Hannah Hart

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Hannah Hart
Hannah Hart by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Hart at the 2014 VidCon in Anaheim, California.
BornHannah Maud Hart
(1986-11-02) November 2, 1986 (age 28)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
OccupationInternet personality, comedian, author, actress, content creator
Years active2011–present
Website
www.hannahhart.com
 
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Hannah Hart
Hannah Hart by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Hart at the 2014 VidCon in Anaheim, California.
BornHannah Maud Hart
(1986-11-02) November 2, 1986 (age 28)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
OccupationInternet personality, comedian, author, actress, content creator
Years active2011–present
Website
www.hannahhart.com

Hannah Maud Hart (born November 2, 1986), sometimes nicknamed harto, is an American internet personality, comedian, author and actress. She is best known for starring in My Drunk Kitchen, a weekly series on YouTube in which she cooks something while intoxicated. Apart from her main channel, she also runs a second channel where she talks about life in general and gives her opinions on various topics. She co-produced and starred in the independent comedy film Camp Takota, released in 2014. She wrote a parody cookbook which was a New York Times bestseller for three weeks in August 2014.

My Drunk Kitchen[edit]

My Drunk Kitchen traces its beginning to March 2011, when Hart was at her sister's home, chatting with a friend over webcam. Hart used her Macintosh computer to record herself drinking wine while attempting to make a grilled cheese sandwich without any cheese.[1] Hart uploaded the video to YouTube, calling her channel My Drunk Kitchen, and the episode "Butter Yo Shit". Within a few days the video had accumulated 100,000 hits. By July 2011, My Drunk Kitchen had gathered 800,000 hits, earning Hart a YouTube partnership.[2]

Hart has hosted several celebrity guests on My Drunk Kitchen, including British chef Jamie Oliver[3] actress Mary-Louise Parker, video blogger Tyler Oakley, and author John Green, who subsequently wrote the foreword to Hart's cookbook.[4]

New episodes of My Drunk Kitchen are uploaded each Thursday on Hart's main channel. In 2013 at the 3rd Streamy Awards, Hart won the Streamy Award for Best Female Performance in a Comedy.[5] In 2014 at the 4th Streamy Awards, Hart co-hosted the Streamys with her colleague Grace Helbig, and Hart won the award for best comedy.[6]

By August 2014, Hart's first episode "Butter Yo Shit" had 3.2 million hits.[7] Her channel My Drunk Kitchen had 1.4 million subscribers, and the total number of hits for all episodes was 105 million.[8]

Hello Harto: The Tour Show[edit]

On January 2, 2013, Hannah posted a video on YouTube stating that she was considering doing a world tour. She launched a campaign to fund this trip on Indiegogo, aiming to get $50,000 within a month. After a couple of hours, the $50,000 goal was already met. Hart decided to keep the funding going to her initial end date of February 2, 2013. Depending on the final amount of money, the tour would be expanded to Canada, Europe and Australia.[9] By February 2, she had raised over $220,000. The first leg of the tour kicked off in April 2013.

Hello Harto: The Tour Show consists of three parts:[10] vlog, travel and kitchen. Hart uploads random videos about her travelling experience on her second YouTube channel, YourHarto. The vlog (a recap of the city she is in) gets uploaded each Tuesday to her main channel, MyHarto. The kitchen episodes, which she films at a host's house in the city she visits, are uploaded on Thursday, also to her main channel. The team consists of four people; Hannah Hart (host), Pearl Wible (producer), Sam Molleur (director) and Nick Underwood (RV driver). The theme song for the tour, written by Hart, was accompanied by a video of fans jaunting in front of their favorite places. The song is called "Don't Wait To Say Hello".[11]

After receiving negative feedback from a minority of fans that complained about the lack of places at the meet-ups, Hannah uploaded a video called The Real Hello Harto on her main channel, giving her fans an exclusive look behind the screens of a regular day on the Hello Harto tour. The video explained the work that goes into making content videos, as well shooting My Drunk Kitchen videos and meeting up with fans all over Canada and the United States.[12]

No Filter[edit]

Mamrie Hart (no relation) and Hannah Hart onstage at No Filter in December 2013, held in Portland, Oregon

On February 2, 2013, Hannah Hart performed a comedy show in collaboration with best friends Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart at the NerdMelt, Los Angeles. The audience was encouraged to tape the show on their cameras and phones, and upload it to social media websites with the tag #NoFilterShow. The show quickly gained popularity through Tumblr and YouTube. The 75-minute show was performed a second time at PlayList Live in March 2013. By this time, fans were generally demanding the show to go on tour - the trio decided to take #NoFilterShow on the road, syncing the tour dates with Hannah's Hello Harto.[13]

Camp Takota[edit]

On August 2, 2013 Hart announced on the main stage at VidCon 2013 that she would be starring in her first feature film alongside friends Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart (no relation).[14] The comedy film Camp Takota follows Helbig as a young woman who is forced to leave her big city job and head back to her old summer camp where she is reunited with old friends played by Hannah and Mamrie. The film, directed by Chris and Nick Riedell, began shooting in California on August 12, 2013.[15] Michael Goldfine of Rockstream Studios produced the film along with eight others including Hart, Helbig and Mamrie who served as executive producers.[16] The film's official trailer was released on December 24, 2013.[17] Camp Takota was released via digital download on February 14, 2014.[18]

Parody cookbook[edit]

In August 2014, Hart released her first parody self-help book, a companion volume to My Drunk Kitchen. The book was titled My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut. Hart described it as "self-help parody-meets-drunk cooking".[7] The cookbook entered the New York Times bestsellers list at No. 6 in the "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous" category, and stayed on it for two more weeks in August 2014.[19][20][21] Publishers Weekly recognized the book as rising to No. 3 on their hardcover nonfiction list, opining that the book was not so much a cookbook as a pep talk for friends, a self-help book. Author John Green wrote the foreword, saying "I defy anyone to read this surprisingly useful book and not come away from it madly in love with [Hart]."[22]

Collaborations[edit]

Hart collaborates from time to time with other YouTube personalities, such as Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart (no relation) and Hank Green.

In December 2012, she appeared alongside John Ross Bowie in an online episode of Rainn Wilson's Soul Pancake spin-off, The Flipside.[23] She was also featured in the 2012 YouTube documentary Please Subscribe, alongside fellow YouTube bloggers Grace Helbig, Mitchell Davis, Wheezy Waiter and others. She addressed her rise to fame, negative comments on her videos, and the contrast between never having been the cool kid and suddenly having a ton of fans who admire you.[24]

In April 2013, she competed on and won an episode of Wil Wheaton's board game show, TableTop. In September 2013 she met British gaming YouTube blogger Daniel Hardcastle, known as Nerd³. The two produced a gaming video, How to Kinect with others, and a cooking video, My Nerd Kitchen.

On November 17, 2014; Hart, along with her friend and fellow YouTuber Helbig, appeared with Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD in the latter two's hit YouTube series Epic Rap Battles of History.

Personal life[edit]

Hart has an older sister named Naomi and a younger half-sister named Maggie.[25] Her father, a Jehovah's Witness preacher, and her mother divorced before she was born. She was primarily raised by her mother, who suffers from schizophrenia, until the age of 15 when she was emancipated and placed her younger sister into foster care.[26] After high school, she briefly lived in Japan in the fall of 2006, before returning home. She attended college at Berkeley[27] and graduated in May 2009 with two degrees; one in English literature and one in Japanese language.[28]

Upon her graduation, Hart moved to Brooklyn, New York, trying to pursue a writing career. She ended up proofreading Japanese and English for a Manhattan based translating firm instead of her initial dream of writing screenplays. Within two months of launching her YouTube channel, she had become a YouTube partner and ended up quitting her 9–5 job in order to focus on My Drunk Kitchen.[29] She moved back to Los Angeles and lived with roommates, until she moved into a house of her own in 2013.[30]

Hart is openly gay.[31][32][33] LA Weekly writer Sara Rashkin said that Hart has a "soft-butch beauty", and that a group of her fans call themselves "Hartosexuals".[3] In September 2014 at the annual GLAAD Gala in San Francisco, she teamed with gay video blogger Tyler Oakley to present the first Ric Weiland Award to honor those who promote LGBT rights in the high-tech industry. Hart and Oakley announced the winner: Google's marketing chief, Arjan Dijk.[34]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearCeremonyCategoryWorkResultSource
2013Shorty AwardsBest of Social MediaHannah HartNominated
3rd Streamy AwardsBest Female Performance: ComedyMy Drunk KitchenWon
20144th Streamy AwardsBest ComedyMy Drunk KitchenWon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Time Magazine, June 22, 2011
  2. ^ The New York Daily Times, July 10, 2011
  3. ^ a b Rashkin, Sara (September 2, 2014). "Hannah Hart's My Drunk Kitchen Is a Fun Place to Visit but Don't Eat the Food". LA Weekly. 
  4. ^ Galucci, Kelly (September 18, 2014). "My sober interview: Hannah Hart on drunk authors". USA Today. 
  5. ^ "3RD ANNUAL NOMINEES & WINNERS". Streamys. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Cresci, Elena (September 8, 2014). "The Streamys 2014: 10 of the best winners from the online video awards". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ a b Eber, Hailey (August 10, 2014). "Comedian Hannah Hart turns boozy night into cooking show". New York Post. 
  8. ^ Alejandrino, Rosemarie (August 14, 2014). "Getting drunk? It happens to the best of us, proves UC Berkeley alumna Hannah Hart". Daily Cal. 
  9. ^ Indiegogo page of Hello Harto campaign
  10. ^ HELLO, HARTO! (Ep. 1) - Leaving Los Angeles - YouTube
  11. ^ "Don't Wait to Say Hello" - music video - YouTube
  12. ^ The Real HELLO, HARTO! - YouTube
  13. ^ With ‘Daily Grace’ videos, comedian Grace Helbig builds a fan base online - Theater & art - The Boston Globe
  14. ^ Gutelle, Sam (2013-08-02). "Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, Mamrie Hart to Chill at 'Camp Takota'". Tubefilter.com. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  15. ^ "Camp Takota". Chill. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  16. ^ "Camp Takota (2014) – Full Cast & Crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Camp Takota". Camp Takota. 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  18. ^ "Camp Takota Trailer: Redux". YouTube. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  19. ^ "Best Sellers: Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous". The New York Times Book Review. August 31, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2014.  No. 6 ranking based on sales up to August 16, 2014.
  20. ^ "Best Sellers: Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous". The New York Times Book Review. September 7, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2014.  No. 10 ranking based on sales up to August 23, 2014.
  21. ^ "Best Sellers: Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous". The New York Times Book Review. September 14, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2014.  No. 18 ranking based on sales up to August 30, 2014.
  22. ^ Juris, Carolyn (August 22, 2014). "This Week's Bestsellers: August 25, 2014 – Drinking and Thriving". Publishers Weekly 261 (34). 
  23. ^ Hannah Hart Tackles Big Life Questions On Rainn Wilson’s Soul Pancake
  24. ^ Hannah Hart « Please Subscribe Film
  25. ^ "Hurricane Hangout". yourharto. YouTube. October 29, 2012. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  26. ^ Rhett and Link (October 25, 2013). "Ep. 5 Hannah Hart - Ear Biscuits". SoundCloud. 
  27. ^ Alumni list
  28. ^ "26 Questions for 26th Birthday!". MyHarto. YouTube. November 2, 2012. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  29. ^ Megan O'Neill (May 24, 2011). "How Hannah Hart Turned Drunk Cooking Into A YouTube Partnership [Interview]". Social Times. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  30. ^ "I moved!". January 13, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  31. ^ Hogan, Heather (June 20, 2011). "Hannah Hart talks 'My Drunk Kitchen,' coming out and her nefarious plan to steal Santana from Brittany on 'Glee'". After Ellen. Archived from the original on June 23, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  32. ^ "My Drunk Kitchen's Hannah Hart: The Autostraddle Interview". Autostraddle. Autostraddle. Retrieved 30 September 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  33. ^ Votta, Ray (August 12, 2014). "Three cheers for Hannah Hart's 'My Drunk Kitchen' cookbook". Daily Dot. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  34. ^ Davis, Brendan (September 16, 2014). "VIDEO: Tyler Oakley and Hannah Hart help GLAAD honor Google and YouTube at the #glaadgala". GLAAD. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  35. ^ "THE OFFICIAL 5TH ANNUAL SHORTY AWARD NOMINEES". 
  36. ^ "THE OFFICIAL 3RD ANNUAL STREAMY AWARD NOMINEES". Streamys.org. International Academy of Web Television. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 

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