It turns out that incredible viral video of one guy doing 29 Celebrity Impressions, from Gwen Stefani to Kermit The Frog, all in the space of one original song was quite literally too good to be true.
As it inevitably turns out, the video’s star Rob Cantor did not actually pull off all the impressions in the song, having himself revealed in a new video that the song was actually the combined work of eleven impressionists and one trumpet player.
Cantor told Jezebel he was just looking for a clever way to promote his music, which obviously worked. “My intentions were noble — I only lied in order trick honest, hardworking Americans into giving me their time and money,” he said. “I just wanted to make something that would be fun to watch and spread my music.” The video received nearly 7 million views on YouTube in less than 10 days.
“I cannot do a single celebrity impression,” Rob admits in the new making-of video, which is also very impressive. Cantor managed to fool the Internet by separately recording the impressionists’ work and later painstakingly dubbing those cuts over his lip-synched version of the original song.
Watch: The Making of “29 Celebrity Impressions, 1 Original Song”
Watch: 29 Celebrity Impressions, 1 Original Song