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With this singing crocodile, we have reached peak one-man-band on YouTube

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Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 9, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 9:30 am CDT

You’ve probably stumbled across the one-man band fad on YouTube: One person records every instrument and all the vocals in a song, then splices them together into a single video.

Well, we think they’ve finally reached their peak, thanks to a one-man (er, puppet) band out of Saudi Arabia.

The mastermind behind the singing crocodile is Fahad Albutairi, a comedian who’s been called “the Jerry Seinfeld of Saudi Arabia.” He started the popular Saudi YouTube channel La Yekthar, where the crocodile puppet frequently appeared. The show’s success allowed the crocodile to get his own spin-off channel, titled Temsa7LY, where he has been entertaining millions over the past year.

Albutairi’s singing, Arabic crocodile has been viewed by almost 1 million people.

You may not understand what he’s singing, but that doesn’t matter. It’s catchy as hell.

Correction: Ibrahim Al-Kairallah created the crocodile puppet, not Fahad Albutairi as previously reported. We regret the error. 

Photo via Temsa7LY/YouTube

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*First Published: Aug 9, 2013, 2:11 pm CDT