Weeks after going viral with his baby for chatting him up in casual conversation, DJ Pryor and 19-month-old Kingston Jierre have scored an ad with Denny’s.
The diner chain unveiled the promotional clip on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16. In it, Pryor is seen rekindling the same magic captured on the viral video his wife, Shanieke Pryor, captured and uploaded to Facebook on June 4.
“Booth chat, just amongst father and son, right?” DJ tells his babbling baby as they sit in a big booth at Denny’s.
“Well, I brought you here to find out what’s going on in your life,” DJ replies. “What’s going on in your life?”
The two continue to chat back and forth, with Kingston playing with straws and continuing to babble in between feeding his dad a piece of bacon with a plate of pancakes and eggs in front of them.
The clip concludes with DJ embracing his son
“Is that your grand finale? Because if so, you buttered me up!” DJ tells the baby. “You got me. You buttered me up. You won me over.”
The video has since collected more than 2,000 retweets and over 7,000 likes from Twitter users who appreciated the heartwarming father-son footage.
“This is the cutest thing I’ve seen all day, thank you for this wholesome video.”
“🥰 I love this father’s way of communicating with his son!🤗😘”
“Now THIS is America’s dad.”
“The hug at the end.”
“I love them.”
Pryor, a 30-year-old standup comedian residing in Clarksville, Tennessee, went viral earlier this month when his wife posted a video of him speaking casually with Kingston as the two watched the finale of Fox’s “Empire.”
“I was making them for, like, a home movie type deal for him and my older son,” Pryor said on CNN June 7 during an interview with his son accompanying him. “But when we did it, I figured, maybe I’ll post it and maybe I’ll get a couple of likes from my family and my friends and maybe some of their family and friends. But I had no idea it was gonna do what it did. It wasn’t the intent at all, no.”
Pryor explained he only knew it started to go viral when friends continued to text him and he discovered the video got up to 500,000 views in two hours. Then the clip reached 1 million sets of eyeballs an hour and a half later.
“It’s huge. I don’t think it’s all hit yet, I don’t think it’s all registered yet. It’s still hitting,” he said at the time. Later, Pryor added that he’ll continue to “do what we’ve been doing” and keep recording, but he’s not pushing to create viral moments.
“Just be who we are, the Pryors,” he said.