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The Backpack Kid: Who Is Katy Perry’s ‘SNL’ Scene-Stealing Dancer?

Deadline logo Deadline 5/21/2017 Greg Evans
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If you watched Saturday Night Live last night, you’re probably remembering one person above the rest: The Backpack Kid. Upstaging Katy Perry – not an easy thing to do – and a bevy of gorgeously attired drag queens and club types, the stone-faced boy took the stage well into Perry’s “Swish Swish,” and proceeded to mesmerize everyone with his lightning fast, stiff-armed dance moves.

The kid’s name is Russell Horning, a 15-year-old Lawrenceville, Georgia boy who goes by the Instagram name “Russell Got Barzz.” He certainly dazzled Perry, who earlier Saturday coaxed a smile from him when she tried – and failed – to copy his moves at 30 Rock. Check it out:

Horning’s Instagram account (“Disclaimer: I can’t dance lol” and “Ending racism”) had 499,000 followers as of Sunday afternoon, but that should change.

“Imma really miss this place back to Atlanta I go,” he posted Sunday with a short video clip of New York City.

Horning had already been building an Instagram following – with the moves he says are meant to be funny – after his audience got a huge boost in December from Rihanna, who re-posted one of his clips to express her Grammy nomination joy. We know how she feels.

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