Generations of comedians of the past have earned their stripes by working the late-night comedy circuit and practicing their high-fives to years to reach perfection. Comedian Elyse Myers has taken a slightly different path to success: The comedian, writer and digital content creator has helped millions of people find light on their darkest mental health issues through her platforms TikTok, Instagram and YouTube constantly growing. This year, with a podcast, scripted TV series, and book on the way (NBD), Myers is set to inspire a lot more laughs.
Myers has been dubbed “The Internet’s Best Friend” and reaches an audience of more than five million people from her home in Nebraska. Scroll through your TikTok feed and you’ll find an endless stream of videos that can only be described as the platonic ideal of surprise and delight: hilarious monologues from Myers reminiscing on her wedding engagement day, French braid fails, and honest records of living. with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
In other words, Myers’ content defies the niche, and in an interview with Well+Good, he says this lack of curation is 100 percent intentional. “I just decided that I’m going to do what makes me happy and what I love to do and create,” she says. “I think creating content across many genres gives people a very clear idea that you are a well-rounded person with different interests and hobbies.”
This devotion to authenticity has not gone unnoticed by the Myers community. When he posts a video of her picking at a piece of her lower lip until it bleeds, he asks her TikTok followers if they do the same. Her response is more than 4,000 commenters assuring her that they do the same. The backlash is just as strong when she posts a tirade about the term “clean eating” before Easter. “I’m trying to get over a binge eating and restrictive eating disorder, and trying to reframe the way I look at food is so important,” one commenter writes.
Although Myers isn’t concerned with niche, she is concerned with how her content touches her audience. “My goal has always been to make mental health not something weird to talk about, but something as normal as talking about the weather,” she says. “Whenever I sit down and talk about my OCD, my anxiety, or other traumatic things that happened to me in my childhood, I’m always very intentional. I get nervous, but I know that if I feel that way, other people will too.” feel that way about things that have happened in your life.
At a time when so many people are experiencing mental health crises and dealing with uncontrollable levels of stress due to politics, a global pandemic and [enter whatever you’re personally going through right here, reader], Myers feed feels like a safe space. And in 2022, it’s taking steps to create many more safe spaces in the media landscape. So whether you’re catching up with Myers on your eardrums via his soon-to-be-released podcast, watching his show, or waiting to hold his hardcover in your hands, it’s clear: The internet’s best friend is moving more. beyond the web.