June 11, 2007, - 5:16 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
On Friday, I mentioned Jake Byrd (actor and “Jimmy Kimmel Show” writer, Anthony “Tony” Barbieri), the hilarious comedian from the “Jimmy Kimmel Show” who pretends to be a Paris Hilton fan (and a Michael Jackson fan). As I write this, the term “Jake Byrd” is number one in Hot Trends of Google–with “Volcanic” level of hotness as a search term. (Barbieri a/k/a Byrd inserts himself into a lot of news stories, and sometimes, serious news outlets buy it, as when BET did, buying into his fake persona as a Chino, California tropical fish salesman and Michael Jackson fan.)
These videos, mocking the hype, are way too funny (if you can watch only one, watch the first one):
Bonus video: Comedian Jake Byrd collects signatures for “Free Paris Hilton” petition . . .
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