Some comedians need a microphone. Others use pens or a laptop to generate laughs. And then there are Brandon Armstrong and Maxim Peranidze, who simply use a basketball.
They are better known by their Instagram handles — @bdotadot5 (1.7 million followers) and @maxisnicee (425,000). Each has gained a significant following with humorous and spot-on impersonations of N.B.A. players’ offense, defense and various tics. Along with Carlos Sanford, a former N.C.A.A. Division II player better known as “Famous Los,” they are at the forefront of a burgeoning field of sports comedians who go viral through mimicking.
A recent video by Peranidze, a 21-year-old Los Angeles native who played at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College before being injured, parodied the lengths that Golden State guard Stephen Curry goes to to get open off the ball. Wearing a Curry jersey, Peranidze channeled Curry’s on-court gait, going behind, under and around benches on the sideline. At one point he even ran out of the gym and returned.
That Instagram video, posted in late May, has more than 700,000 views. It caught the eye of Warriors Coach Steve Kerr, who posted on Twitter: “Oh yea, we run that play a lot. We call it ‘fist side.’” The video was aggregated by several sites and ran on “SportsCenter.”
And of course, Curry saw it, too.
“They’re clever — they’re funny,” Curry said after practice earlier this week. “They know how to make people laugh, and obviously they’re hoopheads. They just love the game, and I appreciate when they take something that we do well and it’s a funny moment or whatever and entertain the people.”
Peranidze, who began his impersonation career only five months ago with a video of Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, said he was so invested in his impersonations that he would play pickup games fully in character. The Curry video, Peranidze said, took only a couple of minutes to shoot. He did it in one take. It was fully improvised after watching game film of Curry just once.
“I’m a hooper. I’ve played basketball my whole life,” Peranidze said in an interview. “I’m good at looking at players and easily picking up the small things they do, how they move. So when I see that, I go on the court.”
His other videos include impersonations of Golden State’s All-Stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green and Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez. N.B.A. players often comment on his videos. In response to a Thompson video, Thompson’s teammate Jordan Bell wrote on Instagram: “On point just need the shoulder roll lol.”
While Peranidze is new to all of this, Armstrong, who grew up in Decatur, Ga., was the first to make it mainstream. The video that put him on the map was a 2015 tribute to the fiery on-court persona of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.
Armstrong, 28, has played semiprofessionally overseas and in the United States, including stops in Spain, Australia and the N.B.A.’s developmental league. He has also mocked the tendencies of pickup basketball players. For anyone who has played at a local gym, the video’s bits will be familiar: the strange free-throw routines; baggy-shorts wearers; players who won’t take their headphones off; “the pick up player who DOES THE MOST.” In capturing these moments and characters, he has racked up sponsorships and even a television show with the former N.B.A. All-Star Baron Davis called “WTF Baron Davis” on Fuse.
Others have entered the world of sports comedy in recent years, like YouTube’s Da Kid Gowie and Jesse Jones, better known as “Filayyyy,” who is known for his comical voice-overs.
“No one was doing it before me,” Armstrong said proudly in a phone interview.
Like Peranidze, Armstrong said the tendencies of players were easy to master.
“Man, I don’t need any game film at all,” Armstrong said. “I pretty much know how these players play. Of course, I’ll look at some of the film and see if there are certain types of moves where I have to overexaggerate. But other times, no more than 10 minutes of looking at some highlights and going right to it.”
As Peranidze and Armstrong have shown, playing basketball may be a more universal talent than we realize.
“The only times I watch the games is if I’m interested in the games and I see something in that game where I can make fun of and make super funny,” Armstrong said. Otherwise, Armstrong watches highlights, imports them into iMovie so he can see the play, then hits the court.
None of his videos have taken more than 30 minutes to film, Armstrong said, though fatigue is an issue sometimes, depending on whom he is portraying.
“Especially when I am impersonating these guards? Oh my goodness, like the Kyries and the Steph Currys. It’s so tiring trying to do those. They dribble so well,” Armstrong said, referring to Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving. “It takes a while to get those exactly down, but I do it. I get it down tight.”
N.B.A. players certainly have taken notice of Armstrong’s increasing visibility. His newfound fame earned him a spot in the celebrity game during N.B.A. All-Star weekend in 2017, when he was named the most valuable player.
But no interaction with the stars he mimics has matched one he had in Los Angeles in 2015.
After he began rising to fame that year, Armstrong was in Los Angeles visiting a friend. He was holding a hoverboard and walking to a waiting Uber when he heard someone yell out to him.
“I hear a guy say, ‘Hey bro, you’re a funny dude,’” Armstrong said. He turned around and said thanks. But then he squinted.
“He was like, ‘Yo, what’s up, man?’” Armstrong said. Westbrook, who had been expertly portrayed in all of his glorious intensity in Armstrong’s breakout video, recognized the comedian.
Westbrook, a Los Angeles native, was returning from a Taylor Swift concert and told Armstrong to keep going.
He did. Now Armstrong is more famous than many N.B.A. players.B:
天涯心水论坛【将】【欠】【条】【给】【了】【张】【学】【海】【以】【后】，【莫】【凌】【也】【向】【张】【学】【海】【和】【村】【长】【告】【辞】【了】。 【张】【学】【海】【喊】【住】【莫】【凌】，“【都】【这】【么】【晚】【了】，【要】【不】【你】【去】【老】【师】【家】【里】【住】【一】【晚】【吧】？” 【莫】【凌】【摇】【了】【摇】【头】，【婉】【拒】【道】：“【不】【用】【了】，【谢】【谢】【张】【老】【师】，【我】【住】【的】【不】【远】，【很】【快】【就】【到】【了】。” 【不】【等】【张】【学】【海】【说】【话】，【莫】【凌】【就】【一】【溜】【烟】【跑】【出】【去】【了】。 【张】【学】【海】【摇】【了】【摇】【头】，“【这】【孩】【子】……” 【村】【里】【的】【夜】
【苏】【尔】【祖】【很】【快】【恢】【复】【了】【镇】【定】，【按】【道】【理】【来】【说】【不】【应】【该】【的】，【白】【瑞】【纶】【的】【意】【识】【是】【被】【苏】【尔】【祖】**【了】，【而】【不】【是】【沉】【睡】！ 【自】【己】【的】【灵】【魂】【力】【量】【远】【强】【于】【白】【瑞】【纶】，【在】【自】【己】【的】**【下】【白】【瑞】【纶】【保】【持】【意】【志】【的】【清】【醒】【都】【没】【有】【可】【能】，【但】【是】【白】【瑞】【纶】【刚】【刚】【确】【实】【短】【短】【的】【掌】【握】【回】【了】【身】【体】，【说】【出】【了】【一】【句】：“【那】【加】【上】【我】【呢】？” 【是】【灵】【魂】【特】【殊】【吗】？ 【苏】【尔】【祖】【首】【先】【排】【除】【了】【宝】【物】【的】【原】
“【山】【德】【鲁】【大】【师】，【你】【知】【道】【这】【个】【遗】【迹】【的】【来】【历】【吗】？” 【丁】【风】【他】【们】【沿】【着】【魔】【法】【屏】【蔽】【后】【的】【通】【道】，【走】【了】【很】【长】【一】【段】【路】。【终】【于】【在】【路】【的】【尽】【头】，【看】【到】【了】【一】【处】【城】【堡】【的】【遗】【迹】。 【山】【德】【鲁】【摇】【了】【摇】【头】【说】【道】：“【这】【个】【城】【堡】【遗】【迹】【很】【奇】【怪】，【有】【被】【人】【强】【行】【改】【造】【的】【痕】【迹】。【我】【无】【法】【看】【出】【它】【的】【来】【历】。” 【丁】【风】【把】【目】【光】【看】【向】【佐】【克】【利】，【这】【种】【遗】【迹】【中】【的】【风】【险】，【可】【不】【仅】【来】【自】【暗】
“【没】【问】【题】，【绝】【对】【没】【问】【题】【的】【妈】【妈】！”【奶】【娃】【娃】【瞄】【了】【一】【眼】【喵】【喵】【跟】【沈】【晓】【晓】【手】【里】【的】【板】【砖】。 【小】【身】【子】【麻】【溜】【的】【爬】【下】【去】，【把】【黑】【球】【上】【的】【顾】【莫】【寒】【三】【个】【名】【字】【画】【了】【大】【大】【的】【叉】，【然】【后】【把】【龙】【梓】【言】【三】【个】【字】【填】【在】【了】【上】【面】。 【一】【脸】【乖】【巧】【的】【看】【着】【沈】【晓】【晓】【说】：“【好】【了】，【我】【把】【名】【字】【改】【好】【了】，【以】【后】【的】【话】【你】【就】【是】【我】【妈】【妈】，【他】【就】【是】【我】【爸】【爸】【了】。” 【沈】【晓】【晓】【有】【些】【怀】【疑】：“天涯心水论坛【新】【书】【简】【介】：【我】【叫】【孟】【川】，【今】【年】【十】【五】【岁】，【是】【东】【宁】【府】“【镜】【湖】【道】【院】”【的】【当】【代】【大】【师】【兄】。
【返】【回】【京】【师】【这】【两】【天】，【精】【武】【营】【原】【先】【的】【六】【个】【千】【总】【队】【进】【行】【了】【一】【些】【补】【充】，【现】【在】【全】【部】【满】【员】，【招】【募】【的】【新】【兵】【经】【过】【考】【核】【之】【后】，【选】【用】【一】【千】【五】【百】【人】，【成】【立】【了】【一】【个】【新】【的】【千】【总】【队】，【由】【张】【名】【振】【担】【任】【千】【总】。【而】【董】【琦】【的】【临】【清】【营】【一】【共】【三】【千】【人】，【分】【成】【了】【两】【个】【千】【总】【队】，【任】【命】【了】【新】【的】【千】【总】。 【也】【就】【是】【说】，【现】【在】【精】【武】【营】【一】【共】【有】【九】【个】【千】【总】【队】，【共】【一】【万】【四】【千】【人】。 【左】【柳】【营】
【于】【是】，【众】【人】【看】【向】【颜】【明】【月】【的】【神】【色】【也】【变】【了】，【有】【理】【解】【的】，【也】【有】【鄙】【夷】【不】【屑】【的】。 【而】【这】【些】【人】【的】【眼】【神】，【明】【月】【全】【部】【都】【看】【在】【了】【眼】【里】，【不】【过】【他】【却】【是】【没】【有】【介】【意】，【而】【是】【温】【和】【的】【摇】【了】【摇】【头】，【并】【没】【有】【说】【什】【么】，【这】【些】【人】，【很】【快】【就】【会】【明】【白】【的】，【自】【己】，【根】【本】【就】【没】【有】【站】【出】【来】【的】【必】【要】。 【就】【在】【这】【时】，【他】【感】【觉】【到】【一】【道】【带】【着】【担】【忧】【的】【眼】【神】【落】【在】【了】【亿】【的】【身】【上】，【他】【看】【了】【过】
【地】【下】【海】【洋】。 【趁】【着】【拾】【蓝】【蒂】【不】【在】，【拾】【七】【偷】【偷】【摸】【摸】【跑】【了】【下】【来】，【原】【因】【不】【宜】【有】【他】，【阴】【鬼】【幡】【本】【就】【是】【她】【废】【了】【好】【大】【的】【力】【气】【才】【搞】【到】【手】【的】【东】【西】，【怎】【么】【能】【一】【直】【就】【放】【在】【地】【下】【海】【洋】。 【当】【然】【是】【放】【在】【自】【己】【身】【上】【才】【最】【是】【安】【全】【的】。 【奈】【何】，【祖】【桑】【那】【个】【死】【变】【态】【近】【日】【就】【像】【是】【故】【意】【跟】【她】【过】【不】【去】【一】【般】，【总】【也】【盯】【着】【她】【的】【行】【动】，【搞】【得】【她】【都】【莫】【名】【有】【些】【畏】【首】【畏】【尾】【了】【起】【来】
【武】【慧】【儿】【觉】【得】【自】【己】【好】【像】【比】【之】【前】【更】【加】【危】【险】【了】。 【忽】【然】【听】【到】【李】【元】【修】【喊】【自】【己】，【武】【慧】【儿】【愣】【了】【愣】，【看】【着】【李】【元】【修】【的】【笑】【容】，【感】【觉】【似】【乎】【非】【常】【特】【别】【不】【怀】【好】【意】。 【武】【慧】【儿】【眨】【了】【眨】【眼】【睛】，【然】【后】【猛】【地】【摇】【头】：“【不】【是】，【我】【觉】【得】【三】【兄】【会】【打】【死】【我】【的】！【二】【兄】【和】【宁】【王】【叔】【不】【在】，【没】【人】【拦】【着】【他】，【他】【真】【的】【会】【打】【死】【我】【的】，【李】【元】【修】，【我】【觉】【得】【你】【得】【派】【人】【保】【护】【我】！” 【武】【慧】