Thursday, May 13th, 2010

"Worst Wedding DJ Ever": An Internet Video Sensation, Examined

work or shoot?In the past 24 hours, a clip entitled "Worst Wedding DJ EVER!" has crossed my transom multiple times, usually accompanied by an exhortation like "Too Funny!" or "OMG." In the clip, some guy in an ill-fitting suit is inspired to use some… unconventional percussion while he's leading a conga line through its motions from the stage. As with many funny videos that just happen to surface on YouTube, I had one important question: Was the thing real, or was it just stealth marketing for some TV show coming to a high-numbered cable channel this summer? I put my head together with Awl Internet Expert Miles Klee and we tried to figure things out.

Miles Klee: While I did spend a summer as a caterer of tasteless New Jersey weddings and could easily imagine this epic Phil Collins "cross-fade," it seems clear to me that we switch from diagetic music to non-. You can see that our stardust emcee is clapping to a different beat, and the boob solo, while it should be heavily reverbed, doesn't match up either.

Maura Johnston: I am guessing that he was playing, ahem, "bongos" along to "Conga" and the Phil was edited in later. But don't you think the setup itself is kind of odd? Specifically, what DJ company would allow an employee to wear jorts in such a public way at a wedding??

Miles: Oh man, you've really only been to classy weddings, haven't you. The ones where the worst thing that goes wrong is like two drunk ladies doing the Dirty Dancing routine at the end of the night while their husbands methodically consume all the untouched cake slices on Table 16? As far as I'm concerned this guy slapped a Kinko's poster (featuring an oddly militant John Mccain '08 star) on a podium and sold himself as a professional, then told his wife/girlfriend/familiar to stop by at the Veterans' Hall to pick him up around 11pm because the reception would probably be over by then. Only, surprise, he got offered an extra $50 to keep the music going till midnight and she just had to wait around until such time as a) the party dies, or b) she can be used as a prop.

Maura: Oh God, that makes so much sense! And yet… and yet. Part of me still wonders if it isn't some sort of viral video ad for, say, an upcoming Comedy Central project, or a Party Down spinoff about hapless DJs.

Miles: Yes, I was instantly struck by parallels with the infamous wedding singer scene from Old School, right down to the goatee, at which point I felt I was tackling a chicken-or-the-egg problem.

Because part of what makes that Old school scene great is the knowledge that spectacularly bad wedding singers/bands/DJs do exist-I might go so far as to say comprise a tyrannical majority?-and that probably one in particular was the inspiration for that timeless rendition of "Total Eclipse Of The Heart." But I think this inkling has more to do with the video's fairly ingenious editing, which, wow, I had forgotten what slo-mo is for.

Maura: I'd totally forgotten about that scene! did you know that the Glee version of Total Eclipse is No. 16 on the Hot 100 this week?

Sometimes I wonder if any videos like this can be real at all. Although obviously some of them are! Like the "Kid Sings 'Paparazzi'" clip from earlier this week, which in 48 hours went from 19,000 views to something like 8 million, on the local news after American Idol last night, the kid's getting advice from Gaga on Ellen, etc. I guess there were just a bunch of odd details that didn't add up — like, why would someone have chosen that moment to tape that part of the wedding? Maybe it was a videographer who was being paid to shoot the whole thing, but in this economy would someone really jeopardize his job for lulz?

Miles: My experience with Glee begins and ends with me cringingly buying one of the CDs for my little sister this past Christmas, and I will never speak of it again. But as to the video's origin, my theory is: There was no professional involved. Instead the only relative who owned a camera was tasked with recording whatever they could. This person then got drunk and forgot to record anything, remembered toward the end of the festivities that they were supposed to, grabbed the nearest geeky-looking wiseass of a nephew and ordered him to get some footage.

At least that's how they do it in my family.

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The Machines (#4,795)


A glitch in the matrix?

Eureka Street (#1,349)

You get way too much credit on the dance floor for your robot. I want to see you try the human.

C_Webb (#855)

The woman getting bongoed looks an awful lot like the woman sitting on the edge of the stage, although the one sitting down is dressed as a guest. Which reveals … nothing. I just thought it was interesting.

Tuna Surprise (#573)

The Phil Collins is not original to the video. But it's plausible that a lady who wears jorts would also wear a bra that has lost so much of its elasticity that her boobs can be bongos.

And then there's this:

My verdict: plausible.

C_Webb (#855)

Any lady's boobs can be bongos, honey. You just gotta be invited to play them, and most of us prefer that it not be onstage at the Ramada. Oh, and better lighting.

saythatscool (#101)

Ok, I am not sure but note the Stardust Entertainment handmade sign on the lectern.

Stardust entertainment has a facebook account here:

They are officially "Stardust Entertainment w/Jamie & Sherrye" and based in Meridien KS.

Here's the happy couple:

What say ye? Is that the same couple that's in the video?

Miles Klee (#3,657)

HAHA yes, there is no doubt in my mind

beatrixkiddo1 (#2,988)

Jeez, the first time I watched this video I didnt even notice the boob slapping, I just thought he was the worst for following the conga line with Phil Collins. I mean, total downer right?

Matt (#26)


KenWheaton (#401)

I know who I'm hiring for my next wedding.

Eureka Street (#1,349)

I don't think she's looking for work. But you could always propose.

hugesunglasses (#2,696)

That's twice this week I've had to put up with "The Ham Game."

"I got the meat!"

MaryHaines (#3,666)

The complete lack of reaction from the lady/drumkit is what makes this truly dark. It's just a thing he does. She spends most of her time in her happy place.

balsa_wood (#465)

+1 to Miles Klee for the use of "diagetic." -0.5 for spelling it wrong.

I'd say the video's real–because if it weren't, the director would be canny/tasteful enough to not bring in the stupid Phil Collins music cue. Keep in mind what a video like this, if staged, would entail: ten to fifteen extras, costuming, babies, and a couple gifted deadpan actors. Subtle, but elaborate.

The boob hitting is remarkable. Her nonreaction is so strange, so depressing. Is this a sex thing? I'd like to think this is a sex thing. A little amuse bouche for what comes later. Or maybe it's his sister…?

In short, I love this video–hopefully the videographer will release a version without the stupid music cue. (even though that's the kind of thing that gets the ROFL's on YouTube…where diegesis fidelity rarely becomes an issue…)

I'd also like to say that I think that is a jean skirt. Quasi-formal.

nacho_supreme (#4,946)

I thought the Phil Collins dub was obvious. It was edited in to accompany the boob drum solo, right? And I also assumed this was an innocent wedding guest, patiently/excitedly waiting to put in her request for the Macarena when she was so rudely/hilariously interrupted by the act of public molestation.

Jimmy Theismann (#4,954)

The tags of the video include Daytona so I assume we should be looking for a Daytone area based DJ.

The slow-mo fade out is what makes it for me. It's so melancholy with the song continuing to play, such a depressing atmosphere of forced jollity.

NEW: worstdjever has uploading another video of the DJ singing.

Jimmy Theismann (#4,954)

LMAO at new homepage messages.


"This is for the people who can't read."

Sherrye Keyes (#5,054)

There is more than 1 Stardust Entertainment in this Nation my dear. If my husband behaved like this, there would not be a happy couple. This is the first time I have seen this video and can tell you, that is not me or my husband. I am totally embarrased for the lady in this video.

For an awesome karaoke DJ experience give us a call. But, be careful who you point fingers at. Have a great day!

Darla Kay (#7,825)

Wow, he's terrible. I would definitely have hired a different guy for my garden wedding.

fb100002234861153 (#10,785)

Finding a good wedding videographer is tough these days. Here is where I had my wedding videography done.

I actually know Jamie and Sherrye and this is not them. They do own stardust entertainment in KS but this video has nothing to do with them. Just the head's up so that they don't get a bad rep.

Nope not Stardust from Meriden KS. Sherrye is my mother, and that is definitely not her, or Jamie. This is awful.

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