North Yorkshire men's holiday exploits in the US go viral

GONE VIRAL: From left, Anthony Kirkby and Paul Tranter have become an internet sensation.

GONE VIRAL: From left, Anthony Kirkby and Paul Tranter have become an internet sensation.

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Regional Chief Reporter

THE exploits of two North Yorkshire men on holiday in America have gone viral with more than half a million people following their adventures on-line.

Paul Tranter and Anthony Kirkby - who describe themselves as the Colburn Idiots Abroad - have become an internet sensation after posting clips of their time in Los Angeles on YouTube.

One clip of the men preparing to leave their hotel wearing matching clothes featuring the American flag to "blend in with the locals" had been watched by more than 460,000 people by Sunday night.

Hundreds of people commented on the video, which was one of the most watched clips submitted to social networking site reddit.com over the weekend.

One viewer said: "These guys should have their own TV show."

The video has also been picked up by other internet sites, including popular on-line entertainment magazine The Lads Bible.

On Sunday, the men were emailed by a researcher from a US company specialising in helping amateur videomakers make money from their work.

She said: "I'm watching your Colburn Idiots Abroad series right now and it's hysterical. Los Angeles is going to love you.

"The internet is already loving the clips you've put up and we can help you make some money from their popularity."

Another clip shows the men being locked out of the pub where they were staying after a night out and attempting to climb up the front of the building using a dustbin and an old bed.

They also filmed an exotic dancer on Hollywood Boulevard and published a clip of themselves watching Manchester United play a pre-season game in a Los Angeles bar.

Mr Tranter tells the camera: "It's day one, we've flown 6,000 or 7,000 miles or so - I didn't measure it - and we're sat in a pub watching Manchester Utd - I could have done this at home."

Mr Tranter later posted on his Facebook site: "Me and Anthony are the number 1 trending video on it (reddit) and have been invited to a house party in Hollywood hills tonight, and to shoot at a shooting range tomorrow for free because of it..... god bless Murca (sic)."

The men have also posted pictures of meeting former member of British boyband East 17, John Hendy, during their holiday.

The pair were unavailable for comment on Sunday evening.

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