll on the floor and laugh.
Spike Jones was the king of this subtrope in the 40's. Here are a few selections:
Like Built To Spill's "Preview", Self's "LA Radio" is also a bunch of snippets parodying different music genres strung together, this time edited to sound like someone flipping through a radio dial. The style parodies are entertaining enough, but the funniest moment might be a bit where someone calls a radio station to request Self:
DJ:That was The Dandy Fanny. Hits 106.9, I'm Tweaky Bob. Caller six, you're on the air!
Caller: Yeah, can you play some Self?
DJ: Excuse me, who?
Caller: Some Self, um... Self?
DJ: Alright kid, you got it, here's some Seal on Hits 106.9!
Christian heavy rock group Thousand Foot Krutch doing a metal take on... "Jingle Bell Rock". It's equal parts hilarious and downright badass.
Iggy Pop's "Success" has his whole backing band and producer David Bowie joining in on backing vocals, which basically repeat every lyric of the song. They keep repeating everything once Iggy starts going off on ad-libs near the end, so he decides to try to trip them up:
Iggy: I'm gonna do the twist!
All: I'm gonna do the twist!
Iggy: I'm gonna hop like a frog!
All: I'm gonna hop like a frog!
Iggy: I'm gonna go out on the street and do anything I want!
Yes shows a rare glimpse of humor on the title to track to 1977's Going for the One, care of mystically minded Cloudcuckoolander singer/lyricist Jon Anderson:
Now the verses I've sang
Don't add much weight
To the story in my head
So I'm thinking I should go and write a punchline
But they're so hard to find
In my cosmic mind
Morningwood's song "Take Off Your Clothes". At one point, the narrator's love interest, who's trying to diplomatically tell her that he doesn't want sex just then, says 'It's better when it's anticipated', to which the narrator screams furiously, "No, it's not! So TAKE OFF YOUR CLOOOOOOOOOOTHES!"
Even better, at the end of the song, she says please. Belatedly, but she does actually say it.
Some churchgoers admit that at least once they have tried very hard not to laugh when they have to sing "All Creatures of Our God and King" in a service, especially the "Alleluia" parts.
Funny Moments with the bands/artists
Relient K as this about once per album, if not more, but the best is definitely Crayons Can Melt on Us for all I Care. The title might actually be longer than the song itself, which only makes it more hilarious.
Short Stack: "We are confident enough in our sexuality to do a Kylie Minogue song!" They then proceeded to sing "Can't Get You Out Of My Head".
In a live performance of Fake (possibly one of the most beautiful unrequited love songs ever written), the Frames' lead singer Glen Hansard decided to shake the song up a little. Between each half of each verse is an instrumental crescendo. During the crescendo in the second verse, he ad-libbed some new lyrics:
"I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one."
Any time Chibi of The Birthday Massacre gives an interview, but especially the time when she tried to coerce the interviewer into taking up knitting.
Go to the bottom on the Emilie Autumn page. Click the links. Yes, all of them.
During his 30th Aniversary concert, Michael Jackson performed "You Rock My World" and Usher first comes out, leading to a small dance/robot battle. Then Chris Tucker, who had appeared in the music video of the song, comes out and starts to dance. Michael begins to crack up as Chris mimiced several of Michael's dance moves. Michael then did his kick-move, which Chris did, but with the wrong leg (relating to a joke Chris told earlier in the concert about Michael telling him he was "Kicking with the wrong leg" in Rush Hour 2, where Chris sang "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough") which causes Michael to do a literal ROFL.
John Myung, the bassist for Dream Theater, well known (ironically) for not bringing attention to himself by even doing so much as talking most of the time, tackles◊ lead singer James LaBrie in the middle of a concert as a result of a bet. None of the band knew about it beforehand and one of the technicians, who dared him to do it, didn't think he would do it.
During a random jam in the middle of "Seek and Destroy" on Metallica's Live Shit CD, James prompts Jason to start soloing by saying, "Impress the fuck out of us." Jason responds by stopping playing entirely, to which James and Kirk agree, "I'm impressed."
Sara Bareilles sang a song that was called something like "You're an asshole" at a concert. People were given lyrics.
Ella Fitzgerald performs "Mack the Knife" on the live album Ella in Berlin. She forgets the lyrics halfway through: "What's the next chorus to this song now?/This is the one now I don't know." But Ella improvises some new lyrics and pokes fun at her flub: "Now Ella and the fellas/We're making a wreck, what a wreck of Mack the Knife." This doubles as a Funny Moment and an Awesome Moment.
A bit from Kaya's performance at AnimeUSA 2009: around the middle of the concert (beginning about 5 minutes in this video), Kaya signals the lights operator to turn up the lights so he can see the audience. He scans the crowd and spots a certain pair of cosplayers...
Kaya: ...ah, Hizaki! ... Kamijo!(Kaya runs to the opposite end of the stage)Darling, hi!
When Slipknot turntablist Sid Wilson broke both his feet during a live show and ended up temporarily confined to a wheelchair, this happened during another live show:
Corey Taylor: Everyone say, 'Hi, Sid!'
Crowd: Hi, Sid!
Corey Taylor: Everyone say, 'YOU BROKE YOUR FUCKIN' FEET, SID!'
Crowd: YOU BROKE YOUR FUCKIN' FEET, SID!
Funny Moments in music videos
Carly Rae Jepsen acting silly and doing crazy and comic shenanigans in the music video for "Call Me Maybe."
And on the topic of Weird Al: Listen to him duet with diva Kate Winslet in Award Bait Song fashion in the amazingly funny "I Need A Nap". Not only can everyone identify with the song, it's hard not to fall apart laughing when Al shouts out, "Change KEEEEEEEEEEY!"
I Just Had Sex. While sex is indeed quite awesome, this video takes it to absurd levels.
But she was looking at her watch! (Doesn't matter I had sex!)
But I cried the whole time! (Doesn't matter I had sex!)
I think she might have been a racist! (Doesn't matter I had sex!)
She put a bag on my head! (Still counts!)
Jack Black doing Sax Man. "He'll be right with you folks!"
Power metal band Hammerfall did two videos for their song "Hearts on Fire". While one is fairly typical fare, the other features the Swedish Women's Olympic Curling Team. It's harder to say which is funnier: the curling team singing, or Hammerfall curling.
Pink's video for "You Make Me Sick". Watch the angry slapstick fight in the mall and try not to laugh as they wreck the Santa Claus display.
The live performance of "Cumbia Metalera" (Heavy Metal Cumbia). You see two guys in the scariest Goth attire possible, yelling "Blood!!! Death!!! Destruction!!!... CUMBIA!!!". Cue the metalheads playing Mexican cumbia.
The video to Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes" has pirates slapping each other.
I walk onto a terrace where I think I'm alone/But Arthur Fonzarelli's got an army of clones! Fonzie's been cloned!
Blind posseeeeessed choiiiiir booooys!
Similar to Nirvana and Iron Maiden, Muse also like to ham it up and switch instruments when forced to lip sync by a show. An appearance on a Spanish television show featured vocalist Matt Bellamy drumming like a Guitar Hero drummer with a cheesy smile on his face, and another one included him miming a synthesizer part by wildly waving his hands around several inches above the keyboard.
"Hellglass", a skit filmed to serve as an extra on a live Self DVD. What purports to be a look behind the scenes in the recording studio is actually a Spinal Tap-esque self parody, with Matt Mahaffey generally acting like a Cloudcuckoolander, then revealing a very deep new song called "Hellglass", much to the disgust of his producer.
Any Jason Mraz fans out there? Beautiful Mess Live On Earth,"making of" video. Particularly thekittens.
Additionally, Gaga posing in front of a fire and the ending of Bad Romance, with Gaga lying in bed beside a burnt skeleton with a cigarette in her mouth and a bra that ACTUALLY SPARKS. Or, as one literal video version put it, 'Cue light and death bra.'
DragonForce's music video for "Operation Ground and Pound". During the solo, the video suddenly shows that the entire video is just Herman and Sam playing a video game. At one part, it suddenly cuts to ZP Theart standing against a green screen drinking coffee, who shrugs before the scene cuts again.
George Harrison's highly sarcastic (as he often wrote his songs) "This Song" (written in response to the descision of a court case involving his song "My Sweet Lord", the Chiffons' song "He's So Fine", and alleged plagiarism on George's part) is funny enough on its own (especially with Eric Idle's brief presence on the track), but the music video is ridiculousness Up to Eleven. Includes Ronnie Wood in drag.
Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Cold Shot" has this hilarious video of Stevie getting abused by what is implied as his wife.
Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al", which has Chevy Chase show up and start lip-synching the words right before Simon is about to; this is the culmination of a running Saturday Night Live gag where Chase would claim to be Simon. Their expressions during the video are priceless.
Kurt Cobain attending Headbanger's Ball wearing a ridiculous yellow dress. When asked about it, he replied "It's Headbanger's Ball so I thought I'd wear a gown."
After a very intense (for MTV standards at least) performance by Marilyn Manson at the 1997 Video Music Awards, host Chris Rock yelled for the audience to "Run to church right now or you're going to hell!"