It takes more than you think to put yourself out there as an Instagram comedian, especially when your brand of comedy is physical. However, Micah Smith TBB has found his niche creating wild, wacky and unconventional videos for social media—most of which show off his heavily tattooed body. We sat down with the viral sensational to learn about how he got into this branch of comedy, the most dangerous thing he's done for a video and what his mom thinks of his content.
What inspired you to begin making your brand of content?
I’ve always wanted to do something with comedy, but I was always scared to put myself out there for fear of judgement, you know? My humor is not for everyone, I get that. But what inspired me to move past that I think was watching Daveo Falaveo and what he was doing with his videos. He was insanely confident and out there and that really resonated with me, so I reached out to him and really confided in him. He didn’t blow me off like you would think most people would, but we really connected and he gave me tips, we bounced ideas around, he always shared my content. He made a big impact on me in the beginning and I’ll always be appreciative of him for that.
What was your first video to gain attention online and why do you think this is?
It would have to be a video of me listening to “Careless Whisper” by George Michael. I was covered in corn dogs, wearing mustard yellow heels, and dipping a corndog into a pool of ketchup in my belly button. For well over a year I was referred to as “The Corn Dog Guy." I think the internet is a strange place and that video was just weird enough and cringey enough for people to think, this is totally ridiculous and want to share it. Within a week that video hit 15.7 million views on my page alone.
Take me through some of your favorite videos that you’ve made.
There’s a couple that were really fun to make. At one point, I started a cooking series on my Facebook page where I cracked an egg with my ass cheeks, it was one of those too good to be true moments. The egg cracked perfectly, dropped straight into the center of the pan on the stove, it was like one of those “Dude Perfect” moments, but like with an egg and an ass instead of a ball and a net. Absolutely glorious.
I’ve also done some pranking on Omegle, which is a chat website where you talk to strangers at random. I basically dress up with huge, fake boobs so they think I’m a women, I’ll tilt the camera down so they can’t see my face, and I’ll catch them saying some wild shit right before I tilt the camera back up and reveal my beautiful, bearded face, so that makes for some really epic, organic reactions. I really feel like trolling is life, like if I’m not out there trolling I’m not living. I have so much fun making those videos.
Another of my favorites would have to be when I went skateboarding through my apartment complex while wearing a thong and nipple clamps. I honestly had no idea if I was going to be fucked or not for doing that, but thankfully no one saw me, or if they did at the very least didn’t report me.
How have your friends and family reacted to your content?
To be honest, they’re all super supportive. Everyone close to me has always said they knew I would do something in comedy. When I was younger, I was always doing things to make people laugh, either by making prank phone call or just cracking jokes. The funny thing is I actually convinced my mom to record the Corn Dog video that started me off. I know that sounds totally weird, but I begged her to do it and she did! She was rolling her eyes and trying not to laugh the whole time, but she did it. Love you, mom.
What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve done for a video?
OK, so the most dangerous thing was when I lit myself on fire. I was browsing YouTube, just listening to music, and I came across the video for “Pussy Fire” by Jirafa Rey and Eskarnia— which is wild and has tons of people just lightning their crotches on fire. So I thought, "Fucking hilarious, I gotta do it, right?" So I grabbed some Daisy Dukes, a can of Pam cooking spray, and a lighter and went to town dancing. I was holding the can of Pam and using the lighter to just torch my crotch and before I knew it my leg and pube hairs caught on fire. So I’m freaking out at this point, trying to swat out the literal pussy (bussy?) fire, all on camera. I thought I was a goner there for a minute, but it made for an epic video. Facebook eventually removed that video, but it was hilarious while it lasted.
What's something might people be surprised to learn about you?
I think most people have this perception of me that I am some crazy party animal and that I’m out here every night drinking, going out to clubs, and being wild, but that’s so far from who I really am. I’ve never touched a drug in my life, I don’t drink at all. I prefer to be at home for the most part and keep to myself. I’m actually pretty mellow, I don’t wear sexy underwear out (unless the laundry is dirty, then probably), I just hang out at home in my own head, thinking of or looking at funny shit – that’s what makes me happy.
What was your first tattoo and what’s the story behind it?
My first tattoo was the boombox on my stomach which I got in large part because of Travis Barker, he had one on his stomach and he is the main reason I was inspired to get so many tattoos. I’ve always idolized Travis Barker and still do to this day.
Take me through your face tattoos and how has having them changed your life?
I started with the stars and hearts on the side of my face. I’ve always loved space and I came from the era where stars were super popular, and hearts are obviously cute. I also have “FLA 321” with hearts on the other side because home is where the heart is, keeping it as literal as possible with that one.
I also have my entire head tattooed and it partially covers my forehead, so I do get a lot of attention for that, some negative and some not, but that’s to be expected, I think. I do see some people judge me or give me dirty looks, but most people realize their misconception once they talk to me. They see I’m well spoken, at least somewhat intelligent, and that I’m not a criminal or in a gang or whatever stigma about face tattoos they’ve grown to believe.
Do you have any funny tattoos?
I have “Fuck Yeah” on my ass, one word on each butt cheek, so I think that’s pretty funny. I also have the Starbucks logo above my crotch area. The Starbucks in my hometown would know me by this tattoo and when I would walk in they would always give me free drinks because of it.
Where do you hope your page will take you?
I haven’t really thought too far into the future with it, to be honest. Wherever it takes me, it takes me. It seems like every year it gets bigger and bigger, but I’m not really in it for money or clout, that’s never been my goal, I do it because it makes me happy.
I have a history of severe panic attacks and depression, so creating videos has been a way to pull myself away from those episodes. We all know that making people happy makes us happy, so this is just another way for me to do that. If I can make someone laugh, that brings me away from that toxic mind set I can get at times and makes me feel better. It's my own form of therapy if you will. So my main goal right now is just to inspire and make people happy, so wherever it takes me from there I’m OK with.