Adam Lauver rickrolled his buddy’s wedding by stealing the show with a dramatic reading of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
Lauver and the groom, John Conforti, perform together in a sketch comedy group, so humor is nothing new to them. But Conforti said he and his wife, Amanda Conforti, chose Lauver specifically for the reading because “his timing is just brilliant.”
“We’re all great friends. The acting for him was simple,” Conforti, 33, told ABC News. “We reached out to him and he was instantly on board.”
The groom said the idea for the hilarious reading actually originated as a joke between him and his wife. The phrase “rickrolling” stems from the famous internet meme where people prank each other with unexpected links to the hit 80s pop song.
“Without me knowing, she had decided for her wedding vows she was going to read the lyrics to that song,” he said of their Nov. 4 wedding in Lititz, Pennsylvania. “But out of the blue one day, I said, ‘We should have Adam do a dramatic reading of ‘Never Gonna Give You Up.’ We’re just super goofy people.”
Conforti said Amanda loved the idea of Lauver reading the lyrics “because she knew she couldn’t do it like Adam could.”
Lauver said there was “never any question” he’d say yes to their unique request.
“It was their wedding day and if they wanted me to strip and sing karaoke I would have,” he wrote in an email to ABC News. “Fortunately I also knew right away that a dramatic reading of ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ was definitely something I could have fun with. I honestly didn’t think about it again until the morning of the wedding. That’s when I got into panic mode and had to decide what to copy the lyrics onto (luckily I had my fancy handmade leather-bound journal on me) and what my overall approach to be. I decided playing it straight was definitely the way to go, and I think it worked!”
The funny moment was a surprise for their wedding guests, and was amplified even more when the couple used the song as their recessional after the ceremony.
“When we were walking out to this song, he had this confused look on his face like, ‘Why is this song playing?’” Conforti said of his comedic friend, Lauver.
The video has gone viral with more than 415,000 views on YouTube.
“It’s just crazy,” said the groom. “It’s like we get an extended wedding. Everyone tells you it’s over so quickly, and ours just has this life that keeps going on and on.”