This Movie Theater Employee Just Went Viral for His Popcorn & Butter Skills

He's got the popcorn-to-butter ratio down to a science.

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Marie LaFauci/Moment/Getty Images
Marie LaFauci/Moment/Getty Images

We all know there’s a science to layering your popcorn with the right butter-to-kernel ratio, so it only makes sense there’s a scientist (read: movie theater employee) that’s got the equation down. Now, we know exactly who that is.

A Texas-based movie theater employee, dubbed the “Popcorn Guy” (his name tag says it and all), was captured in a now-Viral TikTok for his skills behind the snack counter. Don’t believe us? He spins the popcorn tubs on his thumbs, tosses them in the air, all while managing to layer the kernels with warm butter in the process. His routine not only promises the perfect butter-to-popcorn ratio, but it’s also the perfect pre-movie show. The video has garnered over 926,000 likes and 21,000 comments, some of which have labeled the mystery “Popcorn Guy” the next Salt Bae.

According to, the employee in question, Jason Grosboll, has worked at Century Theatres for a decade now. 

“I love interacting with new customers, seeing the smiles on their faces and joy on them,” Grosboll said, per the outlet. “At first, no one really understood it, but as time passed on, people loved it.” Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Megan Schaltegger is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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