If you’ve seen a man-sized gecko wandering around The Farm, it wasn’t the “Bonnaroo vibe”.
He is real and offers to listen to your problems for free.
It is important to note that he is not a licensed therapist. It’s not a real gecko either.
Lyle Drescher, better known as Lyle Forever on social media, painted his face green, donned his gecko costume and the masses flocked to him.
Fans flocked to the Zen area of the Farm’s Plaza 2 on Saturday, and the lucky ones inside sat on the floor, ready to watch “Therapy Gecko” do what it does best: listen.
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“Therapy Gecko” was a pandemic passion project, born out of a need to connect with people in a time when interpersonal relationships were strained.
The 24-year-old was working in social media for Adult Swim when COVID-19 shut down the world. He had an old gecko costume tucked away for a rainy day. What could be rainier than a confinement caused by a pandemic?
This is how “Gecko Therapy” was born.
Mr. Gecko landed on Reddit’s front page after streaming in the Public Access Network’s subreddit, his manager Chase Fielder said. From there, he appeared on Twitch, YouTube, and TikTok, gaining a small but powerful and growing following.
“Therapy Gecko” doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but modernizes it for a Gen Z audience. time dressed as a gecko.
No matter how ridiculous the story is, Mr. Gecko always responds in kind and with serious comments.
“When he started, he expected people to be mean, to be trolls,” Fielder said. “What he found instead was that people were super empathetic and sane.”
“Therapy Gecko” is ready to listen to the world, and Bonnaroo was just one of the first stops on their upcoming tour. He booked a spot to co-host Bonnaroo’s Hulu stream and scheduled three therapy sessions during the four-day festival.
Fielder estimates his client spoke to more than 3,000 people over the weekend, both between his live sessions and while being harassed while walking around the field. After all, who could dare ignore a man dressed as a gecko?
Contact Tennessean reporter Kirsten Fiscus at 615-259-8229 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @KDFiscus.