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

FILED UNDER: Food , Food News , Pie , Thanksgiving

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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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