Amy Reilich of Centerville now knows the answer to ‘who lands on the Ellen Show.’
The answer is her son and his three friends.
A video Bill Reilich and his pals from his Centerville High School days — Stevie Brock, Dan Burtenshaw and Dan Cox — made as the band the Cream Pies has gone viral since they posted in on YouTube.com on Friday.
It was featured today on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“It is surreal,” Amy Reilich said. “I’ve just been in a fog since this started.”
The Ellen show tweeted about the video Tuesday with a link to it and the message, “I love these guys.”
A segment from “We Love You, Ellen” — a 3 minute, 35 second comical ode to the talk show host — got big laughs from the audience when it was played on her syndicated show.
“Here are some guys who are not only cute, but they can sing and they have excellent taste in women,” DeGeneres said as the video played.
DeGeneres sang the Cream Pies’ praises.
“So cute. I love them. I love you. Please come to me. I would love to have you on the show,” she said after a clip of the campy song played.
The talk show airs 4 p.m. weekdays on WHIO-TV.
Amy Reilich said her son, now a 23-year-old assistant basketball coach at Indiana University South Bend, has been making music with his friends since they were kids.
“They grew up together in Centerville Schools,” she said. “They used to do this in my basement. They used to come in and close the door, and I could hear them laughing and rapping and banging out beats.”
Reilich said Stevie Brock, the son of Jim Brock and Vicki Brock-Lucas, is the true singer in the group, which came up with the band name due to their love of treats from Bill’s Donuts.
Brock’s stepmother, Lydia Brock, recorded and edited the video shot around Christmas at Geez Grill & Pub in Centerville.
It has the Cream Pies interacting with a sometimes dancing cardboard poster of Ellen.
“It is just funny,” Lydia Brock said of the attention. “We never imagined it was going to be like that. They got wind of it at the show and loved it. There words were exceptional.”
Stevie Brock lives in Los Angeles, where he is a singer.
Dan Burtenshaw, the son of Barry and Martha Burtenshaw, and Dan Cox, the son of Bob and Sandy Cox, live in Centerville and work in the area.
Bill Reilich’s father, Rick, owns Foreign Exchange Import Automotive Center.
Here is what the 2009 Centerville grads decribed the video on YouTube:
“This is no joke. During our last get-together, we talked about what we should rap about. Outside of Bill’s Donuts, our families, The Scream Pies and each other, there was one person that we all loved whole-heartedly: Ellen DeGeneres. So this is our most sincere tribute to her. This is not an attempt to get on her show (although what an amazing experience that would be), because that isn’t how we roll. This is just an honest homage to the impression Ellen has left on us. And she agreed to appear in the video with us! She always looks so happy in person! Lol. So, ANYWAY … we say, ‘We Love You, Ellen,’ and this song’s for you.”
Stay tuned to learn when the foursome makes it on the show.