In the summer of 2009, at the behest of their bosses at the Winchester office of Yount, Hyde & Barbour, P.C. (YHB), Timothy LeHew, CPA, Greg Mercer, CPA, Bryan Newlin, CPA, and Aaron Poffinberger, CPA, became the Los Bank Auditors.
Tasked with making a short video for YHB’s Firm Day, the four elected to riff on The Lonely Island hit, “I’m on a Boat,” which had just debuted as a “Saturday Night Live” digital short. The result was the tongue-in-cheek “I’m on an Audit” — complete with backing vocals from Newlin’s wife, Karen — which has garnered nearly 25,000 YouTube views since its posting.
“We wanted to have fun with it and at the same time somewhat meet the objectives,” Poffinberger said.
Once the video hit YouTube, the four Los Bank Auditors got a great positive response from clients and friends. Poffinberger was even recognized in an out-of-town restaurant for his role in the production.
“I’m on an Audit” follows the Los Bank Auditors through their work, with several lines and shots taken from real life, including a shot of a coworker working in a broom closet.
“Making the video was a lot of fun,” Newlin said. “Recording the track put us all outside of our comfort zone, but was a blast.”
After Firm Day was over, the Los Bank Auditors went back to business as usual, crunching numbers and serving their clients. But at the end of the day, they’re still the rapping accountants, with some impressive YouTube numbers to back it up.
“Ego aside, I would have to say I am the best rapper of the four of us,” Poffinberger said, “and maybe a top-five rapping accountant in the state of Virginia.”