The 10 Funniest TED Talks

Are you ready for a good laugh? Then take a look at these ten hilarious TED Talks. From stand-up comedians to writers and even motivational speakers, you’re sure to find something here that’ll leave you in stitches. 

So grab your popcorn, sit back and enjoy – here are our top 10 funniest TED Talks!

1. I got 99 problems… (Maysoon Zayid)

Maysoon Zayid begins her talk with the cheerful announcement that she has cerebral palsy and shakes all the time. Maysoon leads us on a thrilling journey throughout her career as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and disability rights activist. With wit and grace, Maysoon brings a unique point of view that will leave you in stitches.

2. The art of nerdcore comedy (Ze Frank)

Get ready for a wild ride of laughter as Ze Frank takes the stage with his signature nerdcore comedy! From the ridiculous to the sublime, you’ll be left in stitches after this stand-up routine. Not only will he provide some comical relief but also insight into why he is so passionate about helping people create and interact using simple yet addictive web tools. Be sure not to miss out on this unique experience!

3. A Theory of Everything (Emily Levine)

Emily Levine’s Theory of Everything is a refreshing and hilarious look at the connections between science, math, and society.  She brings hidden truths to light with her witty humor and playful insights on a variety of topics. Settle in for this fast-paced ride through the world of ideas, and enjoy as Emily pings your brain!

4. Inside the mind of a master procrastinator (Tim Urban)

Tim Urban takes us on a captivating and illuminating voyage through the psyche of an expert procrastinator. With hilarity, poise, and a smidgen of self-deprecation, he clarifies why he delays until the most recent possible second to finish things. He likewise urges us to consider what we are really deferring before it is past the point where it is possible to do so.

5. It’s time for “The Talk” (Julia Sweeney)

Julia Sweeney stuns the audience with her hilarious tale of trying to explain reproduction to her eight-year-old daughter without telling a little white lie. She investigates the awkwardness, hilarity, and seriousness of the conversation many adults must have with their children about sex. You won’t be able to contain your laughter throughout this witty talk!

6. The happy secret to better work (Shawn Achor)

Psychologist Shawn Achor gives a bold and funny talk discussing how happiness is the key to success. He argues that, actually, it is happiness inspiring us to be more productive rather than working hard in order to be happy. With his own research and real-life examples, Shawn makes a compelling argument that will leave you inspired and laughing along the way. 

7. Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon (Bob Mankoff)

Get ready to giggle while you understand comedic principles better with Bob Mankoff, The New Yorker’s long-standing cartoon editor and self-declared humor analyst! With insight and contagious enthusiasm, he reveals what works in a joke and why it is so successful.  He even dives into the process of selecting cartoons from among the thousands submitted to The New Yorker every week, making this an informative and lighthearted talk.

8. Comics that ask “what if?” (Randall Munroe)

Web cartoonist Randall Munroe takes an interesting yet scientific approach to tackle everyday questions like “what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?” with clever logic and humorous deadpan. His unique brand of comedy combines math, physics, and logic to answer even the most ridiculous queries in an entertaining yet educational manner.

9. A Saudi, an Indian and an Iranian walk into a Qatari bar … (Maz Jobrani)

Maz Jobrani, an Iranian-American comedian, presents his unique viewpoint on serious issues in the Middle East. With side-splitting humor and clever wit, he covers topics such as cultural differences and what not to say while visiting other countries. This talk touches on topics many don’t typically consider in a funny and thoughtful way. His lighthearted approach to hard-hitting issues is sure to make you think and laugh simultaneously! 

10. This is what happens when you reply to spam email

Writer and comedian James Veitch takes us on a mirthful journey as he describes a months-long conversation with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal. Follow along as he shows how curiosity, persistence, and wit can take an ordinary situation into extraordinary territory! Get ready for some irreverent laughs as you learn more about what happens when you reply to spam emails.


This list of TED talks provides a good starting point for watching entertaining yet thought-provoking videos. Whether you’re looking for a few laughs or some candid advice and insight, there’s something for everyone in this selection of TED talks.  So grab your popcorn and dive in! With such a wide range of topics, you’re sure to find something that speaks to you. Enjoy! ​​​​