Where The Hell Is Matt? In Vancouver!

by Ed Lau on September 6, 2007

Matt Harding, dance, dancing, wherethehellismatt, where the hell is matt

Some of you might remember a video I posted awhile back of Matt, a self-described “30-year old deadbeat from Connecticut” who once wanted to spend all day playing and making video games but instead, spends all his time traveling around the world and making videos of himself dancing (poorly) in front of various landmarks and attractions.

A few weeks ago, he sent out an e-mail saying he’d be in Vancouver yesterday so I dropped by the location after class. Due to his “internet celebrity” status, I was sure a few people would be at the Inukshuk sculpture at English Bay…

Inukshuk, Vancouver

…but I had no idea THIS many people would show up! There were probably about 100 people there, ready to boogie down for internet fame!

Matt Harding, dance, dancing, wherethehellismatt, where the hell is matt, Inukshuk, Vancouver

There were quite a few people with very…unique hair in attendance. You’ll see a few of them in the video below…although I think I missed the dude with the massive fro. Unfortunately, I forgot to…uh…not have a bad hair day today. Everyone was cool, though. Matt did tell us about some people that are a little strange, like one guy that had the logo from his “Where the Hell is Matt?” website tattooed…which is…probably a little too weird even for the internet.

We all signed waivers to be on camera and Matt’s travel sponsor, Stride Gum, gave us some wristbands.

Matt Harding, dance, dancing, wherethehellismatt, where the hell is matt

Matt demonstrated the dance for us a few times but told us to dance however we want since, he said, he basically just flails his limbs around most of the time anyways. The whole deal took about half an hour with the crowd doing three 15-second dance clips…and one for “practice”. This one had all Matt dancing first and then all of us rushing in afterwards. Of course, I don’t have the video of it all actually happening but here’s the view from…my hand, which you can see is wildly flailing in every direction possible. I apologize in advance for the motion sickness…

Matt says he still has a bunch more places to visit but that the video should be done sometime in the summer of 2008.

And, of course, we had to have a little bit of a dance-off afterwards.

Dude gets to live the dream…just traveling the world. Great to meet you, Matt. I had a great time waving my hands in the air like I just don’t care.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

ms danielle September 6, 2007 at 11:09 am

dude that one definitely goes on the awesome wall. kinda looks like you’re digging for something. :) he seems like a cool guy. i wonder if he’s been to LA :D


derek September 6, 2007 at 12:40 pm

Didn’t you just say that your knee was still bothering you? It didn’t look like it kept you from busting out those dance moves, although I wish it would have.

BTW, both of those video clips are displaying the same Dance Off.


Kiltak September 6, 2007 at 1:03 pm

Ed, you posted the same video twice..

Oh and btw, you’re even worse of a dancer than he :)


Ed Lau September 6, 2007 at 1:04 pm

Dammit! Fixed. Thanks guys.


krillz September 6, 2007 at 1:07 pm

haha hilarious, cool thing to meet the dude.


Alex September 6, 2007 at 3:51 pm

Matt is awesome he was featured on Yahoo and I watched his videos at wherethehellismatt.com they’re really cool. Pretty soon he’ll run out of cool places to go to.


Stephen September 6, 2007 at 4:04 pm

White man can’t dance. Asian man can’t dance either :lol:


kenny September 6, 2007 at 9:50 pm

I remember watching the video here… very cool. Matt is definitely living the dream.


Michael Samuel September 7, 2007 at 6:04 am

I think Matt has been featured on Yahoo! and has a lot of funny clips in different places..I’m not sure of that. Anyway, thanks for the great post and funny pics and videos.


Eva White June 22, 2008 at 11:29 pm

Wish he has a wonderful trip and meets and makes a lot more friends.


Heather July 23, 2009 at 9:22 am

Dear Ed:

Matt Harding may not be a household name, but his dancing is world famous. Last year Time named his “Where the Hell is Matt?” video the year’s #1 viral video–and for good reason. By clumsily dancing his way from India to France to Hawaii to Micronesia to Bolivia and Tanzania and more, he showed the world that one awful dance could show us all what a really small world we really live in. Everyone–men, women, and children–joined him in his spirited, joyful dance.

Matt’s first book Where the Hell is Matt? ($14.95 hardcover, Skyhorse Publishing) is the story of Matt, his travels, and his videos. Told with humor and illustrated with over 200 of Matt’s own photographs, it is the perfect summer read for anyone who loves Matt’s video and wanted to hear from Matt how his journey started, whom he met on the way, and what he saw along the way.

Where the Hell is Matt? is available from booksellers everywhere–on line and in stores. Please let us know if you need or want any further information about Matt or his book.

Heather Chapman, Publicity Assistant
Skyhorse Publishing


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