The Girl behind 'Girl Insta-rupted'
Syd Wilder is a Los Angeles based comedian, actress, producer, writer, director and social media influencer. (Syd hates the word “influencer.”)
Syd grew up in the trailer parks and country clubs of Marietta, GA. As a child she was the quintessential fat kid with high cholesterol and a boy’s haircut. You would never know it know it now, but as a kid Syd was often mistaken for a boy (photographic evidence can be found in the photos section). When Syd was ten years old, she watched the movie, “Miss Congeniality” and was inspired to put down the basketball and prove to everyone she was a girl. After winning first runner up out of two people in a local beauty pageant, she realized she needed to grow her hair out and figure out another dream.
As a teenager, Syd started writing songs to cope with being bullied and eventually started a country music career while living in Georgia. After Syd’s mom made the painful decision to have Syd turn down a record deal in Nashville, she decided to shift gears again. This time Syd caught the acting bug, and after graduating from high school early, (she was a home school weirdo) Syd received a scholarship to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles.
At the age of sixteen, Syd and her family relocated to the City of Angels with Mommy and Daddy issues. Syd immersed herself in the comedy world by studying at The Groundlings, UCB and Second City. Syd is a proud graduate of the Second City writing program. Syd performed stand up comedy off and on for several years and officially retired in 2019. Her last show was at the Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia.
Syd is an ambitious self-generator who's written, produced, directed and starred in over 40 original sketches as well as creating several original characters. Syd’s online comedy content has garnered over 60 million views across various digital platforms, which include: Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Elite Daily, College Humor, Nerdist, Cosmopolitan, Funny or Die and other news outlets.
Syd’s original web series, “Fab Life Teresa XO” won a Hollywood Comedy Shorts award. This same series was also screened at the prestigious Holly Shorts Festival and competed with Jane Lynch’s series “Dropping The Soap.”
Syd has appeared on Tosh.0 (Comedy Central), Men at Work (TBS), The Tonight Show (NBC) and has done several feature films including, “This Is The End” and the smash digital hit, “Laid In America,” released by Universal. Syd’s modeling has been featured in Maxim, FHM, and Sports Illustrated. She was named “Ask Men’s Top 99 Crush List” in 2016, and Playboy’s “Top 10 Hottest YouTuber’s” in 2015. She’s also frequently asked by her family members to post photos wearing more clothing, which she’s actively working on.
Syd continues to create online content and original characters for her social media platforms. She is starting to break into the voice over industry and really enjoys hosting, writing, dancing and creating her podcast. Syd works diligently to drive home the message of how important it is to openly discuss your mental health, in order to help those who are struggling with trauma, addiction, abuse and mental illnesses.
Syd is proud to be a product of a fuck-ton of therapy, self-work and prayers. She does not view herself as damaged but very “experienced.” She’s determined to use her authentic and unconventional life stories and advice to help others transform their heartbreak into healing.