Football is a sport built on mimicry, where ideas are passed around like germs and R&D stands for rip off and duplicate. Knowing that, it’s only natural that every coach basically sounds like every other coach. Sure, you’ve got your characters here and there, but for the most part the coaching profession is a multitude of mouths speaking with once voice, all yakking the same old cliches, the same verbiage, the same made-up phrases, often repeated over and over and over again.
This is fresh powder for comedians, and one of the best is catching fire on the Internet right now.
Joey Mulinaro, a 26-year-old writer and impressionist from Indianapolis, has gone viral many times over in the past week, collecting eight and a half million views and counting on Twitter alone with “Teacher halftime interview,” “Post date press conference” and “Post meeting parents interview.”
You’ll probably pick out the phrasing, cadence and/or mannerism of a coach you know here, because they’re almost all basically the same.
Teacher halftime interview pic.twitter.com/QkPF3YcXAg
— Joey (@JoeyMulinaro) February 19, 2020
Post date press conference pic.twitter.com/XAm6pRso5p
— Joey (@JoeyMulinaro) February 21, 2020
Post meeting parents interview pic.twitter.com/6E8FbC61Ng
— Joey (@JoeyMulinaro) February 23, 2020
Molinaro told me via email he’s been working on the concept for the past few months, developing the character based off Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and “basically every quarterback ever interviewed.”
An LSU and Purdue fan, Mulinaro also does impressions of sports and sports media personalities.
Mike Leach on watching Netflix pic.twitter.com/xm2LAU1B5z
— Joey (@JoeyMulinaro) January 23, 2020
Nick Saban after opening Christmas gifts pic.twitter.com/gnqHPDIowH
— Joey (@JoeyMulinaro) December 25, 2019
— Joey (@JoeyMulinaro) December 27, 2019
*Mrs. Swinney getting ready*
“Honey, why’s it so important to be early for this dinner in New Orleans?”
— Joey (@JoeyMulinaro) January 3, 2020
I’d definitely recommend joining the 123,000 in following Mulinaro on Twitter. If you’re big-time enough, you might see yourself pop up on your feed. In a way, you already have.