Aubrey Plaza Explores ASMR with Whispers, Peacock Feathers, and Cornflakes

In this episode of Celebrity ASMR, Aubrey Plaza whispers as she plays with her own hair, fiddles with a make-up bag, strokes peacock feathers, eats cornflakes and squeezes a stuffed cat while meowing. Aubrey recalls learning improv from Chris Gethard at the Upright Citizens Brigade, kissing Ellie Kemper, getting fired from the NBC Page Program, her role in 'Funny People', playing April Ludgate on 'Parks and Recreation' and Lenny Busker in 'Legion'. See more of Aubrey in Season 2 of Legion on FX.

Released on 3/29/2018

Credits

Starring: Aubrey Plaza
Featuring: Makeup by Matin for ChapStick and Hair by Rheanne White using Malin+Goetz

Transcript

00:00
How about we send a text to Jerry himself?
00:05
I'm doing a video about how much Jerry sucks.
00:10
Let's see what he says.
00:13
Hi.
00:15
It's me.
00:17
Aubrey.
00:19
Plaza.
00:22
And today I'm going to...
00:28
Tell you about my career
00:33
and let you in on some ASMR stuff that I really like,
00:41
because I really like AMSR too.
00:46
Yay.
00:48
So one thing I really like to do to put myself to sleep
00:57
is something with my hair.
01:01
I take my hair.
01:08
I mess with my hair a lot,
01:10
so this is just one thing I like to do.
01:14
But I do this all the time when I'm anxious
01:18
or really uncomfortable.
01:24
I take a strand of my hair,
01:28
like a medium, a medium section,
01:34
and I make a loop like this.
01:39
And then I put in my ear.
01:44
And I listen to it, it talks to me.
01:49
I'll do the sound into the mic so you can hear it.
01:54
[hair rustling]
02:09
I'll do a bigger piece so you can hear the different kinds.
02:17
[hair rustling]
02:24
Now I'll do two,
02:25
because sometimes when I'm really freaked out
02:29
I do two strands in both of my ears like this.
02:40
[hair rustling]
02:56
Sorry, I should do this for you, not me.
03:00
[hair rustling]
03:04
You should know that this is really unhealthy for my hair.
03:08
I'm basically destroying it,
03:09
but it's worth it and you know why.
03:16
So before I talk about myself,
03:20
I just want to dedicate this entire video
03:26
to Molly Shannon,
03:31
because when we were in Italy
03:35
she told me that she's affected by ASMR,
03:39
specifically this.
03:42
So Molly, this is for you.
03:51
I brought my own toys for Molly.
03:56
This is my makeup bag.
04:00
That's really loud.
04:01
[zipper unzipping]
04:05
Molly Shannon really likes
04:08
when people rifle through their makeup bags,
04:10
so I'm gonna do that for her and for you.
04:13
But mostly for Molly.
04:16
[makeup rustling]
04:21
This is my actual makeup bag.
04:34
It's mostly brushes like this.
04:46
[makeup rustling]
04:56
One thing in my bag that I think Molly really likes is this,
05:03
my blotting papers.
05:07
[papers rustling]
05:35
You're welcome, Molly.
05:41
Okay.
05:42
Let's start talking about me.
05:47
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.
05:52
I started UCB when I was 19 years old.
05:57
And I really wanted to be on a Harold Team,
06:02
which is a long-form improv team.
06:08
And you have to audition for it,
06:10
so I auditioned a couple times and got rejected.
06:18
I like being rejected.
06:20
It makes me feel alive.
06:24
And I finally got on a team after a couple tries.
06:30
It was called Twelve Thousand Dollars,
06:34
which was named after the amount of money that it costs
06:38
to go through the UCB training program.
06:42
It's muy expensive,
06:46
so we made a joke about it.
06:50
Hee hee hee, ha ha ha, comedy.
06:57
I learned a lot of things at UCB.
07:01
It was a wild time in my life.
07:05
I had many teachers that I loved.
07:08
Chris Gethard was one of my teachers.
07:12
I have so many memories there.
07:16
One of my favorite memories was...
07:22
We used to do a show where,
07:27
I don't think they legally can do this anymore.
07:32
This was a long time ago,
07:34
but we did a show
07:35
where you had to be legally drunk to perform.
07:39
In fact, they would breathalyze you on stage.
07:44
And if you weren't legally drunk,
07:48
you had to leave the stage.
07:51
This is why UCB is the best and always will be.
07:55
I don't remember what happened that night,
07:58
but I'm pretty sure it involved me holding a mic stand
08:03
just like this.
08:06
But there was no microphone
08:09
and I was really drunk, screaming into the mic stand.
08:15
But no one could hear me
08:16
because there wasn't this fuzzy friend
08:19
amplifying my voice to the audience.
08:25
And I'm pretty sure that Ellie Kemper and I
08:27
made out on stage.
08:30
You heard it here first.
08:32
Ask her, it happened.
08:37
One of the most famous shows at UCB is called Asssscat.
08:44
So I'd like to represent the Asssscat ASMR for you
08:50
with some soothing cat sounds.
08:52
Meow.
09:01
This is my furry friend.
09:05
I would like to remind the audience, though,
09:07
that I do the voice of Grumpy Cat,
09:10
which is far better than this cat.
09:16
Meow, meow.
09:23
I think this cat is full of beans.
09:27
[beans rustling]
09:34
Psst, meow, meow.
09:38
Meow.
09:40
Was that too loud for you, darlings?
09:44
Meow.
09:52
Meow.
09:54
Meow.
09:59
What do you think about Grumpy Cat?
10:04
Meow.
10:11
Grumpy Cat forever.
10:14
This cat sucks.
10:23
The NBC Page program, ping ping ping.
10:34
When I graduated from college,
10:39
I really wanted to work at Saturday Night Live.
10:45
But the closest I could get
10:49
was to audition for the Page program.
10:53
I just really liked the uniform, I guess.
10:56
I wanted to wear that disgusting polyester skirt suit
11:03
and lead studio tours,
11:08
which I did for a couple months.
11:14
It didn't work out for me in the Page program
11:17
because people thought I was a witch.
11:22
I had one friend in the Page program
11:25
and her name was Meg Ryan.
11:31
For real, that was her name, Meg Ryan.
11:35
It's not the Meg Ryan that you all know.
11:41
It's a different Meg Ryan.
11:44
She had long dark hair,
11:46
and her and I were friends.
11:50
And we were like, the dark witch Pages of the program.
11:55
I believe that we both got in trouble many times
12:00
because I would take groups of people on the studio tours
12:08
and I would lie to them over and over again.
12:11
I would tell them facts that weren't true about NBC
12:16
as a game.
12:19
Meg Ryan and I would come up with a game
12:22
where she would say, On your next studio tour,
12:27
you have to use the word.
12:28
And then we would pick a random word like colonoscopy.
12:36
And she would say, You have to insert this word
12:40
into your speech, even if it doesn't make any sense.
12:44
So I would say, Welcome to Studio 8H,
12:50
where Chris Farley had a colonoscopy
12:55
live in front of an audience.
12:59
And people would go, Wow, did that really happen?
13:04
And I would go, No, you're stupid.
13:11
I'm pretty sure I got fired early on,
13:16
but I kept my uniform.
13:19
And I'll never let it go.
13:23
To represent my time at the Page program,
13:28
I have some peacock feathers for you, my darlings.
13:37
If you remember, the NBC peacock is a thing.
13:45
[feathers rustling]
13:53
Can you hear the history of NBC in these feathers?
13:59
Must-see TV.
14:01
[feathers rustling]
14:17
I wonder if I can do my little hair trick to these feathers.
14:20
Let's see.
14:22
[feathers rustling]
14:28
I can't.
14:30
Go figure.
14:32
[feathers rustling]
14:38
That sounds really nice.
14:39
I like when it combines with my hair.
14:43
[feathers rustling]
14:50
This is getting really weird,
14:54
just like NBC got really weird in the early 2000s.
14:59
Let's not forget.
15:01
[feathers rustling]
15:11
Will & Grace.
15:18
Mad About You.
15:22
There's nothing Paul Reiser can't do.
15:28
The movie Funny People.
15:36
Funny People was pretty much my breakout film.
15:42
Before that, I was waitressing in New York City,
15:48
living in Queens.
15:50
I auditioned for Funny People,
15:53
and Judd Apatow changed my life.
15:57
It was pretty crazy how I got cast in Funny People,
16:01
because Judd Apatow wanted to cast a standup comedian.
16:08
And I auditioned with the scenes and sent in a tape,
16:14
but I wasn't a standup comedian.
16:17
But I pretended to be.
16:21
I took the mic, just like this mic,
16:26
and I got up on stage
16:29
and I did five minutes of jokes that I made up.
16:35
And I had my friend tape it, sent it in,
16:40
and then Judd cast me.
16:42
Two weeks later, I was in Los Angeles.
16:47
I wasn't old enough to rent a car and I was poor,
16:52
so I lived in the Days Inn on Hollywood Boulevard
16:56
for two weeks with a bunch of Swedish tourists.
17:02
And I rented a car from Rent-a-Wreck,
17:07
which was the only place that would let me rent a car.
17:11
And I would drive to Sony Studios
17:15
and park next to Adam Sandler's Maserati.
17:22
I don't know if he had a Maserati,
17:24
but I just parked next to really expensive cars.
17:30
And I could barely pay my rent,
17:34
but I just pretended like it was cool.
17:40
It was wild.
17:41
I had never really been in LA
17:44
and I didn't know what I was doing,
17:47
but I just pretended to be a standup comedian.
17:52
And then all of a sudden, I was a standup comedian
17:54
because no one knew who I was.
17:58
So they just assumed that I was a standup.
18:02
And I started getting booked
18:03
at The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store,
18:08
and going up in front of live audiences doing comedy,
18:12
even though I had no idea what I was doing.
18:17
I tricked them all.
18:19
Now to represent my time as a standup comedian
18:25
when I was on Funny People,
18:27
I'm going to give you the sounds of a standup microphone.
18:37
I remember this.
18:42
They're much colder than these ones.
18:46
I like the sound of my rings tapping against the mic.
18:52
[metal tapping]
18:57
That's a really good one.
18:59
[metal tapping]
19:13
I remember one of my early jokes as a standup comedian.
19:22
I'll try a different ring.
19:25
[metal tapping]
19:29
One of my early bits as a standup comedian
19:31
was to just name celebrities
19:34
and name what kind of tail they would have
19:38
if they were an animal.
19:41
For example,
19:45
Bill Clinton would have a polar bear's nub.
19:53
Lindsay Lohan would have a bushy squirrel's tail
20:00
that's long.
20:02
[metal tapping]
20:19
Oh wow.
20:22
In all my years as a standup comedian,
20:25
I've never seen the inside of a mic before.
20:30
It's really boring.
20:33
It's just a bunch of wires.
20:37
[microphone rustling]
20:58
Julia Roberts would have a show pony's tail,
21:03
beautiful, thick, lustrous tail,
21:08
bouncing in the wind.
21:11
[metal tapping]
21:17
The TV show Parks & Recreation.
21:25
The funny thing about Parks & Recreation is...
21:33
That I didn't audition for that show.
21:36
I had a meeting with the creators of the show,
21:41
and I guess in that meeting I was so weird
21:48
that they decided to create the character for me.
21:53
So in the original pilot episode of Parks & Recreation,
21:57
the character of April's actually named Aubrey.
22:03
Aubrey.
22:05
Aubrey.
22:07
Aubrey.
22:09
But of course they had to change it
22:12
when it went on television to April.
22:16
April.
22:17
April.
22:19
April.
22:24
And um...
22:28
I don't know what to say about it.
22:32
I definitely feel like that character is a big part of me.
22:39
I am April and April is me.
22:43
But it's a heightened version of me,
22:48
so it feels very close to my heart.
22:55
But also I'm much more than that.
23:02
I was on that show for seven seasons.
23:06
I don't know why, but that show has a kind of psychic,
23:14
beautiful love energy radiating out of it,
23:18
because we all loved each other so much
23:22
and you can tell when you watch it.
23:24
And I think that the show kind of reminds audiences
23:28
that comedy doesn't have to be mean-spirited.
23:34
It can come from love,
23:37
except we can all still hate Jerry
23:41
because Jerry sucks.
23:45
Jerry deserves to die.
23:50
To represent April Ludgate,
23:53
I will now use the sounds of texting on my phone,
23:59
my personal phone.
24:02
I'd just like to first show you
24:04
that I have two stickers on my phone.
24:09
One says Hot Old Guy.
24:16
And one's a picture of a fox because I like foxes.
24:22
Okay, now we text.
24:26
I'll send a text to...
24:34
How about we send a text to Jerry himself?
24:42
I'm typing in Jim, Jim O'Heir.
24:50
[tapping on screen]
24:52
Hi Jim.
24:55
This is you-know-who.
24:59
[tapping on screen]
25:05
I'm doing a video
25:09
for W Magazine
25:15
about how much Jerry sucks.
25:18
[tapping on screen]
25:25
What do you think of that?
25:30
Question mark, question mark, exclamation point.
25:33
Send.
25:36
Let's see what he says.
25:47
Sometimes I like to turn the vibration on and off.
25:51
[phone clicking]
25:57
[tapping on screen]
26:02
Now we wait to see if he responds.
26:06
[tapping on screen]
26:09
Say something, Jim.
26:13
We're all waiting.
26:16
[tapping on screen]
26:31
He's typing right now.
26:32
I can't wait to see what he says.
26:36
[tapping on screen]
26:43
He's really thinking this text over.
26:47
[gasping]
26:52
LOL, I don't believe you'll be able
26:54
to come up with anything negative to say about Jerry.
26:58
If you can, go for it.
27:02
Smiley face.
27:05
What a dumbass.
27:08
He really sucks.
27:13
I'm deleting him from my phone.
27:18
Ha ha ha.
27:20
You suck.
27:22
[tapping on screen]
27:29
The TV show Legion.
27:34
My character on Legion is called Lenny Cornflakes Busker.
27:42
And it was a very strange process for me to be on this show
27:50
because the character was originally written for a man.
27:55
And when I first met with Noah Hawley,
28:00
he looked at me.
28:06
I was on crutches at the time
28:08
because I had torn my ACL playing basketball.
28:13
And he just said, What about the role of Lenny?
28:18
And I said, The drug addict,
28:21
middle-aged man in the mental institution?
28:26
And he said, Yes.
28:31
And I said, I don't know.
28:32
That seems weird.
28:35
But then he told me that Lenny,
28:40
by the end of the first season, becomes the Shadow King,
28:44
which is the villain of the show.
28:47
And I said, Sign me up.
28:51
That sounds fun.
28:53
So that's what I did.
28:56
I became a powerful, evil mutant psychic villain
29:02
named the Shadow King.
29:04
However, in the second season,
29:08
my character took a very sharp left turn.
29:13
The Shadow King has relinquished Lenny's body
29:20
and moved on, so what happens to Lenny?
29:26
I don't know.
29:30
It's a very complicated character,
29:33
but ultimately I think that wherever Lenny is,
29:43
floating on the astral plane
29:46
in all the different dimensions of David Haller's memories,
29:53
she's optimistic and is always hoping for the best.
30:01
She's a tragic character and I like playing her,
30:07
but it's emotionally draining sometimes
30:11
and physically exhausting,
30:13
because I'm being tortured a lot
30:17
and used by this evil villain mutant.
30:23
Sometimes I forget that I'm in the Marvel Universe,
30:28
but I really like being on a Marvel show
30:35
because the audience really cares about the characters
30:42
and they're really invested in the characters.
30:45
And that's really nice.
30:48
And it's really fun to have powers.
30:50
Sometimes in the first season,
30:53
all I would do would be like, something like this.
30:59
[snapping fingers]
31:00
And someone would die.
31:04
To represent my character on Legion,
31:07
Lenny Cornflakes Busker,
31:11
I give to you the sound of Corn Flakes.
31:22
Wow, this is great.
31:26
I have a little bowl.
31:31
Why don't I just pour you guys a bowl of Corn Flakes?
31:37
I'm just gonna open it first.
31:39
[opening cereal box]
31:52
[bag rustling]
32:05
There's a lot of Corn Flakes in there.
32:08
[bag rustling]
32:17
I'll pour them out first.
32:21
[pouring cereal]
32:40
Now I have a bowl of Corn Flakes.
32:43
[rustling cereal]
32:51
They smell like...
32:55
Sugar and corn.
32:57
I'm gonna put one in my mouth.
33:00
[crunching cereal]
33:30
Is that gross?
33:33
[crunching cereal]
33:40
I wish I had some milk.
33:51
It kind of sounds like my hair.
33:56
[crunching cereal]
34:04
Is that really gross?
34:07
[crunching cereal]
34:18
Am I doing this for me or you?
34:20
I don't know.
34:23
I think me and you.
34:29
I don't like Corn Flakes,
34:32
but I like the way it sounds.
34:45
Before I say goodbye to you, my darlings,
34:47
I'm just gonna clean off the table.
34:49
There's some little Corn Flakes bits on the table.
34:53
[wiping table]
35:01
All clean.
35:03
Well, I just wanna say thank you to W Magazine
35:07
for making my dreams come true.
35:10
I am triggered by ASMR,
35:13
and I am sorry I had to talk about myself
35:17
and not just make sounds.
35:19
But this is the start of my new career.
35:23
I quit acting and now I'm only here for you, darlings.
35:29
I love you.
35:31
[smooching lips]
35:33
I'll leave you with my hair.
35:35
Don't ever forget this.
35:42
[rustling hair]