T. Kyle MacMahon

It takes a lot of work—and an unhealthy love of Housewives—to become the king of reality show GIFs.
May 11, 2012

Thanks to T. Kyle MacMahon we can all express our unspeakable feelings a little better. The 23-year-old MTV designer is the clever pop-culture nut behind RealityTVGIFs.Tumblr.com, one of the most popular sources for Tumblr GIFs and a major supplier for breakout memes like those found at TheNYCGays.Tumblr.com. The work even led him to his current job. “I got to do the first-ever live GIFs of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards—[including] the Beyoncé baby bump GIF!” he shares.
But why does he think this almost-forgotten relic of the GeoCities-era World Wide Web resurfaced with such force? “GIFs to me are like the new emoticons,” the Hell’s Kitchener explains. “Instead of saying “:D” I’ll just send a GIF of Big Ang laughing instead. It makes online conversation less dull.”

Choose one in each grouping:

Wives on TV: Beverly Hills, New York, Sister, Mob

Big Ang is everything.

Drag Race Season Four: Latrice Royale, Sharon Needles, Chad Michaels, Willam

Latrice Muthafuckin’ Royale.

GeoCities GIFs: Spinning Earth, Dancing Baby, Dancing MC Hammer, “Under Construction” sign

Dancing Baby. It is a classic.

Reality TV Retaliation: Table Flip, Drink in Face, Intervention, Flipping-off

Table flip. Haven’t we all wanted to do it at some point?

Short Answer:

Who was your biggest celebrity sighting in New York?

I was walking back to work from the dentist one morning and on the corner was Teresa Giudice and Aubrey O’ Day filming Celebrity Apprentice. I just walked right up to her and asked for a photo. She was so cute!

What’s the funniest pickup line you’ve had used on you?

“I love gingers; can I find out if the [carpet] matches the drapes?”

If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be?

Drink prices! I can get a six-pack in Jersey for $5.50.

What is the most played song on your iPod right now?

‘“Till the World Ends” by Britney Spears

What’s in your medicine cabinet?

I always have a case of Crest Whitestrips handy.

If you were on death row, what would be your last meal?

A box of Cheez-Its.

Something no one knows about me is…

As much as I love my Housewives, I’m also an XBox “gaymer.”

If you could be a fly on the wall for any historical event, what would it be?

When Danielle Staub put the book on the table during the Real Housewives of New Jersey Season One finale.

Who’s your favorite New Yorker of all time?

Miss New York from Flavor of Love.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a VJ for TRL.

What are you most excited about in 2012?

I’m seeing Madonna in concert for the first time.

How much TV do you watch a week?

Believe it or not I don’t have cable. I just watch my Bravo shows on iTunes.

Who was your most famous/bizarre Internet fan?

Greg Bennett from Real Housewives of New Jersey is a fan of the blog. I even made him a customized GIF combining him with Camille from Beverly Hills.

Most shocking reality-TV moment?

That’s a tough one… I’d say Teresa shoving Andy Cohen was one of the most shocking.