Thanks to the coronavirus, comedians are now trapped at home like the rest of us, so we decided that while we’re all self-quarantining, we’d do something a little different from our usual “Follow Friday” column. Instead of interviewing up-and-coming comedians we love on Twitter, we’re going live on Instagram every week to check in on some of our favorite people in comedy and get a firsthand look into how they’re handling the pandemic. So welcome to our new version of the column, now titled “Follow (From a Safe Distance) Friday.”
This week, I somehow convinced Sydney Battle (UCB, the Emmys, doting Brooklyn mother to her beautiful Atticus) to meet for a digital chat about how she’s keeping it together during … all of this. She told us how she’s feeling about becoming Twitter famous in the middle of a global pandemic, got introspective about her time as a nanny for an emotionally unstable little girl, and shared her favorite colorful insults from online trolls. She also told the story behind what convinced her, as a young millennial, to download a certain social-media app. And it’s a hell of a story: “I got Instagram because Aaron Carter yelled at me at a concert on my college campus.”
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