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Our favorite online videos of 2007

Our favorite online videos of 2007 — 10 web hits, from Will Ferrell’s ”The Landlord” to a ‘Star Wars’ trumpet solo

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1. The Landlord
As a foulmouthed property owner who threatens to put Will Ferrell on the street if he doesn’t pay his rent — and finance her next drinking binge — young Pearl McKay drives her costar to tears, and us to tears of laughter. funnyordie.com

2. Alanis Morissette’s ”My Humps”
By setting the Black Eyed Peas’ hit against a plaintive piano line and performing it in full hoochie gear, Morissette revisits the age-old question ”What you gonna do with all that ass, all that ass inside them jeans?” youtube.com

3. Miss South Carolina Teen USA
When asked why some Americans can’t read maps, Lauren Caitlin Upton tumbles down a shame spiral, sputtering vapidly about ”U.S. Americans” and ”our education, such as in South Africa and the Iraq.” Millions tuned in to feel superior…and then depressed. youtube.com

4. Filipino prisoners perform ”Thriller”
If 1,500 inmates at a Filipino prison can re-create Michael Jackson’s ”Thriller” video in sync, just think what else 1,500 criminals could accomplish together. Okay, stop thinking now and devote full attention to their take on Sister Act. youtube.com

5. Backstreet Bird
When Snowball the cockatoo starts bopping his plumed head and kicking his downy legs to the tune of ”Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” you’ll find yourself hoping there’s a So You Think You Can Dance audition in his near future. birdloversonly.blogspot.com

6. Dramatic Prairie Dog
A prairie dog whips around and gazes into the camera, eyes burning with intensity. An ominous three-note melody plays. (Dun-dun-dunnnn.) Aaand…scene! youtube.com

7. Keepon Keepin’ On
Meet Keepon, a robotic hybrid of a snowman and a Peep who grooves along to Spoon’s ”Don’t You Evah” in a Wired-produced video. You just wanna — oooh — squeeze him. youtube.com

8. Clark and Michael
This online-only mockumentary series stars Clark Duke (Greek) and nerd-cool icon Michael Cera (Superbad) as low-functioning buddies who want to write the next big TV show. Oh, look — maybe they just did. clarkandmichael.com

9. Gilbert and Sullivan’s ”Baby Got Back”
It’s Sir Mix-A-Lot’s ode to the female backside — in show-tune format! A remix so funk-free, even the cast of the 1980 TV adaptation of The Pirates of Penzance can pull it off! youtube.com

10. ‘Star Wars’ trumpet solo
A 1993 pageant contestant murders the movie’s theme, pausing at key points to duck nonexistent lasers. (Why wouldn’t she?) Though damn near intolerable, this unearthed relic hits the viral-video jackpot: regrettable fashion, blatant lack of talent, and the pathetic badge of truth. youtube.com
Annie Barrett and Michael Slezak