The music video is, by all accounts, as much of an art form as the feature-length film, although too often these mini musical movies are too serious. Still, plenty of artists have been able to show that they do, in fact, have senses of humor — not just in general, but even when it comes to their own public personae. Here are some of the best, many of which feature cameos from famous funny people to ensure the musicians don’t have to quit their day job.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w248uwpAX14]
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists — “Bottled in Cork”
Tom Scharpling of The Best Show on WFMU (RIP) broke into the music video-directing biz with this hilarious video in which Ted Leo and his crew plan a Broadway musical á la American Idiot. The video features gut-busting appearances by Julie Klausner and Paul F. Tompkins.