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Is the hilarious ChatRoulette piano improviser really Ben Folds? (Well, no)

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My interest in the world of ChatRoulette ended the second I realized that it did not, in fact, involve gambling. But then, today, I saw the fantastic clip of a piano-playing gent improvising songs about whatever strangers happened to appear on his CR-assisted computer screen. “Reclining dude in a white tank top/Leaning his head on his hands,” croons our ivory-tinkler, when faced with just that image, “Semi-Italian-looking/Just like his parents planned!”

But who is this masked (or rather, bespectacled) man? Our colleagues over at New York magazine’s Vulture blog are suggesting he is none other than piano-playing pop star Ben Folds. Why?  Because “he sings like Ben Folds, he plays piano like Ben Folds, and he looks like Ben Folds.” It’s a compelling argument, and we would also point out that this is exactly the sort of thing that the arch songsmith and William Shatner collaborator would do.

UPDATE: Ben Folds’ publicist tells us that his client is not the ChatRoulette improviser. Still hilarious, though!

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