YouTube has been a notable incubator of talent, giving us the likes of Justin Bieber (happy birthday buddy) and, uh, Rebecca Black, and if everything breaks right, comedienne Stevie Ryan may be the next big thing to make the leap from online cult stardom.
Ryan is the star of Stevie TV, a new sketch-comedy show which premieres this Sunday, March 4, on VH1. She paid her dues the last six years with her popular YouTube channel, where she showcased her many characters, including "TheRealParis," based on Paris Hilton, and "Oolalaa," a flirty French girl, as well as impressions of pop stars like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, and reality-TV punching bags like Kim Kardashian and Kendra Wilkinson. Think Tracey Ullman or Kristen Wiig.
The twenty-seven-year-old Ryan grew up "just a poor girl from Victorville(CA) that was just messing around with a camera." One of her characters that she developed back in high school was "Little Loca," an Hispanic "homegirl" from East L.A. Said Ryan, "I had a lot of chola friends growing up and they protected me. I thought they were so cool, and I was just this geeky white girl. I admired them. I wanted to be that."
VH1 placed a ten-episode order of the new show; it will feature a format similar to Chappelle's Show, with six to eight sketches an episode. Ryan will reprise some of her original YouTube characters, as well as create new ones, and, judging by the previews, it looks to be pretty funny.