Hyperbole and a Half

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Hyperbole and a Half
Hyperbole and a Half.png
Type of site
Comic and personal blog
Owner Allie Brosh
Created by Allie Brosh
Website hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com
Commercial No
Launched 2009
Current status inactive

Hyperbole and a Half is a combination of webcomic and blog written by Allie Brosh.[1][2] Published in 2009, the comic is drawn in Paintbrush[3] and uses an exaggeratedly simple drawing style as an artistic device.[4] It is a retelling of her life and includes stories from her childhood as well as the challenges she faces as an adult.[5][6] Brosh has also expanded the comic into a series of web videos in a similar style, which have been popular.[7]

Hyperbole and a Half draws inspiration from "rage comics," promoting a certain similarity in their shared diction and simple, almost rudimentary art.[8] A number of Brosh's images have, in turn, been repurposed into various memes and rage comic panels.[1] A popular image, taken from an entry where Brosh describes her frustration over her inability to maintain enthusiasm for daily responsibilities, shows Brosh excitedly exclaiming "CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!"[9]

Personal life[edit]

Brosh spent her early childhood in California before moving to rural Idaho at the age of 7.[10] She attended college at the University of Montana[11] after being recruited for track.[12] She graduated with a bachelor's degree in human biology.[13]

Brosh owns two dogs, as well as several rats, who feature in her comics.

In October 2010, Brosh moved to Bend, Oregon, because, in her words, "it is quite possibly the best place on earth and just breathing the air here is like huffing joy and celebration."[14]

Brosh married Duncan Hendrick in December 2012.[15] According to her blog, they met in June 2004 and started dating in March 2005.[16]

Allie's younger sister Kaitlin was killed in 2013 when her car was hit by a train after failing to yield to it.[17] Allie later referred to her sister's death as a suicide, as she had been bipolar.[18]


In the Hyperbole and a Half blog, Brosh combines observational and absurdist humor with Paintbrush graphics to relate events from her life in rural Idaho. She frequently writes about the effects of ADHD and synesthesia on her interactions with the world. Her blog is the source of several popular Internet memes, including a humorously "improved" medical pain chart[19] and the "Alot," a fantasy creature which Brosh imagines when writers mis-type the phrase "a lot."[20] Her blog has shown up on reddit.[21] As a result of her success, she has been invited to write a humor column on the Collaborative blog The Gloss.[22]

Brosh had resolved to become an author at age eight, filling three spiral-bound notebooks with "a saga about a guy who fights various things."[23]

Amy Dobek of the University of Missouri–Kansas City Library says that "it’s not so much the stories themselves that are side-splittingly funny – it’s the combination of her histrionic storytelling style and her primitively mad skills with MSPaint that put her, if I may say, over the top."[24]

The blog has been liked more than 600,000 times on Facebook.[25] In 2011 PC World included it on a list of the "funniest sites on the web."[26]

In a May 5, 2011 post on her website, Brosh announced that she was putting together a Hyperbole and a Half book.[27] The book was released on October 29, 2013.[28] Her blog has been inactive since 2013.


In October 2011 Brosh posted an entry that was an account of her experiences with depression.[29] The post was praised by critics and psychologists as an insightful description of the condition, and fans suffering from depression described Brosh's posts as "the most relatable portrayal they'd ever seen of their own experiences."[30] She then vanished from her popular blog for over a year, causing concern among many readers. In March 2012, Allie Brosh issued a statement about her absence and answered questions on Reddit.[31]

On May 8, 2013, Brosh broke her long silence and posted a "transition" post as a warning/prelude to a long post she was preparing. On May 9, she posted another update, "Depression Part Two."[32] including a discussion of her suicidal feelings. The post got 1.5 million views in a single day.[23]

She was surprised to learn that her fans—thousands weighed in with supportive comments—had worried about her so much during her absence. "When I'm really, really depressed, I just don't find myself funny at all," she explains. "It's hard to know whether what I'm doing is something worth posting."[23]

Some experts, including Jonathan Rottenberg, associate professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, have lauded Hyperbole and a Half as one of the best contemporary portraits of the condition. “I know of no better depiction of the guts of what it’s like to be severely depressed: Clutching your blanket, you are born into the baffling, boring, disorienting state that is depression – radically out of phase with the rest of humanity, unable to understand the concerns of other people, nor able to communicate yours to them,” he wrote of Brosh in Psychology Today.[30]

Book version[edit]

On October 29, 2013, Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened was released. The book included some material from her website, like "Adventures in Depression," and new content. Brosh comments on her website that she included "ten and a half" new stories.[33] Brosh appeared at Comic-Con in July 2015 on a panel with Felicia Day, discussing the writing of the book and the sequel.[34] Her second book, Solutions and Other Problems, was originally slated to be published in October 2016, but has since been canceled.[35]


  1. ^ a b Kate Sullivan (2011-04-25). "Internet Meme of the Week: Hyperbole and a Half". The Dartmouth. 
  2. ^ Esther Inglis-Arkell (2010-08-25). "Hideous and Hilarious: Allie Brosh's 'Hyperbole and a Half' Webcomic". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on 2016-03-10. 
  3. ^ Allie Brosh. "Hyperbole and a Half: FAQ". 
  4. ^ Emerald Gilleran (2010-09-17). "UM Graduate Blogs into a Career". Her Campus. Archived from the original on 2012-08-31. 
  5. ^ Emerald Gilleran (2010-09-08). "UM grad draws dysfunctional doodles". Montana Kaimin. 
  6. ^ Whitney Matheson (2011-05-11). "Today's Pop Hit: Hyperbole and a Half". USA Today. 
  7. ^ Liz Shannon Miller (2011-01-19). "Hyperbole and a Half: A Web Comic Gone Wild on YouTube". GigaOM. 
  8. ^ Michael Humphrey (2010-05-03). "The life and lines of Allie Brosh: Hyperbole and a Half". Archived from the original on 2015-04-16. 
  9. ^ Allie Brosh (2010-06-17). "This is Why I'll Never be an Adult". Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  10. ^ Allie Brosh (2010-03-25). "Hyperbole and a Half: How a Fish Almost Destroyed My Childhood". Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  11. ^ "Brosh honored by Big Sky Conference". gogriz.com. 2006-02-21. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  12. ^ Allie Brosh (2009-10-08). "Hyperbole and a Half: Allie Rides the Greyhound, Gets Molested, Makes a Black Friend, Breaks Up a Fight and Rescues Some Castaways". Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  13. ^ "By Request, I am Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half. AMA. • /r/IAmA". reddit. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  14. ^ Allie Brosh (2010-11-01). "Hyperbole and a Half: A News Update, a Dramatic Montage and a Video Animation". Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  15. ^ Gee, Catherine (2013-10-29). "Hyperbole and a Half: how one of the internet's funniest writers finally made it to print". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  16. ^ Allie Brosh (2009-12-09). "Hyperbole and a Half: Yet Another Good Example of Why I Shouldn't Blog at 2:30 in the Morning". Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  17. ^ "In Memory of Kaiti Brosh". 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  18. ^ "WTF with Marc Maron". 2017-06-19. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  19. ^ luapo (2010-03-31). "Allie Brosh New Medical Standard Pain Chart". mopo.ca. Archived from the original on 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  20. ^ Allie Brosh (2010-04-13). "Hyperbole and a Half: The Alot is Better Than You at Everything". Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  21. ^ "hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com on reddit.com". reddit. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  22. ^ "Allie Brosh Presents: The Grizzly Bear's Guide to Flattering Fashion". thegloss.com. 2010-04-16. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  23. ^ a b c Zaineb Mohammed (November 2013). "Meet Allie Brosh, Reclusive Genius Behind the Blog (and Book) "Hyperbole and a Half"". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  24. ^ Amy Dobek (2010). "Web pick - Hyperbole and a Half". University of Missouri–Kansas City Library. Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  25. ^ Hyperbole and a Half on Facebook
  26. ^ Mark Sullivan (2011-06-05). "The Funniest Sites on the Web". PC World. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  27. ^ Allie Brosh (2011-05-05). ":D". Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  28. ^ Jason Boog (2013-04-08). "Hyperbole and a Half Book Coming In October". GalleyCat. Adweek. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  29. ^ Allie Brosh (2011-10-27). "Adventures in Depression". Retrieved 2016-02-18. But my sadness didn't have a purpose. Listening to sad music and imagining that my life was a movie just made me feel kind of weird because I couldn't really get behind the idea of a movie where the character is sad for no reason. 
  30. ^ a b Zosia Bielski (2014-04-23). "Meet candid cartoonist Allie Brosh – an unlikely poster girl for depression". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  31. ^ Tubemonster (2012-03-09). "Does anybody know what is happening with Allie Brosh, author/artist of Hyperbole and a Half?". reddit. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  32. ^ Allie Brosh (2013-05-09). "Depression Part Two". Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  33. ^ "About the Book". hyperboleandahalfbook.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  34. ^ Lynne, Tara (2015-07-17). "Comic-Con: "Spotlight on Allie Brosh" (Or, My Favorite Panel)". The Geekiary. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  35. ^ "Solutions and Other Problems". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 

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