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it's hard to look right at you, baby, but here's my number, so call me maybe
August 10, 2012 5:40 PM   Subscribe

"Call Me Maybe" (Chatroulette version) is Steve Kardynal's latest costumed lip-sync cover video - and as usual it comes complete with hilarious & happy audience reaction shots. If you like this, you'll probably also enjoy his Chatroulette versions of Katy Perry's "Peacock" (previously) and Lady GaGa's "Telephone" (previously). All videos may be considered NSFWish.

more Steve Kardynal costumed lip-sync covers, with reaction shots from the public:
"songs in real life" - LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" and Lady GaGa's "Born This Way"
"Apple Store versions" - Eminem feat. Rihanna's "Love The Way You Lie" and Katy Perry's "Firework"

previously on MeFi:
more "Call Me Maybe" - viral? totally & ben howard cover & with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots & the US Olympic swim team parody
more Chatroulette - Chatroulette piano improvisation & Chatroulette Love Song
posted by flex (64 comments total) 41 users marked this as a favorite

 
NEVER GETS OLD. Oh, I love him.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:47 PM on August 10, 2012


Lately, I have been silently, internally changing the lyrics from "so call me maybe" to "and I'm an aphid." No reason.
posted by Sticherbeast at 5:49 PM on August 10, 2012 [19 favorites]


OH HELL YES
posted by elizardbits at 5:49 PM on August 10, 2012


He's built up quite a sassy wardrobe over the years!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:49 PM on August 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


I loved this, totally made me smile today. It reminded me of this youtube collage that Margaux Williamson made, which is one of the best things I've ever seen on the internet. There's something great about the low resness and the spontaneity, of both, y'know?
posted by emilycardigan at 5:51 PM on August 10, 2012 [4 favorites]


The guy shaking his head at 2:00, lolololol forever
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:51 PM on August 10, 2012


[James Lipton voice]Oh, Internet, you are a delight.[/James Lipton voice]
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 5:52 PM on August 10, 2012 [9 favorites]


I can't decide which reactions I like more, the people who look utterly betrayed, or the totally unlikely ones who nevertheless appear to love this unashamedly.
posted by elizardbits at 5:52 PM on August 10, 2012 [8 favorites]


I haven't laughed that hard in weeks. So awesome. Love the progression from confused->horrified->singing along.
posted by restless_nomad at 5:59 PM on August 10, 2012 [4 favorites]


I don't know whether to be glad or ashamed that this is only the second time I've ever heard this song, the first being in the Team USA Swimming video. 'Cause an awful lot of the people in this video appear to be singing along. Which implies rather a high level of familiarity.
posted by Justinian at 6:00 PM on August 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


There are like six words, it's not really hard to time the watermelons correctly.
posted by restless_nomad at 6:01 PM on August 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


I didn't get the love for the Olympic Swim team version. If they're not olympians I'm pretty sure no one gives a damn about it.

But this, this is awesome.
posted by justgary at 6:02 PM on August 10, 2012


I think I'm most surprised that Chatroulette is still around. Love the reactions, the big genuine grins, great stuff.
posted by jamesonandwater at 6:03 PM on August 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


I like the guys who are clearly on there to show their penises to people who think this is cool too.
posted by cmoj at 6:06 PM on August 10, 2012 [11 favorites]


So almost everyone, then. Unless I misunderstand chatroulette entirely.
posted by Justinian at 6:10 PM on August 10, 2012


@Justinian: it's quite the phenomenon. The local college station I listen to (alternative) doesn't play it, but I hear it all the time when I have to take a trip.

I do think her success is deserved. The song's pretty catchy; before you know it you're humming it to yourself all day long.
posted by sbutler at 6:10 PM on August 10, 2012


Totally charming. It's heartening to see how many men were not 'fraidy cats about joining in on the good times.
posted by FelliniBlank at 6:13 PM on August 10, 2012 [6 favorites]


Yeah, I'm always curious about ChatRoulette, the idea of just chatting with strangers, but wow, there were a lot of shirtless dudes on the receiving end of that dance number.

...yeah, I'm just going to leave that last phrase there for you and go back to my drink now.
posted by maryr at 6:17 PM on August 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


I don't know whether to be glad or ashamed that this is only the second time I've ever heard this song, the first being in the Team USA Swimming video. 'Cause an awful lot of the people in this video appear to be singing along. Which implies rather a high level of familiarity.

It was the first time I had heard it, and I was also struck by the people who knew the words and could do the actions.
posted by Forktine at 6:21 PM on August 10, 2012


It's hard not to smile when you see someone else so happy.
(and the guy in the bath robe!)
posted by bottlebrushtree at 6:25 PM on August 10, 2012


Yeah, I did find the number of guys in the Wank Imminent position somewhat disconcerting.
posted by restless_nomad at 6:36 PM on August 10, 2012 [17 favorites]


Okay, I admit it, I live in a cave. Who is this guy? This is probably the first time I've ever wished for a wikipedia explanation, but there doesn't seem to be one.
posted by mudpuppie at 6:41 PM on August 10, 2012


I'll ditto what I said two years ago: I think my favorites are the guy-girl couples, where the guy is the main one and the girl is slightly off-center. Their presence on Chatroulette seems so random.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:45 PM on August 10, 2012


One of the greatest things you can do in life is make other people smile, so I guess Steve Kardynal qualifies as some kind of angel or demigod or saint or something.
posted by MegoSteve at 6:53 PM on August 10, 2012 [7 favorites]


So like, these kids honestly give me hope for the future.
posted by unknowncommand at 7:03 PM on August 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


All those grins and fist-pumps are like the antidote to Carly Rae Jepsen's disappointment at the end of the music video.
posted by Beardman at 7:09 PM on August 10, 2012


I'm about to go and help my 90 year old grandmother eat her lunch because her body and brain are shutting down. I will dissolve into floods of tears after I leave her.

My internet connection is painfully slow. I have opened the link and by the time I get home - in about ninety minutes - it will have downloaded and I can hit 'replay' and it will play through without stopping. And I suspect it will make me smile, and I need a lot of that at the moment.

I am really looking forward to this. Thanks, flex.
posted by malibustacey9999 at 7:11 PM on August 10, 2012 [19 favorites]


but wow, there were a lot of shirtless dudes


Yeah..uh.... "shirtless."
posted by louche mustachio at 7:34 PM on August 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


This has been my favorite video in quite some time on the interwebs!
posted by annsunny at 7:45 PM on August 10, 2012


My favourite moment.

It's too perfect. He's like the dad in an 80's teen rebellion music video.
posted by CaseyB at 7:46 PM on August 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


This video and the early US swim team one make me feel strangely proud of my generation. I just love that so many people seem so comfortable with playing with gender expressions -- people don't seem as uptight any more. I just love some of the reactions, especially from the some of the guys who look like they'd totally not be cool with this at all.
posted by peacheater at 7:46 PM on August 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


But where did he get all of those costumes?!
posted by nonmerci at 7:53 PM on August 10, 2012


HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS.
posted by hot soup girl at 7:56 PM on August 10, 2012


There was also the Call Me Batman parody (TDKR spoilers!).
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 7:59 PM on August 10, 2012 [2 favorites]




My favourite moment.

It's too perfect. He's like the dad in an 80's teen rebellion music video.


He is! He needs to be a gif.
posted by sweetkid at 8:11 PM on August 10, 2012


I love seeing all the dude faces go from BOREDOM > CONFUSION > DISGUST > IRREPRESSIBLE DELIGHT.
posted by hot soup girl at 8:11 PM on August 10, 2012 [9 favorites]


> He is! He needs to be a gif.

Like this, maybe?
posted by hot soup girl at 8:13 PM on August 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


I love seeing how many guys know this song by heart and will sing along unabashedly. Adorable.
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 8:19 PM on August 10, 2012




Like this, maybe?


No, I was talking about the guy in the other clip that CaseyB linked to.
posted by sweetkid at 8:37 PM on August 10, 2012


I'll ask again. Who is this guy?
posted by mudpuppie at 8:51 PM on August 10, 2012


um, I googled his name and he's on every single social channel, so that gave me a lot more info about him but I hadn't heard of him before either. What exactly do you want to know?
posted by sweetkid at 8:59 PM on August 10, 2012


I'll ask again. Who is this guy?
posted by mudpuppie at 20:51 on August 10 [+] [!]


...a fucking legend?
posted by nonmerci at 9:01 PM on August 10, 2012 [3 favorites]


Oh. This is the guy in a bikini people were taking pictures with at Vidcon when I was in Anaheim for a fencing tournament. Now I realize he was a celebrity to them :) Gosh.
posted by Peach at 9:24 PM on August 10, 2012


Also: "Call Me, Maybe" with Star Trek and Star Wars clips. And also previously.

I had never heard this song a week ago, and now I can't get it out of my head no matter how much I try.
posted by Mezentian at 9:59 PM on August 10, 2012


I just watched Call Me Maybe and Peacock (which I had never heard before, and kindof wish I still hadn't heard) and some of the same Chatrouletters appeared. What's up with that? Are there only like 50 people on Chatroulette?
posted by snorkmaiden at 10:36 PM on August 10, 2012


Aww, count me in as another with love all the dudebros who are game for a laugh.
posted by Iteki at 10:58 PM on August 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


> I love seeing how many guys know this song by heart and will sing along unabashedly. Adorable.

That kinda floored me, the kids today. I tell you what, the boys wouldn't have been caught dead singing along to Madonna like this when I was a teenager.

And yeah, Chatroulette is at least 80% dudes jerking off. It's an odd little place.
posted by desuetude at 11:08 PM on August 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Love, love, love that it's super ok to be silly now. I don't care if the Internet someday finally sends out its secret robot revolution signal and electronics make us their groveling monkey-slaves; it was worth it for the silly.
posted by moneyjane at 12:42 AM on August 11, 2012 [3 favorites]


I live Steve Kardynal. I think he's channelling the ghost of Kenny Everett.
posted by goshling at 2:02 AM on August 11, 2012 [2 favorites]


You know, if he'd used AirTime, he could have done that in front of an audience made up of Sean Parker, Shawn Fanning and their celebrity chums...

In fact, this may be the killer app for AirTime.
posted by running order squabble fest at 3:54 AM on August 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thank you so much. Delightful, and like many others, love the dudes who are there to crank it, but still love him!
posted by smoke at 5:12 AM on August 11, 2012


I just watched Call Me Maybe and Peacock (which I had never heard before, and kindof wish I still hadn't heard) and some of the same Chatrouletters appeared. What's up with that? Are there only like 50 people on Chatroulette?

I just watched Peacock again, and I didn't see any obvious repeats; care to link to your suspected matches? That said, I think it would make perfect sense; if I had seen this guy pop up in my roulette 2 years ago, I'd probably show up as much as possible going forward in hopes of seeing him again.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:53 AM on August 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


i have watched this.... far too many times to admit :D :D :D
posted by cristinacristinacristina at 9:01 AM on August 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I did find the number of guys in the Wank Imminent position somewhat disconcerting.

You better not touch your dick.
posted by homunculus at 2:05 PM on August 11, 2012


THIS IS GREAT man, I wish I were one of those people who is so comfortable in his or her own skin.
posted by samofidelis at 3:15 PM on August 11, 2012


THIS IS GREAT man, I wish I were one of those people who is so comfortable in his or her own skin.

Improv class is my reco for this.
posted by sweetkid at 3:54 PM on August 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


How about Call me DayZ
posted by the_artificer at 7:32 PM on August 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


I CANNOT STOP WATCHING THIS
posted by hot soup girl at 8:18 PM on August 11, 2012


Thanks, sweetkid. But I'm afraid in Chicago I'd have to fight through the legions of people who want to get to Second City.
posted by samofidelis at 9:32 PM on August 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


HOW AM I JUST NOW SEEING THIS OMG
posted by The Whelk at 8:14 AM on August 12, 2012


& happy audience reaction shots

They maybe won't be so happy with this video getting millions of views and mainstream cross over. This guy is the ultimate troll.
posted by stbalbach at 8:41 AM on August 12, 2012


Aw stbalbach, seems like you are not taking these in the spirit in which they were intended. Trolls do not make people so happy.
posted by onlyconnect at 8:56 AM on August 12, 2012


I like the chatroulette videos, but that "don't touch your dick" video that homunculus linked is straight-up trolling and gay-baiting.
posted by Mavri at 9:24 AM on August 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I did find the number of guys in the Wank Imminent position somewhat disconcerting.

My favorite thing to do is make an old fashioned Olympic score card thing and give them a numbers rating.
posted by Phalene at 10:23 AM on August 12, 2012


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