'I'm on a Boat' a cappella: Even funnier than the original?

So, the LOL connoisseurs over at Videogum have unearthed a clip of an earnest young a cappella group covering the Lonely Island's classic seafaring shanty "I'm on a Boat" in a stairwell. Videogum seems to believe that this activity makes the kids in the clip "nerds." True? Yes, technically, I suppose that translating Andy Samberg raps into collegiate a cappella form is deeply nerdy on several levels. Yet I feel compelled to point out that there is NOTHING about this clip that is not so, so awesome. These nerds know their material. They are hilarious! And besides, isn't the whole point of the Lonely Island's music to be as ridiculously dorky as possible? I thank Videogum for bringing this wonderful clip to my attention, but its creators ought to be celebrated, not mocked. Grab your nautical-themed pashmina afghan and a flute of Santana DVX, take a look below (NSFW language, beware), and let us know if you agree.

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Comments (13 total) Add your comment
  • Brody

    Choir trip madness. Brings back memories!

  • Josh

    I really tried to think it was funny, but it didn’t do anything for me. I respect what a capella singers do, but this just seemed like a bunch of kids trying WAY too hard. Clef Hanger’s version of Buy U A Drank? Funny. This? Not so much. Sorry…

    • mscisluv

      The difference is, while the Clef Hangers are amazingly talented, I don’t think they’re actually trying to be funny. Those boys in pansy blue take themselves completely seriously.

  • Alto soprano

    this nerdiness inspired Glee! love it

  • Winona


  • John

    I thought this was funnier than Clef Hanger’s “Buy You a Drank.”

  • morningtoglory

    that was freakin hilarious! Man, I love nerdy college kids

  • amark

    they premiered this at my a cappella group’s concert down here at UCSC. it was THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER.

  • strickens_girl


  • kelly

    OMG – they are amazing!!!!

  • Chase

    The girl in pink is fine! What school is this anyway?

  • Sammy the Slug

    No mention that this is from the Aquire A Capella group at UC Santa Cruz?

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