Madeleine Byrne Will Make Your Instagram Feed 10x Funnier
Madeleine Byrne is a NorCal turned SoCal comedian, actress, singer, writer, and all around BABE.
Galore sat down to ask her a few questions about her Instagram following, her fav comedians, and of course, life & dating in LA.
When did you first realize that you were funny?
HAHA. I love that question. I don’t really think I ever woke up and was like, “damn, I’m funny” but I’m an only child with a wild imagination who had a very awkward stage from about middle school to early college (more like awkward decade I guess.) I have always been an observer and I like to think I have a pretty good understanding of people so I think that makes it easy to poke fun at simple things that everyone can relate to.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you got older?
I grew up doing theatre and singing so I always pictured myself on Broadway. I caught the performance bug from a very early age so I knew I would end up doing something in entertainment. Funny enough my mom always told me that I should be a stand up comedian. Well, I’m halfway there!
How did your career as an entertainer (comedian/actress/singer/writer) begin?
I was consistently taking acting classes from the time I was 15 years old, so I’ve always been in that world. I got my first agent when I moved to Los Angeles in 2014 and I thought I had it made. On the contrary, auditions were sporadic and I never booked a single job. Finally in 2016 I left my representation and started making comedy videos on Instagram. Instantly, my following started to grow which made me want to keep posting. Along the way, I was presented with amazing opportunities that would have never come about had I not made my own content. I always knew I had a unique voice and I think that is what helped me grow.
Did your Instagram following skyrocket quickly or was it built slowly over time? If it skyrocketed, what was the video/picture that made it blow up?
A little bit of both! In the beginning it was definitely a bit slower. It’s hard to gain and retain followers unless you’re consistent with your posts. I had a couple videos along the way that caught the eye of some bigger pages and with those shares, my numbers jumped a lot (although not as much as one would think.) I study a lot of this stuff now, engagement, numbers, growth, etc. There really is an art to it. One of my biggest videos to this day is one where I’m sitting in my car trying to pump myself up to go to the gym. The video is a series of failed attempts and excuses to where I end up just being like “Fuck it!” I think the most relatable videos are the ones where you make fun of yourself.
What are some LA clichés you totally take part in?
I mean- I have a personal trainer and I love green tea boba smoothies from Urth Cafe…that’s pretty LA cliché right? Oh, and I love spray tans and eyelash extensions… oops!
Who are some of your favorite comedians?
I love Amy Schumer and the girls from Broad City (Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer.) They all have this dry & physical humor that I fucking love.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hmm, I’ll be 30 in 5 years! Wowza! I want to star in a show that I’ve helped create/write. I would also love to be in films. I want to have performed stand up comedy AT LEAST once by then. And hopefully I have a super hot boyfriend/fiancé/husband who doesn’t judge me for eating hot Cheetos in bed…you know….the simple things. Also, I want in a laundry machine in my place. DREAM BIG!
What do you love the most about living in LA? What do you love the least?
I love the opportunities & the people the most. Los Angeles is where it all happens for television and film. If you want to work, you’ve got to be in LA. I’ve also met some of the most amazing and talented individuals living out here that I would have never met anywhere else. Growing up wanting to be an actor is confusing to people if you live anywhere but LA. Once I finally came out here it was like ‘oh, EVERYONE wants to be an actor.’
Traffic and parking are the worst.
I googled the shit out of you and saw that you’re working on a pilot called ‘Mad In L.A’, tell us about it!
Wow I’m Google-able? Sounds like me before every date I ever go on. YES! I wrote, co produced, and am starring in my first pilot! So far it’s a passion project that has come together with the help of some awesome people I knew before I ever posted a video to Instagram. We’re almost done filming it and then we shop it around to various networks/platforms. That’s all I can really say for now but it’s the first of many projects I hope to be a part of creating.
You talk a lot about dating in LA- what’s the worst date you’ve ever been on?
Dating in LA is truly the best material for a comedian. In part, because most of the men out here are actors, models, musicians, unemployed, etc. My universal pet peeve is when a guy doesn’t ask me about me. I’ll ask you about YOU all day long, but if you don’t have the basic human decency to follow up with a couple sincere questions about me… done, bye, see ya! It might sound shocking but a lot of men out here don’t do this, even the ones NOT in entertainment. I’ve had some pretty funny dates from the good ol’ dating apps. One time I went out with a pretty famous musician that started following me on Snapchat. Anything can happen out here…
What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you recently?
Well, recently I was auditioning for a big commercial that was supposed to be completely improvised (going in without anything prepared.) The casting director came out and told us that we would go in one-by-one and do something that made everyone in the room uncomfortable. WTF RIGHT?! I was trying so hard to think of something to do that didn’t involve just walking in there and passing out, or taking off all of my clothes. I basically went inside and sang happy birthday while doing a Britney Spears impression, which is a very ME thing to do. They loved it and I made it down to the final two (they went with a brunette) haha! That’s the LA actor life for you!
Follow Madeleine Byrne on Instagram if you want to laugh all day long and stare at her gorg face.