One father might not know what his 19-month-old son is saying, but he seems to know what he means.
A video showing Tennessee comedian DJ Pryor and his son Kingston has gone viral, according to the Leaf Chronicle.
The Clarksville child’s words are mostly gibberish as the pair talk on a couch. Pryor’s wife Shanieke recorded the moment about a month ago, after they watched the fifth season finale of the TV series “Empire.”
The father says his son appeared to be inspired by the television show and he simply filled in the blanks with what he thought the boy might be saying.
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The video shows DJ lounging on the couch watching TV, with Kingston sitting next to his dad with his legs crossed, seemingly chatting about the episode.
“They need to work on that, right?” Pryor starts out by saying.
“Yes,” says Kingston decidedly.
“Did you understand it, though?” Pryor asks.
“No.” responds Kingston frankly.
The toddler continues to ask his dad questions in unintelligible speech, while expressively using his hands to convey his thoughts. A professional stand-up comedian, DJ hilariously keeps the conversation going in a normal fashion as if he understands exactly what his young son is saying.
“I mean, that’s what I was wondering. I don’t do what they’re gonna do next season,” says DJ to his son.
The two move on to exchange ideas about the musical drama. There doesn’t seem to be a language barrier standing between them.
Finally, DJ tells his son: “That’s exactly what I was thinking! We think a lot alike.”
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“We just gave everybody a glimpse of what happens all the time,” DJ told the Leaf Chronicle. The viral video received over a million shares in just two days after being posted on Facebook. DJ’s Instagram followers also rapidly grew to 110,000.
“I feel like he understands. He’s been walking around the house like he knows he’s famous, and I don’t like it at all,” he laughed.
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???????? MAN!!…Where do I begin with this guy? I Love How He Laughs At Himself ???????????? Wow!!!……It’s hard believe it’s only been 18 months since GOD blessed us with you and and your SUPERSTAR PERSONALITY!!! I see your talent starting to come out as you get older. I watch how you study daddy when you see my videos of me performing. Your Joy is Contagious!! Your Laugh is Infectious, Your Love is Inspiring and Your Heart & Spirit is That of a Little KING who absolutely loves to entertain people and like to make people smile and feel special. This kid walks around the house with a Mic or Finding some to entertain everyone who comes over. You Truly Have A Gift Son! And Most Of All You Are Truly A Gift!!! HAPPY 18 Months STONSHINE!!! ☀️☀️☀️☀️ #MrEntertainer #18MonthsAndTheRestOfLifeToGo!!! #YoungKing #KingstonJierre #YourAreNotABabyAnymore #AnotherStandUpComedianInTheHouse #KJP #LilJokeSlanga
DJ says he plans to use the conversation in his future stand-up comedy routines.
“I talk about my family on stage. My stand-up is based off my life,” He told the Leaf Chronicle. “I think this is just going to add to it. When I was younger, stand-up was just a way to be funny. But now, my stand-up is still funny, but I feel I’m saying something now.
“I’ve been doing this nearly 15 years, chasing this dream. Now, I’ve finally found my voice as a comic. I feel like I’m just adding to the narrative of my story,” said DJ.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.