In 2014 the Collins English Dictionary officially declared that “photobomb” was now an actual word; a sure sign that the concept isn’t going away anytime soon. And that’s definitely a good thing because photobombs are hilarious – particularly when there are celebrities involved. Need proof? Here are 20 famous faces completely ruining their fellow celebs’ photographs in the name of comedy.
20. Anne Hathaway and Jared Leto
Jared Leto was clearly in a good mood when he decided to photobomb Anne Hathaway at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. That may have had something to do with the Oscar that he had just won for Dallas Buyers Club.
19. Donald Trump and Tyler the Creator
This photobomb from Tyler, the Creator back in 2013 actually involved quite a bit of work. Indeed, Tyler had his pal Taco dupe The Donald into taking a picture just so Tyler could do this in the background. Nice job.
18. Angelina Jolie and Jack Black
Jack Black stole the spotlight from Angelina Jolie at a 2008 Kung Fu Panda screening in Cannes. Dustin Hoffman got in on the action too; he’s snuck in on Jolie’s right hand side.
17. Portia de Rossi, Ellen DeGeneres and Kelly Clarkson
Who wouldn’t be excited to sit near Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi at the Grammys? Kelly Clarkson was in 2013, to the extent that she photobombed them with a big cheesy grin on her face.
16. Jessica Alba and Johnny Knoxville
Jessica Alba looks confused enough in this photograph at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. Imagine her reaction when she realized that she’d been photobombed by professional Jackass Johnny Knoxville. The poor thing.
15. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton have worked together so many times now that Depp is apparently turning into one of Burton’s creations. Indeed, in this 2010 photobomb Depp wouldn’t look out of place in Halloween Town.
14. Taylor Swift, Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lawrence
Ryan Seacrest was calmly interviewing Taylor Swift at the 2014 Golden Globes when Jennifer Lawrence popped up behind them to completely ruin the moment. “The single most important photo from the [Golden Globes] red carpet,” Seacrest later captioned the photo.
13. Cindy Crawford and George Clooney
In 2015 George Clooney launched his Casamigos tequila brand in Ibiza, Spain. The setting provided the ideal opportunity for a soppy selfie between guests Cindy Crawford and her husband – until Clooney decided to photobomb the picture.
12. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul
This may have been meant as a serious picture of Bryan Cranston at the 2013 Emmy Awards, but his Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul popped up at the last minute to mimic his expression and ruin the effect. And they even wore matching outfits. Sweet.
11. Chrissy Teigen, John Legend and Neil Patrick Harris
When Neil Patrick Harris saw Chrissy Teigen and John Legend taking a selfie at the 2014 Grammys, he apparently couldn’t resist getting involved. Teigen didn’t mind, though; she posted the picture to Instagram, writing, “One can only be so lucky to get a [Neil Patrick Harris] photobomb.”
10. Tom Cruise and Donald Faison
Who would dare photobomb one of the biggest movie stars in the world? Why, Donald Faison from Scrubs. His celeb best friend Zach Braff delightedly retweeted the 2011-snapped photo, saying, “If Donald suddenly disappears, this is why.”
9. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jenna Ushkowitz, Sarah Hyland and Eric Stonestreet
This 2014 picture of Jesse Tyler Ferguson posing with Glee actress Jenna Ushkowitz and Modern Family co-star Sarah Hyland would have been beautiful… if not for Eric Stonestreet. His photobombing technique, though, is quite excellent.
8. U2 and Benedict Cumberbatch
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is known for being a bit of a goof, and he showed off exactly why at the 2014 Oscars when he spectacularly photobombed U2. The internet, of course, was delighted, and it quickly invented a meme in which “Cumberbombing” was celebrated.
7. Susan Sarandon and the Straight Outta Compton cast
Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr, Aldis Hodge and O’Shea Jackson Jr were all brilliantly photobombed on the 2016 SAG Awards red carpet by actress Susan Sarandon. Well, it was quicker than asking for individual photos.
6. Adrien Grenier and Anthony Anderson
Anthony Anderson photobombed Adrien Grenier at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards not by pulling a silly face or jumping up in the air, but simply by staring, possibly right down into the photographers very soul. It was hilariously effective, though.
5. 50 Cent, Naomi Campbell and Leonardo DiCaprio
“I get photo bombed by the hottest people in the world,” 50 Cent captioned this 2015-taken picture. And he’s right. Who wouldn’t want Leonardo DiCaprio to unexpectedly pop up in the background of your selfie with Naomi Campbell?
4. Anne Hathaway and Giselle Bündchen
And here’s poor old Anne Hathaway again, this time suffering at the hands of a different photobomber. Indeed, supermodel Giselle Bündchen made this 2013 picture all about her with the merest of waves.
3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Selena Gomez
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was pulling a funny face for the camera backstage at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, and Selena Gomez wanted in. The result is this masterpiece of celebrity photobombing.
2. John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Bob Saget and Rihanna
Rihanna decided to have a little fun backstage with Full House stars John Stamos, Dave Coulier and Bob Saget on a 2014 instalment of Good Morning America. She gets major props here for presenting not one, but two bunny ears without being caught.
1. Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o
Here’s what might have been a case of instant karma for Jared Leto at the 2014 Oscars. Certainly, Lupita Nyong’o – who had an Academy Award of her own to show off – beat Leto at his own photobombing game with this wonderful piece of work.