A long, long time ago (May 2012) in a galaxy far, far away (YouTube) I made a life-long (again, it’s been 3 years) friend (we’ve never met) in Grace Helbig. Under the banner of “Daily Grace,” Grace’s daily (duh) videos ranged from the helpful to the not-so-helpful to the delightfully stupid and always maintained a healthy balance of cleverness, absurdness and just plain weirdness. Though she never truly had a viral hit, she was still considered one of YouTube’s premiere players and accumulated over 2 million subscribers. Early last year, Grace moved her operations from the corporately owned “Daily Grace” to her own channel, “It’s Grace” (it was honestly like a mini-NBC vs. Conan thing, look it up, damn the man etc.) and while starting over from scratch was a risky move, “It’s Grace” hit the one million subscriber mark within two weeks of launching. (And a year and change later, “It’s Grace” has even surpassed “Daily Grace” in total subscribers.) 2014 also saw the release of an independent film starring Grace and fellow YouTubers Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart (Camp Takota, currently streaming on Netflix!) and Grace’s first book, “Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending To Be A Grown Up,” a New York Times Bestseller!
“Cool history lesson, Crystal, but what’s your point?” Well, impatient blog bully in my mind, Grace has gone and got herself a TV show that premieres tomorrow on E! and I’m pretty darn excited about it. Described as “a curious introvert’s nighttime talk show,” The Grace Helbig Show is taping inside a house as opposed to a studio and promises extensive collaboration with her internet audience and oddities like celebrity interviews conducted while Grace runs errands. And for those in the YouTube know, it’s especially exciting because Grace’s frequent collaborator (and overall queen) Mamrie Hart appears in (at least?) the premiere episode. So basically it sounds like “It’s Grace” with a longer runtime and bigger budget so I can’t wait.
And on the semi-serious side, for whatever reason (probably because I watch the majority of web videos in bed with my phone three inches from my face) being a fan of a YouTube star feels a lot more personal than a regular star. When you watch someone on a daily basis for years, you feel weirdly connected to them, like you know them. I’m excited for Grace as an artist and creator to have this new platform but I also feel strangely proud and excited for Grace as a person? It feels like one of my own has been called up to the big leagues and I genuinely hope this show does big things for her.
If I haven’t sold you already, I’ve thrown together a playlist of some of my favorite Grace videos and embedded a few below. Check some out and if you dig it, maybe check out The Grace Helbig Show on E! tomorrow night (or like any of the 9532 times my cable guide says they’re going to repeat it). And if you don’t, why do you not share my opinions? What do you think this is, the internet?!
This was the first Grace video I ever saw. I stumbled upon it shortly after The Avengers opened and the entirety of her “review” is either her making puns involving the cast’s names about how dreamy they are or hyperbolic raves about how unbelievably good the movie. Obviously we were soulmates and I haven’t missed a video since.
Grace perfectly captures something we were all going through in mid-2012: how to deal with being a grown woman and kind of sort of maybe liking One Direction. Oh, it was just us? OK, great.
YouTube is largely a collaborative community and Grace’s frequent work with the aforementioned Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart (no relation) has earned them the nickname of “The Holy Trinity.” This video from Hannah’s channel features the trio doing what they do best: drunkenly cracking jokes and concocting horrifyingly appealing snacks.
I don’t have a ton to say about this video except that it’s ridiculous, funny and ridiculously funny.
Grace shares rejected ideas for her TV show. The laughs ensue.