I was scrolling through something or other recently when I came across the word or name Ylvis and smugly thought to myself, “Someone made a typo.” I figured it must have been the un-handiwork of some young kid who wouldn’t know Elvis if he stumbled upon him walking a hound dog in his blue suede shoes.
Upon closer inspection (and a few more clicks), I realized I am so un-hip and uncool that there is actually a person (thing? group?) named Ylvis. According to their website, Ylvis is a Norwegian singing and comedic duo. They debuted as professional variety artists in 2000 and have since had a string of highly successful variety shows, comedy concerts, television shows, radio shows and music videos.
You know your cool factor is even worse than previously believed when you have to do a Google search on a band (people? group?) that had a video rack up in excess of 260 million hits in a single month on YouTube.
Now that we’ve established that my cool factor isn’t high enough to chart, I couldn’t tell you why the Ylvis song — “What Does the Fox Say” — is so insanely popular. Then again, I have still yet to see the Gangnam video and thought Miley Cyrus’ performance at the VMAs was kind of charming.
What I do get, however, is a “What Does the Fox Say” video parody that was just released called “What Does the Kid Say.” Start talking about whining and poop and you’re speaking my (very-sheltered parent) language. Like the humor in the original, which is based on mediocre singing and inane lyrics, the parody doesn’t fare much better in the voice or acting department, but the lyrics will strike just the right funny-bone note for parents of young kids.
Take a look:
Video credit: YouTube
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