Take a look at this man:
This is a man who has life by the balls.
After scoring a gig hosting Channel Ten’s The Project at the end of last year, Waleed Aly has quickly established himself as one of the most charismatic and intelligent voices on Australian TV, offering insightful commentary on some of the nation’s most controversial topics.
The most resonant of which was his impassioned, articulate and logical call for calm and reason in the face of the devastating Paris terror attacks.
Since The Project posted the clip online, it’s racked up an insane 28 million Facebook views, made headlines worldwide and was nominated for a Walkley, Australia’s most prestigious journalism award.
But not only is Waleed a swashbuckler of social issues, a Walkley-nominated wordsmith and a viral internet sensation, he’s also a bloody good musician.
Waleed plays in a band called Robot Child, and even though he didn’t win the Walkley for his rousing speech against the Islamic State, he and his band still stole the show.
They busted out a cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb, complete with a dead-on guitar solo from Waleed.
The journalists who weren’t too busy mumbling something about how they could have done that too if they’d really wanted to, posted plenty of praise for Waleed’s work on social media.
— Quentin Dempster (@QuentinDempster) December 3, 2015
— Marcus Strom (@strom_m) December 3, 2015
So I'm at a fancy award ceremony and Waleed Aly is playing Pink Floyd covers. Pretty sure I've had this dream before #walkleys
— Annabel Crabb (@annabelcrabb) December 3, 2015
So, it may interest you to know Waleed Aly really knows how to play guitar. #Walkleys
— John Bergin (@theburgerman) December 3, 2015
As if Waleed Aly isn't talented enough he is now on lead guitar rocking Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb at the #walkleys
— Kate McClymont (@Kate_McClymont) December 3, 2015
— Erin Vincent (@ErinVincent1) December 3, 2015
— Jules Morrow (@julesmorrow) December 3, 2015
There’s also a dodgy video of the whole thing (but still worth a watch) thanks to mUmBRELLA. Skip to the 2 minute mark to feel truly disappointed with your life and all of your accomplishments to date.
Watch: Waleed Aly Nails Solo From Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb