Funny or Die's Dips: EW ranks the 10 best (and 5 worst) 1.5 second videos
This April Fools’ Day, Funny or Die rolled out the perfect solution for those of us who just don’t have the time—or the attention span—for six-second videos anymore. Meet Dips, a platform that gives users exactly 1.5 seconds of pure artistic freedom. Introduced by Boyhood director Richard Linklater and Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban, Dips has already amassed a host of famous devotees: Celebrities from Ringo Starr to Snoop Dogg have contributed to the site’s day in the sun.
The prank platform’s entire webpage is worth a spin—because, as it turns out, it actually is possible to squeeze a bit of brilliance into 1.5 seconds. But while the videos seem to be ranked on the homepage by whose star shines brightest (sorry, Audrina Patridge), that doesn’t necessarily track with their quality. EW checked out the full collection of clips, and we’re ready to report back on which videos are worth your (precious 1.5 seconds) of time—and which ideas fell flat.
Without further ado, here are your top 10 April Fools’ Dips (viewable by clicking the Dipper’s name):
10. Drew Barrymore
If she’s asking us to be part of her world, we’re so there.
Has anyone ever looked more transported by The LEGO Movie‘s signature song?
The Parks and Recreation alum’s signature mustache might be missing in action, but his infectious joy hasn’t gone anywhere.
7. Aidy Bryant
Trust this SNL funny lady to throw some literal sparkle into the mix with an oddly mesmerizing silent video.
6. James Corden
Did he make the basket? We don’t care. The new host of The Late Late Show is, indeed, crushing it.
5. Echo Kellum
Kellum may only have 1.5 seconds, but let no one say he’s not talking about the issues.
He’s probably talking about the issues somewhere in there.
3. Paul Feig
Feig bravely grants the public an inside look at the most intimate moments of his day-to-day life.
2. Billy Zane
There’s so much going on here. It’s aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also a cautionary tale about placing too much importance on aesthetic. Thanks for taking us on a journey, Billy Zane.
1. Charlie Day
Simple. Enthusiastic. Delicious. We can’t stop watching.
But of course, if it’s possible to entertain in 1.5 seconds, it’s also possible to disappoint. So we rounded up the five common Dip conceits that fell short. In each case, more than one person is to blame:
5. Making incoherent noises
If you aren’t Hannibal Burress, it’s probably best to avoid this.
4. Relying on pets
We get it; your cat/ small dog is cute. But your pet is also holding you back from your creative potential.
3. Biting things
It’s also important not to become your pet.
2. Shouting out your own brand
Looking at you, Dr. Oz.
1. Spinning around with the camera
So dizzy—make it stop.