Esteban Romero isn’t a vagrant — he simply performs one on TikTok.
The 52-year-old Brooklynite has develop into a viral sensation for his road antics on the app – one video attracted 1.5 million views – and he admitted to The Post this week that he’s a comedian of almost 20 years who lives in a basement residence in Bushwick.
He has been filmed supposedly pooping in a faux subway cleaner’s bucket final year and being stopped by an individual dressed up as Spiderman from robbing a subway station fruit vendor. Straphangers are recurrently caught overlaying their mouths in shock.
A video posted on Twitter final week, watched by virtually 9 million folks, depicted him seemingly knocking up a stupendous lady who gave him meals and a mattress. Several viewers referred to as out the video’s authenticity, however many others responded incredulously to the video with the identical question: “WHAT?”
“If you look at me, you would think that I was mentally disturbed person that could snap at any given minute,” stated Romero, carrying solely his trademark ripped sweatpants and camouflage clogs.
Romero, who immigrated from Panama to the United States in 1984, caught the comedy bug in 2003, after his cousin satisfied him to inform some jokes at a present on the now-closed Boston Comedy Club in Greenwich Village.
“It was like, ‘Hey, guys, I’m a loser. I’m 40 years old and I live with my mother,’” Romero stated of his debut materials.
He refined his routines by acting at bars’ standup nights and dealing at comedy golf equipment for stage time. But simply earlier than the pandemic, he linked with the comedian Dannyduces, who satisfied him to embrace a homeless persona he had been experimenting with for years in his standup and in YouTube skits.
Since then, Romero, collaborating with an intensive crew of comedians, writers and administrators, has fooled tens of millions of individuals in New York and past into believing he was a bona fide hobo.
One cause he’s so convincing is that he actually has slept on Gotham’s streets and bathed on the Port Authority.
“I’ve been a bum, I’ve been homeless,” he stated, explaining that he squatted in a constructing in Canarsie, Brooklyn, from 2013 to 2019 earlier than sleeping on the subway and crashing at buddies’ houses for a couple of months.
Now, he’s making an attempt to assist out the town’s homeless nevertheless he can.
“I try to give them information about where to get food, clothing,” he stated. “Financially, I’m trying to keep myself from being with them 24 hours, but whenever I can, I give them whatever cash or food I have.”