The Time I Got Drunk (and Popular) on the Internet
A group of friends from the suburbs of Montreal got together one day, cooked up a couple delicious meals and got drunk on camera and here we are. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, up until recently I’d been cooking, eating and drinking on YouTube’s #1 cooking show: Epic Meal Time. Somehow, a bunch of drunk, hungry dudes sparked a huge phenomenon that garnered millions of views per week and legions of fans. For those who don’t know where I garnered this popularity, the short answer is simple: bacon.
Usually, wherever I go out I get recognized. I’m not complaining about it nor am I flaunting that fact, but it’s just part of my life now. I actually quite like it. It’s a very cool feeling, being recognized by strangers. Many of them even know me by name, which is 50% awesome and 50% creepy. People buy me drinks at clubs and bars, people always add “extra bacon” to my meals at restaurants (which is totally no longer funny or original, but I still appreciate it), and I’ve signed boobs with sharpies. BOOBS! The only part of it all that I don’t really understand is; why?
Suddenly, I became this recognizable figure simply for getting sauced up. People were asking me for pictures and autographs all because I eat. I mean, it’s not like I’m a professional athlete or big time movie star; I literally got popular for getting drunk and fat. How does that make any damn sense? It’s ridiculous. One fan, Adam Pooyay, even got the Epic Meal Time logo tattooed across his entire back. That is the definition of a die-hard fan. That is permanent. You can’t put a price on devotion like that.
Now, I don’t want to undersell myself, because I did make large contributions in the creation, evolution and overall production of the show. I was responsible for coming up with a large chunk of the content that millions of people eventually enjoyed. That’s a pretty cool feeling; knowing that the lines or tweets or scripts I wrote were responsible for making that many people happy. It’s inexplicably awesome. Knowing that such a large audience was out there, thoroughly enjoying the results of my efforts, is a drug that I’ll forever be addicted to. Recently, however, I decided to leave Epic Meal Time. After the production moved out to Los Angeles, the business end started getting in the way. It stopped being fun and the vibe just wasn’t the same to me, so I made the extremely tough decided to step away and focus on something else.
It’s crazy, but that’s the thing about fame; it’s completely unpredictable. Popularity, as well as success, are weird entities. They may come and go at the drop of a dime and they show up at the most inexplicable times. I can’t guarantee that my next project will be a success or if I will ever get the exposure I once had ever again. I don’t even know 100% what made the first one so good. All that matters, though, is that I’m enjoying myself in the process. As long as that’s the case, I believe the people will enjoy it along with me. So far I’m 1 for 1. Time to go 2 for 2.
Probably best known for stuffing his face on YouTube, Tyler also knows how to write while he chews. His favorite things include basketball, football, rap music, cheeseburgers, and bacon cheeseburgers. Follow him on practically all social medias @tlemco.