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Watch Hyperbole & A Half's Allie Brosh Give A Goddamn Adorable Talk

By Joanna Robinson | Videos | November 6, 2013 | Comments ()


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This video is longer than our usual internet fare, but well worth it for those of us who are drooling Allie Brosh fangirls and boys. Her lovely and sometimes very personal (in fact, downright vulnerable) blog, Hyperbole & A Half, has made her one of the most beloved figures in the blogging game. Not because she’s apple pie sunshine all the time or courts our favor, Deschanel-style, by being perma-cute and cuddly. No, Brosh’s work, despite its technicolor palette, can be quite dark.

In celebration of her new book, “Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened,” Brosh gave a talk at Google. The interesting thing about Brosh is that she could trade in on her cuteness. Look at her! She’s like a little blonde tornado of awwww. But she doesn’t. Her work is thoughtful and often holds up a mirror to us and reflects back the things we thought we were alone in feeling. In short, she’s wonderful and this talk is adorable. Come for her nervous, stilted beginning, stay to hear her laugh timidly at her own jokes. Enjoy.




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  • Georges

    I have found, whatever merits, God, may have allowed you, to display, on this website, are completely, negated, by the UnGodly, Trash Talk, (Robinson, above)of your contributors, which your Editors, apparently, think,is fine and who back that up, by chastening, we Commentors, not to be Douches, in what we write. I am certain, now, God, sent me to your site, to help, clean you up and restore you, to Grace and Lovely, Womanhood.

  • robbermaiden

    God I just love her.
    Allie, you're super great and you have the love of the entire internet, which is no small feat. Keep doin what you're doin. :)

  • Sirilicious

    I love her alot and am so glad she seems to be doing better.

    I also love her.

  • TK

    Additional reasons to love Ms. Brosh:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Her post "How a Fish Almost Destroyed My Childhood" is still one of the funniest things I've ever read. Also, I would like one of these for my birthday:

  • A knitting group I'm a part of knit various versions of Alots a few years ago. It was the only time I ever used fun fur.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Do you have pictures? Please tell me there are pictures. I used to knit in college and now I may need to take it up again to create my beloved alot.

  • I have a picture of mine. It's an online knitting group so we never had pictures of them all together. Mine was Alot of TNT.

  • emmalita

    Brilliant! Is there a pattern for that perhaps on Ravelry?

  • Linda Lupos

    There is! :D (It's Ravelry. Of course there is.)
    http://www.ravelry.com/pattern...

  • emmalita

    Awesome! Thanks.

  • No, I improvised the whole thing.

  • chanohack

    LOOOOOOOOVE

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    That is amazing, excellent job! I need to go find my knitting bag in the back of my closet and start again. Or finally finish the last sleeve of my Norwegian cardigan...nah, alot first.

  • Her adorable blond hair spike is MS Paint's greatest gift to us. Hell, Microsoft's greatest gift.

  • Sars

    Man, her pieces on Depression (specially Depression #2) really speak to me. Its as if someone someone somehow tapped in to my experience and told my story in the most heartfelt, stripped down way. The stuff about not feeling anything, and having 0 motivation to do anything (including ceasing to exist) are so true. Glad to see she got out of it. She is lovely and I'll be watching this talk when I get home.

  • chanohack

    I think Pajiba Love actually introduced me to this blog for the "God of Cake" post, and I subsequently devoured it. I have so much love for Allie Brosh. Her long-awaited "Depression, Part II" post was the most welcome internet update EVER because we were all so worried about her, and it was so so so so fantastic.

  • The Kitastrophe

    I could read about Helper Dog and Simple Dog forever. I <3 her.

  • Robert

    I'd be a fan if she only ever published her comic about depression and not being able to leave the house or even the sneaky hate spiral comic. It is so great to be able to point to such honest and easy to understand depictions of anxiety and depression. If she does one about OCD, I'll be in her debt forever.

  • Edwina the Magnificent

    This might be a major misremembering, but I thought she had done one on OCD? Way way back in the blog's early days I think (I also spent a week reading back to the beginning).

  • Robert

    She did a blog post on it but not a fancy cartoon with easy to follow emotional cues for people with no clue.

  • Edwina the Magnificent

    Ah, gotcha. The pictures are helpful.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    Without hyperbole (!) I can say that I laughed harder and longer while reading her dogs and moving essay than I ever have before or since. Then she goes ahead and nails the experience of depression. She is a gift.

  • Bodhi

    That one is possibly the funniest thing I've ever read. My tweaker dog even looks like her drawings

  • That one is def in my Top Ten, but try to find an older post about the time her dad took her fishing. Ermagerd I laughed until I was sore.

  • Berry

    I don't read her regularly, but the way she wrote about her depression made me both laugh and cry, because it was so raw and so very true. It was one of those times when you read something and it's almost exactly what you've felt and thought and lived trough, but never knew how to express. And that's a wonderful feeling, to be able to connect like that, however brief and one sided the connection might be. So, it's wonderful to hear that she's got good things happening in her life, and I only wish her the best going forward.

  • I can't watch till I get home from work, but I can't wait to ask this question:

    When--WHEN--is Pajiba EVER going to figure out the difference between the words palate and palette and get them RIGHT?

    http://www.wordnik.com/words/p...

    I'm begging here.

    Fuck's sake.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Awwww. I fixed it. Can I get you something else? A cookie, mayhap? A nap?

  • You're sweet. I would love a nap but unfortunately I have to work until 5:00 and then commute home.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    I have no idea if they really have made that error before, so I'm not quite as worked up as you,, but still. Please fix.

  • emmalita

    I came across her blog while I was recovering from a nasty bout of depression. Her posts were among the few things that made me genuinely laugh. I'm so glad she seems to be doing better.

  • emmelemm

    Ditto and plus one.

  • Bodhi

    I don't have the time now, but this will be the first thing I watch after taking my kid to school. I am so happy that she seems to be doing much better

  • Hollyg

    I'm so glad I'm not at work.

    (DO NO WATCH THIS AT WORK!)

  • SVR

    I am so damn happy she's back and doing ok! The last I knew, she was having some depression issues after announcing her book deal.

    When I found her blog, I spent nearly a week going back and reading it in its entirety. I swear to god, the wild goose video may be the funniest thing I've ever seen.

  • The Goose Attack was my introduction to Allie. I'm so happy for her success.

  • BWeaves

    Wild goose video? Links please?

  • SVR

    You can find the video (and hilarious story) here:

    http://hyperboleandahalf.blogs...

  • emmalita

    How have I never seen that before??? That is hilarious. I am scaring people with my laughing.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Well I know what I'm watching when I get home today.

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