Gary Brolsma: "Numa Numa"
A very animated lip-syncing and dancing performance known as "Numa Numa" catapulted Gary Brolsma to Internet fame in 2004. Brolsma's simple clip of himself silently singing along with a tune by the Moldovan pop group O-Zone became one of the Web's most popular viral videos, spawning countless parodies and sequels.
Four years later, "Numa" remains focus of Brolsma's life. Since his initial performance, Brolsma has been busily working on a complete "Numa Network," which he describes as an online channel "almost like a television station, only broadcast right on YouTube." He also runs a computer repair and Web design company and sings for a band called Nonetheless.
"It's all fun," Brolsma says. "I enjoy making people smile." I resisted the impulse to ask whether Brolsma's band actually covers (or for that matter, lyp-syncs) "Numa."