On top of making the rounds at bars and comedy clubs across the country while on tour, Hannah Berner also has two podcasts, Berning in Hell and Giggly Squad. Yeah, those are also in addition to the content she's already creating on a daily basis for her TikTok, which she has almost 750,000 followers on.
"I love going viral, it's my kink," Berner says of the platform.
Her podcast, Berning in Hell, focuses on the mental health aspect of life, with Berner interviewing tons of different people like comedians and other entertainers to get to the cores of themselves. Berner also pairs up with one of her best friends, Paige DeSorbo, for Giggly Squad, which is all about their lives, what's going on in the pop culture sphere, and whatever else is on their minds. Between all of those endeavors is a massive pile of content—but where each piece gets placed actually isn't as complicated as it seems from the outside looking in.
"Things are growing and gravitating and I use my gut on what works on what platform, but I have stopped tweeting as much because of TikTok," Berner says. "Now when I think of an idea, instead of tweeting it, I try to say it to the camera. I actually use TikTok as a writing practice where I'll say a premise to the camera and try to come up with a punchline. Honestly, having the digital content has been really beneficial to have your own virtual stage time."
Going off of that virtual stage idea, Berner makes the good point that it not only takes a bit of the edge off in trying out new material (and exposes the cult-like nature of bachelorette parties), but it's also a great starting ground for women and non-binary people looking to get involved in comedy. Being that the scene is largely dominated by men, it's a bit tougher for people of other genders to find a good way to approach stand-up comedy at first.
"I especially think for women in comedy, what people don't talk about is how it's really hard to travel alone, be alone in weird cities, go to bars at night where it's all men—women are less apt to do that," Berner says. "But when you can create content digitally, it does feel like a safer space for you to be yourself, and I think that's why we're going to see a lot more female stand-up comedians over the next couple of years, and I'm really excited to be part of that."