5 Most Powerful People in Online Humor

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It’s nearly impossible not to LOL within minutes of logging on to social media. From coworkers to family members, celebrities to complete strangers, people post hilarious stuff that’s repeatedly shared. The trendsetters in the world of comedy make those funny videos go viral, they start popular hashtags and their thousands of followers just can’t get enough of those irresistible jokes that make them belly laugh.

5 Alex Baze

Alex Baze might possibly be the backbone of internet humor. Among those in his portfolio are WitStream, HappyPlace, Splitsider, Hitfix, and, of course, Youtube. But it’s his Twitter feed where his followers most frequently keep up with his comedy. Reading his feed of self-deprecating humor and hilarious coverage of everything from tourist fashion to the daily news is addictive. From his vague Twitter bio, you’d never know he is the head writer and producer for Weekend Update on “Saturday Night Live.” Alex tweets at @bazecraze.

4 Shelby Fero

Shelby Fero is a comedian, writer and one of the most fascinating young comedic talents on the Internet. This 18-year-old comic got started on the humor site, Cracked.com, and has built her online presence with a celebrity following on Twitter. She also contributes regularly to HelloGiggles and CollegeHumor. Her amusing videos of celebrity interviews on the red carpet are regularly downloaded on YouTube. The wit and ingenious insights she tweets are often about the most mundane things, yet her followers hang on her every word.

3 Kelly Oxford

This Canadian-born queen of funny was blogging before the general public even knew about blogs. When she joined Twitter in 2009, her popularity grew from the followers who couldn’t get enough of her real-world humor. Her clever tweets covering pop culture and parenting got her featured as one of “Time” magazine’s top Twitter feeds to follow. She spends most of her time in Los Angeles as a screenwriter and author, and her new book, “Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar,” recently became a “New York Times” bestseller.

2 Ricky Gervais

Perhaps best known for his original TV sitcom, “The Office,” Ricky Gervais keeps his fans laughing online these days. His podcast, “The Ricky Gervais Show” became popular in 2005. It has consistently been ranked as number one podcast in the world and has been downloaded over 300 million times. The English comedian is an actor, writer, director and animal rights advocate. Using his popularity as a comedian, his online public service announcements bring awareness to the needs of wildlife. His blog, filled with hilarious commentary on pretty much everything, is hugely popular.

1 Julie Klausner

Julie Klausner‘s comedy can be found in nearly every corner of the Internet. Based in New York City, Klausner is a comedy writer, performer, author and podcaster. As the media ambassador for Vulture.com, her hilarious weekly videos, often featuring fellow comedians, discuss all things pop culture. She has contributed to skits on “Saturday Night Live” and written for comedy legends such as Joan Rivers. Her podcast, “How Was Your Week,” was voted among the top funniest by “GQ” and “Rolling Stone” magazines. Her memoir, “I Don’t Care About Your Band,” sparked the interest of Will Ferrell’s production company and is being considered for a future TV series.

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