Elderly Couple Fumbling With Webcam Become Viral Video Sensations

An elderly Oregon couple have become a viral video sensations since their granddaughter posted a YouTube video of them fumbling with their new laptop.

Bruce and Esther Huffman, who live at a retirement community in McMinnville, Ore., unknowingly captured the moment that has brought them fame as they attempted to take a picture. The video, titled “Webcam 101 for Seniors,” has been viewed more than 100,000 times. 

Esther Huffman was trying to show her husband how to take a photo using the camera on their laptop in late August.  Her granddaughter had shown her how to use the tool earlier.

“I had no idea how to do it. I didn’t remember what she said so the whole time I was irritated chewing gum so hard and I looked like … ” Esther Huffman told ABC Affiliate KATU. “I don’t know what.”

“The wicked witch of the west,” Bruce Huffman jokingly told KATU.

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She couldn’t get the photo tool to work, but the video camera was working just fine. She unknowingly recorded their struggle.

On the video, a frustrated Esther Huffman gnaws on her gum and remains focused working on the computer. Her husband, on the other hand, amuses himself by flirting with his wife, making monkey faces into the camera, singing a song and commenting on the wrinkles in his face.

“That’s a pretty good monkey,” Bruce Huffman says on the tape.

“I’m so sad, Esther….look at the wrinkles,” he jokes later on the tape.

A stern faced Esther Huffman says, “Why won’t it take a picture…I took one before by accident.”

Toward the end of the video a warning screen pops up to tell them they must stop recording before closing the tool.

“I don’t know what I’m recording, shucks,” says Esther Huffman.

Bruce Huffman told KATU that he’s shocked that his silliness turned into Internet fame.

“When I was 8 years old, my uncle paid me five cents if I’d make a monkey face and I’ve been working on it all these years,” Bruce told KATU. “I never knew it’d make me famous. He’s up in heaven and he’d be amazed at what’s going on right here, right now.”