Have you ever heard of Keenan Cahill?
If you haven’t, you aren’t alone.
I had never heard of him. I asked a few others and they hadn’t either. I guess that might be because I’m not looking for the next internet sensation or viral video. But, allow me to tell you who Mr. Cahill is.
He’s an Illinois teen who has apparently got quite the following on YouTube for his lip-synching of popular songs. He’s even teamed up with some of said stars for videos. Further, he suffers from Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome, where some people can develop dwarf-like appearances. That is true with Keenan.
I’m all for an Internet sensation. After all, who doesn’t like to be entertained.
But I’ve watched several of Cahill’s videos and can’t see what the draw is. He doesn’t know the words for many of the songs he lip-synchs, he makes weird motions with his head and makes crazy faces. If I wanted to watch someone do that, I’d turn the camera on myself and hit record. I could do this.
The entertainment value of some of these videos are who he does them with. He has one with Brian Wilson and Cody Ross of the San Francisco Giants, which is very funny. The “battle” he has with WWE star Miz is quite funny, too. But that was funny because of The Miz. Cahill is awful in this.
He was on America’s Got Talent this week performing and was completly awful. If not for Nick Cannon helping him out a bit, it really would have been a train wreck.
I don’t see it. (But I also don’t see the whole Justin Bieber craze and he started on YouTube).
But I’m apparently in the minority. Why?
Some of his stats on his YouTube channel — 23,679,096 channel views; 288,013,725 total upload views; and 464,293 subscribers. (These numbers are as of when I looked at his profile).
Before I go any further, here’s his square off with The Miz:
To quote The Miz — Really?
This is entertainment?
Now, maybe some of you out there like Keenan. Cool if you do, but please explain what is so funny? Is it that he messes everything up? Is it because of the odd faces and moves he makes? What is it?
Maybe you agree with me, however, and there’s some sanity in this world.
Still, it got me to thinking — these YouTube sensations and viral videos. What makes it so crazy? The person? People? What happens?
Let’s take for example a video I found during my research for this blog post. It’s called “Charlie bit my finger – again!” As of me writing this blog, it has 365,278,284 hits. Yes, that number is real. Of those hits, it has 768,884 likes and 100,351 dislikes.
And I was stoked when the video I took of Ultimate Idol that I had on the blog yesterday hit 70 hits!
Again, I’ll let you be the judge.
My opinion? That’s freakin’ funny. Maybe not so all going on, but the reactions. “Charlie, that really hurt!” Well no crap, buddy, you jammed your finger into Charlie’s mouth and he bit you!
Is it worth that many hits? Who knows. But I laughed.
There are other viral videos, too. This one, “Star Wars Kid,” was named the most viral video on the Internet by some company in 2006. Apparently, at that time, it had over 900 million views. I would assume this is a re-upload on YouTube, with the count that they have…
Then, of course, there’s always the Numa Numa guy.
You don’t know the Numa Numa guy?
Well, far be it from me to not share…
That was one viral video. There have been re-makes, animated, a second video etc. Crazy, right?
I do have a favorite though.
This might be one of the funniest things I’ve ever watched on YouTube. I laugh every time I watch it. It has nearly 100 million hits. It’s a kid who was doped up after having some teeth removed at the dentist. His father (God bless him!) recorded parts of it. Classic stuff.
Now THAT is funny and worth watching.
As for Keenan Cahill? Not so much for me. He’s obiously got a following and kudos to him for finding something people would like and for him capitalizing on it.
But as we all know, the next Internet sensation is probably just around the corner.
So get that camera out as that next sensation could be you!
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