Along with music talent like DJ Khaled and Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris has made a name for himself as one of the funniest musicians on Snapchat. As well as showcasing his enormous DJ sets all over the globe, he also shares pranks, stupid moments at hotels, and jokey motivational words for his followers on the fast-paced social network. Tonight (September 23) he’s playing a banging set at London’s Roundhouse, part of the 10th year of the Apple Music Festival – and to celebrate the landmark show, we’ve done it his way, via his funniest Snapchat moments. Allow us to introduce you to his sense of humour…
1. Little moments of wonder
Harris’ moments of wonder can take on the form of random things like the homemade fly-trap you’ll see in the first video below. But he also likes nothing more than getting in the sun, and when he’s out and about he often sees examples of natural phenomena. These, whether they’re beautiful or banal, he’ll caption with the most generic term possible – ‘nature’ – and he’ll often also just say “nature”, as full of faux-awe as he possibly can.
2. Messing about with celebrity mates
Calvin’s always hanging out with celebs like J-Lo and, in the below video, Ellie Goulding. In this instance they’re having a fake argument at the GQ Awards, just ‘cause.
3. Making fun of pop culture
Calvin maintains a healthy irreverence of pop culture. When Frank Ocean’s two 2016 albums ‘Blonde’ and ‘Endless’ were released within days of each other in August – after four years of solid hype – Harris was clearly going to listen to both of them like everyone else. But he still had no problem with roaring over the subtle melodies of ‘Solo’, for a laugh.
4. Learning things
“They think I’m gonna f**k it up,” he says at the beginning of the below video, in which he’s being taught by Annie Mac and her producer how to use the Radio 1 desk live on air. It’s the first time they’ve ever had to teach someone on air, something Harris seems pretty proud of as he cues up tracks like a pro.
5. Very random promo
When Harris’ banging new single ‘My Way’ was released last week, he did formal radio interviews and engaged with fans on other social media, but on Snapchat he used the opportunity to show off his footie skills with an apple. Yes: literally just kicking an apple around the floor as the song played. Always expect curveballs from Calvin.
6. Showing off his Phoebe side
There’s an episode of Friends that weirdly parallels the snap below. In it, Phoebe’s fire alarm won’t stop beeping, so she unplugs it. It continues to beep, so she wraps it in a towel and puts it down the rubbish chute. Then the fire service menacingly delivers it back to her door and tell her to replace the battery. Embarrassed, she does this, and it still continues to beep, at which point she loses the plot. It’s a moment most of us will have had, and it’s a scenario Calvin’s in the middle of in the below video. “I didn’t fix it,” he tells his followers, “but I stopped it from making a noise”. Everyone should be a bit more Phoebe, in our book.
7. Getting rid of his mince pie body
We all know what it’s like trying to retrain the post-Christmas bod – something Calvin Harris affectionately calls his ‘mince pie body’. His way of dealing with it, on January 4, is getting on his ‘exercycle’ bike and playing his virtual racing game, in which he likes to swear at the virtual people he keeps lapping; he also does a victory roar when he finishes. Sometimes he just keeps going even after the race is over. It’s kind of inspirational, really.
8. Asking the difficult questions
Sometimes Calvin will just stop and ask you something completely random, and it’s often done with a shout. For instance: Have you ever seen this many bananas?
9. Life lessons
Harris also enjoys giving out pseudo life-advice, like this series of snaps about a slug he found on his shoe that he later found making its way through his studio. Parodying the celebs who do this kind of thing on Snapchat in a serious way, he crafts a stupid story that, coming from someone else, would actually sound like they wanted you to learn from a slug.
10. Cookery lessons
Calvin’s really good at cooking healthy meals, and he does it really fast. We don’t want to spoil his technique, so just catch it in the vid below and, as he says, try it at home…
11. Random shouting
There’s a great deal of random shouting in Harris’ snaps. Along with his Scottish accent, his jokey diatribes might remind you a bit of Billy Connolly. In the first video below you’ll find his voice in a long crescendo as he talks about the dangers of spiders on the way to the studio. Then in the second he’s yelling at his artificial tree. Silly humour is often the best.