As a global platform that inspires creativity and brings joy, TikTok is a place where everyone can share inspiring moments and be their authentic selves while discovering content and connecting with a wider community.
Khaby (@khaby.lame) has become the first TikTok creator in Europe and the second in the world to hit 100 million followers.
The 21-year-old creator was born in Senegal and moved to Chivasso, Italy with his family when he was a year old.
He first started on the platform during a particularly difficult time in his life — Italy was in lockdown and he had just lost his job because of COVID-19. His desire to make the most out of his situation and turn it into an opportunity to achieve his dream of making people laugh motivated him to start a TikTok account and share his first comedy videos.
With one funny video after another, his followers began to grow, and in less than 17 months, Khaby has quickly become one of the most recognized and loved TikTok creators globally as he continues to use his unique creativity and sense of humour to spread joy to a global community. With his iconic facial expressions and use of irony in his videos, he continues to inspire us to stay true to who we are and live life with joy.
Khaby, in a Q&A with TikTok, talked about his TikTok journey and reaching the 100M follower milestone on the app. He recounted some of his memorable videos and gave content creation tips to other creators.
Khaby on how he started on TikTok and what inspired him to create videos:
It all started during the first lockdown: I had recently lost my job, so I decided to start recording in my bedroom.
The inspiration for my videos goes way back to when I was a kid watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with Will Smith. I loved his comedy and I also loved all of his movies. So I decided to record some sketches on YouTube with a friend of mine and, even though there were very few views, I enjoyed making them.
When I pick up the phone to record, everything becomes more beautiful and fun — the world of TikTok with its comedy is so beautiful and so much fun.
Khaby on what inspired his humour:
From so many things. Will Smith’s movies, but also Eddie Murphy’s, Omar Sy’s and many other comedic actors. Also cartoons…which I still watch to this day!
Khaby on his reaction to seeing so much success on the platform:
I’m grateful and happy about it, but I always remain down-to-earth and true to my original idea of making videos to have fun and make others laugh. I consider myself a simple guy.
Khaby’s content creation tip to other creators:
I think it’s enough that you really like what you do and love who you are and how you show yourself to others. And then the rest will come accordingly.
Khaby on his favourite feature to create videos with:
I love creating videos using TikTok’s Stitch feature, but also creating them from scratch.
His first viral video:
The backpack one – a nice surprise.
Khaby on the video he created that he can’t stop thinking about:
Khaby on the video he’s most proud of creating:
I don’t have one in particular. I love all of my videos and all of them have made me proud.
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