The Trinity of YouTube is Making a Movie!

Are you subscribed to Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart, and Hannah Hart on YouTube? You really should be, because these three ladies are taking over the world of online entertainment, one video at a time. By the way, I’ve already covered two thirds of this Trinity in Web Crush posts, so don’t try to pretend you don’t know who I’m talking about. Their latest venture is a full-blown movie called Camp Takota!

Camp Takota- Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie HartLook, it even has an IMDb page and everything.

The ladies announced the movie at this year’s Vidcon, and the internet has been buzzing with excitement ever since. If you don’t believe me, check out the Camp Takota tag on tumblr to see how many people are promoting the movie and following production updates. This has a lot of people excited and I think I know why.

Beyond the fact that these three comedians are extremely popular on YouTube, I think people are excited to see more women headlining a comedy. As a genre, comedy hasn’t been particularly welcoming to female performers but that view is slowly changing. In mainstream media, movies like The Heat are exciting for this reason. Probably the first female “Buddy Cop Movie”, it did extremely well at the box office and showed that audiences can embrace women leading more than just “chick flicks”. Female comedians are found on Comedy Central almost as often as males, and in the world of online entertainment, YouTube has become a great place for funny women to grow an audience. I would be remiss here if I didn’t mention the most successful of these YouTube comedians, Jenna Marbles, who is one of the most subscribed YouTubers of any genre. Yes, she has put out problematic content from a feminist standpoint (especially that slut-shaming rant), but for better or worse I can’t just pretend she doesn’t exist in/currently dominate this field.

It’s heartening to see women making a name for themselves in the world of comedy and taking on bigger projects in the field. It means that the public’s perception of women is changing, however slowly, because success in comedy is so dependent upon an audience embracing the performer. If audiences are embracing women in comedy, it hopefully means they’re willing to embrace women in other typically male roles, like action hero or multi-dimensional protagonist. Or President, whoops, who said that?

While Camp Takota still has quite a way to go before it can be enjoyed by the masses (filming just began last week), we can still follow updates on the movie’s official site or by subscribing to Grace’s channel (Seriously, why haven’t you done that yet? How many times do I have to tell you that she’s awesome?) because she’s posting daily vlogs as the cast goes into production. Unfortunately she’s been very good at keeping the plot under wraps, though, so there’s still not much known about the movie’s actual story. That won’t keep other fans and me from following every update, though, and I hope you’ll join us!

Hannah Hart’s “Hello Harto” Tour

About a year ago (wow, I can’t believe it’s been that long!) I talked about Hannah Hart in a Web Crush and since that time I have grown from simply crushing on this wonderful young woman to full on loving her. Yes, I am a Hartosexual, and I’m clearly not the only one, because Hannah is taking her show on the road!

When Hannah first proposed her tour, she started an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to fund it. I had every intention of making a post here about it to help spread the word a little, but it turned out that I didn’t have to. Why? Because Hannah reached her goal of $50,000 in less than 24 hours. I literally didn’t have time to make a post about her campaign before the Hartosexuals of the world swooped in and saved the day, making her campaign one of the most successful in Indiegogo history and reaching more than four times the original goal. Hannah’s response to the success was touching:

Because Hannah is such a loving person, her tour is going to focus on charity. In each city she visits, rather than doing a typical “Meet & Greet” event, she will be volunteering at a local non-profit organization where fans can pledge to spend their time volunteering with her. She will also be filming episodes of her web series “My Drunk Kitchen” in fans’ kitchens throughout the tour.

I don’t know about you, but I really find Hannah very inspiring. For one thing, she is one of the success stories that really shows the power of the internet to connect people and move them. We aren’t just schlubs who sit in basements watching cat videos and ranting anonymously about whatever irritates us, we are people who have found a community and connection with people spread far across the world that we often have difficulty finding in person.

In addition to this somewhat intangible success, Hannah is taking that community out into the “real” world and doing good. This humanitarian effort, combined with her own personal brand of entertainment, helps so many people, from the organizations she assists to her fans who get to be a part of something bigger than themselves. If you’re a fan, or even if you just want to be part of a group of people trying to make a difference, I encourage you to check out her tour site to see when she’ll be near you and pledge to take part in the activity she has planned for your area.

Web Crush Wednesdays: Hannah Hart

Lookie here! It’s my first time doing a Web Crush Wednesday! Today’s Web Crush is youtube personality Hannah Hart!

Oof, too many exclamation points in the preamble. Sorry for that folks.

Today I bring you the hilarious Hannah Hart (alliteration makes it true) of youtube fame! I first encountered Hannah when a couple of my friends on facebook were discussing this video of hers:

I fell in love so fast!

Let me say that I am a huge fan of the Food Network and spend most of my time (especially back in my days of college all-nighters) watching the various cooking shows hosted there. Watching Hannah was like watching the Food Network’s rebel niece who’s part of the family business but clearly doing her own thing. I thought the fact that she was drunk would be a turn-off but she was actually very endearing rather than obnoxious and seriously made me laugh.

But! Hannah is not just a drunk host of a webshow. She’s creative:

What a catchy song. Also: “Let’s have a food fight/It’s morsel combat!” = GENIUS

She’s multi-cultural:

Canada has much to offer.

But most importantly, she’s intelligent:

Listen to her. She carries herself with grace and humor and makes very astute observations about how women are treated in any entertainment industry which includes youtube.

So that’s Hannah, my web crush for the week! Subscribe to her on youtube, follow her on twitter, or visit her website. I promise it’s worth it!

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/myharto

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/@harto

Official Site: http://hartoandco.com/