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Where Are They Now? Viral Video Stars of the ’00s

Where Are They Now? Viral Video Stars of the ’00s November 28, 2017

Viral Video Stars of the 00s

YouTube was a brand-new platform about a decade ago. And these were some of our first viral video stars. Pearl the landlord, Kelly from "Shoes" and the Numa Numa guy pioneered the way for future vloggers and YouTubers. Seems like they exist frozen in time. But they didn't just disappear. So find out where your favorite viral video stars of the 2000s are now.

Charlie Bit My Finger

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It's hard to believe, but this classic viral video of baby Charlie biting his brother Harry's finger is 10 years old already. It was originally meant to be shared with only family and friends and then removed from YouTube, but the kids' dad kept it up once it started getting millions of hits.

Charlie Bit My Finger

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The brothers are now 13 and 11, and they have two more baby brothers named Jasper, 9, and Rupert, 6. The video has earned their family more than $1 million, which their parents have invested in the boys' private education with occasional treats for the kids like new bicycles.

Miss Teen South Carolina

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Poor Caitlin Upton. Most people are able to move on and forget after a rambling test or interview answer. Not Miss Teen South Carolina. Her nonsensical rant was seen more than 66 million times. No one knew what she was talking about. The real mystery was how Mario Lopez managed to keep it together.

Miss Teen South Carolina

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Upton has said that after her video went viral, she went through years of severe bullying and death threats, and contemplated suicide. But she got to appear on "The Amazing Race," national modeling campaigns and commercials. She is now a real estate agent in Los Angeles and like such as.

Leave Britney Alone

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In 2007, Chris Crocker had been making comedy videos for a year. During Britney Spears' meltdown, his mother was also struggling with a meth addiction (which he did not disclose at the time). With the two women he most looked up to both going through hard times, Chris took to YouTube to defend Britney in a clip that racked up 2 million views in one day.

Leave Britney Alone

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Crocker has since shot a reality show (which didn't work out), starred in an HBO documentary ("Me @ The Zoo") and dabbled in porn. He has deleted his YouTube account because he was sick of trolls sending death threats, but he still posts videos to Facebook.

Pokemon Theme Music Video

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Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox rose to fame by passionately lip-syncing the lyrics to the nostalgic favorite on their channel, called Smosh (started by Anthony after he created a website of the same name). They made other videos for "Mortal Kombat," "Ninja Turtles," "Transformers" and produced comedy videos.

Pokemon Theme Music Video

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Hecox and Padilla starred in "Smosh: The Movie" and voiced characters in "Angry Birds: The Movie." Smosh's YouTube channel has more than 22 million subscribers and releases new content weekly. Anthony left Smosh in June 2017 to pursue a solo channel, which has more than 2.5 million subscribers.

Keyboard Cat

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In 1984, Charlie Schmidt's giant orange tabby, lovingly named Fatso, donned a baby shirt and tickled the ivories in a video that would be uploaded to YouTube 23 years later. Sadly, Fatso died in 1987 and, much like Vincent van Gogh before her, never had the chance to experience her fame in her lifetime.

Keyboard Cat

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On a happy note, Schmidt has since adopted a new tubby tabby named Bento, and Bento is #Blessed with his own musical talents. 48.8 million views.

Bed Intruder Song

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Antoine Dodson shot to viral superstardom after a local news report from his Alabama housing project caught viewers' attention. His energetic interview was turned into remixes warning his neighbors of the alleged attempted rapist who broke into his sister's room.

Bed Intruder Song

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The "Bed Intruder Song" reached No. 89 on Billboard's Hot 100 List. Dodson had cameos in "A Madea Christmas," "The Cleveland Show" and "Tosh.0." He is currently married and has a son. He still posts YouTube videos and is a big fan of Donald Trump.

David After Dentist

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David Devore Jr. was only 7 when he appeared on our screens drugged up and out of his mind after a visit to the dentist in 2009. His famous line, "Is this real life?" became a quotable everyday phrase in our.

David After Dentist

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Devore's dad was still uploading videos to the family's YouTube channel as recently as September 2016. Wanna feel old? One of those videos features David Jr. driving.

Numa Numa

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In 2004, 19-year-old Gary Brolsma rocked the internet when he busted some sick moves to Moldovan pop group O-Zone's peppy bop "Dragostea din tei."

Numa Numa

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Brolsma went on to star in a 2009 Geico ad, a 2010 Super Bowl ad for Vizio and was even parodied on "South Park." He has apparently received countless marriage proposals from women in Romania. He currently dabbles in making music and, as of 2013, works in digital marketing.

Boom Goes the Dynamite

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19-year-old Brian Collins of Ball State University charmed the world with his horrendously awkward live newscast, during which he coined the phrase, "Boom goes the dynamite!" At first he was mortified as the clip circulated, but he received a call from ESPN's Scott Van Pelt saying, "If this is the worst thing that ever happens to you, you'll be good."

Boom Goes the Dynamite

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Collins graduated in 2008 with a degree in telecommunications and got sweet vindication when he landed a reporter job with an ABC affiliate in Waco, Texas. He then worked for a local news site. Brian's LinkedIn says he was a content producer in 2011, though that may be outdated.

Shoes

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Liam Kyle Sullivan skyrocketed to Internet fame in one of the very first viral videos, "Shoes," in which he played material girl Kelly. He didn't even understand what YouTube was at the time and didn't see it until someone copied "Shoes" from his personal website and uploaded it. Liam went on to write more Kelly videos and do a comedy tour with Margaret Cho.

Shoes

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Liam has since gotten married, has a daughter and works as a video editor. He has contemplated starting up his channel again. Last year, he posted a brief tribute to Kelly.

7-Year-Old Takes Car on Joyride

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Little Latarian Milton was interviewed by the local news after he took his grandmother's car and drove around with his friend doing "hoodrat things" because "it's fun to do bad things." A few weeks later, he attacked his poor grandma in a Walmart when she wouldn't buy him chicken wings.

7-Year-Old Takes Car on Joyride

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Unfortunately, in May of this year, 16-year-old Latarian was involved in more crime when he acted as the getaway driver as his friends robbed their Lyft driver and forced. He went to juvenile court over the incident.

Evolution of Dance

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Motivational speaker/comedian Judson Laipply danced into hearts across the globe with his epic video in 2006. It got big right as YouTube was really getting started and Judson ended up being invited to panels at NBC to discuss digital content and copyright laws.

Evolution of Dance

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Judson regrets nothing, but wishes he had come up with a merchandise line or replied better to his fans and sent them free merchandise. He embraces his viral past and even posted an updated Evolution of Dance last year.

JK Wedding Entrance Dance

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Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz broke the Internet in 2009 when they had their wedding party dance to Chris Brown's "Forever." They intended to send the video to family and friends who couldn't make the wedding, but it spread like wildfire instead. The dance was even referenced during Jim and Pam's wedding in The Office. We don't have an updated photo, but now Jill is a criminal justice lawyer and Kevin is a lawyer. They regretted using the Chris Brown song after the video blew up because it was only a few months after he abused Rihanna. Sony made a copyright claim on the video, so any money earned went back to them and Brown. Jill and Kevin set up a donation site for the Sheila Wellstone Institute (an anti-domestic-violence group) and they've raised about $60,000 over the years.

The Landlord

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Funny or Die's debut video starred Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and McKay's little daughter Pearl as the landlord. Immediately, Adam and his wife were approached by People magazine, Ellen Degeneres' show and a Jackie Chan movie asking if Pearl would appear. They rejected every offer.

The Landlord

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Now, Pearl is twelve and takes drama classes at her middle school. She hopes to get more involved with acting and cites Jennifer Lawrence as someone in the business she admires.