The performances of this year’s second season of “The Great” – already the most watched show on YouTube – have brought out the best in Jessica Goldstein and Scott McCoy, who play “Special Agent Walt Patterson” and “Agent Bailey Marks,” respectively.
“Season 1 was really a journey in not only trying to create these different characters with all of them being very different, but also figuring out how to make people laugh. You just don’t know how funny you’re going to be,” said Goldstein, 26, of Kensington. “I don’t know if they knew what they were doing, but every episode got funnier as it went on.”
Goldstein – who is easily the most popular personality behind the business of making YouTube content – has crafted a fan base of over 1.8 million. Her channel has 11 million subscribers.
Her TV show has a similarly prominent online presence, with almost 1.9 million subscribers and more than 5.8 million views. She has had 176 episodes in the past two years – surpassing even Ellen DeGeneres’ 14-episode launch – and won raves for her relatable interactions and animation skills on stage.
She recently returned from a year-long promo tour of the country, and says she’s ready to get to work with “the people I knew when we started.”
She’s keeping pretty mum on some of her upcoming projects – which means she doesn’t even know what her character’s birthday is.
The schedule for Season 2 is already exciting, she said. There are back-to-back episodes on Friday nights this fall, which seems like it would leave little wiggle room, but she’s confident her two characters can handle it.
As for McCoy, he is happily married to “Chefs vs. Celebrities” co-host and longtime TV correspondent Dina Shapiro.