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04 April 2015 @ 08:05 am
The Grace Helbig Show: Series Premiere Review  

YouTube comedian Grace Helbig made her television debut last night on E! with The Grace Helbig Show. Aside from being featured on television before like in various commercials to guest-hosting segments on Attack of the Show and appearances on @Midnight, this will be her first ever job hosting her own television show. Something she's actually talked/considered/dreamed about doing for years.


Obviously as a fan I'm going to be incredibly biased in my opinion. So it should be no surprise in that I thought it was absolutely delightfully charming. She has mentioned in the process of creation it would be the kind of show she would watch, and thus it's a combination of being a talk show + scripted comedy + her Internet personality all rolled into one. It's also something her fans can appreciate with all the little nudges and inside jokes. The show reminds me a bit like her podcast in a way, just less random and more scripted, which does have random moments of course. It has other YouTube personalities coming into the fold such as Flula and her BFF Mamrie Hart (who, judging from the previews, will be featured a lot on her new show), along with some other surprises like a mention/audio of her brother, who has been featured on her online videos before and has his own YouTube channel himself. I like that she's giving exposure for some other YT/Internet people, and is also inclusive of the fans as well, which is something she's always done in her various projects with asking for suggestions or questions from her fans and audience to have them feel more included and part of the experience. So it was nice seeing that on the show, too. Basically, it's just Grace still being herself, just fitted for television. A Grace-sized half-hour television show. What could be better?

I think my main concern is mostly for the non-Internet audience and how they will respond, because not everyone will be familiar or understand her sense of humor and the style of comedy she is presenting on her show. It's indeed kind of quirky and awkward in a self-deprecating kind of way, and traditional media in general hasn't really responded too kindly with the online and digital community amongst their turf. Granted, E! is not your traditional kind of network, since it does have things like The Soup and other scripted "reality"-type series, so you never know.

Regardless, my overall opinion? I consider the debut a success. You nailed it, Grace! Brava! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

It kind of fills me with a sense of pride? Does that sound strange? Because I hardly know Grace personally, but I've seen her grow on YouTube and on the Internet for a long time and all that she's accomplished, and now with her own television show that just premiered it's kind of surreal in a way. She's basically achieving her goals at a rapid pace within these last couple of years that she's been working towards since the start of her career from making YouTube videos, from writing her book to being and starring in her own created content -- I don't know, it makes me so proud and it gives me all of the emotions and I don't know how to articulate my feelings proper. All the feels! Feels, I has them.

I'm hoping the show does well, and regardless what happens Grace not only has a loyal fanbase supporting her, she is also quite a smart and successful businesswoman on the rise to greater things and this is just another step towards more amazing projects and opportunities in her future. ♥ ♥ ♥

The Grace Helbig Show airs on Fridays at 10:30pm after The Soup on E!, and you can watch her YouTube channel to see her other content, including the recent one she has uploaded where you can see the actual behind the scenes from and about the show itself (and her other daily life shenanigans). Just, ah! I'm so happy and proud of her!
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Julie: Legend of Korra ★ enchantmentragnarok_08 on April 4th, 2015 10:39 pm (UTC)
Grace Helbig really is awesome ♥
Pattywoodycakes on April 6th, 2015 06:00 am (UTC)
this looks promising :)
would his hand fit in yours?delacourtings on April 7th, 2015 03:50 am (UTC)
I've been a fan of hers for a while now and when I watched the latest Fridiary I honestly got a little bit emotional because I just felt so proud of her and was so happy and I think I may have been a little bit teary eyed as well?

I thought the show was cute, overall, but the constant jump cuts really annoyed me and Grace sounded extremely nervous, which is to be expected, but I assume she'll get better with time. I also felt like it felt a little bit too scripted but that was probably related to Grace's nervousness and hopefully will get better with time as well. I loved the appearance of Mamrie, Flula, and Tim, especially Mamrie, I thought her segment of the show was the best. I also really loved how she included the fans. One of my favorite things about Grace is how she'll constantly pretend to not care but it's obvious she really loves and appreciates her fans.

I'm also nervous about non-Internet people's reaction because it just seems like Grace's type of humor doesn't appeal to the mainstream television audience. I'm hoping people will give it a chance though, because I really want her to succeed. ♥
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 12th, 2015 11:08 am (UTC)
I'll admit that the jump cuts were kind of jarring at first, because it's not something you usually see on television in terms of editing. Though I'm figuring that that's what makes her show separate, like it's adding her own personal flare by having something YouTube-ish about it. Overall, this is just the starting ground, we'll see what happens as the show evolves overtime.

One of my favorite things about Grace is how she'll constantly pretend to not care but it's obvious she really loves and appreciates her fans.

It's one of my favorite things, too. I've seen some videos of fans after a meet-and-greet from something like VidCon or #NoFilterShow, and she's just so gracious and humble with fans. I remember there was a video someone posted on Tumblr a while back that Grace got really excited about meeting a particular fan, and it was super cute. She definitely jokes about not having feelings and just basically being a robot, but it's all in good fun because we know she does love the fans and the community and how appreciative she is of the support, especially after her quiet departure from MDC/DG and then regaining a million subscribers on her independent channel in just a week. I like that she doesn't get "too deep" with things, but is still genuine all the same when she needs to be. :)
rosieukwons on April 11th, 2015 12:34 pm (UTC)
I didn't know you watched her!! (or maybe I did and forgot...) what a lovely review!! I'm out of youtube now except for Grace and Mamrie and they're the only ones that I still keep up with and care about. SO much love for that little popsicle <3

her show was beautiful, the set, her hair, her face, her everything. I cried a few times because I'm so dang proud of her and she's so inspiring, empowering, successful, wonderful, lovely, creative, smart, funny, kind, genuine, etcetc

Like you I'm so so so so so proud of her. She deserves the best of the best. HONESTLY I JUST LOVE TALKING ABOUT HER AND GUSHING ABOUT HER, she's a total huge girl crush of mine

I pre-recorded everything that she's been on, including the talk shows and her future shows heheh

have you read her glorious and knowledgeable book?
Renée: Kaylee. Giddy.rogueslayer452 on April 12th, 2015 09:05 am (UTC)
I adore her! I started watching her about three or four years ago, and I've been following her ever since. I watch quite a handful of YouTubers, and she's definitely at the top.

have you read her glorious and knowledgeable book?

I have! I got it as a Christmas present, and I pretty much love it. I love how it's both genuine but also has her comedic personality all in there, funny and charming all at the same time. I loved watching the videos of her talking about it and giving updates on the process of how it was coming along, to finally having it physically in my hands. I kinda want to buy the audiobook of her reading it, just because.

I still need to get Hannah's book, and of course Mamrie's.