You might call it The Office 2.0, or perhaps Silicon Valley: Web3. In recent years, content creators on Instagram and TikTok have found an audience with clips that skewer corporate culture—and no sector is immune.
From the tech industry and venture capital firms to the factory floor, these comedians are coming for your annoying coworkers, work-from-home woes, micromanaging bosses and other soul-sucking tropes from the 9-to-5 grind.
While some are clearly sticking it to The Man, others are apparently working for him— using their self-deprecating digital sketches as a tongue-in-cheek marketing tool. Here are the funniest social media stars roasting the workplace right now.
This tech bro turned comedian has not one but two platforms for sharing his laugh-out-loud short-form sendups of Silicon Valley. A co-founder of the live comedy sketch show "Tech Roast Show," Austin Nasso often plays a surfer-dude-sounding techie but has also taken to his platform to do impressions of titans of the industry such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg.
Rashad Assir’s workplace comedy was so spot on that Redpoint Ventures recruited him to be its in-house TikTok comedian and content creator. In short-form video parodies for the venture capital firm, he’ll play a clueless investor with no idea how to make money, a green Gen Z employee dropping workplace jargon he doesn’t understand or a floundering CEO begging his employees to come back to the office. Even though Assir is employed by a VC, he’s not above making fun of the Sand Hill Road set—and that’s exactly the point.
Don’t beat a dead horse in the mouth (ft. @corporayshid) #corporatelife #tech #startup #9to5 #venturecapital #vctiktok #vctok #sketch #comedy♬ original sound - Redpoint
A self-described “corporate baddie,” DeAndre Brown is a 22-year-old content creator and Citibank alum based in Los Angeles who utilizes his platform “to shed light on how Gen Z is changing Corporate America in a humorous way.”
He often role plays as Gen Z, millennial and Gen X employees to mock how the different generations respond to corporate work culture.
When the time hits 5 consider me dead! #genz #youngprofessional #corporatebaddie #fyp♬ original sound - DeAndre Brown
DeAndre told Insider that he will “over-exaggerate this Gen Z stereotype for comedic effect” in his videos, but ultimately wants to use the trope to help workers of all generations strike work-life balance and embrace self-care. Brown also hopes that his accessible videos also encourage diverse talent to enter the corporate world.
Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Natalie Marshall is a San Francisco-based content creator and co-founder of a virtual assistant business that pairs content creators with administrative assistants. Across TikTok and Instagram, Marshall posts a mix of work hacks and humorous, sketch-i-fied slices of corporate, work-from-home life.
Cooking eggs and Call of Duty are super important initiatives, okay? @corporate.bro #corporate #wfh #coworkers #comedy #workexcuses♬ original sound - CorporateNatalie
Named one of BET’s top TikTok influencers to watch this year, Terrell Wade’s hilarious workplace skits making fun of himself as “your favorite disgruntled employee” have amassed 1.3 million followers on TikTok and take a no-holds-barred approach to office life. Ranging from hysterical to existential, Wade has produced videos playfully poking fun at different types of office workers and solemnly wondering if 30 more years of work is sad or funny.
Does pizza solve all the problems? What would you prefer as a reward? #DanceWithTurboTax #pizzaparty #payraise #tiktokcomedy #workhumor♬ Safety Dance (Sped Up) - Men Without Hats
Donning wigs and adopting accents to personify various worker types up and down the corporate ladder, Laura Whaley uses her comedy to help employees say no to their bosses and draw boundaries between work and life—politely and professionally, of course. The TikToker is Canadian, after all.
Toodalooo☕️ #wfh #relatable #corporate♬ original sound - Laura
Not even blue-collar work can escape the fangs of TikTok comedy. TikToker @feloniusfalafel comes through with the real talk and reminds that no job—no matter how seemingly simple, cush or glamorized—is immune from the gears of capitalism. @feloniusfalafel’s comedy could very well put some white-collar complaints about corporate culture in their place.
Soft hands😂♬ original sound - FeloniousFalafel
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