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A Bermudian ‘man having fun in his kitchen’ hits five million TikTok followers

Global fame: Dylan Hollis’ internet videos are becoming increasingly popular

Bermudian Dylan Hollis has reached another milestone in his career as a global TikTok star, after gaining more than five million followers.

Mr Hollis’s short films on the video-sharing platform have become so popular that he is recognised by strangers in Laramie, Wyoming, where he is a music student.

Mr Hollis is now ranked 2,460th most popular out of one billion people globally who post films on the site – placing him in the top one per cent of users. He has also received more than 108 million ‘likes’.

Mr Hollis said: “Reaching five million followers is quite a significant mark, more so when thinking about the fact that I only began this journey last year. It's also a milestone, which is bittersweet as with such a large following, we major content creators must deal with an even higher percentage of usual 'unfollows'.

“In this manner, what surprises me is not reaching the mark, but rather the fact that we've continued to grow past this point. It's indicative that people must truly enjoy the content and that it has not been a passing viral fad.”

Mr Hollis said his soaring popularity had been “wild”.

“It's forced me to quickly become acquainted with the breakneck field of social media,” he said.

“It's a path with which I was once completely unfamiliar, not to mention one I never thought I'd land upon.

“On a platform of one billion monthly users, it staggers me to think I'm among the top one per cent. My live streams are ranked, however, and in the month of October, I've consistently ranked within the top 99 (US) for weekly stream engagement.

“I haven't the ego to comprehend these statistics, so I am simply left constantly bewildered. Being recognised in public is a complete shock, and I'm consistently left more flustered than my fans.”


Many of Mr Hollis’s videos feature him making recipes from old cookbooks – often to comic effect.

He said: “I reckon my videos are so popular because of one plain fact – people simply want the chance to laugh during their day. It isn't that I consider myself a comedian – I never have – but in my videos folks seem to find 60 seconds of levity in a time of unparalleled dispiritedness and hardship.

“I must admit that I am just a man having fun in his kitchen, I have no knowledge about baking whatsoever, save for what I've learnt in the past year. I think my haphazard execution of yesteryear's absurd recipes alludes to the idea that fun can be found most anywhere and it's precisely this light-hearted notion that a lot of us have the proclivity to forget.

“There's also the fact that laughter and food are arguably the two most universal adorations of we humans, so perhaps food-comedy isn't that surprising of a niche.”

Rubbing shoulders with some big names

The most popular TikTok users attract millions of followers – and have achieved celebrity status in doing so.

Currently, dancer Charlie D’Amelio is at the top of the TikTok chart, with 126.5 million followers. Khabane Lame has 116.8 million and Addison Rae 85.2 million.

Already established celebrities have subsequently jumped on the TikTok wagon. Actor and rapper Will Smith is sixth in the chart with 62.4 million followers, while singer Jason Derulo is in 12th with 50.2 million fans.

Other notable names in the TikTok Top 100 include singer Selena Gomez (36.4 million), celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey (27.2 million), actor and comedian Kevin Hart (25.8 million), and singer Justin Bieber (22.7 million).

While those numbers dwarf Dylan Hollis’s 5.2 million fanbase, the Bermudian is still in good company. His films are proving almost as popular as talk show host Jimmy Fallon (6.3 million), and singers Katy Perry (5.9 million) and Mariah Carey (5.5 million).

And he is actually ahead of other household names, including reality television star Kourtney Kardashian (5.1 million), singer Sam Smith (2.9 million) and former Manchester Utd footballer David Beckham (1.3 million).

Mr Hollis has featured several shorts filmed in Bermuda, but the coronavirus pandemic had limited opportunities to return home and make more.

He said: “I certainly plan on making more videos about Bermuda, no matter the distance I roam, her shores will always be home to me.

“There's much about our island that I'm wanting to share with my American audience, I'm especially interested in exploring our rich culinary traditions and our home-grown foods.

“What I find most exciting about food history, and the very reason why I seek out old cookbooks, is the unique ability recipes have to present a place in time upon a plate. We may be able to read, see, or learn about history – but to taste it is something very special.”

Mr Hollis’s videos can be found here.

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Published October 23, 2021 at 7:57 am (Updated October 23, 2021 at 7:57 am)

A Bermudian ‘man having fun in his kitchen’ hits five million TikTok followers

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