Comic Joe Tracini’s VERY irreverent commentary on GB gymnast Max Whitlock’s performance on the ‘curtain rail’ in Tokyo goes viral – and even the Olympian sees the funny side
- Social media star Joe, 33, has seen quirky, nonsensical commentary of GB gymnast Max Whitlock’s performance in Tokyo go viral
- Whitlock began Gold medal defence in qualifying rounds of artistic gymnastics
- Tracini offered alternative appraisal of athlete’s performance on parallel bars
- He used the momentum of traditional commentary but threw in phrases such as ‘spooky bassoon’, ‘custard cream’ and ‘curtain rail’
An alternative commentary of the performance of one of Team GB’s biggest hopes, gymnast Max Whitlock, has had more than 3.4 million views.
Funnyman Joe Tracini, who regularly shares his struggles with mental health on Twitter, posted a clip of himself offering some comedic punditry on Max Whitlock’s first appearance on the parallel bars.
As the 28-year-old athlete took to the apparatus, Tracini had all the pitch, tone and excitement of a traditional commentator but with some off-piste phrases thrown in.
‘Spooky bassoon’, ‘chin hammock’, ‘semi detached bungalow’ and ‘a full colon’ all featured in the commentary, which quickly went viral – and has even been watched by Whitlock and his fellow Team GB athletes out in Tokyo.
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Social media star Joe Tracini, 33, has seen his quirky commentary of GB gymnast Max Whitlock’s performance in Tokyo go viral – after he managed to shoehorn in phrases including ‘spooky bassoon’, ‘curtain rail’ and ‘the full colon’
In the clip, a serious-looking Tracini begins his commentary as Whitlock starts his gold medal defence in the qualifying rounds of artistic gymnastics – but there is nothing serious about the words tumbling out the comic’s mouth.
He began with the phrase: ‘Max Whitlock on the curtain rail, hoping for a full colon’ and things got even more confusing as the gymnast continued.
As Whitlock dismounts, Tracini, who is the son of comedian Joe Pesquale, shouts: ”16 hamsters, call them all Dave! What a Tuesday!’
The Hemel Hempstead gymnast, who’s going for gold in the pommel on Sunday after narrowly missing out on a bronze in the team event, called the comedy sketch ‘brilliant’ and told Tracini on Twitter yesterday: ‘Showed the whole team, everyone loves it!! Thank you.’
Tracini replied, writing: ‘Thank you, actual Max Whitlock. You’re amazing mate, good luck over there.’
A serious-looking Tracini begins his commentary as Whitlock began his gold medal defence in qualifying rounds of artistic gymnastics – but there was nothing serious about the words tumbling out the comic’s mouth
Tracini has now had more than 3.4 million likes in just three days, with one suggesting the commentary was ‘the BEST I’ve ever heard!’
There was plenty of reference to snacks with custard creams and vol-au-vents featuring
The comic, who uses his platform to open up about his personality disorder and suicidal thoughts, wrote later: ‘Dear one million people that watched this in less than 24 hours.
‘I’ve got a bit of my brain that makes me hate me, then convinces me that everybody else hates me as much as I do. That bit is broken, thanks for reminding me that it’s a lying piece of s****.’
Hundreds of people responded, @nicolacjennings said: ‘Honestly the BEST commentary I’ve ever heard!…16 hamsters, called them all Dave….you have the most awesome sense of humour! The only person who hates you, is you. So just stop right now Mr T!x’
Tracini told his 265,000 followers on Twitter that the reaction had helped him remember that the ‘bit of my brain that makes me hate me’ is a ‘lying piece of s****’
@hall321_liz added: ‘Showed this video to my mum last night having seen your earlier dancing tutorials. She watched this at least 5 times in a row, laughing more and more each time! Please continue commentating throughout the Olympics, it is just what we all need!’
Team GB finished fourth in the men’s gymnastics at then Olympics with Whitlock, father to two-year-old daughter Willow, now poised to go for glory in Sunday’s pommel final.