Viral TikTok star attracts inspiration for hit character from Rocky Mount college administrator ::

When the coronavirus pandemic broke out, it changed a local’s career path.

Many people laugh at him now – and that makes him famous.

Put Tony Puddy in a wig with a handful of keys and a walkie-talkie and he becomes the administrator of a fictional high school that puts students right at school meetings.

“Well, I don’t know what you were looking for in your social grams and media books,” Puddy says in a TikTok video.

Puddy does lockdown exercises and checks out the school band on his social media videos.

“I think you should all make earth, wind and fire. Leave this groove,” says Puddy to the fictional students.

In real life, Puddy attended Rocky Mount High School.

“Everything I did came from my high school memory,” Puddy explained.

His character as a school administrator is even based on a real Rocky Mount education officer.

“Yes, her name is Mrs. Ballard,” said Puddy. “She said, ‘I know these videos are about me.'”

There are other characters and sketches that he recorded, including a student and the school coach.

“They also have 15 jobs at the school,” said Puddy.

P.uddy He used to work at a restaurant in Raleigh, but then the pandemic hit. He took it as a sign to focus on comedy and the skits that he liked to do.

He admits it’s starting slowly.

“Then I got on TikTok and it started from there,” said Puddy.

He has 3.2 million followers on TikTok alone.

Puddy said his new job was fun.

“This is crazy,” he added.

Puddy says it pays off well. He just appeared in a Nike ad starring rap star Megan Thee Stallion.

“Nike was so great. Your entire team was amazing,” he said.

Puddy said there is one lesson in his life story so far.

“I wanted to take that leap of faith and see what happens,” he said.

Puddy says there are more big projects ahead of us, but he’s not allowed to say what they are just yet.

He added that he would like to start his own production company long term and that he would also like to meet his hero Eddie Murphy.

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