This clip of Jeff Bezos laughing will haunt my dreams foreverOn March 20, 2018 by Lucius
If there is one person who has become the portrait of IDGAF entrepreneur bad-ass, it’s Jeff Bezos.
When Bezos started Amazon in 1994, he was a dorky guy who had recently left a job on Wall Street to begin a little startup selling books on the internet.
That, my friends, is what we call a glow up.
But when I think about Jeff Bezos, all I can think about is this awkwardly-edited clip of Jeff Bezos laughing.
No. Nope. Nuhn uhn. No thank you. That is the stuff of nightmares.
The clip comes from a 1999 60 Minutes profile spotlighting Jeff Bezos at the beginning of his Amazon career.
The interview is notable because it “shows Amazon before it was the mega-company you know now,” Mashable wrote back in 2017 when the interview resurfaced on the internet.
And yet, hiding within the profile is this absurd clip, which will truly haunt my dreams forever.
The reason the clip is so terrifying is the strange way that 60 Minutes has isolated the audio. “You generally hear him before you see him,” a voice over of 60 Minutes’ Bob Simon announces, as the camera reveals a dark and empty office. And then BOOM, Jeff Bezos cackles.
You did Bezos wrong, 60 Minutes. Disembodied maniacal laughing is literally what movie villains do. Why you gotta edit him like that?!
See the similarity.
That’s not to laugh-shame Jeff Bezos, because:
Ursula is a complete BOSS who has been flexin’ on all us poor unfortunate souls, and we should all aspire to be like her.
My own laugh is annoying as hell.
Lord knows we need more laughter in this world, and Bezos’ cackle is truly infectious.
But, the 1999 profile is not the only time someone has highlighted Bezos’ iconic laugh has been highlighted.
Here’s a 2015 video compiling recorded instances of Bezos’ cackle.
And if you want just a minute straight of Bezos’ famous chortle, here ya go:
And let’s just play that 1999 clip one more time for good measure.
But you know what? At the end of the day, Jeff Bezos is a tech-giant who gets to casually smash champagne bottles on top of wind turbines, so maybe the Amazon founder has gotten the last laugh after all.