Comic Stephen Colbert uses his super-serious faux conservative talk-show host persona on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report to give one of the bravest, edgiest roasts of a president in Washington history at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Colbert lampooned Bush and the Bushites from all sides and all angles, while Bush sat looking clearly uncomfortable and at times stunned. The day after the dinner, footage of the Colbert speech showed up at YouTube and other viral video sites, and has been viewed millions of times since.Littlest King Kong
Not much is known about the star of this superviral hit. It's a clip from a Tamil Indian movie called Adisaya Pirari from the 1980s. The clip stars an actor who apparently has the moniker "King Kong." King Kong is a midget, but one with an odd, childlike look. He's got some crazy dance moves and he smokes a cigarette. Watch at your own risk--it's truly strange.
This April 8, 2000, Saturday Night Live sketch starring Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken features 1970s band Blue Oyster Cult in the recording studio cutting their big hit, "Don't Fear the Reaper." Walken plays the hotshot record producer who's convinced the success of the track depends on how much cowbell (the cowbell played with abandon by Ferrell) can be put into the mix. Largely because of this viral video, Generation Y kids could be heard uttering "more cowbell" to each other and giggling in shopping malls across America in 2004.
It was young Brian Collins' first night on the sports desk. The teleprompter malfunctioned. The teleprompter started rolling too fast. This viral video is a painful (and funny) recording of what happened as a result: one of the biggest broadcast bloopers ever. The video became so popular that Collins appeared on the CBS Early Show and Letterman. ESPN did a story about him too.Bad Day at the Keyboard
The Angry German Kid apparently left his Webcam on as he prepared for another gaming session at the PC. Well, first the game wouldn't load properly, and the kid starts getting very angry, cursing at the computer. After the game finally loads, the kid gets offed in the game several times in quick succession, which really sends him over the edge. He continues screaming obscenities and bangs the keyboard on the desk until it breaks.
It seems young Dieter needs far less sugar in his diet, and maybe some Ritalin. The performance apparently made for a very satisfying viral video, because millions of people have watched it. (Warning: This video has almost as much profanity as the "Angry Winnebago Guy" clip, though this time it's translated from the German.)
Tay Zonday is a graduate student from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His YouTube song and video, "Chocolate Rain," is a little odd, but strangely appealing, and became very popular very quickly in the Summer of 2007. This led to appearances on VH1's Best Week Ever show and the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. The song's not bad, and the lyrics are cool, but it's the strangeness factor (his head movements, his short body and low voice) that makes this viral video click.