10 Instagram meme accounts that kept us laughing through lockdown
A meme by any other name would be just as hilarious
Some people start their day with kapalabhati and green juice. I spend half an hour scrolling through Instagram meme accounts.
I’m really not a social media person. The last time I posted on Instagram was in 2018. The only reason I still have an Instagram account, other than work, is to get my dose of morning funnies.
My best friend and I talk once every two or three weeks and communicate via memes the rest of the time.
We’re obsessed with Instagram meme accounts. They pop up on our newsfeed like a breath of fresh air amidst the slew of banana bread pictures and ‘home organising tips’ being shared by people possessed by Marie Kondo.
Meme-sharing is a bonding experience of this digital age that has us all furiously responding with an ‘OMG SAME’ in the comments section. I’m now constantly sharing the relatable ones with friends, making it like one of our inside jokes.
Memes can also make a lot of the more difficult conversations in our life easier to handle and digest. Don’t know how to explain your anxiety to your best friend? Do it through memes. Want to find people and connect through common experiences? There’s a meme somewhere in the depths of the internet that’ll be perfect for it.
I’m not selfish, I’m ready to spread the joy of my favourite Instagram meme accounts and witty content creators with the rest of the world. Given the state of things around us right now, we could all use a good laugh or ten.
Bibi, the creator behind this account takes old-school Bollywood actresses’ glamour shots, posters and film stills and slaps on just the right witty subtext to trigger the identity crisis we’re all secretly having.
She’s got your innermost thoughts, that little voice at the back of your head, with all the millennial lingo and references all down.
Here, you’ve got a curation of wholesome content, hilarious memes and witty ‘unmotivational quotes’ for when you need that reality check.
They’ve even got some merchandise if you want to show your love for the platform. My personal favourite has to be the ‘Slut Bagel’ mug.
If we’re talking about meme curators on the internet, then this is one of the OG accounts.
You get everything from girl talk and feel-good content to the posts that make you snort-laugh and wake up your sleeping dog with a start.
HipDict runs as a hilarious online crowdsourced library. Putting explanations to ideas you thought only existed in your head, like textaphrenia, to unveiling the real meaning of our passive aggressive texts to friends.
HipDict has a word for it all. And if it doesn’t, you can submit your own.
Illustrator Julie Hout’s feed will have you aggressively forwarding every second post to your friend or saving it to your private Instagram collection for a later day.
They’re your dirty laundry, inside voice and the embarrassing antics you get up to at home, all on display.
Bad jokes, puns and “just desi things” as my foreign-return uncle says – the spectrum is covered on this platform.
If I have to visualise the complete desi experience through memes, then this page would be my go-to.
The global female experience described through memes and photographs, that will have every woman from your grandmother to your younger cousin saying “YES”.
At Unwomanly, you get a mix of humorous content and thought-provoking posts that subtlety critique the numerous obstacles that woman have to navigate in their life – from mom guilt and unequal pay to harassment and more.
The realities of being a cat owner are brought to you by illustrator Lucas Turnbloom in this running series he calls ‘How to Cat’.
Anyone who has ever owned (more like been owned by) a cat or even just been around a cat for long enough will be nodding their way through his cartoons.
After a blurry night of one too many drinks, there’s always a call or text you wake up to that you regret.
You may try your best to forget that it ever happened, but these guys won’t. A collection of late-night texts and other mess-ups, Texts From Last Night started as a blog and turned into hilarious crowd-sourced phenomenon.
This isn’t actor Sean Penn’s account but it’s pretty freaking spectacular — it’s a collection of awkward images of your favourite celebrities, blasts from the past and over-the-top collages.
Do you want a collage with images of different famous people holding/dressed as vegetables, or an awkward picture of your favourite late night TV show host meditating while wearing a complete denim outfit? Antonio Banderas inexplicably holding up some uncooked pasta?
These guys have it all and more. It’s the bizarre content you never knew you wanted or needed.
We love their saucy, cheeky captions — especially those directed at the celebrities themselves.