Lisa Gilroy Has Got a Golden Ticket to Virality
One comedian has been blowing up on Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram like no other in the past 24 hours – Lisa Gilroy, a Canadian-born actress, comedian and television presenter, has been getting shoutouts from David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Jenna Fischer, and Josh Gad for her most recent megaviral Twitter video which has amassed almost 15 million views in the last 24 hours.
The video, titled, “To my followers: do better,” is framed as a teary-eyed plea from an influencer calling out an intensely negative experience she had with her followers IRL. Lisa tells the story of how she had an open competition for her followers to win a day on set with her. However, the five contest winners’ misbehavior was enough to bring the actress and comedian to tears – Lisa herself tells the story best:
The video was a massive hit and is currently being retweeted by scores of blue checkmarks. Jenna Fischer of The Office fame simply commented, “This is amazing,” to which Lisa replied, “Thanks Jenna I can’t fathom how many times this has happened to you as well.” David Cross asked his followers to “please take 2 minutes to watch, listen, and study,” while Patton Oswalt retweeted the post with the simple caption, “this is heartbreaking.”
This isn’t the first taste of virality that Gilroy has enjoyed – far from it, in fact. She’s well-known on TikTok for a litany of videos that have inspired countless duets, imitators, and rip-offs, most notably the “Chili’s Birthday Song,” which inspired maybe the greatest video in the platform’s history:
Gilroy has also enjoyed substantial offline success, both in her native Canada and in the US. She is a two-time Canadian Comedy Award recipient, an alumna of the Second City Toronto touring company, and a mainstay performer at both The Groundlings and The Upright Citizen’s Brigade in Los Angeles. Lisa was the host of Canadian television channel YTV’s Undercover High and made an appearance on Brooklyn 99 as a drunk and betrothed New Jerseyan whose bachelorette party gets slightly crashed by Jake Peralta.
Lisa made an appearance as Ellen DeGeneres on Fox’s politically charged and Robert Smigel-written sketch show Let’s Be Real, and is a regular cast member on Comedy Central’s bizarre animated series Fairview, a show about a small-town that is beset by wild drama caused by national politics.
According to Lisa’s website, she is set to appear in Mel Brooks’ A History of the World, Part II, a Hulu series which will be the long-awaited sequel to his 1981 film A History of the World, Part I. She will also appear in the Kim Cattrall-led Netflix series Glamorous, described as the story of “a young gender non-conforming queer man whose life seems to be stuck in place until he lands a job working for legendary makeup mogul Madolyn Addison.”