How was your life before the outbreak of the epidemic? Can you describe what you have been doing, the state of your career, your life, and where you have been living? what was going on?
I had just moved to New York six or seven months before the outbreak. I would spend the time of my life on different shows every night, and I was, like, ‘Oh, this is the dream. This is the New York dream.’ I guess that’s when I first started getting any traction online. I remember, right before the pandemic, the first two videos that were ever gone – it wasn’t viral, but a lot of people were watching it, way more than usual for me. I think one of the videos – it was, say, the woman in the movie who came close to communicating with the hero before he went to find his true true love, or something.
I remember it.
And I said, “Oh, my God, wow, I really do. I’m in New York and I do these shows at night, and people watch my stuff online.” Then I think the real interest came with the pandemic. You really changed everything, and [I] The focus was not on trying to get people to see it frankly. I was doing these really crazy things on Instagram Lives overnight, because I was so lonely, and I was, like, “This is such a fun way to feel connected.” Or even post stuff, I’m, like, “Oh, that’s like a creative outlet, because we can’t do live in the moment,” and it was really scary and sad for me. I was just trying to stay afloat. I was just trying not to lose my mind. It was pretty scary, but then things were also happening to me online.
It’s a strange combination of a shocking moment for the scientist that cuts short the time for Meg’s career. I want to take a look at one of the videos that went viral during the pandemic. The movie “Hi, gay” started from June 2021. It was a Pride Month video.
In this video, I was literally running out the door. It’s been Pride Month, and I’ve just seen a lot of ads from places you could never do Pride. It was, like, something that clicked — where it was, like, “Oh my God, that’s going to be so funny.”
It’s clearly a great satire of how companies chose the Pride language to sell products during June. For me, the funny thing is that it’s more than that. You see this character who isn’t used to being in front of the camera just trying and failing to be good looking and pulls this off.
The whole thing, I’m reading on the computer, so everything I said was typed. Normally I like to enhance videos, but this video, I was, like, “It would be funny if it looked like I was reading script.” I think what really gravitates to, when I watch people or get inspired to do a character, is people who are really out loud. They are different from everyone else, but they are so much the same that it doesn’t matter what other people think about them.
Well, there is something about your characters that exemplifies the breadth of American folly. There’s a video I like where she plays a woman in her car He just was at Starbucks and he’s angry.
Of course, we’ve all followed those angry folks about “War at Christmas,” or whatever. In a way, online culture has made everyone a kind of actor in front of the camera. You really get the feeling that a lot of people are performing for the camera nowadays who aren’t striving for it. You can see them trying and failing. It’s as if we are all artists now.
Everyone feels this pressure. Everyone wants to be famous or to go viral. It’s fun to mock and explore, like, “Why do people feel this way? Why do people feel pressured to do that?” That’s the funny thing about the front-end video characters, because, like this video, a lot of people thought it was real. This is so funny.
Yes, I think my favorite characters to watch are people who feel real, even if they are crazy. They just feel like, “Well, I know that woman.” Like that church woman, even though she’s been saying crazy things about a Starbucks employee and celebrating Halloween, she’s so real.
What kind of things were people saying on Twitter who thought they were real?
People were upset with her, this character, saying, “Wow, I don’t think a Christian should yell at a barista” or, like, “You’re not a real Christian.” or “I don’t think God would love that.” The other thing is that I really liked the lower quality of the videos because it almost looks like the person is more realistic – because it’s like they shot it themselves. The fun thing is that you can prank people if they don’t follow you back. There is a lot of this content now on the internet that you can put up with your own and people will think you are serious, which is really part of the joke to me.