There’s so much drama in the NBC, both on and off of the TV screen, but luckily they have a little comedy to help restore some balance, the kind of comedy that sees them take their own footage and turn it into a viral joke.
Most of those jokes can be found through their leading late-night programme The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where amongst a number of regular features the host has run an occasional segment where he has gradually created an unintentional rap superstar in the form of NBC newsreader Brian Williams, through the power of a backing track and strenuous editing.
This week, fans of ‘Bri-Wi’ would be pleased to see twice the dose of their presenter, who has embraced his new calling and appeared as a guest on Fallon’s show a day after his latest video was premiered.
The latest segment of “Brian Williams Raps”, aired at the start of this week, is noted as being one of the series’ longest, as he handles the opening minute of 1994 Snoop Dogg track “Gin and Juice”, incredibly composed of points in 5 years’ worth of archives in which he said the words in the lyrics, even including two more of his crew for a synchronised chorus.
The real star of this unusual combination is the editing team behind it, but the faces that made it popular would meet the day after Williams appeared as one of Fallon’s guests, complaining over his lack of input on the productions with song requests for future ones, but telling stories of his promotion to fame within the hip-hop community since the show’s bizarre trend started.
The videos in full of Williams’ most recent performance and his interview can be seen below, either side of a comparison to the real thing:
While it remains to be seen whether his music can have a similar infectious effect on Bri-Wi, it would be a lot to live up to, as Snoop Dogg is one of those people who can remain effortlessly cool whatever he puts his hand to: