YouTube star surprised by success
It was a knock-back from children's television show What Now which helped turn Christchurch comedian David Correos into an internet sensation and Miley Cyrus impersonator.
The 20-year-old funnyman has taken YouTube by storm with his how-to-be-like-Cyrus videos, poking fun at the singer. He currently has more than a million views on the site.
Cyrus has been ridiculed for her explicit dance moves and skimpy outfit at the recent VMA awards and Correos mimicked the starlet's look on the night, as he dressed up in clingfilm with lemons taped to his head.
Her latest hit Wrecking Ball features the singer nakedly riding a wrecking ball, and the self-deprecating Correos has had a crack at that too. In the video, he's wearing slightly more than Cyrus and uses a bowling ball instead of a wrecking ball.
Correos has another string to his bow; tomorrow he attempts to become the country's best super heavyweight Olympic-style weightlifter.
''I used to joke I was the only weightlifting comedian in the country, but then Ben Hurley did that Comedy for Cure Kids thing and did weightlifting on there. So now I have to say I'm the strongest comedian in New Zealand,'' he said.
Correos, who works with special needs children at the Chris Ruth Centre, would like to succeed as both a comedian and weightlifter, and dreams of attending next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
For now, the Cyrus videos are getting him far more exposure.
''It's funny how it happened,'' he said.
''I got down to the last few for the What Now gig, and when I missed out I wanted to do something to cheer me up.
''I'd done media studies at high school and had enjoyed making videos. I got the editing software and digital camera and went from there.''
Correos made a few videos then stopped as they weren't as popular as he'd hoped.
''My mum would 'like' them then I'd 'like' them just so it looked like a couple of people had enjoyed them and after a while even my friends weren't that interested.''
Then came his Cyrus ''hit''. After that went viral, the rest of his YouTube videos became popular too.
New Kiwi music sensation Lorde was ridiculed and even had death threats from Cyrus' fans when she overtook Cyrus in the US charts, so it's somewhat surprising Correos has avoided the backlask of the singer's fans, known as ''Smilers''.
''The videos have an age restriction on them so all her little 13-year-old fans can't see them. It's probably for the best,'' Correos said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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