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10 Funniest Bad Lip Readings

Read my lips: This is funny stuff!


The practice of reading people's lips is a skill that most deaf or hearing-impaired people could not live without, but lip reading is not as easy as it sounds. Former About.com Guide to Deafness, Jamie Berke, says, "Even the best lip readers can miss a good bit because only about 30 to 40 percent of speech is visible. Many letters and words look the same on the lips, which can cause misunderstandings."

Hilarious Misunderstandings

With this information in mind, a Texas-based music and video producer decided to have a little fun with reading lips... badly. This anonymous web user eventually told Rolling Stone magazine that he got the idea for bad lip readings (BLR) when his own mother went deaf and mastered reading lips, but he could never get the hang of it. He applied his terrible lip reading skills by uploading badly-dubbed videos of popular music videos, political ads, and movie clips, to his YouTube channel.

BLR started with a simple video spoofing Rebecca Black's widely-panned pop song, "Friday." He soon created videos to parody a multitude of major pop stars, from Justin Bieber to Cold Play, before moving on to politics and movie dubs.

To date, the BLR YouTube channel has over 638,000 subscribers and has thousands of devoted followers on Facebook, Twitter, and their Tumblr blog. Check out ten of my favorite BLRs below.

1. "Gang Fight," - "Friday" As Interpreted by a Bad Lip Reader

This is the video that started it all! This spoof of Rebecca Black's "Friday" went so viral that the BLR creators decided to make more of these funny videos. See? "Friday" was good for something.

Favorite quote:
"Chicken for us to eat. Yeah."

2. "Eye Of The Sparrow"

This video was the first of the BLR political clips. It is a musical version of the first 2012 U.S. Presidential debates, and while it's all funny, the bizarre Jim Lehrer solo at the end is absolutely pricelss!

Favorite quote:
Romney, speaking about moderator Jim Lehrer, "That dude's the sickest. We hate him."

3. "The Hunger Games" Bad Lip Reading

The popular book/movie series gets the BLR treatment in this clip, taken from the first movie of the trilogy.

Favorite quote:
"He barfed on a sailor like a pig!"

4. "Kicked Your Monkey" - A Bad Lip Reading of Gotye's "Somebody I Used To Know"

Favorite quote:
"I can't hear when you talk, I got cheese candy
I'd like to glue a tiny mustache on your cat on Wednesdays."

5. "Edward & Bella," a Bad Lip Reading of "Twilight"

Favorite quote:
"You slapped a fish!"

6. "Everybody Poops" - A Bad Lip Reading of The Blackeyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas song "Boom Boom Pow" doesn't make any sense to start with, so when you add bad lip readings, it gets even more cray-cray.

Favorite quote:
"Everybody poops, and if they don't, they're an android, and should be destroyed."

7. "Selina Meyer" - A Bad Lip Reading Soundbite of VEEP on HBO

Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays a ditzy Vice President on the HBO show VEEP. Here she is getting a BLR in a promo for the show.

Favorite quote:
"I'm a sneaky model, and I poo into my sheets."

8. "Beard With Glue" - A Bad Lip Reading of "You're Beautiful," by James Blunt

Favorite quote:
"Hope you fall
On your burger and fries
The bullfrog hates you."

9. "Newt Gingrich" - A BLR Soundbite

Favorite quote:
"Hairy chests destroy our power!"

10. "2012 Debates Highlights" - A BLR of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Debates

I saved the best for last.

Favorite quote:
"Baby my heart beats like a small one-handed stripper's leg, one minute after winning the lottery."
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