'Today' Show Anchors Perform Taio Cruz's 'Dynamite'

'Today' Show Anchors Perform Taio Cruz's 'Dynamite'

When the anchors of the "Today" Show aren't causing Kanye West to hire a media coach and subsequently cancel all press appearances, they have a pretty good sense of humor.

This week on the morning talk show, Ann Curry, Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Al Roker have been putting themselves through the ringer to show viewers just what it takes to be a YouTube sensation. Today they took on Matt Tompkins, the beatboxing wonder who has accumulated more 10 million views with his interpretations of Top 40 hits like Owl City's "Fireflies" and Taio Cruz's "Dynamite."

Video: "Today" Show Anchors Perform "Dynamite"

You can also watch the making-of video chronicling the anchors' cover of "Dynamite."

Tompkins was nice enough (see: saintly for keeping a straight face) to play vocal coach to the four anchors who attempted to recreate his "Dynamite" video. Tompkins used his voice to sound out all 19 layers of audio in his original video -- from kickdrum to harmony and melody, all of it was Tompkins' vocal chords. Thus the cast of "Today" had to perform an entirely a capella version as well.


After hours and many, many layers of AutoTune later, Tompkins delivered the final re-make that should go down as the most ridiculous stunt in "Today" Show history. Yes, Matt Lauer, we are all grateful for modern technology for delivering this hilarious, what-the-hell-did-I-just-watch? gem for our viewing pleasure.

However, to combat the horror of Al Roker's high-pitched squealing and Ann Curry's out-of-tune man voice in the making-of video, which may cause traumatizing nightmares for the foreseeable future, we've provided Tompkins' original take below.

Video: Mike Tompkins' A Cappella Version of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite"

How do you think the "Today" hosts did?


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