Looking to brighten up your next video conference call on Zoom?
We know the feeling.
Zoom backgrounds are, arguably, the platform’s defining feature. They give you a chance to have a bit of fun and inject your personality into a call.
We covered the best office backgrounds for Zoom in this post. Here is a short list of funny zoom backgrounds that are sure to make you stand out in any meeting.
How to Enable Custom Zoom Backgrounds
You’ll need to enable any custom Zoom background you want to use in a call. Before we dive into the post, were’s how to add a custom Zoom background.
To do so, start by visiting the link under each image. Download the photo onto your device (don’t worry, they’re all virus-free). Once you’re done with that, head over to Zoom and click on your profile photo.
Proceed to the settings page and, in the left menu, click on the Virtual Background tab. Here, you can select one of the presets loaded into Zoom by default or upload the image you just downloaded.
The “Tonight Show” Set
Let’s face it: most of us have dreamt of – or at least tried to imagine – being a talk show host. We tune in most evenings to watch them liven up our leisurely hours.
The good news is that, to some degree, you can live out that fantasy. There’s an amazing Tonight Show Zoom background available for download. You can download this image using the method stated above and have it on all of your Zoom calls.
It’s a fun background for a dreary conference call.
Most of your friends and colleagues probably got a kick out of watching this show. The main character, Joe Exotic, is colorful. The show was a huge success on Netflix with millions of viewers per episode.
If you want to make your coworkers laugh, this is the right background for you.
There are other Tiger King-themed backgrounds available for download on the internet besides this one. Just make sure to use the one best suited to your usual position in the video frame.
The “Schitts Creek” Motel
Schitts Creek is a funny comedy. It tells the story of an American family forced to live in a town they bought as a prank.
The show’s most important location is the Rosebud Motel. This is where the family lives for most of the show. If you’re a big fan of Schitts Creek, use an image of the show’s iconic location. It’s fun, even in the most urgent of zoom calls.
This funny zoom background is a great way to discover which of your family or colleagues like the show.
The distracted boyfriend might be the most popular meme in the history of the internet. It’s sure to get a few high-quality laughs out of your friends and coworkers as a funny zoom background. There are thousands of witty captions made by users on platforms like Twitter for this image.
The photo shows a guy holding his girlfriend’s hand. The guy is clearly distracted by something (or someone) else outside the image’s frame.
This popular photo can be yours – for free – from the link above.
Star Wars X-Wing Cockpit
At this stage in the movie franchise’s history, it’s safe to assume that more Americans have watched Star Wars. It is an icon of contemporary pop culture. Millions of worldwide fans buy movie tickets and Star Wars merchandise.
Among all the virtual Zoom backgrounds, the X-Wing fighter cockpit might be the one best suited for your next Zoom meeting. Thrill your boss, colleagues, and friends.
We’re all working from home, but that doesn’t mean the entire experience should be boring. Get this free background image to stand out at your next meeting.
Star Trek Command Center
If the Star Wars trilogy revolutionized modern Space movies, Star Trek did the same thing for TV. Big fans of the show – affectionately known as “Trekkies” – are a mainstay at cosplay events and comic book stores.
If you’re a Trekkie, then this photo is sure to get some unique reactions at your next conference call. It’s a classic image. The version above is high-resolution and will work well as a zoom background.
The Matrix Code Curtain
Everyone watched The Matrix when it was released in the late 90s. Characters like Neo and Morpheus were ingrained into all our minds and became instant cult heroes due to the movie. The most memorable part of the movie, however, is arguably the green code curtain.
It’s a series of numbers and characters representing the various characters jumping in and out of the “matrix” – a digital world where everything is seemingly possible.
Everyone will recognize this image in your next work meeting. A cryptic green screen splashed across your frame will be sure to amuse your colleagues.
Everyone, at some point, looks for an escape from the dreary humdrum of the office lifestyle. Apparently, however, working from home has proven to be almost as monotonous. Do you know what isn’t monotonous? This fantastic holiday-themed Zoom background.
The photo mirrors the appearance and ambiance of your typical tropical island. You have the ocean, warm, elevated pools, palm trees, and an idyllic mountain landscape to boot.
Board Meeting Virtual Background
Ever wanted to hold a meeting at a long table? This photo is for you.
The next conference call might be your chance with this funny zoom background.
The photo has a wide depth of field, excellent colors, and a realistic appearance. The image splashed across your screen might be that added bit of irony you need to lighten the regular “Zoom call mood”.
The Teletubbies Sun Baby
If you grew up in the Teletubbies era, then this funny Zoom background is sure to make people laugh on your next Zoom call.
Teletubbies is a kids’ show from the 90s that focused on the importance of family, friends, honesty, and character. The first scene of this iconic TV show started with the sun – which had a cute baby’s face on it – rising to greet the four Teletubbies as they started their day.
With the pandemic slowly ebbing into our rearview, it seems like the world has just survived the same kind of modern apocalyptic settings depicted by Hollywood movies. In the spirit of irony, therefore, this scene of zombies strolling across a grass field is sure to draw some attention to your Zoom screen.
The Oval Office
Ever wanted to attend a Zoom call from the auspicious chairs of the White House’s Oval Office? Here’s your chance with this zoom background.
Themed from real-life pictures of the president’s workspace, you can recreate that same appearance – or, at least, have a funny virtual background available for when you need it.
It doesn’t matter if the room is on the smaller side; just make sure you’re situated properly in the frame. Anyone can become the president if they dream it – even if only in a zoom meeting.
Laying on the Beach
Back to our holiday-themed background images for Zoom, and this one is sure to create a serene appearance in your next company call – and make your fellow coworkers laugh too.
It’s a simple beach scene with a cool wave heading to the shore, two people perched on their beach chairs, and a green umbrella protecting them from the sun’s heat. Who doesn’t want that kind of getaway?
The Family Guy House
Family Guy is one of the funniest shows currently airing. The iconic Griffin living room itself has etched its image into the minds of many kids and young adults alike.
As more fans of the show enter into the (remote) workforce, there are few better ways to pay homage to childhood nostalgia than this well-framed background.
The Coffee Shop from Friends
Arguably the most recognizable coffee shop of all time, this Zoom background is equally funny (because of the show it represents) and memorable.
We’ve all watched friends – either in its original run or the multiple reruns aired by many of our favorite TV channels and streaming services. The six friends: Joey, Chandler, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, and Ross, have all become cultural icons today.
The Casting Couch
While this photo might get you a few awkward stares from astonished coworkers because of its modern connotations, it’s undoubtedly a funny Zoom background nonetheless.
The casting couch is an excellent conversation starter and can help diffuse tense communication moments ahead of time. Just make sure to use it with the right audience, as not everyone has the sense of humor required to find it hilarious.
This is perhaps the most iconic image on the list. In the ultimate act of being funny through irony, a lot of remote workers are using the cubicle background to show how much they “miss” their old routines at the office.
I can just picture it already: trying to hear oneself think through a barrage of clacking keyboards, people yelling at phones (or themselves), and a cacophony of computer CPUs whirring away. It’s truly no wonder people miss their cubicles so much.
Going back to shows that made the 90s a memorable era, Seinfeld showed how an up-and-coming comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, navigates the crazy day-to-day life in New York.
He gets up to a plethora of shenanigans with his friends and, while a few of them are outside his apartment, most of them happen in it. The Seinfeld living room is one of the most instantly recognizable sets of any TV show in modern history.
Much like many of the other pop culture-inspired backgrounds we’ve referenced, using this image will show people how cultured (or nostalgic) you are.
Coffee Mug in a Fire
Want to give off the impression of calm in the midst of a corporate storm? This might just be the Zoom background image for you.
In a whimsical twist of irony, this funny photo depicts a cartoonish kitchen on fire – with a mug comfortably resting at the edge of the kitchen table. The flames seem to be coming off the carpet, and there’s smoke wafting through the ceiling.
If your weekend was a bust and Monday seems to not be any better, use this classic background to spice up your next meeting.
The Harry Potter trilogy is popular.
This classic image depicts the Hogwarts great hall. It’s a fictional location where students at Hogwarts come together to have meals. If other fellow coworkers are fans of the series, this background is sure to stir up an excellent conversation (after the business is done, of course).
Zoom backgrounds have emerged as a great way to spice up the regular old corporate setting of virtual meetings.
With the effects of the pandemic still being felt in many parts of the world, employees are coming to terms with the fact that remote work might well remain the status quo for years to come.
One of the few features making that switch less painful is Zoom backgrounds. The software lets users upload locally stored photos to use as backgrounds for video conferences. People have let their creative sides flourish with this feature – and you should make the most of it too.
If you use Zoom regularly, be sure to check out any of the examples we’ve examined in this piece and make your meetings legendary.