Viral Video

May 22, 2006  •  Post A Comment

TelevisionWeek is trawling video-sharing Web sites to find the hottest clips spreading on the Internet.

The setup: “Lazy Ramadi” features two U.S. National Guardsmen stationed in Iraq performing their version of the “Saturday Night Live” rap video parody “Lazy Sunday” (which itself became a viral video sensation after airing in December). The video is shot on the outskirts of the central Iraq city of Ramadi, where, as the guardsmen rap, “Insurgency-it is happenin’!”

The source: The video was created by National Guard Staff Sgts. Josh Dobbs and Matt Wright, both 34 and hailing from Muncie, Ind. “SNL’s” “Lazy Sunday” spawned a “West Coast Response,” which in turn spawned a “Middle America Response” called “Lazy Muncie.” That inspired the guardsmen to make “Lazy Ramadi,” a “Middle East Response,” for friends and family, who posted it online. Last Thursday the pair appeared on “The Tonight Show.”

The hits: Though “Lazy Ramadi” is a parody of a parody of a parody, it has still managed to sweep video-sharing sites. The video was posted May 12 on iFilm. Before the guardsmen’s “Tonight Show” appearance, the video had racked up about 100,000 views on iFilm and about 100,000 on YouTube.

Video: “Lazy Ramadi”