Best of the Web: You must watch these amateur videos

15558__absb_lTo become an Internet celebrity nowadays, all it takes is a webcam, the surgical removal of one’s sense of shame, and a dream. What was once the province of private pranks and interoffice in-jokes has become a worldwide viral sensation. Witness the hundreds of thousands of hits garnered by some of our favorites below (all of which are easily Google-able):

1. Chinese Guys Sing the Backstreet Boys: Two Beijing university students (left) Want It That Way. Wearing Houston Rockets jerseys (for countryman Yao Ming), the pair perform an exuberant lip-synching duet in their dorm room, while an apparently clueless friend sits with his back to the camera, working away at his computer. Grade: A

2. Man Dancing at Best Buy: A security camera catches a dad-like dude getting down in the aisles of Best Buy.  Nice to see a guy who’s probably there to buy a new alarm clock has more than a little Fosse in him. Grade: B+

3. Numa Numa Dance: Chubby teenager chair-dances to an addictably catchy and ridiculousRomanian pop song (New Jersey-ite Gary Brolsma, who performs, isapparently none too happy with his resultant fame). Highly recommendedwith the optional English subtitles. Grade: A-

4. Air Force Academy Dancer: A cadet plants a hidden camera and nails his roommate busting serious Night at the Roxbury moves. The soundtrack segues from 50 Cent’s "In Da Club" to early ’90s C+C Music Factory gem "Everybody Dance Now." Wait for the reveal at the end. Grade: A

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  • EP Sato

    I didn’t get too watch anything other than the Chinese guys, but my friends, this is a great time waster! I know all ya’ll are going to be looking for something to blow away a few minutes on Monday and this is procrasto-gold!

  • jcoop

    1. and 4. are absolute classics! i couldn’t catch my breath from laughing. i hope the air force dude gets some offers from dance academies.

  • kj

    i love the air force guy. he’s really gotta dance! props to the BSB for transcending all cultural and language barriers. superb!

  • Stacey

    BSB is not something *I* would think to try to headbang to, but these guys are good as gold. Wow. And to think, they rocked out like that without the other basketball jersey clad roommate even looking up from his computer game. :)

  • Celeste

    Chinese Boys and Air Force Guy totally rock. You go, boys! Watch out, Justin Timberlake.

  • Feeb

    Never have I loved humanity more.

  • Kyle

    Thank you, Chinese Guys, for showing us just how cheesy the Backstreet Boys really are!!!

  • Vivi

    #1 deserves an A+. Damn, that was something funny. And what makes it more funny is that dude on the computer never once turned around. Not once! How he did that, I do not know. Probably got to use to it. Something tells me this duo does it on a regular basis.
    #4 was nice as well. Homeboy’s dance moves were just all over the place. One minute, he’s getting it next minute he’s looking like Mark Madsen at the Laker’s Championship Parade.

  • Vivi

    Oh, and another thing: Long live BSB!!! :)

  • Peggy

    All of them are great! but when compared here, the first one absolutely rocks! Maybe the guy at the back really got used to them dancing and singing because I found two other videos done by the duo:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8890993777704907613&q=bsb
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4632099743779242066&q=chinese+undergraduates

  • Kyle

    Haha! Thanks for that, Peggy! No wonder that guy never turned around. They probably did that for EVERY Backstreet Boy song!

  • Justin

    LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! #1 and #4 are the best. Go Air Force boy!

  • prboogie

    i love #1 because after seeing the other 2 links, i realize how much backstreet boys they’ve committed to memory and just think that in itself is hilarious.
    i have to say i’ve been known to rock out to them a little bit myself and it’s good to know cheesiness knows no color.

  • Adel

    BSB Chinese boys are fantastic, they are so funny, unbelievbale! I love it! If anyone knows where to find more things about them, any information or sg please write me an email coz i really love them :) read@freemail.hu
    Thanx a lot

  • Stephanie

    http://www.tian.cc/2005/10/asian-backstreet-boys.html
    their called the back dorm (dormitory) boys

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