Viral videos of the week: Alison Brie, gay marriage and the best present ever

Five internet clips to brighten your heart and give your soul a good polish

1. Credit where it’s due
Certainly this is the best birthday present of all time and Leigh Lahav is the spouse of the millennium – but leave aside how effingly cute the whole enterprise is, and this vid is exceptional in its own right.

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There’s even a Gracie Films (“Sssshhh!”) take-off after the credits. Too perfect.

2. Equally good
A testament to how awesome the New Zealand parliamentary session and vote on gay marriage was: it went viral on Wednesday even as literally everyone was livetweeting the Thatcher funeral.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCDEiaoEP2U

The bigger hit was probably the song the public gallery sang when the bill was passed, but this speech by Maurice Williamson is a belter too.

3. Gimme shelter
To Southampton, or somewhere bussably near it, as a woman at a bus stop unobtrusively gets down.

She’s trying to stand still. But the hot funk insists.

4. Gap’s entertainment
Don’t try this at home, in the unlikely event that home is a big mountain with a very small hole in it which you wish to fly through at terrifying speed in a suit with wings. Don’t do that. Especially not if two dry runs suggest you’re about to smash your skull in.

Next week, the blooper reel: Alexander Polli’s prankster mates stretch cling film across the entrance to the hole, twanging him into a ravine.

5. Brie bagatelle
It’s a wonder this doesn’t have ten times as many hits as it does: Alison Brie, the people who live in the internet’s favourite actress, acts out classic photo memes using her lovely face.

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In truth you kinda get the idea pretty quickly. Still. Charming.