When Ainsley Turner wore a hot-dog costume to her dance school’s Princess Week, she became a trending hashtag as well as the year’s sweetest symbol of empowerment.
She wowed YouTube with tributes to Prince, first on Broadway with the cast of The Color Purple, then at the BET Awards.
During yet another tense Clinton-Trump debate, an audience member in a red Izod sweater asked a thoughtful question about energy policy—and was instantly all over social media. Maybe he was just the right Kenneth in the right place at the right time.
MELISSA MCCARTHY VS. JIMMY FALLON
Their lip-sync battle on The Tonight Show was epic, and, yes, she won. You try doing “Colors of the Wind” while having stuffed animals thrown at you.
METEOROLOGIST ￼TOM HIDDLESTON
He popped up on a Chicago TV station for a weather forecast: “It’s gonna rain a hell of a lot.”
ADAM DRIVER ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
The second half of 2016 was about politics. But the year started with a gem of a sketch: Undercover Boss featuring Star Wars‘ Kylo Ren.
WILL & GRACE
Reunited for a viral clip, the cast of the classic NBC sitcom fired off zingers about Ryan Lochte, Brad and Angelina, Fifty Shades of Grey—and, while they were at it, stumped for HRC. That meant putting a gay spin on the slogan “I’m with her.”
BILLY, JON AND YOU
Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner runs around the street with Jon Hamm, asking passersby if they’d join them in a ménage à trois. The times are not that progressive.
Like many great memes, it came out of nowhere: Snapchat videos of a kid being saluted as a stylemaker with the phrase “Damn, Daniel!” It’s hilarious, but damn if we know why.