She and friend Becky Whittemore, an Astoria native, originally developed the idea while swapping stories about their daily travails caring for the city’s young. Now that she has a babysitter herself, however, Jacob says she fears she’s become much the same as those she used to poke fun at.
“I’m becoming a caricature,” Jacob said laughing. “I’m thinking, 'if my babysitter’s a writer, she’s going to slaughter us.'”
Developed by Whittemore and Jacob after they met at an improv class at Upright Citizens Brigade, Jacob said the two brainstormed script ideas for months before realizing their best material was in front of their faces.
“It didn’t even occur to us that our real life was funnier than the stuff we were making up,” she said. “We finally said, ‘this is our goal. This is funny.’”
Since, Jacob and Whittemore have developed two seasons, utilizing the platform to delve into the dynamics of the city and why, ultimately, people are so drawn to it.
“You think, ‘why do I live here?’” Jacob said. “But there is an energy, something magical about it.”
And if Jacob and Whittemore have long since moved on to other professions, they’re still culling from years of babysitting horror stories to generate more material.
“We babysat forever, and we still have so many stories,” she said. “I have some friends that are babysitters, so its fun for them to be like, ‘I have to tell you a story!’”
Season 3 premieres on September 9. Astorians should be on the lookout for the third episode, which was shot completely in Astoria Park.