By: Sloane Hughes
The rise of social media platforms, namely Vine and Twitter, has steered comedians in a new direction and pushed the development of short-form comedy. And to make sure everyone ‘s on the same page, here ‘s a quick run-down of the two:
Vine was an extremely popular but short-lived app where users created videos with a maximum runtime of 7 seconds. This meant that in order for a video to be successful, the concepts had to be strong and easily conveyed, the dialogue had to be concise, and the visuals had to be uncomplicated.
Similarly, Twitter users have a limit of 280 characters to work with per tweet, which is actually pretty generous considering that ‘s double the site ‘s previous 140 limit.
Although both apps had and have some pretty tight limitations, they ‘ve been the catalysts for a lot of incredible talent. On that note,
Meet Sarah Schauer.
The 24 year old from Norfolk, Virginia, doesn ‘t have any stand-up specials or a history of on-stage performances, but you probably recognize her anyway. It only took Sarah two years of creating videos on Vine to amass a staggering 850k followers – an impressive fan base by any standards. And in 2017, Sarah was nominated for ‘Viner of the Year ‘ by the prestigious Shorty Awards (think Oscars but for the internet).
“People really love shitty waitressing stories. ‘ We sure do, Sarah. We sure do.
Although Vine died in 2017 (RIP), Sarah ‘s prowess in the online comedy world stayed very much alive. Switching from videos to written jokes, Sarah made Twitter her new primary outlet for comedy. And with a whopping 132k followers, I think it goes without saying that she ‘s killing it over there.