Meg Stalter is known for her biggest fan – if not you, then who? – but even she was a little intimidated by her recent success.
Her live comedy shows are on sale in minutes… She stole scenes from her first appearance as the incredibly inept assistant to a talented agent on HBO Max’s Hits.
Now she’s putting an end to the worst in 2021. On December 23rd, she will say goodbye to “hot summer vaxx” dressed as a flirty girl in the second issue of Amazon’s annual Yearly Departed Special.
The Hyperhattic Stalter was amazed at the cast of other comics, which included Yvonne Orji, Chelsea Peretti, and Dulce Sloane. Then Jane Fonda went to the set to shoot her snippet.
“Nobody could speak,” she said. “We were all drooling and I think she thought we were weird because at first we couldn’t talk. And she’s like, “Is everything okay?”
In short, very much.
But after eight years in comedy, Stalter finds her rise to the pandemic bittersweet.
“Things are starting to happen now, and it’s really weird to be so worried about other people – we’ve been through so much destruction – and to stop and think, ‘How lucky am I to be living my dream right now? “” she said. “I think this is life. You just have to take the good side, even when it’s scary and difficult. “
Calling from London where she made her UK stand-up debut at Soho Theater, Stalter sang an impromptu riff on her own Top 10 for 2021, from Dolly Parton’s inclusiveness to the delight of private karaoke rooms. These are edited excerpts from the conversation.
1. Dolly Parton
I listened to it every year, but especially this year. She’s the best celebrity because she feels, at least for me, that she’s just supporting everyone. She is the true meaning of a Christian because she loves God and then she loves people and accepts everyone for who they are – this is what we all had to learn this year just to love one another and take care of one another.
I am the one who grew up in the church and now does not go. I am bisexual who still believes in God. Dolly does not judge anyone’s life, but still retains some of the beliefs she grew up with.
2. Free Britney Movement
My friends and I are very happy for her. Everyone always knew that she had no control over her life, so it was really powerful and exciting to see her now take control. We’re celebrating – it’s her birthday today! I bet she’s somewhere weird with her boyfriend, like dancing on a boat.
3. Food to go
I’d love to cook some more, but I’m addicted to ordering takeout, Grubhub or Postmates. In London, I was unable to figure out their food ordering apps. It’s like moving to another planet.
4. Instagram Live
When the pandemic began, everything worked out for me. Every night I made a new crazy theme. I would say, “Okay, we’re going to Paris tonight.” And then I decorated my apartment with things that I could find made it look like Paris. For me, it was a way to communicate with other people. I was alone in New York, very scared, and it seemed to me that the only thing that kept me sane was doing it at night.
5. High waist jeans
There is something really classic about good high-waisted jeans. I love a plain shirt and jeans during the day and then wear this pretty dress for the night for the show. It really attracts me. I think both of them represent a small structure that we did not have during quarantine because we were in sweatpants.
6. Time with family
My family is really everything to me. When have we ever spent so much time in the same house as when we were quarantined together? It really saved a life – laughing again in the same house.
This is one of my comfortable shows. I’ve watched it a lot this year. He’s still holding on. The dinner party episode is my favorite. The boss invites people to dine at his house, and he is very passive-aggressive with his girlfriend. Either people think it’s the funniest show, or they say, “I can’t even watch it.” It’s kind of a sense of humor.
8. Dine in restaurants again
Something I really lacked in quarantine was the feeling when I was sitting at the table with all my friends, and everyone was laughing, and you don’t even remember why, and everyone is discussing each other. It’s nice that we’re slowly going through it again. Each meeting seems precious and exciting.
9. Private karaoke rooms.
I set up a private karaoke room with a couple of friends last night and we had a great time. It was safe. We just sang for hours. Now it makes sense to become more popular than it used to be. My friend was on a trip and rented a solo karaoke room. I don’t know if I want it or not. I like performing in front of an audience, even if it’s three friends.
10. Quarantine animals
I feel like everyone should have a pet now. I believe it saves lives. I have a Chihuahua, he is 15 years old. She was a family dog, but she came to live with me in quarantine, and I became attached to her. Animals are so empathetic, they can tell when you are sad, and they really calm you down. I’m afraid when she dies because she is so old. My sister begs me to have another animal, but I feel like my dog doesn’t want me to have another dog. She likes to be alone with me…