As more comedic voices build their names online, one in particular can be considered as an early online star who has left a blue print for others to follow. For online personality Timothy DeLaGhetto, his 8 years of work seems to be now paying off as he ventures on to TV. With his current role as a member of MTV2’s Wild ‘N Out we quickly learn that he is getting closer to his goal as becoming the next ‘Fresh Prince.’ You can catch more of Timothy as he stars on all new season of Wild ‘N Out premiering Jan. 7th at 11/10c on MTV2.
CH: WHO WOULD YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR COMEDY INFLUENCES?
TD: In terms of influences not only in comedy, but just in terms of career, I would say Jamie Foxx and Will Smith. Just because I’m doing comedy and I’m trying to act, plus I do music too. So for me, those were dudes who were able to successfully do everything. They could put out music and people can take them seriously as actors and they can be funny too. My name actually comes from an episode of Fresh Prince. DeLaGhetto comes from an old episode where he joined a poetry club to meet girls and he picks up a poem and the girls says, “Who’s that poem by?” And he says, “It’s by Raphiel DeLaGhetto”. So I took that from that poetry episode and made that my stage name.
CH: HAVE YOU EVER LOOKED AT DOING ACTUAL STAND-UP COMEDY?
TD: I’ve dabbled in stand up and to be honest it was fun, but I knew it was something I would really have to practice at to perfect it. At this point the YouTube videos are my bread and butter, it’ what has been working for me and paying the bills. So I just focused on creating my online content and let the other dudes do stand up.
YOU ARE ALWAYS CREATING CONTENT FOR YOUR FANS. HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED WRITERS BLOCK?
I’ve been on YouTube for eight years now and that’s eight years of constantly trying to put out a skit nearly every week, so I definitely hit a couple rough patches where I’m like what else can I write about. I have the occasional writers block but most of the time it comes from real life experiences. I’m blessed that I have the resources to make these situations that happen comes out to be these ridiculous skits.
CH: WHAT DOES BEING SOMEONE WHO STARTED ON THE INTERNET TO NOW BE ON TV, SIGNIFY FOR YOU?
TD: The thing about social media we were able to take things into our own hands and make it happen on our own. We didn’t need a production company or studio. I was able to grind it out by myself and open up my own doors and be on a TV show. When I was coming up, dudes were telling me I would never be on TV or make it in the industry. Now I’ve been able to take things into my own hands.
CH: HOW DID YOU END UP BEING APART OF THE WILD N’ OUT CAST?
TD: I saw Nick Cannon tweeting about Wild’N’Out coming back and I always thought I’d be good for it. One day he tweeted whoever gets the most retweets of Wild’N’Out, I’ll audition them personally. I had a decent twitter following and I had my people retweet and then he hit me with the DM saying, “Come audition on this day,” and I auditioned and I got called back for the group audition. They hit me up and said I was on the show.
CH: EVERYONE HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT ONLINE COMEDIANS VS. STAND-UP COMEDIANS. WHAT’S YOUR RESPONSE TO HEARING THAT SOME STAND-UP’S AREN’T TO PLEASED WITH THE ATTENTION ONLINE COMEDIANS ARE GETTING?
TD: I understand where they’re coming from. They feel like we haven’t put in the work in that they have and we’re getting all the opportunities. The thing is I’ve been on YouTube for eight years and I’ve been grinding too, it’s just a different hustle. At the end of the day everybody that’s getting these opportunities is putting in work in their own way. I’m not going to lie, when Vine came out I was like, I been on YouTube for eight years and these Vine people been doing it for one and they getting all these jobs. So I get where the stage comedians are coming from.
CH: YOU HAVE A BIG SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWING. WHAT WAS THE CRAZIEST THING SOMEONE OFFERED FOR A SHOUT-OUT?
TD: People haven’t really offered me crazy things. It’s the people that get mad when you don’t shout them out. You might respond on Twitter and they ask for a shout-out and if you don’t, they’re like, “Oh wow! Really?? You don’t care about your fans.”
CH: WITH WILD ‘N OUT HELPING YOU GET ON TV, WHAT’S THE OVER-ALL GOAL FOR YOU?
Overall goal, I created this format for myself called the Fresh Prince format and just to do music, TV, movies and just take over for the Asians.
CH: ANYTHING ELSE?
There’s a new season of Wild ’N Out in January and a new season of Guy Code. You might see me on a new show called ‘Joking Off’ and I got some more new stuff dropping.