Felix Constacio Rodrigues or ‘Felix_ThatFatGuy’ is an Indian memer, who works as an engineer by day and becomes a meme uncle at night. He now features as one of Goa’s top content creators, specializing in memes, reels and moment marketing.
The team of ItsGoa caught up with him and put him under the spotlight.
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If anyone were to ask you, “What do you do for a living, then what would you say?”
I’m an engineer by day and a meme Uncle by night. My other nickname is ‘Dada’ which my kids call me.
My friends at work call me “Piko” because I come from a family of white haired men.
What was that one moment when you decided that, “That’s it! I want to make memes and become a top Indian memer”
There was no one moment I decided that I would make a fool of myself to make others laugh on social media, initially I started making memes as a stress buster after a long days work. My wife calls it my ‘mid life crisis’.
Why use memes, vines and trolls?
If you meet me in person, you will see that I am an introvert, but oddly I find that memes, vines helps me find a humorous side of me and express myself creatively.
A bit about your role models. People you look up to when creating content?
Though I don’t particularly imitate anyone else or consider them a role model as such, content creators such as Hoezaay, Arron Crascal, Just Sul have always made me laugh and I hope I can make others feel the same when they see my content.
Any inspirational moment you remember in your life that changed everything…
When I was in school, they had these posters of quotes by famous people put up in the corridors, that was where I came across this quote by Charlie Chaplin “A day without laughter, is a day wasted”, and that hit me like a cannon ball, I still follow that self imposed rule, that come what may, whether I’ve had a bad day, I’m tired, I’m not feeling well, I have to post something everyday.
What was the biggest challenge when pursuing this as a fulltime career? And how did you overcome it?
Well, this isn’t a full time career for me, and don’t make money out of this, but it has become an amazing creative outlet from the daily grind and a wonderful way to connect and engage with thousands of people all over and hence the challenge remains how to connect to an even greater audience, I try to meet the challenge by creating consistent, current and fresh content.
Any memories as a kid you’d like to share? Maybe when you saw your favorite comedian on TV or some Indian memer or comedian?
I’m a 90’s Kid from the Doordarshan era, and as such we didn’t have as much exposure to comedy and comedians as we have now. People/comedy shows like Flop show by Jaspal Bhatti, Didi’s comedy show , Johnny Lever were very influential.
Who is the one person you’d like to meet from the past? And what would you ask him/her?
That one person from the past I would like to meet is Charlie Chaplin, one of the OG’s of comedy, but I don’t think he would answer any of my questions seeing that he was the king of silent comedy
Can you write a couple of lines for us here say on the topic of “Laugh of Life”?
As you all know life is so unpredictable and we have experienced this during the pandemic, life has come to a standstill and we have lost love ones, yet we have to find a way to move on, and the best way to do it is with a smile. I hope that I have in some tiny way brought a smile or laugh to someone and made them forget their worries and sorrows.
What role did family and friends play? Any quick incident you recall that helped you overcome a hurdle or challenge in life with help from fam?
I am a one man show, but I can’t take all the credit, my family gives me a hand whenever I need help, my daughters always encourage me and sometimes co-star in my videos. My oldest Faith also helps me out with the camera, my wife Vanda forever pretends that she is sick of my antics but always boasts about me to friends and relatives behind my back.
What is the legacy you want to leave behind? And for whom?
Legacy is too heavy a word to use for what I do. I just hope that people remember me as the funny, friendly, fat guy next door. There is nothing in the world as contagious as laughter and good humor, and I hope to infect as many people as I can.
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