Herschel “Guy” Beahm is unquestionably the most unique streamer on Twitch—but you probably don’t know him by that name. Using ridiculous amounts of violence, speed, and momentum, Beahm rose to Twitch stardom under the guise of DrDisRespect.
If you’re a regular viewer, then you already know the mantra of violence, speed, and momentum. The Doc repeats this relentlessly and seems to live it, too. The Doc uses a variety of streaming props that allow him to look like he’s riding a motorcycle, parachuting, ziplining, or flying in a helicopter. All of these visuals replicate mechanics from games that he streams. Nowadays, those games include Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Apex Legends, and Fortnite, to name a few.
While streaming as DrDisRespect, Beahm sports a black mullet wig, dark sunglasses, a tactical vest, and a mustache dubbed slick daddy that would put actor Tom Selleck to shame. DrDisRespect, as a character, is very similar to a pro wrestling gimmick.
In wrestling, a gimmick is a wrestler’s over the top, out of this world character. DrDisRespect is essentially an excessive caricature of how male gamers see themselves. Besides the costume and his behavior, Beahm supports the character through unique set design and synthwave techno music. All of this, combined with his over-the-top attitude and the fact that he’s actually a skilled gamer, makes for an incredibly entertaining stream.
Beahm wasn’t always a Twitch superstar, however. For most of his life, he was focused on sports. His love for basketball led him to California State Polytechnic University where he played Division II NCAA basketball.
On his stream, the Doc character regularly references being the two-time champ, alluding to the NBA Jam tournaments he won as a kid. He also reminds his audience that he’s 6 feet 8 inches tall, something that no doubt helped his basketball career.
During college, Beahm was introduced to Halo and Halo 2. He discovered that he was incredibly skilled at shooter games and eventually fell in love with the genre. Beahm also discovered his love for talking smack online. Using Halo’s proximity voice chat, he quickly became a legend in the community for his hilarious trash talk. Operating under the gamertag “Diarrhea Panic,” Beahm spent hours refining his FPS skill and cutting promos on opponents in-game.
Eventually, Beahm changed his gamertag to DrDisRespect. Although he probably didn’t know at the time, this was more than likely the best idea of his life. Beahm discovered a genre of videos gaining popularity where gamers would give commentary over their Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 matches. He loved the concept and decided that he had to take a swing at it.
Beahm went to a costume shop and purchased his signature wig, mustache, and glasses. He then made the first video of DrDisRespect in character. The video was a play on the montage genre, which showed him talking smack over his Call of Duty gameplay—but it also cut to real life video of him in costume. The video was a huge success and Beahm eventually signed a contract with Machinima, making him a partnered creator.
Machinma was one of the biggest gaming channels on YouTube and its content regularly included comedic gaming-based videos. Beahm’s YouTube career didn’t last long, however. In February 2011, he announced that he’d be taking a hiatus from YouTube to become the community manager at Sledgehammer Games.
Sledgehammer Games was just beginning to work on two new Call of Duty titles at the time: Modern Warfare 3 and Advanced Warfare. Beahm eventually took a level design position with Sledgehammer and got to work on a number of maps for Advanced Warfare.
Around the end of 2015, Beahm announced his departure from Sledgehammer, and shortly after that, the DrDisRespect character resurfaced. Beahm began streaming in character, playing games like H1Z1 King of the Kill, a battle royale game. In the battle royale genre, players are grouped into an area with a high amount of weapons and the last person or team standing wins. This was the perfect game type for Beahm to showcase his skills, including his trash talk.
By the end of 2016, Beahm had driven the Doc character into superstardom. He was one of the most-viewed streamers on Twitch and had one of the largest subscriber bases, which he referred to as The Slick Daddy Club. Beahm soon switched from H1Z1 to the newer and more refined PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a battle royale game that looked and played better than H1Z1, according to the Doc himself.
Beahm went on to win Streamer of the Year at the 2017 Esports Industry Awards and Trending Gamer of the Year at the 2017 Game Awards. It seemed like Beahm was on top of the world, and as far as gaming was concerned, he was—but sadly, it didn’t last long.
In December 2017, Beahm went live on Twitch not wearing his signature costume for the first time. He was noticeably upset and told his viewers that he had an announcement and needed to be completely transparent with them. Over the course of the two-minute broadcast, Beahm explained that he had been unfaithful in his marriage, and he’d be taking some time off from streaming as a result.
While there’s no excuse for his behavior, it seemed obvious from the broadcast that Beahm was truly beaten up inside over what he had done. Imagine having the biggest mistake you ever made broadcast to the entire world. Now imagine that mistake not only affects your family life, but your career. Beahm’s time off undoubtedly affected his income, and while he probably wasn’t hurting for money, it definitely didn’t help. Beahm had truly fallen off the mountain harder than anyone could have expected.
While many fans were understandably unable to forgive Beahm for his actions, some stuck by his side. Then, in January 2018, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Beahm uploaded a video to Twitter. In costume, with his wife sitting on his shoulders holding a knife to his neck, Beahm announced the Doc would be returning on Feb. 5.
Moments after going live on Feb. 5, Beahm’s audience climbed to over 200,000 concurrent viewers. Beahm began to play PUBG, and as the game ticked on, so did his viewer count. Doc eventually peaked at around 388,000 viewers and even won his first game back on stream.
As 2018 rolled on, Beahm continued to find success as DrDisrespect, averaging over 20,000 viewers per stream. He even landed one of the most unique sponsorships of all time in Gillette, a sponsorship he basically faked having before they finally agreed to work with him. Beahm regularly talked about Gillette facial hair products and even went as far as to sing their “best a man can get” slogan on stream. In June 2018, Beahm revealed the official Gillette sponsorship on Twitch in a new green screen room dubbed the Gillette skybox.
While it’s uncertain what the future might hold for DrDisrespect, one might recall something he mentioned in his speech at the 2017 Esports Industry Awards. Beahm explained how he constantly gets messages from fans who have been through real-life hardships, such as depression or war, and talked about how they say he helps get them through the chaos. While mentioning this, Beahm was noticeably touched.
Despite his past mistakes, it’s obvious Beahm enjoys his job for more reasons than just the money. Because of this, it’s safe to assume that the Doc won’t be going away in 2019. After all, even though it may look like he’s reached the top of the mountain, he’s really only halfway up.