Ben Folds impersonates the Ben Folds ChatRoulette impersonator. But who is funnier?

Revenge is a dish best served… by singing about total strangers, one of whom is sitting on the toilet? Maybe. Last week, a YouTube clip appeared in which a bespectacled gent named “Merton” ad-libbed songs about the people he encountered on ChatRoulette. Merton so resembled Ben Folds that many viewers believed—incorrectly—that it was indeed the arch songwriter. Now Folds has had his revenge by releasing a clip from his show in Charlotte, N.C., last Friday during which he ad-libs songs about the people he encounters on ChatRoulette while clad in a Merton-esque hoodie (and, this time, Folds’ publicist has confirmed that it is actually him). Confused? You won’t be once you check out the two videos.

Who is the winner of this ChatRoulette duel? Well, I’m going to have to say that Merton’s clip is ever so slightly funnier. But the Music Mix is handing this contest to Folds, as he performed his own hilarious, if at times NSFW, vamps in front of 2,000 people.

Watch the clips after the break, and see if you agree.

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Comments (16 total) Add your comment
  • Jen

    Merton, hands down! He did it first and Folds was inspired by the fellow! And, besides the glasses, I don’t understand how anybody can think Mert is Ben! The sound is different, the piano deftness is different, the musical styling is different. Folds dragged on a little too long, while Mert was quicker and more spontaneous.

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  • **

    I always knew Ben Folds was cool. That really just proved it.

  • Penis

    Merton is funnier. Ben folds is still awesome for doing that but I think Merton is hilarious.

  • JillZ

    Who is cooler than Ben Folds?? No one! As for who was better, for me it’s a draw. (Actually, I’m not 100% convinced Merton really wasn’t Ben…)

  • lefty

    ON THE CAN! hahahaa

  • m

    ben folds is pretty awesome.

  • Jake

    Ben folds takes this round.

  • Liz

    When I saw this, it made me love Ben Folds even more. And you can’t really say who’s funnier, because the material you’re given is totally random.

  • CMXA

    I think both are great in their own way, folds

  • Matt

    Think about this… Merton had a collection of different videos what went well. compiled different vids till he had a good vid. Ben Folds did it LIVE no mistakes what you see is what you get! he did it on the spot and that makes him hell better

    • Kris

      @Matt: Folds edited his too…

  • Meredith

    I saw Ben Folds do this live, and it was so much funnier than the other one.

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