A YouTube video that was making its rounds on the Internet over the weekend shows what could be the best and most realistic Peter Griffin impersonation ever attempted.
The video, which describes itself as having been shot at the Allentown, Pennsylvania, Comic Con 2014, shows how one man mesmerized an audience with his impression of the Family Guy patriarch.
The website Bro Bible was among the first to post the video, which now has more than 640,000 views on YouTube:
“If there is such thing as a real-life Peter Griffin, this man is it. This spot-on Peter Griffin cosplayer was spotted at the 2014 Allentown Comic Con. Not only does he look like the Family Guy’s Peter Griffin, but he can do the best Griffin impersonations you’ll ever see.
“This guy can never go back to Sea World, which I’m sure really grinds his gears.”
And for anyone who thinks the Peter Griffin impersonator was just doing the bit as a one-time cosplay event, you would be wrong. The man behind the real-life Peter Griffin, Robert Franzese, has a Facebook fan page with more than 3,100 followers.
In a post Tuesday (July 14), Franzese acknowledged his new found fame as a result of his performance going viral over the weekend:
“I just wanted to say hi to all the new followers. Thanks for following me! It’s amazing how that spontaneous decision I made to join a costume contest turned into a viral sensation hahaha. Thank you all for following! I hope to one day work on family guy and eventually start a voice acting career! If there are any other characters you’d like to hear let me know and I will do them and post them on here! Again thanks all.”
For anyone wanting just a bit more of the real life Peter Griffin, Franzese has some Vine videos floating around, too. Check this one out:
If the day ever comes where Seth MacFarlane decides to quit Family Guy, or some other unfortunate accident befalls the creator of the series and the voice behind the cartoon Peter Griffin, the world now knows of at least one spot-on replacement who could keep the character voiced for years and years to come.
So what do you think? Are you as mesmerized by the real life Peter Griffin as the rest of the Internet is? Do you think he is the real life Peter Griffin? Tell us in the comments section below.
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