THE GODFATHER OF LIP-SYNC
There’s an article written by Staff Writer Scott Collins in the June 19, 2006 addition of the Los Angeles Times.
The article is about Brooke Brodack, a 20-year old receptionist from Massachusetts who goes by the moniker, “Crazed Fan.” After posting her very funny video skits on YouTube.com, she got a call from the producer of NBC’s late-night show “Last Call.” It seems that “One of Brodack’s videos, “Crazed Numa Fan!!!!,” a wry takeoff on the Internet lip-syncing craze … has been viewed more than 1.4 million times since October.”
According to “Last Call” star Carson Daly, “Her directing, her use of music – it was very MTV to me.” The article goes on to say “Carson Daly Productions signed Brodack to an 18-month overall programming development deal.”
I’ve seen Brooke Brodack’s lip-sync act and agree it is very funny and creative. She deserves to get noticed. 1.4 million hits? You bet!
However, that is not what caught my attention. It was the words “The Internet lip-syncing craze” that got to me. It struck me that perhaps my time has arrived once again. There’s an old saying, “What goes around, comes around.” Well, I’m still going around and have no doubt whatsoever who started the lip-sync craze (MTV indeed!). Does the name Lloyd Thaxton strike a familiar note? My apologies to James Brown, but I am the Godfather of Lip-sync. The picture above was The Godfather lip-syncing “Cara Mia” by Jay and The Americans way back in 1965.
Think about this: I, Lloyd Thaxton, have a huge (HUGE!!!) advantage over all those 20-something lip-sync upstarts like Brooke Brodack. At my age, I don’t need to put on special makeup, funny helmets and outrageous costumes to appear silly.