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The Man Behind @DadBoner Reveals Identity

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SPOILER ALERT: Your Santa Claus-esque innocence may feel like it’s drowning in a thousand beers if you read further.

The legend of Karl Welzein, a.k.a. @DadBoner, took a strange turn this week. A 16-minute video has surfaced revealing the man behind the legendary viral Twitter handle. The identity confirms the suspicions of’s Drew Magary, and lets us all know that the voice behind down-on-his-luck, babe-peepin’ Karl from the Grand Blanc, MI Applebee’s is actually coming from the keyboard of comedian and Michigan State alum Mike Burns.

WARNING: nasally Michigan accent approaching.


I’m not going to start disparaging Karl for being a “sellout.” Capitalism is the engine of America, 24/7, 365, open on Sundays. Still, part of the appeal of Krazy Karl was that it could have been anyone talkin’ about Pope Ric Flair. Now that the cat is out of the social media bag, it would not surprise me to see Burns shift his attention toward more traditional media, and in doing so, start neglecting @DadBoner like Karl neglects his family.

Guess we’ll have to wait ‘n see, and in the meantime, enjoy @DadBoner while we can, you guys.

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J Parks Caldwell

J. Parks Caldwell is a senior contributing writer for Total Frat Move, Rowdy Gentleman, and Post Grad Problems. He frequently blesses the rains down in Africa.

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