Ben Folds impersonates the Ben Folds impersonator... but who's funnier?

By Clark Collis
March 26, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Revenge is a dish best served… by singing about total strangers, one of whom is sitting on the toilet? Maybe. Last week, a YouTube clip appeared in which a bespectacled gent named ”Merton” ad-libbed songs about the people he encountered on Chatroulette. Merton so resembled Ben Folds that many viewers believed — incorrectly — that it was indeed the arch songwriter. Now Folds has had his revenge by releasing a clip from his show in Charlotte, N.C., last Friday during which he ad-libs songs about the people he encounters on Chatroulette while clad in a Merton-esque hoodie (and, this time, Folds’ publicist has confirmed that it is actually him). Confused? You won’t be once you check out the two videos.

Who is the winner of this Chatroulette duel? Well, I’m going to have to say that Merton’s clip is ever so slightly funnier. But the Music Mix is handing this contest to Folds, as he performed his own hilarious, if at times NSFW, vamps in front of 2,000 people.