Despite being born with an allergy to pickles and an addiction to stalking celebrity children, Jenni Maier managed to overcome the odds and get a fulltime bloggin’ job. During the rare times when Jenni Maier isn’t writing fan mail to Jinger Duggar or attempting to invent the next Pinterest so that she can retire by 30, she’s contemplating whether she should take commenters’ suggestion and get a real job.
After two-and-a-half blissful years of waiting tables for celebrities and rude normals alike, Alexis Rhiannon finally has a paid excuse to know way too much about reality television. In addition to pop culture, she has a fondness for personal space, cream cheese frosting, methamphetamines, and stalking you on Facebook. She is a decidedly odd human who has been described variously as a velociraptor, a robot, and a Muppet. She performs long-form improv throughout the city with her teams FRANK AND GARY and PULLEY. If at any point you’re having trouble finding her, it’s highly likely that she’s at Chipotle.
Jill O’Rourke is a freelance blogger and full-time pop culture addict who keeps a careful mental schedule of daily Friends reruns. When she’s not cultivating her love-hate relationship with Lifetime movies or reconciling her college degree with her desire to keep up with the Kardashians, she aspires to be the Ken Jennings of identifying celebrity voiceovers in TV commercials. Her writing has appeared on Prefix Magazine and The Celebrity Cafe.
Cassy hails from the much-less-glamorous-than-New-York-but-still-awesome city of Pittsburgh, where she’s a copywriter by day and a reality-television addict by night. She has a knack for impersonating just about anyone worth impersonating, finding bottled wine on sale, and making the most out of small community theater roles. She has a fat cat named Ralphie, after her favorite Christmas movie character (although his name was almost Clark W. Griswold) and a lazy old dog named Molly who take up most of the space on her iPhone photo app in lieu of real children. She has experience as a freelance copywriter, full-time PR specialist, term paper aficionado, and overall pop culture guru.
Garnet Henderson is known, in her small hometown, as that girl who moved to the big city. In New York, she is known as that girl from Wyoming. Garnet is addicted to good music and trashy reality TV, and is also a dancer and choreographer. Her writing has appeared on CollegeCandy, Inside New York, the Dance Enthusiast, and in the Brooklyn Rail.
Anna Sims is a web producer and freelance writer living in Boston. She grew up in Des Moines, Iowa but, contrary to popular opinion, did not have a cornfield for a backyard. Her hobbies include Beyoncé, shoe shopping, and wondering why her apartment is dirty when she just cleaned it yesterday.
Olivia Wilson is an English major at New York University, where she enjoys discussing the fact that she, unlike Vampire Weekend, is pro-Oxford comma. She is feverishly dedicated to croissants as her breakfast food of choice and exercises a zero-tolerance policy toward large crowds, which she avoids like H1N1. She has experience as a freelance writer, an interviewer, and a frequent worrier about being single forever, all skills that she is always improving upon.
Hailing from the ghost town of Pontiac, Michigan, Paris Close was voted Most Likely to Meet Beyonce in high school and graduated from Grand Rapids’ Aquinas College with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English in May 2014. When he isn’t busy stalking the streets for Jesse Bradford’s doppelganger, he adamantly tries to convince his cat he’s the real Olivia Pope and Kerry Washington is just his terrifically gorgeous understudy. Some of his obsessions include Meijer loitering, Justin Bieber’s hair and K.Stew’s facial expression.
String cheese lover Alyssa resides in Orange County, where she suffers crippling turmoil in coming up with email subject lines. By day, she is a brand copywriter who uses the word “foster” excessively. By night, she rummages gossip blogs and exercises her God-given ability to identify celebrities from the backs of their heads. Unless she’s attending a wedding or meeting the queen of England, she feels it’s perfectly acceptable to wear yoga pants.
Sara Steinfeld is a recovering Jonas Brothers addict with a penchant for chicken nuggets and correcting other people’s grammar. She graduated from Colgate University in 2014 with a BA in English and a minor in Toothpaste. Likes include the men of MTV’s Teen Wolf, fat corgis, and April 25th, because it’s not too hot, not too cold—all you need is a light jacket. Dislikes include excessive heat, Teresa Giudice’s hairline, and any combination of the two.
Gemma is a suburban Seattle native with a degree in English (focus: postcolonial literature) from a liberal arts college plopped in the middle of dairy farms. When she’s not interning, she works as a freelance contributor for Racked NY. Her obsessions include small dogs, K-Pop, diluted kombucha, red velvet donuts from Peter Pan Donuts and The Mindy Project.