Viral videos of the week: Will Ferrell battles Chad Smith and Morgan Freeman sucks helium

25 May 2014

Still from 'Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Drum-Off' by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features a pair of school-age smooth operators, a spontaneous jam session, a bass drop, a drum battle and some helium.

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.

If gay guys said what straight people say

In this video, comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding uses the ‘shit people say’ format and turns it on its head by taking the comments he hears straight people say to gay people and feeds them back to a straight guy from a gay guy. Funny, but also right on the nose, it might make you think about what you say to gay people in future.


Uploaded: 19 May 2014

When will the bass drop?

The Lonely Island teams up with Lil Jon for their latest musical send-up, this time tearing into EDM, the style of music fronted by superstar DJs such as David Guetta and Avicii. Andy Samberg’s Davvinci builds up suspense among his worshipping fans who are so excited for the bass to drop that they just might explode.


Uploaded: 17 May 2014

Amazing jam session

This video racked up over 12m views in less than a week, and the hits just keep coming for this spontaneous musical collaboration. The video starts when an onlooker enjoying a busker’s tune decides to start recording, not knowing that two other passers-by were about to get caught up in the music.


Uploaded: 17 May 2014

Will Ferrell and Chad Smith’s drum-off

In case you’ve never noticed, actor Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith could easily find extra work as each other’s double. Ferrell even went as far as to claim they were one and the same person during a Reddit AMA, and the two appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night US talk show to settle the score once and for all, with a drum battle that needs just a little more cowbell.


Uploaded: 22 May 2014

Baseball fan gives away decoy ball

Watch carefully as this kid woos the girl sitting behind him at a baseball game when he passes her a foul ball that he caught – or did he? Now that’s a smooth move from this young charmer.


Uploaded: 18 May 2014

Kid predicaments

Maybe this five-year-old has pulled a few foul ball switcheroos in his short life, landing him with three girlfriends to juggle. It’s tough being five!


Uploaded: 23 May 2014

Morgan Freeman on helium

And, finally, for everyone who has ever pondered what the iconic voice of Morgan Freeman would sound like on helium: you need ponder no more.


Uploaded: 22 May 2014

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Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.