25 Hilarious Times People Thought They Met Celebrities (But Definitely Didn’t)

Can you imagine what it’d feel like to be strolling through Whole Foods or riding along on the bus and suddenly glance over to find yourself in the presence of one of your favorite celebrities? Unfortunately, the folks you’re about to meet can for all the wrong reasons.

Here we’ve gathered a hysterical collection of photos and social media posts from people who thought they met celebrities, though they were clearly and sadly mistaken. Awkwardly, some even tagged the real celebrities into the photo.

Throughout this display of wrong celebrity sightings you’ll meet a few folks whose mistakes were actually understandable, some because of the similarities between the person they thought they were meeting and the actual person themselves, others because of blatant levels of intoxication high enough to convince about anyone that Madonna was actually the Pope.

You’ll watch in horror as folks cling to hopes such as an overly ambitious belief in the power of on-screen make-up or photoshopping to explain away the glaringly obvious differences between the celebrity they wish they were standing next to and the random person they actually are.

So gear up and get ready to see some of the funniest fans’ fails of all time as you feast your eyes on these hilarious celebrity false alarms.

1. At Least She Got The Celebrity Part Right

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2. The Ultimate #TrueFan

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3. When Dwight Howard Has To Step In On Your Comments To Set The Record Straight

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4. We Assume Beer Goggles Were Involved

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5. Why Take The Benz When You Can Totally Roll Out With Your Bus Pass?

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6. Oh Boy!

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7. False Alarm, Cupcake. Please Keep Breathing.

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8. “I Met A Girl Who Thought I Was Bieber Today.” – This Guy On Facebook

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9. Johnny Duped

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10. Imma Let You Finish, But…That’s Not T-Swift

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11. If Owen Wilson and Matthew McConaughey Had a Love Child

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12. Well, They Got A Free Drink Out Of It

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13. Something Tells Us He’s a Democrat

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14. Mr. Worldwide

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15. Nope, But Way To Look On The Bright Side

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16. Confessions Pt III: I’m Not Usher

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17. That Hair Could Fool Anyone

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18. This Guy Apparently Met Marilyn Manson Right After His Sex Change

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19. The Two-For-One Sale On Orlando Bloom And Christian Bale

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20. This Impostor May Be Planning To Stage A Duck Dynasty Takeover

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21. Blinded by the Hair

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22. A Little Chin Jut Went A Long Way For This Fake Reese Witherspoon

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23. Something Tells Us This Guy May Have Been Smoking More Than A Cigarette

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24. “It’s Called Hollywood Magic!”

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25. Might Want To Hold Off On That One, Sweet Pea

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26. Time to get a selfie with Morgan

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27. 3 Years Ago, Happy Drunk, I Thought I Met Jake Gyllenhaal… I’m Now 90% Sure I Didn’t


28. Here’s Me Before A Hugh Laurie Concert, With Some Guy Who’s Not Hugh Laurie


29. At least this guy does actually look like Drake

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30. You can deny he really is trying his best to look like Tom Cruise

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31. That Hulk impersonator would fool many

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Here’s How the People From Famous Memes Look Now

Memes are one the most famous ways of communication nowadays. All forms of social media are flooded with these comic images, therefore making it impossible to skip them. On the other hand, some are super hilarious, and you can’t do anything else but share it with other people. Personally, I keep an album of some of the most hilarious memes with which I crack up in laughter, just in case I’m having a bad day and need some help to laugh it off.

Memes are often created by a funny character and a text that suits it perfectly. Although the text can change depending on the situation that is going viral at the moment, the picture, however, remains the same. Now, have you ever stopped and think about the people in those memes. Where are they now? What do they do? How did they become internet famous with their pictures? And all that. Their faces are immortalized now in these famous memes, and no matter how much they’ve changed, they remain the same to us.

We were able to find some of the meme celebrities on the internet, and see the before and after comparison. We want to share that list of images with you as well. Therefore you can check them out in the gallery below. Let us know which one is your favorite character out of all.

1. Success Kid (Sam Griner)

Sam Griner, Success Kid

The meme was born in 2007 after Laney Griner posted a photo of her son Sam trying to eat sand on Flickr. The photo first became famous as a meme captioned “I Hate Sandcastles,” suggesting that the boy had just destroyed another child’s sandcastle. Apparently, Laney Griner didn’t like the context of the meme as she felt it made her son look like a bully, when in fact, he loved sandcastles. But then the “Success Kid” meme was created and the woman embraced it. Since then, the photo has been featured in various ads, appeared on Hot Topic shirts, Xbox screensavers, and many more.

2. Disaster Girl (Zoe Roth)


The iconic photo originated back in 2004 when Dave Roth, the father of Zoe, captured her observing firefighters controlling the blaze two blocks away from their home in Mebane, North Carolina. In November 2007, Dave entered the shot into a competition run by a photography magazine and won it. After that, the photo was published in the magazine. Since then, Zoe’s photo has been edited onto images of various famous events and has taken the internet by storm. “I’d love for the meme to help me get into or pay for college somehow,” Zoe told Refinery 29 a few years ago. “But I ultimately want people to know me for me.”

3. Side-Eyeing Chloe (Chloe)

Lily & Chloe

Chloe went viral on the interwebs back in 2013 after the YouTuber KAftC posted a video titled “Lily’s Disneyland Surprise… AGAIN” capturing two sisters, Lily and Chloe, reacting to the news of a surprise trip to Disneyland on their way to school. While Lily is breaking into tears of joy, Chloe is captured looking straight into the camera with a disturbed look on her face as if she’s not quite sure what’s happening. If you’d like to see more of Chloe and how much she’s changed, you can check out her personal Instagram account with over 580k followers.

4. Harold Hiding The Pain (András Arató)


The meme captures a senior stock photography model, András Arató, with a facial expression that appears to indicate suppressed pain. The meme was born in September 2011, when the stock photo with DreamTime’s watermark was posted on the Facepunch forum. In September 2018, András Arató hosted a TedTalk in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he discussed the story of his life as a “meme-hero.”

5. Bad Luck Brian (Kyle Craven)


This photo was turned into a meme after Ian Davies uploaded a yearbook photo of his friend Kyle Craven to Reddit with the caption “Takes driving test .?.?. gets first DUI” in January 2012. Apparently, before taking the photo, Kyle rubbed his face with a sweater to make it red and adopted an obnoxious smile. The meme is generally used to describe a variety of unlucky, embarrassing, and tragic events.

6. Confused Nick Young (Nick Young)

Nick Young

7. Ridiculously Photogenic Guy (Zeddie Smith)


“Ridiculously Photogenic Guy” is Zeddie Little running in the 2012 Cooper River Bridge Run. When asked about the appeal behind the meme, Little responded: “I really don’t know, but I kinda feel honored to be part of a joke that’s in good spirit because sometimes the Internet can be a little vicious or jokes can get bent the wrong way. But these are all kinda, for the most part, positive. It’s funny that everybody is kinda taking like to it. It’s, I guess, the most flattering way to get spread across the Internet.”

8. Blinking White Guy (Drew Scanlon)


The man starring in this iconic meme is named Drew Scanlon. The GIF comes from a live stream shot in 2013, when Drew Scanlon was a video producer at the popular gaming website called Giant Bomb. During one of the team’s weekly “Unprofessional Fridays” shows, Scanlon watched as editor-in-chief Jeff Gerstmann played Starbound, a two-dimensional action-adventure game. “I’ve been doing some farming,” Gerstmann narrated, “with my h*e.” Scanlon reacted with the expression now known as the “Blinking White Guy.”

9.Roll Safe (Kayode Ewumi)

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The meme comes from the 2016 BBC Three mini-documentary series “Hood Documentary” in which the character played by the actor Kayode Ewumi is shown pointing to his head and smiling after saying that he finds a woman “beautiful” because “she’s got good brains.” Kayode Ewumi is currently 27 years old.

10. Trying To Hold A Fart Next To A Cute Girl In Class (Michael McGee)


The meme was born in 2014 when Reddit user aaduk_ala submitted a photograph titled “Trying to hold a fart next to a cute girl in class” to the /r/funny subreddit. “Well, the guy who took the picture has been a good friend of mine since I first moved out here to Texas, so he knew I was able to make the face anytime I wanted,” Mike McGee told Unilad. “So he wanted to make a funny Twitter caption and told me to make the face. He posted it and like two or three months after he posted it, it took off!”

11.  Aliens Are To Blame For Everything (Giorgio Tsoukalos)

Giorgio A. TsoukalosReport

The guy behind the famous meme is a Swiss-born writer, ufologist, TV presenter and producer Giorgio Tsoukalos. The guy is mostly known for his appearances on the TV series called “Ancient Aliens.” Fun fact—Giorgio is a proponent of the pseudoarchaeological theory that ancient alien astronauts interacted with ancient humans.

12. Doge


On February 23rd, 2010, Japanese kindergarten teacher Atsuko Sato posted several photos of her rescue-adopted Shiba Inu dog Kabosu to her personal blog. The photos included a peculiar shot of Kabosu sitting on a couch while glaring sideways at the camera with raised eyebrows, which is now known as the first picture of “Doge”

13.  Good Luck Charlie (Mia Talerico)

Mia Talerico

It’s a scene from the Disney Channel show “Good Luck Charlie”. The expressive girl is often used as a synonym for “I don’t know”

14. Grumpy Cat


Grumpy Cat is the nickname given to Tardar Sauce, a snowshoe cat that rose to online fame after several pictures of her annoyed facial expressions were posted to Reddit in late September 2012.

15. First World Problems (Silvia Bottini)


The woman from the “First World Problems” meme is actually an award-winning Italian actress

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