Viral Videos: The Rock’s wedding surprise and David Letterman says goodbye

22 May 2015

David Letterman

This week in viral videos, The Rock officiates a surprise wedding, one overly-eager guy gets dumped on Graham Norton, and it’s so long to talk show icon David Letterman

About 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, 500 years of video watched on Facebook every day, and more than 700 YouTube videos shared on Twitter each minute, ensuring there is always video trending on the web.

With so much video available for viewing, we take a look at some of the viral videos that have caught our eye this week.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s wedding surprise

Nick Mundy and The Rock – they’ve got a thing going on. Having forged a powerful bromance with Nick over a series of junket interviews and other promo spots, The Rock jumped at the opportunity to take part in a surprise set up by the folks at Screen Junkies.

Arriving at a hotel to interview his favourite wrestler-turned-actor, Nick ended up walking down the aisle at his own wedding, officiated by none other than The Rock himself.

There’s a few minutes of set-up to get through, but the payoff is very funny and pretty cute. Ever the professional, The Rock of course manages to shoehorn a plug for his forthcoming movie San Andreas into the ceremony.


 Uploaded: 21 May 2015


Guy gets rejected on The Graham Norton Show

Here’s a bro who needs a serious lesson in keeping it ice cold. Having seen his date, Jess, cancel on him so she could go watch The Graham Norton Show live, Thomas first tweeted his displeasure to the talk show’s official account, and then, followed her to the studio.

With Norton having already probed Jess for her side of the story, Thomas later turned up in the show’s Red Chair, where members of the public each week tell a story to the host and his celebrity panel.

Asked whether she would give Thomas another chance or, quite literally, dump him, Jess left the honours to Kylie Minogue, who pulled Graham’s famous lever on the hapless singleton. Now that is cold blooded.


 Uploaded: 19 May 2015


Best Dunk Of All Time? 6’1 Jordan Kilganon hits ‘Lost And Found’

Every year some of the best dunkers in the NBA come together for the Slam Dunk Contest, where in front of a packed arena and live TV audience they’re judged not only on form and athleticism, but ingenuity too.

Few have ever bettered this effort from amateur player (but self-described “professional dunker”) Jordan Kilganon. In a local gym to an audience of about six lads, Kilganon executes what he calls the ‘Lost And Found’, a self alley-oop performed mid-dunk with the same hand!

You might miss it on the first go-around, but stick around for the replays.


Uploaded: 17 May 2015


Car sing-along goes badly

A moving car is not a recording studio, you guys. To punctuate that point, here’s a video of a foursome singing along to Player’s 1977 hit Baby Come Back captured via a selfie-stick.

The rendition is so excruciating, that the car seems to take things into its own hands in an attempt to stop the group.

Don’t worry, nobody gets hurt. Though you’ll wish the inevitable ending would come along far, far sooner than it does.


 Uploaded: May 19 2015


Vin Diesel breakdancing

This clip of Vin Diesel breakdancing was posted online years ago, but has, for whatever reason, received a boost in internet attention recently (like four different people have sent it to me, a huge Vin fan, in the past week).

If you’ve never seen the video before, prepare to add “amazing dancer” to the actor, writer, director and all-round social media deity’s repertoire of gifts.

Seriously, is there anything Vin can’t do? I wouldn’t argue if the Irish government wanted to put his face on our money.


 Uploaded: 14 June 2006


David Letterman’s final thank you and good night

David Letterman called time on a brilliant career this week, broadcasting the final show of a television career that has spawned 33 years across two US TV networks, making him the longest-serving late night talk show host in American history.

The final episode of CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman – the comedian’s home since 1993 – was a star-studded extravaganza, which included a performance from Foo Fighers and appearances from 10 celebs for ‘Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say to David Letterman”, the final instalment of his trademark ‘Top 10’ segment.

But the evening’s end was appropriately emotional, with Dave thanking the writers, staff, family and friends who helped him along the way. The man himself played it cool, getting in a final handful of gags to ensure he left his audience with a few laughs before thanking them and signing off one final time.

God speed, Mr Letterman.


Uploaded: 21 May 2015

Dean Van Nguyen was a contributor to Silicon Republic