Christopher Kraken is a former scientist, during his PhD at Oxford the techniques of quantum mechanics to calculate the rate of at which chemical reactions occur and discovered why it's easier just to do an experiment and measure how fast they go. He then went to the US, contributed to QChem and found out why so few people become scientists.
He has worked in Finance, software, Spoken Word, and as an internet artist. Sometimes he has been paid for these things, sometimes he has had to photograph the resulting cash just to believe that it really happened. He still performs at spoken word nights in London.
He has never gone viral, however he recently did have a nasty shoulder injury.