Patti LaBelle’s Pies Fly Off Shelves After Hilarious Food Review Goes Viral

11/17/2015 at 12:41 PM ET

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It’s rare that a story both warms your heart and inspires pie cravings, but James Wright pulled it off.

The man posted a YouTube video of himself opening, eating and raving about singer Patti LaBelle’s line of pies — and proceeded to promptly break the Internet.

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“I love Patti LaBelle. Shout out to Patti LaBelle, honey,” Wright says, before launching into his musical review of her Patti Pies sweet potato pie, which has already racked up over 1.5 million views on YouTube and over 8 million views on Facebook.

Wright’s publicity for LaBelle’s pies has caused sales at Walmart to skyrocket, reports Yahoo Food reports. A salesperson at a Walmart in Valley Stream, N.Y. said that LaBelle’s pies have been out-of-stock since Saturday. “The warehouse is sold out. You can thank Mr. James for that.”

When in stock, Patti Pies regularly cost $4 each, but are currently listed for as much as $45 on eBay.

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Believe it or not, it gets better. LaBelle saw the videos and tracked down Wright’s phone number to call him.

“She kept thanking me, and she just kept telling me how much she loved me,” Wright told Fox32. “She just kept telling me to be me, and she was like, ‘Boy, you can sing!'”

LaBelle posted the glowing review on her Facebook page and offered her gratitude to Wright, who must feel like the luckiest LaBelle fan in the universe.

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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John B on

The Pies are not frozen. SMH

Annie on

I want one of those pies.

Sandra on

That video cracked me up. I’ll never buy one of the pies as long as my mom an uncle can still produce them for me but when they can no longer accommodate me I’ll definitely try one.

Suzanne on

I don’t like sweet potato pie as I find it a little bland but if I come across a Walmart (there’s not one by me), I’ll give it a try.

msliftbig on

LOL!!!! I can’t deal..

Kashari on

My babies pie review

Janet on

I love it!!! Patti Patti. This guy gives life. Such great energy

Myastone12 on

I hope she pays him because the success truly is because of him.

Leanna Mochizuki on

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