Need Proof that Gen Z is One of the Greatest Generations of Surrealist Comedians? Just Watch Their Tik Toks.
The setting is an unassuming two-bed hotel room. A man, tucked under the covers, says goodnight to his friend, who is pictured curled up in a bed on the other side of the room. Our videographer turns toward the wall, ready to call it a night. “Oh shoot,” he says. “I forgot to get my water.” He turns the camera back to his friend, who is now standing on his bed, ominously facing the wall not unlike the poor sap at the end of The Blair Witch Project. The video ends.
This Tok Tok’s format, which swiftly became remarkably popular, is relatively simple, and yet fascinatingly bizarre. We begin with the innocuous, familiar ritual of cordial bedtime wishes, and end with a shocking, and always nonsensical, reveal. After user @22urdumaf posted the original video, it started to inspire hundreds of Tik Toks that followed the same wacky format—each version imbued with an increasing air of total absurdity. One video ends with someone riding out of his bedroom on a motorcycle; another with a man hovering over the videographer’s bed, covered head-to-toe in shaving cream.
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