While the world is living through scary, uncertain times, with every aspect of normal life upended, the internet is providing the coping mechanism of comedy to see us through.
Clearly, the global coronavirus pandemic is a serious subject, but keeping spirits up while the planet is in lockdown is also more important than ever.
While comedians are doing their bit, it’s the internet memes that are really coming into their own right now. Here’s our round-up of some of the best to have emerged during the COVID-19 outbreak.
We start off with dogs, because commentary for two very good dogs locked in a calm but highly important silent battle for rubber bone victory is what the nation needs right now.
Some sports are slower. More about the strategy. pic.twitter.com/JMBaGJ1tSd
— Andrew Cotter (@MrAndrewCotter) April 9, 2020
Next up: Helium Dog!
Day 18 of lock down. Filled the dog with helium. pic.twitter.com/aiGEkhjwhI
— cluedont (@cluedont) April 8, 2020
And dogs driving cars will never not bring joy, especially when they’re bringing back lockdown snacks.
Me sending my dog out for supplies since he can’t contract COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/4wrTWjqpTv
— melz (@mvazquez17) March 13, 2020
Don’t worry, cats, we’ve not forgotten about you! Here’s one moggy making its own fun with items found at home. (Side note: don’t stockpile loo roll, folks!)
loooool i love these cat videos on tiktok pic.twitter.com/P3oJHA2WGl
— ً (@itswazzzz) March 27, 2020
And here’s another clearly not impressed with your WFH contributions to today’s Zoom meeting.
When you work from home and your manager wants a word with you pic.twitter.com/XyapLRa5S7
— Persephone ⚥ 🏴 (@Hughes87n) March 25, 2020
Horses can be funny too, of course.
me in march vs me in april pic.twitter.com/r8DdiDn61N
— Derek Guy (@dieworkwear) April 9, 2020
More than ever, we need good neighbours right now. Ready! Steady! Lockdown!
someone in our neighbourhood has responded to this global pandemic by putting a cutout of Ainsley Harriott in their window pic.twitter.com/SLZpky8K9Z
— Heather Parry (@HeatherParryUK) March 25, 2020
Many have found new ways to get in touch.
In other news… the cat over the road is called Walter pic.twitter.com/loIHA2J4mH
— Sian Cosgrove (@sian_cosgrove) March 29, 2020
With many musicians putting back album releases, we need new tunes to dance to. This is a belter. Can we request something similar for Sky News, pls?
positively phenomenal use of the BBC News theme tune. Little does she know this is actually how we make the news pic.twitter.com/3Zx8pw2eeM
— Sophia Smith Galer (@sophiasgaler) March 24, 2020
But don’t expect a live stream from Twitter’s finest any time soon.
During lockdown, while many other artists are doing mini-concerts from their homes, I thought I’d do you all a favour and not.
— James Blunt (@JamesBlunt) March 25, 2020
There are lots of amazing dance routines to copy. Just remember: it’s the taking part that counts.
Day 8 of quarantine, just add vodka. pic.twitter.com/IO8xm632Uz
— Celeste barber (@celestebarber_) March 24, 2020
This musical number is wonderful and terrifying in equal measure.
I’m doing good how are you? pic.twitter.com/srSmAUyDOF
— whitmer thomas (@WhitmerThomas) March 18, 2020
For any Londoner missing normal life…
Everything about this is Oscar-worthy #CoronaLockdown pic.twitter.com/MWstii8oLq
— Alex Wood (@MrAlexWood) March 28, 2020
At times like these, it’s important to say thanks.
— Manny (@mannnnny80) March 28, 2020
And drink responsibly.
When you’re on your first day of self-isolation but your third bottle of wine pic.twitter.com/UbZXaHdFPb
— Jack (@J4CKMULL) March 16, 2020
In case you didn’t see it, the FA was actually forced to confirm it was not using Wembley to cook a “massive lasagne” due to a lockdown food shortage, after a spoof WhatsApp conversation went viral.
Big announcement from the PM @BorisJohnson – Lasagne soon come #COVIDー19 #LockdownNow #StayAtHomeSaveLives #lasagne #wembley pic.twitter.com/fUcsdUG1dD
— Billy Mclean (@billyjmclean) March 23, 2020
Washing really is one of the most important things to keep on top of to stop the spread.
What precautions are you all taking during the global pandemic? My mum is bathing her Tesco delivery pic.twitter.com/96TnBPgjwO
— Evie Lancaster (@EvieLancaster) March 27, 2020
Here’s a handy guide.
remember to wash your hands xox pic.twitter.com/YB7GH6zPtW
— Chris (Simpsons artist) (@getbentsaggy) March 4, 2020
Of course, so is social distancing.
Meanwhile, someone has turned up to the Waitrose I used to work at in a zorb ball pic.twitter.com/bJ196P4axW
— Sophie Morris (@itssophiemorris) March 27, 2020
WFH outfits, “interesting” backgrounds and on-camera eye-rolling – home video conferencing meetings present a myriad of dangers. Who knew being turned into a potato was one of them?
my boss turned herself into a potato on our Microsoft teams meeting and can’t figure out how to turn the setting off, so she was just stuck like this the entire meeting pic.twitter.com/uHLgJUOsXk
— Rachele with an e but pronounced Rachel (@PettyClegg) March 30, 2020
Even Jesus is adapting.
— brian m. watson (@brimwats) April 2, 2020
In lockdown, every day is Groundhog Day. So credit where credit’s due to this US news channel.
cleveland news has officially lost their minds… pic.twitter.com/PgPw3OAC1C
— abs (@abbyhoward26) April 2, 2020
But at least the police are having fun.
Irresponsible. If anything, they should be breaking them up. pic.twitter.com/axQU0tEEn0
— GlennyRodge (@GlennyRodge) April 9, 2020
When you’re missing friends and family, mirrors can come in handy.
Day 3 of self isolation. pic.twitter.com/FPtLIFViJY
— GHANA’S FINEST (@Ghanasfinestx) March 17, 2020
Parents always say it’s the simplest gifts kids enjoy the most on Christmas Day. The same goes for quarantine activities if this tweet, which has been liked more than three million times, is anything to go by.
Quarantine day 6. pic.twitter.com/er652Oy3Ki
— jamie (@gnuman1979) March 16, 2020
It’s important to remain positive.
The government used the same font as Cards Against Humanity for the Coronavirus mailing…. pic.twitter.com/ZphO1Kqrf1
— Luke John Davies (@LJDLabour) April 10, 2020
And remember, shopping is news now.
when you’ve phoned your work to tell them that you’ve to self-isolate & you’ve been caught red handed on the news #covidー19uk pic.twitter.com/fEU6mdW1kF
— 𝕝𝕒𝕦𝕣𝕖𝕟 🖤 (@laurenmckenna92) March 15, 2020
Now is not a happy time for COVID-19 lookalikes.
This is what I imagine Coronavirus looks like pic.twitter.com/unMoFjypEo
— lozzy socks (@BaggyTrousers_) March 12, 2020
But 2020 pub quiz questions in the future are going to be a cinch.
Every pub quiz team member in 20yrs time who knows everything about Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/bnWoQrHygQ
— Paddy Raff (@paddyraffcomedy) March 14, 2020
Anyone with a dinosaur costume at home is really providing a public service of joy right now.
En estado de alarma se permite el paseo de mascotas acompañadas de una persona, siempre con paseos cortos para hacer sus necesidades.
El que tengas complejo de Tyrannosaurus rex no está contemplado.#quédateencasa pic.twitter.com/C8dWkrvAdm
— Policía Local Murcia (@MurciaPolicia) March 16, 2020
And even at our lowest, we can always rely on celebrities to keep us smiling. We’re all in the same boat, as they say – it’s just theirs is much bigger, with tennis courts and a swimming pool.
Celebrities when people are d*ing all over the world pic.twitter.com/UN5VWEpWgH
— Matías (@maticaps) March 19, 2020