Is the hilarious ChatRoulette piano improviser really Ben Folds? (Well, no)

My interest in the world of ChatRoulette ended the second I realized that it did not, in fact, involve gambling. But then, today, I saw the fantastic clip of a piano-playing gent improvising songs about whatever strangers happened to appear on his CR-assisted computer screen. “Reclining dude in a white tank top/Leaning his head on his hands,” croons our ivory-tinkler, when faced with just that image, “Semi-Italian-looking/Just like his parents planned!”

But who is this masked (or rather, bespectacled) man? Our colleagues over at New York magazine’s Vulture blog are suggesting he is none other than piano-playing pop star Ben Folds. Why?  Because “he sings like Ben Folds, he plays piano like Ben Folds, and he looks like Ben Folds.” It’s a compelling argument, and we would also point out that this is exactly the sort of thing that the arch songsmith and William Shatner collaborator would do.

UPDATE: Ben Folds’ publicist tells us that his client is not the ChatRoulette improviser. Still hilarious, though!

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  • Ambee

    I had a moment where I thought that guy looks like Ben Folds, but no way did I actually think it was him… so I’m going to tentatively say no.

  • KT

    I don’t think it’s Ben Folds. While he is really spectacular at making up songs on the fly (he’s done it all 14 times I’ve seen him in concert), I just don’t think it’s him. He’s starting his spring tour and finishing up the album with Nick Hornby, so he probably doesn’t have the time.

  • MrFord

    I don’t think that it’s Ben Folds. It doesn’t really sound like him, who knows maybe he changed his voice for singing. He does play like Ben Folds though, I’ll give you that.

  • Deric Davis

    This guy is funny, but does not look, sound, or play anything like Ben Folds. The only commonality is the piano. Seriously.

  • Zoe

    Plays like him and resembles him, but the voice is different. It’s not quite Ben Folds’ voice. Actually, at times the voice sounds a lot like Jimmy Fallon singing.

  • Jan

    As they say, if it looks like a duck, sings like a duck and plays piano like a duck, than it must be Ben Folds. Definitely something he would do. Hilarious!

  • Chris Miller

    Ben Folds has way more chops, both playing and singing, and would be playing a better piano that had been tuned. And the author of the video says it’s not Ben Folds.

  • Americanpye

    I think it’s Josh Groban…people underestimate him all the time…that IS something he would do…he has a wicked sense of humor and he plays the piano…the youtube video states it’s not Ben Folds.

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