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Throwback Thursday: Where's 'David After Dentist' Star Now?

"David After Dentist" has become a viral sensation since hitting the Internet in 2009. So what's David up to now?
Posted at 4:29 PM, Dec 04, 2014

"I can't see anything," David DeVore Jr. said in the viral "David After Dentist" video.

Throwback Thursday is never going to die, so we're going to hop on board. In honor of our first trip down viral memory lane, we're highlighting one of the most famous videos to ever hit the Internet.

"I didn't feel anything. … Is this real life?" David DeVore Jr. asked his father.

"Yeah, this is real life," his dad, David DeVore Sr., replied.

Oh, yeah, we're talking about "David After Dentist." His father filmed then-7-year-old David back in May of 2008 right after having a tooth removed.

"You have four eyes," David said.

"Yeah," his father replied.

"I feel, I feel funny. Why is this happening to me?" David asked.

Clearly, the anesthesia hadn't worn off quite yet when David's father took the video.

But David's realization that yes, he has two fingers and his silly, medication-infused musings about life have raked in more than 127 million views on YouTube.

And all of those views ended up putting money in the bank for the DeVores. According to The Washington Post, the Devores had earned more than $100,000 by spring of 2010 from merchandise sales and ad revenue.

The "David After Dentist" vid even made it into Vizio's 2010 Super Bowl commercial. Also included in that commercial was a video of Beyonce.

You know you've made it big when you're in a video alongside Queen Bey.

So where is David now?

Well, first off, he's 14 years old. He's in the eighth grade, and he's now a big football player. That's him running with the team's flag.

And, of course, with the more years that go by since David hit the Internet, the more people seem to want to copy the once-pint-sized cutie with their own "after dentist" videos.

Like Cody Lanphere, who broke into sobs after learning his idol wasn't there to console him after waking up from dental surgery.

"Where’s Beyonce?" Lanphere asked.

"Beyonce couldn't make it," his mother, Christine Livingston, said.

"She told me she'd be here," Lanphere said.

"We just left the dentist's office; you just had surgery."

"On what?"

"They took your teeth out," his mother replied.

So once again: Beyonce. There seems to be some strange correlation between the pop star and everyday folks starring in "after dentist" videos.

David even has his own celebrity copycat.

"Is this real life? … OK, now … OK, now I have two fingers," Joseph Gordon-Levitt said while impersonating David.

And David might soon turn into a celebrity himself. According to IMDb, he's got a part in the movie "The Chronicles of Rick Roll" premiering in 2016.

This video includes images from Facebook / David After Dentist and Getty Images and music from Pierlo / CC BY 3.0.