Laughter is the best medicine, after all! Candace Payne, the mom whose hilarious Chewbacca mask video went viral earlier this week, just got the best surprise ever — matching Wookiee masks and Star Wars merchandise for her entire family!
The superfan treated herself to the talking disguise on Thursday, May 19, and she couldn’t stop laughing when she tried it on. Fortunately, she caught the hilarious moment on camera and almost immediately became a viral star.
In less than two days, the clip has reached more than 110 million views on Facebook and has already broken the record as the most-watched Facebook Live video ever, according to the BBC.
Payne, her husband, Chris, and their two children got another surprise on Friday, May 20, when representatives from Kohl’s showed up to their house with a bunch of presents. (In Payne’s original video, she mentioned that she purchased the Chewbacca mask at the department store.)
The family got more masks, countless Star Wars toys, $2,500 in gift cards and 10,000 rewards points after the viral star caused the mask to sell out online and boost the retail store’s sales.
“Candace made the Internet’s day, so we wanted to make hers,” Kohl’s wrote on its Facebook page. “Chewbacca masks for the whole family (and a little extra too)!”
In the followup video, also shared by Kohl’s, Payne recounts the “craziest day ever” and shows off her infectious laugh once again as her kids try on the masks of the iconic Star Wars character.
“Today has been a whirlwind,” she later wrote on Facebook. “I’m grateful for every kind word and comment even if I haven’t replied. Y’all. OVERWHELMED with gratitude. Let’s keep belly laughing again and again. Never imagined finding my ‘simple joy’ would land me more VIEWS on a little FB video than Mark Zuckerberg has followers. INSANE. Find your ‘simple joy’! Good Day. Now Good Night. It’s all love.”