While heart-wrenching and depressed music videos that address depressing matters often become well-remembered in the minds and hearts of whomever views them, humorous and comedic videos will often equally remain as remembered. And similarly to serious music videos, humorous music videos are plentiful and span many different genres and artists.


Many artists, such as legendary rapper Eminem and Foo Fighters have each taken a unique spin on the subgenre of cinematography. Throughout their many videos, Eminem has dressed as a superhero in the video for “Without Me” while Foo Fighters dressed as an array of characters, with cameos from Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D.


Many of the musicians themselves who create humorous videos often have good senses of humor and/or sing about funny matters occasionally. However, the video for the song “Hopeless Wanderer” is by a well-established folk band that any music listener wouldn’t naturally associate with comedic music videos. Mumford and Sons, the same band responsible for such catchy hits as “Little Lion Man” and “Lover of The Light”, released a video in 2013 that, as a funny music video lover, I feel didn’t receive as much attention for it’s hilarious, decently star-studded cast and the lampooning of the band itself.


The video for “Hopeless Wanderer” begins pretty similarly to the way any folk rock music video would, with the band members walking through a field while playing or otherwise holding their instruments. Although, the hilarity begins to ensue once the camera focuses on the “band” themselves as opposed to the surrounding scenery.


Instead of Marcus Mumford and the usual band, the four men are revealed to be Saturday Night Live alumni Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte, Arrested Development actor Jason Bateman, and Andy Bernard himself, Ed Helms. Once you realize that they are briefly replacing the original band, the hilarity itself begins.


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As they emotionally “sing” to the lyrics and passionately “play” their instruments, the four brilliant comedic actors are seen in a canoe together, playing music in a barn, cry their eyes out to the overly emotional lyrics, having a group Riverdance session and eventually smashing their instruments to pieces. Sudeikis and Forte even jokingly kiss in a scene, only adding to the already apparent comedy throughout the video.


The video for “Hopeless Wanderer” is almost the polar opposite of songs such as “Semi Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind and “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People that sound upbeat yet discuss harrowing experiences. While the lyrics for “Hopeless Wanderer” discuss the very real themes of loneliness and oftentimes having to travel by your lonesome self, the video is anything but serious.


The four actors over-emphasize literally every action of the video, including constant crying, Sudeikis falling to his knees as he dramatically plays the banjo and Helms attempting to play an accordion while on the canoe. Overall, the video is downright hilarious and is certainly worth watching even if you’re not the biggest Mumford and Sons fan.


Have you seen the video for Hopeless Wanderer? If so, Tweet me at @CaptainKasoff because I think it’s one of the funniest music videos ever.