How To Get Famous in 30 Seconds

All you need is a camera, a computer and enough nerve to step into the almost-anything-goes world of viral videos


A still from the short video "Lazy Sunday" showing Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg.

Oct. 6, 2001, was the night that would make David Bernal famous, although he didn't know it at the time. He was 21 and a senior at California State University at Long Beach, majoring in art and illustration and doing a little break dancing on the side. On the night in question he had been hired to perform at a Korean-American talent show in Los Angeles. There's a grainy amateur video of the event in which you can see him mumble his name into the microphone and then do his thing for about 60 sec.

The audience goes insane. Those watching can't...

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