While the vice presidential debate primarily focused on Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris, another star was born: The fly that sat atop Pence’s head for two minutes. The fly was an instant meme, with everyone from Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus to the Biden campaign itself buzzing about it, if you will.
Among the swarm (sorry) was Chicago comedian Vinny Thomas, who performed an impression the fly in a now viral video:
“I fly in because I smell a little bit of-a poop,” Thomas’s fly says in an Italian accent. “But it is no poop. It is a dead man. So I sit on top of a dead man corpse and I rub my hands together like this.” The video goes on to describe the encounter from the fly’s perspective, even imitating Harris’s also-viral “I’m speaking” moment.
This isn’t Thomas’ first foray into fly impressions; in fact, it’s arguably what he’s best known for on Twitter. In August, a video of him acting as an annoying fly — also with an Italian accent, for whatever reason — also went viral:
Thomas told Mashable that he didn’t connect Pence’s fly with his other video at first. “That little fella was just a blessed visitor and nothing more,” he said over Twitter DM.
“Folks were tagging me in heavy fly content and I was like haha fun! Then it clicked, so I slapped together another fly clip.”
NEED TO MAKE ANOTHER FLY GIVE ME like 15min
— Vinny Thomas (!) (@vinn_ayy) October 8, 2020
Thomas doesn’t know if he’s going to make more political videos prior to the election. “I make videos about mummies, animals, soup, white people etc,” he told Mashable. “Twitter is really just a diary where I ramble nonsense, hoping someone replies with ‘I’m dead.'”
As for the Italian accent, Thomas imagines his flies as gregarious, loud, and attracted to food, which reminds him of his older relatives from Italy. He said, “The fly voice is a very sloppy version of their accents.”
“I have waited my whole life for this,” Thomas tweeted after posting the video, “God pls call me home.” But with a couple of debates left, who knows how many more flies Thomas will need to imitate?
UPDATE: Oct. 8, 2020, 12:10 p.m. EDT This article has been updated with comments from Thomas.