Coping with Internet infamy

By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 17, 2006

It is pure kitsch. And pure unadulterated genius.

But is it the real Brian Atene? First, a message sent to his YouTube account went unanswered. And then, on Tuesday, someone else, using the screen name “juilliardropout” posted beneath the original Atene audition: “I’m Brian Atene. I’m your Walter Mitty. . . . I’m still as over-the-top as Shatner’s waistline. . . . I’ll tell you the complete and amazing history of this astonishingly bad audition tape. Yep. Brian Atene is making another video.”

Awesome. Aleksey Vayner should take notes.

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