Comedian behind ‘pen-pineapple-apple-pen’ song astonished by song’s viral success

Dressed in his trademark yellow outfit with snake and leopard patterns, Pikotaro debuted a two-minute “long” version of his 45-second song before taking questions at a Tokyo news conference Friday. His responses had the packed audience of journalists …
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