Gary Meikle: 'Social media is changing everything'
- Jay Richardson
- 5 July 2019
Glaswegian comic discusses his viral fame and new material
After five years of stand-up, Gary Meikle turned professional last summer and attracted strong reviews for his Edinburgh Fringe debut. Yet the Glaswegian wasn't happy with the level of exposure it brought him. Nine days later, he posted his now infamous rant about his daughter's eyebrows on Facebook, which went viral, changing his life overnight. Since then, he's attracted more than 125m views for his videos on the social media platform, rejected appearing on Britain's Got Talent and Judge Rinder, and become an international act, with tours of Europe, North America and Australia booked for the next 12 months.
'Social media is changing everything,' he acknowledges. 'I genuinely think it's a big part of my success so far because I am so interactive with my audience and really give them an insight into my life.' Mixing his introductory hour about being a 41-year-old grandfather and sharing his home with daughter Ainslie and granddaughter Gracie, alongside new material, The iBrow Guy attributes his relative ease with his burgeoning fame to a tough upbringing in the care system. Nevertheless, after just signing his first boob, he admits to being surprised by the deluge of eyebrow photos sent to him by female fans.
'I'm bombarded with emails from women all over the world,' he marvels. 'And it's just pictures of their forehead most of the time, from the nose up, leaving out the rest of their face, asking "Gary, do you like my eyebrows?"' Some go further though. At gigs, 'a lot of women are cupping my arse,' he admits. 'I've had two women try to cup my balls. Another tried to put her hand up my top three times! It's a shame because I love doing the meet'n'greets afterwards. They've given me their money and got babysitters, the least I can do is hang around for a picture. There's a line that shouldn't be crossed though. But quite often, it is!'
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, Sat 13 Jul; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Fri 2 Aug.