Comedy

YouTube Comedians Mamrie Hart and Grace Helbig on Selfies, Drake Trivia, and Figuring Out Arizona

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Hart added that people are encouraged to participate during the show and tape and post portions of it online, which differentiates this show from their other shows, like the ones on the #NoFilter tour. Well, that and the fact that My Drunk Kitchen's Hannah Hart, the other third of this YouTube Holy Trinity who is in no way related to Mamrie, is not performing.

"Every time we go tour, whether it's Mamrie and I or Mamrie and myself and Hannah, we try to out-stupid ourselves from the previous tour," Helbig says. "What can we add to the show that is just so dumb that we can't help by cry laughing?"

We had the pleasure of speaking to Hart and Helbig over the phone this week and took the opportunity to do a little Q&A full of burning, serious questions. If you could take a selfie with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Helbig: There were three old women who smoked weed for the first time. That video that went viral not long ago. Yeah, I feel like I'd want a selfie with all three of them. Hart: And I would take a selfie with all the Golden Girls. So essentially we're just really into selfies with old ladies. We love hearing them go, "Well, why don't you have someone else take it?"

What is the most starstuck you've ever been? Helbig: The most starstruck I've ever been is I got to be in the second row listening to Barack Obama's speech at the White House engagement. And I was so shocked at my own starstruckeness. I wasn't expecting that. I was expecting to have a wonderful time and I was really excited to see the president but I was literally speechless and it was a very very cool moment. Hart: And on the flip side, mine was when I finally got to go to a taping of Iron Chef. It was Battle of the Iron Chef. . . It was all the top names.

Fuck, marry, kill: Hannah Hart, [YouTuber] Tyler Oakley, [The Fault in Our Stars author and vlogbrothers host] John Green? Helbig: This is so hard... Hart: I know what I'd do. I would, I would, oh man. I would fuck Tyler just to see him squeal. Then I would kill myself, offering up a spot for Hannah and John Green to marry each other because they are obsessed with each other. Helbig: Yeah, that's a great answer. Hart: Thank you. Helbig: Human sacrifice! The ultimate human sacrifice.

What is going on in your mind when you first walk on stage at a show like #NoFilter or This Might Get Weird, Y'all? Helbig: Usually when we first walk on stage it's always to a choreographed dance and an opening song, so what's going through my head is, "What the fuck is the choreography that we just figured out five minutes before we walked on stage." Hart: What goes through my head is like it kind of feels like everything we do on stage, since it changes, is a surprise for the audience so. . . it's kind of like a surprise party. Like, "Surprise, we're going to have fun so be cool about it."

What did you want to be when you grew up? Hart: I wanted to be an actress. I wanted to be Meryl Streep. Helbig: I wanted to be a professional gymnast, I wanted to be in a swim with dolphins program, and then eventually I just wanted to make people laugh. I didn't know exactly how I wanted to do that but I kind of graduated from college with that as my only goal and then everything else that's happened has just kind of been a happy accident.

What do you want to be when you grow up now? Helbig: Happy! Hart: I think we're doing it. I don't know if you can score a better gig than this. Helbig: I also hope I never grow up. Hart: Exactly. What I want to be when I grow up is still an idiot. And of course I still want Grace to be able to swim with the dolphins just 'cause I think it would be really funny because she says she wants to swim with the dolphins but I guarantee she'd be scared. Helbig: I'd be scared out of my mind. I don't know what I was thinking in fourth grade. Hart: She'd be terrified. Helbig: I would shit my scuba gear. . . It's their home. I would just feel so, ugh, bad. Hart: Yeah, it'd be bad.

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Evie Carpenter is a visual journalist. Using photography, videography, design, and sometimes words, she tells stories she hopes make a bit of difference in the world, even if those stories are in list form and include GIFs.
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