Who is Gary Allan Cole? Gary from Chicago becomes the ultimate Oscar meme

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Gary Allan Cole is one of the "real people" who gets to hang out with A-listers tonight at the Oscars — and Twitter loves him. 

Gary from Chicago

Cole was one of the tourists that Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel escorted from a Hollywood tour bus into the Dolby Theatre. Even though it was supposed to be a surprise, Gary from Chicago, as he was introduced, didn't seem too shocked. He pulled out his iPhone to document the experience, but was pretty casual about it. 

Gary suddenly seemed more into the whole stunt when Denzel Washington "wedded" and his fiancée, Vicki. 

When Vicki was asked to name her favorite actor, she said Washington. Washington then got up to grab the mic from Kimmel and said, "I pronounce you husband and wife, kiss the bride."

Since then, the tweets and memes have been flooding in. Gary from Chicago is a bona fide internet star.

Throwback to Ken Bone

Does this Gary mania seem familiar? That's because you're probably thinking of the Ken Bone craze — you know, Ken and his cozy red sweater from the second presidential debate in October.

Here's to hoping that like the Ken Bone memes, the Gary from Chicago memes keep coming.

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Christine Stoddard

Christine Stoddard is a freelance writer whose stories have appeared in Marie Claire, Bustle, Teen Vogue, Ravishly, and beyond. In addition to authoring books for Dancing Girl Press and The History Press, she edits Quail Bell Magazine and hosts "The Badass Lady-Folk of Brooklyn" for Radio Free Brooklyn. Learn more at WordsmithChristine.com.

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