How long could you last in New York City on $100?
An aspiring comedian claims he only spent a hundred dollars in about four weeks while living in the big, expensive city.
Frankie Hoy, 27, began the stingy stunt on November 4 and amassed over 100,000 followers on TikTok while chronicling the process.
On day one, Hoy — who claims to live in a van and work at a catering company between his unpaid open-mic comedy gigs — spent $7.26 on a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and a gallon of water, “made it up to me.” hop through the turnstile to avoid paying a $2.75 subway ride.
In the clip, Hoy conceded that he wasn’t “poor for realzies,” but admitted he made a life choice not to make a lot of money so he could “work on his.” [stand-up] Boat.”
In his last post Wednesday morning, Hoy said his fortune had dwindled to just $6.96 a full 27 days later.
He bought himself a $1 slice of pizza, went to a bar where he ate free candy and didn’t order a drink, and brought a single packet of instant ramen noodles to his friend’s house for dinner cook – and gave the last of his ones out of Benjamin.
Though the comedian pulled off the stunt for attention, the amount of traction he got was no joke.
“When I got 50,000 [views] I got scared,” Hoy told NBC News.
“I was like, ‘Oh my god. I don’t know any of these people.’ And then it got to hundreds of thousands and I got scared again,” Hoy reportedly said. “It was just a rollercoaster ride of being anxious and then not being anxious, but most of the reactions have been positive.”
Hoy moved to the city from Perris, California last year to try his hand at stand-up. Now his social media clips have drawn a much wider audience than any stage in Gotham.
The frugal prankster first learned of his newfound fame, according to the outlet, when his phone began frantically pinging while he was on stage at an open mic.
“I got all these comments like, ‘I’m invested.’ And I thought, ‘In what?’ And then I opened it and I was like, ‘Oh, thank God. It’s my video,'” Hoy said.
Amid his newfound fame, Foy also began blurring himself as he hopped through subway turnstiles, apparently hoping not to attract the attention of law enforcement.
Aside from stealing from the MTA, Hoy reportedly stretches his money by ordering food that restaurants would otherwise throw away through an app called Too Good To Go.
His content has also prompted online copycats to see how long they could make $100.
“I’m really glad I got people to follow me and people to see my stand up, but I really enjoyed the vlogging part of it,” Hoy reportedly said.
Foy had also started marketing t-shirts to bring in extra money. As of Wednesday, he had sold four of them for $18, according to the article.
https://nypost.com/2022/11/30/frankie-hoy-goes-viral-on-tiktok-for-living-on-100-a-month-in-nyc/ Frankie Hoy is going viral on TikTok for living on $100 a month in NYC