The 30-Minute YouTube Procrastination Playlist


Delicious, diverting and just a little bit naughty, procrastination is the adult equivalent of skipping class to hang out in the park with your friends and a bottle of White Lightning. It starts with an innocent email check. Then I’ll just check in on Facebook. Then you have to check Twitter because you can’t check Facebook without checking Twitter (this logic applies to all social media channels you operate on, so next will be Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest and so on).

Then I read the news. When I say “the news” I mean the Daily Mail. And when I say “read” I mean more look at the pictures. And when I say “pictures”, I mean the sidebar of shame. Then I check my email again and check what’s happened on Twitter while I was staring at the sidebar of shame. That’s when my attention wends it’s way towards YouTube. At which point you might as well kiss goodbye whatever it was you were hoping to achieve.

Now, I’ve noticed that my YouTube-hopping has a way of meandering to some regulars, old friends which combine an enviable double-bill of time-wasting and hilarity in a few minutes (or seconds – Chicken Vine, this is you). So without further ado, I would like to invite you to join me for 30 minutes of my favourite YouTube hits. This is my 30-minute procrastination playlist*.

00:00 Eddie Izzard’s Death Star Canteen

02:54 Tom Hiddleston and the Cookie Monster

04:55 Star Wars Robot Chicken Admiral Ackbars Order

05:04 Tim Minchin Presents Tom Hiddleston With A South Bank Sky Arts Award

07:34 Prejudice by Tim Minchin

14:17 The Galaxy Song by Monty Python

17:01 Fictional Characters from Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back

17:14 The Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

20:09 Chicken Vine

20:44 Weird Al Yankovic’s Word Crimes

24:30 The Thug Life Cat

25:14 Romanes Eunt Domus from Monty Python’s Life of Brian

28:20 The Science of Procastination – and How to Manage It

* Technically this playlist is 31:08 long if you only watch up to the end of Tim Minchin’s speech on the South Bank Sky Arts award. If you watch the whole clip then the playlist is 34:40. Sorry. Not sorry.

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