Meet Tyler Gaca, the comedian bringing hilarious whimsy to TikTok

TikTok is embracing a chiller, gentler, more absurd kind of comedy with Tyler Gaca

The art school graduate with a soft-spoken voice and a cerebral sense of humor has forged a cult following on social media. Gaca is a welcome reprieve from “Straight TikTok,” which is mostly straight white kids making dance videos and posting thirst traps. It’s no wonder his alt-comedy sketches have earned him widespread acclaim. 

Who is Tyler Gaca? 

Gaca was born on Oct. 3, 1994 and is currently 27 years old. He is married and has resided in Ohio and California with his husband. Gaca has taught at Columbus College of Art & Design’s Continuing & Professional Studies department. 

He started his TikTok channel in April 2019 and currently has over 2.7 million followers. 

He has a logical explanation for his nickname

Gaca changed his previous username to the pseudonym @ghosthoney on TikTok when he reached 15,000 followers. 

@ghosthoney

👻 a big thank you to the people alive and dead that got me to 15K love u! #foryou #fyp

♬ Zelda – Hayden Shea

“Did ghost-bees make the honey? Is it made from ghost tears? Is it little kisses from a ghost boy? Also, I’m sweet and fascinated by death,” Gaca joked in a TikTok.

Gaca is known for his offbeat, chaotic sense of humor

@ghosthoney

I really can’t sleep now without it 🌝

♬ fruits basket lofi – tills chills

For example, in one skit, Gaca confessed that he secretly conditioned his brain to only be able to fall asleep if a slice-of-life anime is playing in the background. 

He committed to TikTok after he got laid off

Gaca and his husband, photographer JiaHao Peng, were both laid off on the same day in 2020. The creator then decided to turn his side hustle, which started as a postgrad project, into a full-time job. 

“I’m hoping my career will slowly shift into other creative endeavors that are more long-term sustainable,” Gaca told BuzzFeed News. 

He knows his voice is super chill 

Gaca didn’t realize his voice had a certain je ne sais quoi until he started making videos

“I think that’s why people like my videos because I lull them into a false sense of calm and the words coming out of my mouth are like pure chaos,” Gaca told Paper. “I get so many comments where people are like, ‘Oh my God, I listen to your live streams just so I can fall asleep at night.’ And that’s something I never knew about myself or anticipated when I first started making videos on the internet.”

He hopes to offer positive representation

When Gaca was a kid, there weren’t many LGBTQIA+ people visibly leading happy, ordinary lives. 

“Growing up, I never had anything like that, especially not on TV and social media wasn’t a thing,” Gaca told Paper about the lack of representation. “That’s something I really hope people walk away with. Like, ‘Oh, it’s possible to be 26, happily married and living the best life you possibly can.'”

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