I'm a little late to the Grace Helbig train either because I've been living under a YouTube rock, or I've been subconsciously begrudging her for living my dream life. The web mega-star who has her own YouTube channel it'sGrace that has more than 2 million subscribers. She's the reigning queen of free online comedy. More power to ya, sister. The New Jersey native has just landed a huge deal with E! — the network is going forward with the tentatively titled The Grace Helbig Project. The series will be a comedy talk show with Helbig as its Internet and pop-culture obsessed host.
Not only will Helbig's new show inject a fresh voice into the world of comedy talk shows, it will start to make up for television's severe lack of female hosts. When Chelsea Handler left E!, we lost our lone lady soldier of late night comedy. Finally, Helbig has cometh. With an already huge following, there's no doubt The Grace Helbig Project will be a success. What's more exciting is that her fans and her target demo of the Internet Age might help turn the gender tides in comedy hosting, especially since her show is going to be primetime. Here's hoping.
When it comes to what you can expect, Helbig's quickfire, wide-eyed and subversive style is reminiscent of Amy Sedaris and Maria Bamford. She talks about everything from break-ups to Aaron Carter and offers loads of (im)practical advice. In short: she's hard not to love. In case you don't know this soon-to-be E! host, here are a few things you should know:
There's a Reason She Has So Many Subscribers
She's hi-friggin-larious...and THE VOICE OF A GENERATION. If you're into hyperboles.
She's Painfully Relatable
UGH THE PAIN AND THE ECSTASY OF SEEING EXES.
She Understands What The People Want
Taylor Swift, pajamas, and a man with strong brows. SIGN ME UP.
She's a New York Times Bestseller
Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown Up is everything your confused, mid to late-twenties heart desires. It even comes with helpful worksheets and diagrams on important subjects like online dating and first apartment traumas.
Forbes Thought She Was a Pretty Big Deal in 2014
And named her one of their 30 Under 30 in Hollywood and Entertainment. It might have something to do with the fact she was the 2013 Personality of the Year at the Streamy Awards. They totally called it.
She's Yet Another Super Talented Improviser
Following in the footsteps of Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Ellie Kemper, and almost every successful funny person of the past 50 years, Helbig studied the craft of improv comedy. She studied and performed with the People's Improv Theater in New York City.