Internet fame often blossoms out of seemingly mundane moments. For the duo behind the web phenomenon Shit Girls Say, that moment happened while watching television on the couch.
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“We were watching The Simpsons or something,” Graydon Sheppard and Kyle Humphrey told Mashable. “And one of us asked ‘Can you pass me that blanket?’”
After the initial giggling about asking such a “girly” question subsided, the pair realized they might have stumbled on something big -- like, Internet big.
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What started with asking for a blanket on a chilly evening grew into a collection of lady-like quips about everything from hummus to doilies, as well as a web presence that boasts more than 1.8 million Twitter followers and 30 million YouTube views. And now, they can add one more notch to the bragging post: a book.
Shit Girls Say has used its feminine persuasions and hilarious one-liners to break from the pack of Internet memes, and elbow its way onto bookstore shelves.
Sheppard, a director and the star of the series’ videos, and Humphrey, a graphic designer, crafted the entire 96-page book. Each page cleverly illustrates a tidbit of what girls talk about, such as noodles spelling out, “I can’t believe I ate all that” and the words “I can’t get warm” floating in a snow globe.
Now that the real-life couple has solidified their status as web celebs, has anything changed?
“Yes, I’m totally a diva now,” Sheppard said with a laugh. He added more seriously, “It feels good because I’ve been directing and filming stuff for awhile now. It’s kind of a relief because people have actually seen it.”
Notoriety on the Internet has its other perks as well, such as party tricks that incorporate your Hollywood fans. Sheppard shared a story about attending a party where someone pointed out that Gwyneth Paltrow followed @ShitGirlsSay. He pinged Paltrow a DM, and within an hour, the Oscar winner messaged him back. How’s that for star power?
Sure, a Gwynie connection offers a handy humble brag, and having Juliette Lewis make a cameo in your video series earns a solid number of cool points, but Humphrey has his eyes on another star: Roseanne Barr. In 2009, Humphrey created an oddly intriguing Tumblr page called Third and Delaware, which dissects the early-1990s, midwestern fashion sense of Roseanne, episode-by-episode.
“I want to go to her house in Hawaii, and ask her questions about the show and the clothes,” Humphrey said. “It’s like my L.A. dream.”
A sit-down with the nutty comedian could span a whole new series -- "Shit Roseanne Says" -- but for now, Sheppard and Humphrey just plan to keep their ears open for the "shit" regular girls say. And, beware of your words, ladies, because these boys don’t miss a thing.
“We always tell [girls] if we’re going to use it. Except when we don’t,” Sheppard said with a sly smile.
The Shit Girls Say book is available now.
This story originally published on Mashable here.