29-Year-Old Megan Stalter Isn’t Afraid To Beg

Wearing a pink blouse against a brick wall, Megan Stalter plays a character for a Twitter video. Stalter pretends to be a difficult girlfriend as she reads a letter off her phone for her boyfriend “Mason.” She speaks in an almost ASMR tone directly into camera and says, “Good morning to my boyfriend. Mason, I have a special message for you, I’ve been arrested… I’m being held in contempt in the first degree of liking you too much.” This minute and a half video has over 190,000 views.  

The 29-year-old comedian has made a name for herself for her straight-to-camera viral Twitter videos, some of which have received over 700,000 views each. She was named one of Vulture’s Comedians to Watch for 2019 and is she is also a writer and performer on the upcoming National Lampoon Radio Hour relaunch.

Stalter has always been a performer at heart. “I remember in high school wanting to be in theater, but never getting the part. I felt really stuck,” she says. She started doing improv in her early 20s in Ohio. “I was really, really bad. There was a man at the theater in Ohio who asked me to stop being in the show,” says Stalter, “Ohio was pretty rough.” After a year, she moved to Chicago where she started to find her way in comedy. “I have always been delusional about being good,” she says. “I have always felt special even when I was bad. So I kept doing it.” Stalter’s confidence in herself may not have been earned, but her persistence paid off.  

Stalter recently moved to New York, but still goes back to Chicago to film her self-produced YouTube show, The Megan Stalter Show. “I get to use everybody that lives there. There are so many talented people,” she describes. “There are so many comedians in Chicago who are ready to do projects.” While Stalter excelled in the DIY culture of Chicago comedy, she understood its limits. “There is not really any industry there. That is what’s fun about coming up there… It takes some of the pressure off because you can make whatever you want.” She continues, “Eventually if you want to further your career, you usually have to move.” 

Stalter has always valued friendships in comedy. She is quick to praise those who helped her with her show in Chicago, her brother and sister (who she cites as influences and “the real funny ones,”) and friends who helped her start on social media. Stalter is probably most recognized from her Twitter presence. “There are a lot of complaints about Twitter, but I have found it really helpful in putting out material all of the time,” she says. “I didn’t get much attention until recently. After I moved people started recognizing me from Twitter which has been nice but really jarring.” Stalter has only been using Twitter actively for about a year. “I didn’t get what all the fuss was about it. I was like a 90-year-old woman looking at Twitter… I didn’t know how the algorithm worked,” she says. 

She was used to Facebook, but found it harder to know who to follow and how to gain a following on Twitter. “I thought it was going to be very hard to get followers, so I made a game out of it,” she explains. “I would tag friends and say things like ‘congratulations, you’ve won the chance to retweet me today.’ I was begging for followers as a joke, but that’s how it all started. It was annoying, but they were my friends so they would do it and that’s how at first I got any followers.” 

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