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10. 'Like a Boss,' the Lonely Island
In this 'Saturday Night Live' digital short, Andy Samberg is asked in a job performance review by Seth Rogen what he does in the office all day. Samberg recounts a day in the life of "The Bawss," from the mundane to the profane. What begins as a sly send-up of rappers' tendency to proclaim their position at the top of the food chain warps into sordid romantic humiliations and unnatural relations with a giant drug-induced fish. (NSFW)
9. 'Laundry Day (My Freeze Ray),' Dr. Horrible
Neil Patrick Harris plays a lovesick would-be supervillain in this droll number from Joss Whedon's awesome Emmy-winning Web series 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.' Pining over his laundromat crush Penny, the Bad Doctor fantasizes about stopping time with his freeze ray to facilitate his attempts to woo her. It's charming, witty -- and more than a little creepy.
8. 'If You Don't Know Me by Now,' David Brent
It's the perfect illustration of what clueless British 'Office' boss David Brent would think is sexy: all-white attire, billowing gauzy curtains and making love to the camera. Ricky Gervais, the master of the cringe-inducing moment, massacres Simply Red in this byproduct of Brent's ill-fated attempt at a music career. Die-hard 'Office' fans will also want to check out the blooper reel (with Gervais repeatedly bursting into peals of laughter) and a clip of Gervais' real-life foray into music, the little-known '80s New Wave group Seona Dancing.
7. 'White and Nerdy,' 'Weird Al' Yankovic
6. 'Let's Go to the Mall,' Robin Sparkles
In the second season of 'How I Met Your Mother,' Robin Scherbatsky (played by Vancouver native Cobie Smulders) was forced to reveal her past as Robin Sparkles, Canadian teen pop starlet. Robin's video is a spot-on and gut-busting reproduction of the vacuous teen pop of Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and particularly pre-angst Alanis (whose Canada-only hit 'Too Hot' must be seen to be believed). The lyrics are inane ("Come on, Jessica, Come on, Tori/Let's go to the mall/You won't be sorry") and the fashion is horrifying ("Put on your jelly bracelets and your cool graffiti coat"). Plus, there are long-haired weirdo band members and a food court dance sequence!
5. 'Too Many D---s on the Dance Floor,' Flight of the Conchords
Flight of the Conchords have left a legacy of fine pop music parodies in only two seasons on television. From their Barry White send-up 'Business Time' to the Pet Shop Boys-baiting 'Inner City Pressure,' Bret and Jemaine know how to sharply satirize while still producing some damn fine tunes. Michel Gondry directed this mockery of self-consciously cool electronic music videos. The boys wrap their swimsuit area with sparkling disco balls, and is that really Dennis Franz? (NSFW)
4. 'D--- in a Box,' The Lonely Island
Second choice would have been 'Lazy Sunday,' as that was the 'SNL' digital short that first attained viral ubiquity. But 'D--- in a Box' was many people's first inklings that Justin Timberlake is a really funny guy. The manicured beards, extra-dark shades and awful '80s suits are a fantastic visual gag, especially when worn by the music industry's most slobbered-over pop star. But the funny's mostly about this perfect gift idea for the upcoming Christmas season -- and apparently Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, too.
3. 'Male Prima Donna,' Subtle Sexuality
Two denizens of the American 'Office,' Kelly (Mindy Kaling) and Erin (Ellie Kemper) have formed a pop act, and their first music video, 'Male Prima Donna,' is not all that far off from the real thing: catchy song, wind machine, sassy dance moves and Auto-Tune cranked up to 11. The girls mince around the drab office environs in American Apparel metallic leggings, channeling Fergie and Lady Gaga and Gwen Stefani (check out the 'Rich Girl'-inspired sparkly eye patch and parrot), while guest rapper Ryan (B.J. Novak), aka Mr. Understood, gets pimped out in a white tuxedo and top hat.
2. 'Natalie Rap,' Natalie Portman and Andy Samberg
The adorable pixie goes all gangsta in this 'SNL' digital short. It could easily have turned out weak in the hands of another actress, but this Ivy Leaguer fully commits, spitting harder than DMX ("All those kids lookin' up to me can suck my d---"). In her angry young rapper guise, Portman also claims to be a drug fiend who cheated while at Harvard and ends up throwing a chair at cast member Chris Parnell. Somebody get Princess Amidala a record deal, stat!
1. 'I'm F---ing Matt Damon,' Sarah Silverman and 'I'm F---ing Ben Affleck,' Jimmy Kimmel
When Silverman and Kimmel's ill-fated romance was still going strong, she guested on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' and presented her beau with this hysterical musical missive. Silverman reveals her carnal relationship to Kimmel's ongoing punchline punching bag Matt Damon with her trademark cheerful tone. A month later, Kimmel took revenge by revealing his love affair with Damon's best bud. It all ends up in a recording studio where the likes of Joan Jett, Robin Williams, Perry Farrell, Macy Gray, Christopher "McLovin" Mintz-Plasse and a tone-deaf Cameron Diaz sing a tribute to Kimmel and Affleck's glorious sex life.