Live from TEDGlobal 2013 TEDx

Seen at TEDGlobal, 5 hilarious TEDx videos from around the world

TEDx organizers crack up outside Edinburgh Castle at TEDGlobal 2013. Photo: Ryan Lash

TEDx organizers crack up outside Edinburgh Castle at TEDGlobal 2013. Photo: Ryan Lash

Before TEDGlobal 2013, director Bruno Giussani reached out to the giant community of TEDx organizers around the world to ask for some comic relief. He asked them, “What are the funniest videos from your event?” And, as usual, TEDx’ers came through — with wild enthusiasm.

Below, the 5 hilarious TEDx Talks Giussani selected to show at TEDGlobal. Not surprisingly, many of them brought down the house:


The First Taste: Saatchi & Saatchi at TEDxSydney
It’s a winning formula for comedy: kids plus foods they’ve never tasted before. In this beautifully shot short film, produced by the folks at Saatchi & Saatchi and premiered at TEDxSydney, seven youngsters try foods for the first time — from olives to gherkin — all in slow-motion.

When Pigs Fly: Sandra Boynton at TEDxYale‬
When she’s not putting together children’s music compilations with the likes of Fountains of Wayne, Ryan Adams, Ben Folds and … Meryl Streep, humorist Sandra Boynton makes time for things like giving a TEDx Talk. Here, she explains the mathematics behind why pigs really can fly at TEDxYale.

‪Learning from Failure: Peter Greenwall at TEDxCapeTown ‬
Peter Greenwall is a self-described “authority on failure.” At TEDxCapeTown, he explains how to have fun with failure — in song.

Security vs. Reason: Paul Zenon at TEDxSalford ‬
If you’ve ever tried to make a joke at airport security, you’ll relate to this wacky talk from TEDxSalford. Magician Paul Zenon describes his frustrations with airport security and run-ins with airport employees, and even provides some musings on moral turpitude.

It’s never too late to chase your dreams: Steve Mazan at TEDxSanJoseCA‬
We’re inundated with motivational and inspirational quotes to help us “chase our dreams.” At TEDxSanJoseCA, stand-up comic Steve Mazan tells us … all of them.

This post originally ran on the TEDx Blog. Read much more about the program »