Grace Anne Helbig, a comedian, actress, author, and YouTube personality, was born in Woodbury, New Jersey. She attended Gateway Regional High School in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey, where he was a successful track star and medal-winning pole-vaulter. Helbig began studying at Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey and graduated summa cum laude from Ramapo's School of Contemporary Arts. She took improv classes at the Peoples Improv Theater in New York City. In 2005, she entered the Miss New Jersey USA pageant competition, reaching the semi-finals.