I have never used Chatroulette -- because the idea of randomly connecting with perfect strangers in order to engage in the highly unpleasant activity of video chatting pretty much sounds like my worst nightmare except presumably it doesn't involve spiders -- but I absolutely love the Chatroulette pranks floating around the web. Particularly when they result in a glorious collection of magic and wonder and holiday cheer, like this amazing performance titled "All I Want for Christmas Is You (Chatroulette Version)."
It's Mariah Carey's warbling voice, but she's not exactly the one on camera. The song is passionately lampooned by Internet comedian Steve Kardynal, who takes great pleasure from surprising the hell out of his unwitting collaborators. Seeing Kardynal gyrating around in Santa-themed drag is pretty funny, but it's the reactions from Chatroulette users that make this video pure gold.
So there's not much of a setup I need to give you for this clip -- it's basically Kardynal in a Santa dress and blonde wig, lip-syncing Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" via Chatroulette. Sounds pretty silly, right? Well, Mr. Grinch, I dare you to watch this video without grinning like a damn fool by the end:
I mean, come on. How great was that? I love the people that start out with a glazed, sorta-bored expression, and end up completely charmed by the bizarre vision of a bearded man mincing around a Christmas tree. Even better: the people that get up and start singing and dancing along with him.
I really couldn't love this more. Thank you, Steve Kardynal. It came without ribbons! It came without tags! / It came without packages, boxes, or bags! / And then the true meaning of Christmas came through / And Chatroulette delighted all of YouTube, plus two!
What did you think of this video? And by the way, have you seen his "Wrecking Ball" parody?
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