Who: 23-Year-Old Andrew Long from Alton, New Hampshire
Why we chose him: It’s safe to say that Andrew Long, who considers himself a “musical theater nerd,” captured the hearts of America when he recently appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Jimmy Fallon and The Roots have a segment titled, “Freestylin’ with the Roots” where Jimmy gets to know audience members by asking random questions and then The Roots improv songs on the spot based on their answers (we love how he wants Neil Patrick Harris to portray him in a biopic film titled Andrew Long International Spy!).
But the real highlight of the segment?! When the New Hampshire native (who has a musical theatre background and is also a local comedian in his town!) was invited to join Jimmy and The Roots onstage for a little dance party.
“Dancing with Jimmy was amazing,” Andrew tells us in an interview. “Not only was I on TV, but I was with such a sweet and funny person and an amazing band. The crowd cheering and clapping for me was so unbelievable.”
While Andrew doesn’t have any dance training and has never danced by himself in front of a crowd, you’d never know as he killed it. So what does he think of his new-found fame?
“I have gotten a lot of Facebook requests from new people who sometimes message me and say how much they loved me on Jimmy Fallon,” says Andrew. “I have always wanted to be a celebrity … I just can’t believe how it sort of happened overnight. I am a viral sensation, and that is something I thought I would never say!”
Fun fact: Andrew, who has been diagnosed with nonverbal learning disability (“a disorder which is usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial and social skills”), has been part of the Special Olympics for nine years. He just came back from the NH State Winter Games and brought home three gold medals! Way to go, Andrew—we’re so proud of you!
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