Apart of our ‘Women and Humor’ series we had a chance to catch up with MTV2’s Girl Code cast member, Tanisha Long. The West Philadelphia (born and raised) native talked with us exclusively about her dating life, what she finds funny, thirst traps on Instagram, and why girls love Drake. Catch more of Tanisha on Wednesdays at 11/10c for new episodes of Girl Code on MTV2.
CH: SO THIS SERIES IS ABOUT WOMEN IN COMEDY, WHAT ARE YOUR OVERALL THOUGHTS ON HOW WOMEN ARE PORTRAYED IN COMEDY?
TL: I mean when you think of women in comedy, depending on the way you look, you fit into comedy a certain way. I’m traditionally what people would consider attractive. I’m thin and I have long hair so I get put into this box of “goofy-hot girl” or “ditzy-hot girl. I was always a punch line or the funny guy’s girlfriend that just makes faces. It’s really funny when you watch romantic comedies and we’re really portrayed in a specific way. I don’t want to say too much about it because I’d like a job in a romantic comedy but at the same time it could be a little frustrating because why can’t Melissa McCarthy be a lead in a romantic comedy? Every movie she is in, she’s a hot mess that can’t get her life together. And it’s crazy because she has a husband, she could be a hot chick too. Everything when it comes to women in comedy has a very specific plot.
CH: DOES BEING A WOMEN IN COMEDY HURT WHEN IT COMES TO DATING?
TL: People will find women in comedy that are attractive not funny. Plenty of guys are not attracted to goofy girls. Its like an end-all be-all for a woman…”Is the guy attracted to me?” Some guys are like “Why are you so goofy?” I’ve dated guys that were like that. “Like, what is your deal?” I’m just like, it’s who I am.
CH: THEY SAY A SENSE OF HUMOR IS WHAT MAKES SOME GIRLS FALL FOR CERTAIN GUYS. WHAT ARE THE THINGS YOU LIKE IN POTENTIAL SUITORS?
TL: The thing I’m attracted to is really funny guys and I’ve made it a point to not date guys in comedy. But it’s impossible because I love guys that can make me laugh. I can’t be very specific but when I make references to silly TV shows like Arrested Development, I’m always quoting Joe Bluth. If the guy gets it I’m like, “OMG let’s get married!” It’s terrible! One boyfriend I had, he would get all my Arrested Development references and we were off and on for like a year and a half. It was pretty serious and we just liked all the same things (tv shows, comedians, etc), we just weren’t a good couple though. We weren’t happy, but the sex part was working. So we just stuck with it.
CH: DOES BEING ON TV AND ON A SHOW LIKE GIRL CODE EVER INTERFERE WITH YOUR DATING LIFE?
TL: I’ve dated a guy that watched all of Girl Code and knew all this stuff about me. It’s hard when people know all this stuff about you and you’re just starting to get to know them. It’s just weird when you’re in the public eye. I’m not famous, but having people able to Google personal stuff about you is great for work but sucks for dating. I haven’t dated in so long. It’s just been really weird.
CH: HOW DID YOU BECOME APART OF THE GIRL CODE CAST?
TL: I was doing a lot of improv in New York. It was like five years of me doing that and I was friends with Kurt Bronholder, and he was writing this pilot for MTV that didn’t get made. While doing that, I met Damien Lemon who was like the funniest, nicest guy. Like I love him so much and we kept in touch about career stuff, and then Guy Code got popular and I remember watching and I was like “Why isn’t there a Girl Code?” And it just so happens Girl Code was in the works and Damien recommended me. So they brought me in to audition.
CH: HOW IS THE EXPERIENCE WITH WORKING ON A SHOW LIKE THAT?
TL: I love performing live, but I love shooting the show. It’s so strange because it doesn’t feel like a job. The only time it feels like a job is when I’m trying to schedule stuff. I do love doing stand up and I’ve been doing stand up at colleges mostly and it’s really amazing to meet fans of the show.
CH: A CONVERSATION THAT SEEMS TO POP-UP IS ONLINE COMEDY VERSUS INTERNET COMEDY. WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THIS?
TL: The thing about it, and I’ll mention Quinta B, she’s so talented. Like she headlined this Hard Rock show we did together and she killed it! She was on for like 20 minutes and she destroyed it! But she also makes these amazing internet videos that are so easy to watch and enjoy and they’re also relatable. I love those “He Got Money” videos. That’s how I knew her. She’s also the coolest person ever. The cool thing about the internet and being able to create your own work is that you don’t have to depend on getting on a late night show or some studio putting you on a TV show. You can make your own shit and if you’re talented somebody will find it and you’ll get work. The thing about it is that when you get put on, you have to be able to keep your fan-base. I don’t think either way is less credible. If you’re out there working, then who cares!
CH: SOCIAL MEDIA IS SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN INFLUENCING DATING LIFE NOWADAYS. ANY ONE EVER TRIED TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS A WAY TO GO OUT WITH YOU?
TL: I get asked out especially on social media. I’m married to probably half of my male followers and I have no say in it is what they tell me. They’re like, “Yo! You my wife!” But I do get asked out a lot on Twitter. It’s really flattering. I never get asked out on Twitter by anyone my age or anybody that’s serious. It’s a lot of young boys trying to get me to tweet at them. I haven’t seen any mentions. The closest one I got was when Drake followed me on Instagram and I don’t even know what that really means. I love Drake and I was like, “Oh my God, he follows me.” He liked one of my pictures the same day he followed me and I knew this because all my followers started commenting on my pictures about it. And I’m like, “What are they talking about?” And I looked and I was like, “OMG! My baby father (laughs)!”
CH: ANY FUNNY MOMENTS A GUY ACTUALLY HIT ON YOU USING SCOIAL MEDIA THAT YOU CAN REMEMBER?
TL: I often post thirst trap pictures randomly. I try not to do it all the time, but I do it. I’ll be like, “Oh hey, I’m at the beach!” and recently I was at the pool and I put it up and some dude wrote, “Tripped on thirst trap and tore ACL,” and that made me laugh so hard. My friends call me and they’re like, “I see you thirst trappin’ Tanisha!”
CH: YOU MENTIONED RAPPER DRAKE AS SOMEONE YOU TAKE A LIKING TO. WHAT IS IT ABOUT DRAKE THAT SO MANY GIRLS LIKE?
TL: The reason why all girls love Drake is because you love this idea of our boyfriend or ex-boyfriend sitting around just constantly missing us and reminiscing about our relationship. I love that idea. Because you want your man when you’re not around to be so out of his mind that he’s writing songs about you. That’s what I think it is. When I got really into Drake it was right after I went through this terrible break-up. I was so sad. I was listening to Drake and Beyonce a lot and it was the idea of “Oh my ex-boyfriend totally misses me, like I should hit him up.” Drake will have you hitting up your exes. And I did hit him up and then I thought, “Oh no I shouldn’t have done this! My boyfriend is not Drake! What am I doing!?
CH: OUTSIDE OF RAPPERS LIKE DRAKE, DO YOU HAVE ANY COMEDY CRUSHES?
TL: Oh no! I can’t say any names. There are people. But I refuse because I know them too well (laughs). There are some guys in comedy that I have crushes on. It’s funny because I’m like, “Stay away from him, stay away from him!”
CH: WHAT’S IS SOMETHING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT GUYS TODAY?
TL: I wish dudes would communicate more. That’s my number one thing with them. A lot of problems that go on in relationships come from communication. Probably that and just being more honest. I tend to be a real serious girlfriend and I’m the type like “We’re together and that’s it” They’ll be with it for a while and then they won’t be with it, but won’t say anything. I’ve had exes that have gotten girlfriends and either A- Don’t tell me about it or B- Try to hang out with me all the time and when I get mad at them its like, “Why is she mad at me? You have a new girlfriend and you act like you want to date me!” Dudes act so scared of how we will react to the truth that they do really shady stuff that makes it worse.
All guys who are looking to give Tanisha your best lines, you can leave it under her thirst traps on Instagram and on Twitter. Also be on the lookout for more of her commentary Wednesdays at 11/10c on MTV2’s Girl Code.