For as long as Devin Karpes can remember, he’s always wanted to do comedy. From taking the piss out of his mates around the braai to pranking his wife at home, Devin has always had a comedic side to him. There was a fork in the road for Devin when his daughter was born. Should he grow up and become a serious father or should he take the road less traveled, stick to his gun and become the coolest parent around? Well, of course, Devin took the unbeaten track and saw his newfound fatherhood as a platform to pursue his dream of comedic stardom.
In walks That Fun Dad. What started out as a platform for Devin to express his comedic side with content created and inspired by his baby daughter, has grown into a social media spot with over 21 000 followers on Instagram, making Devin an influencer to be reckoned with. But instead of telling a bunch of dad jokes, Devin decided to flip the coin and produce edgy content. From dropping curse words every now and then to making a video of Jacob Zuma counting his children, That Fun Dad is here to kick ass and push the envelope as far as he can.
The buck does not stop there. Devin has also created a character called Simi (who Devin plays flawlessly), modeled after the typical Sandton mom. Simi caters to the moms who subscribe to That Fun Dad’s social media channels. Her job is to review baby products, crack jokes about Tasha’s, and to interacts with brands. In a nutshell, this is all an excuse for Devin to spend time with his daughter and in return, he receives tons of content to entertain the masses with.
The content that drives Devin’s social media brand, which is spearheaded on Instagram and Facebook, revolves around the new experiences Devin goes through as a first-time father. Everything from feeding to changing to getting the little one to sleep is turned into comedy gold. Devin also gives advice for new parents in a segment he calls Just The Tip Thursdays. Herein Devin shares lifehacks with his audience.
But what’s next? That Fun Dad recently hit 21 000 plus followers on Instagram and is now teaming up with a handful of NGO’s and brands to make a difference in the lives of many toddlers growing up without parents. Devin is devoted to spending time at different orphanages with the aim to entertain the kids. It is this hands-on experience which lacks in the foster system that Devin wants to tackle head on. As important as it is for individuals to donate to charity it is important to spend time with kids growing up without parental figures.
Watch this space for up and coming adventures with That Fun Dad as he makes the world a better place, one smile at a time. Here’s a little tip for all you parents to be:
By Shawn Greyling
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