How a Friday night, some wigs and a silly video went viral for an Auckland TikTok impressionist

Auckland TikTok user Julian Sewell says he had "absolutely no idea" his Oscars introduction videos would go viral and attract millions of views from all around the world.

The 27-year-old high school English teacher from Auckland told The Project NZ his social media had "been crazy" since posting the videos just prior to the Oscar ceremony on March 13.

He has 392,000 followers online and the videos where he plays different actresses receiving their nominations for their roles in fake films was just a spur of the moment decision.

"It was just a Friday night with my sister, I've gotta post a silly video, so we put the video out, went to sleep, then woke up to 3 million views," he said.

Sewell told Buzzfeed News he began using TikTok in March 2020 when locked down with his sister at home due to COVID-19 - and he's stuck with it ever since.

The video now has 13 million views and has seen thousands of his followers demand he release a sequel to the introduction videos.

Watch Sewell chat with The Project NZ in the video above.