By Tony Lopez

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A local cab driver has hit it big with a viral video and now a national TV appearance.

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It might just turn into more than 15 minutes of fame for “Taxi Dave.”. This all started when the taxi driver working the streets of Sacramento knew he needed a “shtick” as they say to get more customers.

You can hear him before you see him – “Taxi Dave” cruisin’ in his black and yellow cab.

“Yeah, uh-huh, you know who I am. I’m Taxi Dave, Taxi Dave in my black and yellow, black and yellow cab.”

That’s how it all began. A YouTube clip featuring Dave Rivera – a Sacramento taxi driver who can’t sing and can’t rhyme but can draw a crowd because of what he does behind the wheel:

There’s no napping in the backseat with Taxi Dave belting out the tunes. He calls himself a natural DJ.

“I get a feel for people and their mood and what they’re into and I can pull the right song and they start screaming having a good time,” he told CBS13 during a ride-along on Tuesday.

Dave’s good time making the video clip turned into a great opportunity when Comedy Central’s Tosh.o saw it.

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“I got the phone call from the producers of the show and they invited me to be on the show for what’s called a web redemption,” he said.

We were there as Dave got his first look at that web redemption episode Tuesday night. Tosh.o laughed with him – at him – and his customers loved it.

“It was hilarious,” one said.

And Dave took it all in stride.

“That’s what I’m all about is comedy, having a good time, but providing a clean and safe ride for my customers,” he said.

It’s a customer list growing by the day.

And that’s music to Taxi Dave’s ears.

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