Tyler Regan is funny. And he's been funny for quite a while, however the world might have never known this had it not been for an ankle injury that instantly ended his professional soccer career before it even really started. The Philly native and Cornell University grad anesthetized the emotional and mental pain by settling for a career in real estate until he revisited his content creation roots. After doing some thorough soul searching, Tyler was able to connect the dots on how his background as a screenwriter in high school and college degree in media studies more than validated his artistic desires.
The former athlete's story is one of triumph over tragedy or rather comedy over complacency. In 2017, Tyler took a leap of faith after building a strong online presence and moved to Los Angeles to invest in his dreams. Tyler's brand of humor is taking privilege, politics and pop-culture and making it a punch line. And with close ti 2 million + followers just on instagram and TikTok alone, its obvious people can't seem to get enough.
Flaunt’s Rhiyen Sharp was able to catch up with the intelligent funnyman while Tyler and his girlfriend are currently traveling cross-country in a vintage 1976 Airstream, which I’m sure will bring some more comedic gold.
You were a pro soccer player, injured before your career could take off. What was your mindset like to make the transition from being an athlete to a comic?
I honestly can’t even justify using the term pro soccer player because of how quickly the journey ended due to injury. That being said, the transition to comedy was extremely convoluted. The injury put me into a pretty deep depression that I didn’t really get through until recently. Content creation was something I did growing up, and while I loved it, I didn’t want to take a chance on getting my hopes up on another dream. I was lucky to have great people around me to give me the confidence to give it a shot.
You’re known for putting a comedic spin on relatable topics,some of which are rooted in privilege like the “First World Help Line” skit. How do you come up with your material?
Creating this content has honestly changed how I see the world. When you are on the lookout for absurdity in everyday life, you start finding it everywhere.
You write your own scripts & perform them, how did you develop the skills to be able to do both so flawlessly?
I feel like I am constantly working to improve on my script writing, editing, and acting. I sometimes see my videos from years ago and wonder what the hell I was thinking with some of them haha. That’s all part of the creative process though. I strive to make each video better than the one before it.
You’ve been doing comedy for a while now but your profile skyrocketed after you joined TikTok. How did the newfound fame change your life?
I still struggle to wrap my head around it to be honest. Not that I feel famous per-say, but being able to create something that gets seen by so many people is surreal. I created videos my whole life that never saw the light of day, so being able to have people actively excited to watch my content is a dream come true. Meeting people and hearing that my videos brighten up their day is always the highlight of my day.
You’re on TikTok and Instagram. Which platform helped to empower your career as a comedian the most?
My main three platforms at this point are TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook and I really enjoy all three of them for different reasons. Different content thrives on each platform, so it really lets me try new things. That being said, TikTok is where I really truly found my “style” and my comedic voice for the first time in my content career, and so I’ll always appreciate it for that.
Who’s the funniest person you know?
My dad. He had so many dumb jokes that were somehow hilarious. As a kid, I always made it my mission to make him laugh. If I was able to, I knew whatever I said was a winner.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from another comedian?
It wasn’t a comedian, but one thing that has stuck with me was something one of my friends said to me when I was at a pretty low point. I was complaining that things got so bad so quickly and he said: “Things were great a week ago and now they’re totally shit. Now turn it on its’ head and think of how quickly things can get better. A lot can change in a week”. That mindset change is something I still focus on when things aren’t going to plan. Which is a lot since social media is inherently volatile.