One of the great things about the internet is that it totally levels the playing field when it comes to getting your 15 minutes of fame. If you're captured on video being funny or weird and not at all FAKE! then you could be looking at internet infamy. Unfortunately the internet is a fickle mistress and you will be old news the minute the next meme rolls around, tossed in a virtual landfill alongside The Evolution of Dance Dude and Binders Full of Women. Yeah, that's already old. Here's a look at 5 of our favorite internet celebs and what they are up to now!
Gary Brolsma (Numa Numa Guy)
Gary Brolsma, better know as the Numa Numa guy, took the internet by storm with his fantastically spazzy lipdub of the techno earworm "Dragostea din tei" by O-Zone. He is such an internet icon in fact, that he was voted number one on VH1's list of the Top 40 Internet Superstars. NUMBER ONE! That's like the Nobel Prize of YouTube or something, but not really. So what's he been up to since flailing aorund in front of his webcam for all of our enjoyment?
Gary is trying to expand his Numa fame and has a website devoted to all his post-Numa web activities. He also runs a computer repair and web design company and sings for a band called Nonetheless, who have an album coming out. I can only hope it is not Numa-esque, because I don't think I can take having a single musical phrase stuck in my head for years and years again.
When I first saw the clip of Antoine Dodson, I'm not kidding, it was for real my favorite thing I ever saw EVER! And the songified version?? I still sing that jam. It's MY JAM, yo! But what is up with Mr. Dodson lately?
When not getting arrested for smoking weed, Antoine has been trying to extend his 15 minutes with multiple television appearances and he even recently released a song, Lovesick Lullaby. He is currently filming the pilot episode to a reality show that will feature his family, where Antoine will for sure out-honey boo boo, honey boo boo child. I'll drink a go go juice to that!
Crocker gained his fame when he posted a video of himself crying as he defended his idol, Britney Spears. And it actually helped, because Briteny looked WAY less crazy compared to her number one fan. The 'LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!' video became one of the most annoying viral videos of all time. Sorry, that's just how I feel. Please don't tell me to leave Chris alone. I'm sure he's a very nice person.
Chris has been continuing to perform and even had a documentery made about his life! A totally legit documentary too, like it debuted at Sundance and appeared on HBO legit. He most recently made his adult film debut, a film that did not debut at Sundance and will be lucky if it appears on Cinemax After Dark. Major downgrade. At least his drag persona got prettier..
Paul "Bear" Vasquez (Double Rainbow Guy)
In 1985 YouTuber Paul Vasquez, aka hungrybear9562, moved to Yosemite with his wife and kids. 25 years later he saw the elusive double rainbow. Fortunately he saw it after smoking a huge blunt and had just enough sense to record his experience. I'm pretty sure nothing will blow my mind as much as the sight of a double rainbow blew Paul's. So what's life like after seeing a double rainbow? Is it all downhill after that?
Vasquez has been using his fame to spread a message of spirituality and faith. So yeah, pretty much what you might expect from someone who cries at the sight of a rainbow. Sadly, there has been no news of a Lisa Frank sticker collaboration. Also, as you can see above in a recent photo, he's sexy and he knows it.
Tay Zonday gained fame with his awesomely so-bad-it's-good song about institutional racism, Chocolate Rain. Many parodies followed, but only Tay's had the bonus awesomeness of the lowest singing voice in the history of man. I'm pretty sure that's true. So is Tay still singing?
Yes, yes he is. Zonday is back to updating his YouTube account, and has even collaborated with MikeDiva. His most recent cover is the summer's biggest hit, Call Me Maybe. Is there anything better than 2 pop culture moments colliding? I think not.
Are there any internet stars you've been wondering about? Let me know @desijedeikin or in the comments below!