There's a joke in the pilot of Freeform's new comedy Alone Together that's both brutal and relatable -- specifically to me. Esther, a fictional version of actress-comedian Esther Povitsky, is at dinner with an older man she met on an escort website. (Just go with it.) She's talking about her fledgling career as a stand-up when he asks to hear some of her material. She launches into it.
"The name Esther isn't like really for a hot girl. So I feel like I'm 'Esther-pretty.' That's like as pretty you can be with the name Esther."
As you can see from the byline, I too am an "Esther." This punchline hits home.
Esther, as both Povitsky and I well know, is a strange name to have has a 20-something in the year 2018. Without face-to-face contact, people tend to assume you're older than you actually are, or compliment you by saying, "Oh, you don't hear that much anymore." Perhaps it's telling that one of the most famous modern characters named Esther is the terrifying kid in the horror film Orphan, who, spoiler, turns out to be a secret 33-year-old. Povitsky is right: It's not a moniker associated with the zeitgeist.