Oh My God I Almost Died Workaholics

Oh My God I Almost Died (Workaholics)

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Oh My God I Almost Died, also known as OMG I Almost Died, refers to a scene from the Comedy Central show Workaholics in which the character Adam DeMamp (played by Adam DeVine) is on the ground screaming, "Oh my God, I almost died!" while Anders and Blake are consoling him because he almost died after falling out of a tree. The scene was first used in memes on Instagram and Facebook in 2020. It then became an exploitable greenscreen template on TikTok in early 2023 in videos that layered the trio over other image macro backgrounds and paired them with captions that posed a scenario in which being overdramatic was humorously unnecessary. Many used a CapCut template made by LC Editing to make the memes.

Origin

On July 24th, 2012, season 3, episode 9 of Workoholics titled "Ders Comes In Handy" aired on Comedy Central.[1] In one scene of the episode, Blake and Adam are in a tree outside Montez's house. Blake goes inside for a moment to speak with Ders, leaving Adam in the tree alone. Adam then fell out of the tree, almost dying due to a loose rope. Blake and Ders then rescued Adam and consoled him on the ground while he shouted, "Oh my God, I almost died!" The scene was uploaded to YouTube[2] on July 27th, 2012 by the Comedy Central channel, gaining roughly 1.9 million views and 17,000 likes in 11 years (shown below).



On August 15th, 2012, Redditor phillyfan1995 posted to the /r/workaholics[3] subreddit, attaching a screencap of the scene with Adam's quote, "I haven't even seen Beauty and the Beast in like seven years and that was my favorite movie!" The post gained over 580 upvotes in 11 years. The scene was talked about again in the /r/workaholics[4] subreddit in 2013, however, memetic usage of Adam saying, "Oh my God, I almost died!" didn't surface until 2020. The first discovered meme to use the scene was posted by the Facebook[5] page REDCON1 on August 2nd, 2020, making a joke about "leg day" and gaining roughly 11,000 views and over 160 reactions in three years (shown below).

Spread

Going into 2021, the scene gained memetic usage on Instagram. For instance, on May 31st, 2021, Instagram[6] user @drgrayfang posted a meme that made fun of an NBA player getting a water bottle thrown at him, earning roughly 56,000 likes in two years (shown below, left). On July 17th, 2021, Instagram[7] user @hard_aesthetics_ posted another "leg day" iteration, gaining roughly 2,700 likes in two years (shown below, right).



On TikTok / CapCut Template

Starting in early 2023, the Workaholics meme was used en masse on TikTok. One of its earliest uses was posted on January 4th, 2023, by TikToker[8] @theheartofaderp, gaining roughly 93,300 plays and 2,400 likes in three months (shown below, left). In April 2023, meme creators on the app started to use CapCut to make a greenscreen with the scene, inserting Adam, Ders and Blake over top image backgrounds. The earliest discovered meme of this nature was posted by TikToker[9] @disbritt on April 13th, 2023, who made a joke about a Disney ride, gaining roughly 299,200 plays and 26,100 likes in 12 days (shown below, right).

@theheartofaderp i almost died #memes #meme #fyp #warzone #fypシ #fyppppppppppppppppppppppp ♬ original sound – the heart of a derp

@disbritt Every damn time #CapCut #towerofterror #tower #disneyadult # #ialmostdied #disneyoutfits #waltdisneyworld #disneyworld #disneytrip #dramatiktok #dramatic ♬ original sound – britt

On April 19th, 2023, the CapCut[10] account LC Editing created a template called "OMG I ALMOST DIED" which gained roughly 4,800 likes and 61,800 uses in six days. The TikTok[11] page of LC Editing also posted a video using the template on April 19th, making a joke about driving on the highway with a friend who just got their license, gaining roughly 30,800 plays and over 800 likes in six days. Going into April 2023, multiple TikTokers used the TikTok[12] sound created by LC Editing, amassing over 12,800 posts in six days.

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https://www.tiktok.com/embed/7224123010402356486
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/7224962152568868122
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/7224883231991155994
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/7224460355194408218

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