The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger video took YouTube by storm in January 2011. The video, composed of footage from National Geographic, became a viral sensation thanks, primarily, to the original narration by a mysterious man named Randall. But, despite the video's popularity, one crucial question has remained unanswered for over a year: Who is Randall?.
In a surprising man-on-the street interview this week, TMZ unmasked the mysterious man behind the original narration in the Honey Badger video. The narrator goes only by the name Randall and says very little about himself, but he opens up to TMZ about honey badgers and his new book on nastyass animals.
When asked what prompted him to provide the narration for such a clip, Randall explains, My sister showed me the original honey badger video and the narration is so mundane and so stupid.
This animal eats King Cobras, demolishes animals, and this narrator that is so boring, so I said, 'we need to spice this thing up.' I've always had a natural talent for narration, so I figured, what better animal to start with than the honey badger. Seriously, he tells TMZ.
Randall is currently on a mini book tour to promote his new book, Honey Badger Don't Care: Randall's Guide to Crazy, Nastyass Animals, which was released on Jan. 24.
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This is my guide to crazy nastyass animals, Randall told TMZ.
The book takes a look at a number of strange creatures in the animal kingdom from the honey badger and the opossum to the pink fairy armadillo to the Tasmanian devil.
When asked why he was inspired to create a viral video promoting the honey badger, Randall explains, I think [the honey badger is] an animal that a lot of people can relate to. I think a lot of people are fed up, a lot of people want to take what they want... Everyone inside of them has an inner honey badger, waiting to get out, to take what they want, and now's the time to do it.
The Honey Badger video has helped promote the animal's image. With over 35 million views on YouTube, the honey badger has become a popular expression used by sports stars, like Danica Patrick.
Last year, I think, somebody showed me this video of the honey badger, and the commentator on it was very, very funny, Patrick told Fox News. Anyway, the honey badger, he doesn't give a cr*p, he takes what he wants. And that's how I'm going to be this year, like a honey badger.
Randall's narration combined with the honey badger has even appeared in a commercial for pistachios and a cell phone game. Since the release of the video, Randall has offered his voice to a Honey Badger game, called Honey Badger Don't Care, which has been offered in Apple's App Store and the Android Market since December.
Meet Randall, the man behind the “Honey Badger” viral video:
The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger (original narration by Randall):