“We’re all ears,” states their slogan and they mean it. Meet “Overheard LA,” the internet’s powerhouse for conversations that were strictly not meant for one’s ears. With a whopping 1.6M followers on Instagram and 65.6K Followers on Twitter, “Overheard LA” collects some of the most hilarious and relatable conversations out there.

According to the project’s description, “Overheard is the insta-voice of our biggest cities; a unique media brand that satirizes millennial culture with engaging, localized content.”

Its founder, Jesse Margolis, started the account on a whim in 2015 after listening to a very Los Angeles-style conversation at a health food store. Now, it has multiple spinoffs, including Overheard New York.

For those who don’t get what the whole buzz is about, scroll down for the funny conversations featuring ripe avocados, brewed coffee, feta blocks, coughing in public, and… you name it. And after you’re done, be sure to check our previous posts on Overheard LA here and here.

More info: Instagram | Twitter | OverheardLA.com

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River Webb
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3 months ago

nah, all she needs is photoshop

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Michelle M
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3 months ago

Has a point

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If you’ve spent time in any of Los Angeles’ panoply of juice bars, coffee shops, or yoga studios, casually chatting with your friend or colleague, chances are you’ve been eavesdropped on. And that lighthearted talk you had about your brand new prosciutto cutting board delivered by Amazon drone is likely to have been listened to by thousands of people. Or, rather, read by 1.6M followers on the OverheardLA Instagram account.

The Instagram page dedicated to millennial culture and its whimsical whereabouts has now turned into a full-blown international brand. It now features three Instagram accounts, @overheardla, @overheardnewyork, and @overheardlondon, that add up to over 5 million followers across their Instagram Accounts.

Overheard also has its hip online shop with signature hoodies, mugs, sweatshirts, and stickers, all reflecting the joys and sorrows of urban millennial life.

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Johnny Rodriguez
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3 months ago

Is it a plane? Is it a bird? No, it's SUPERHOSTESS!!

Amelia
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3 months ago

PLOT TWIST: the person who overheard the conversation was the guy on the first date

『Tн𝔢 ω𝐄ι𝓡ⓓ𝑜』
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3 months ago

wow

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Nizumi
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3 months ago (edited)

This is why I swear by having brunch as a first date. Daylight. No alcohol. Nobody really expects a kiss after eggs benedict. And you can tell a lot about a person by how they eat. No matter what your gut tells you upon the first few seconds' meeting, you greet them right off the bat with a big smile and "Hi! Hi! It's nice to meet you! Heads up - my friend called and said he needs me to help him move his mom's fridge early this afternoon. Bummer, I know, but let's tuck in to breakfast and enjoy what we have now, right?" You'll be able to better judge the qualities of the person based on their reaction. If it's not going well, you have a scheduled exit. If it does go well, set up a second date. :)

Mewton’s Third Paw
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Nobody who says “tuck into breakfast” and doesn’t drink at brunch is getting a second date.

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ZombieGirl
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3 months ago

It's kind of mean to sneak away like that, no? I've been on a couple first dates that were horrible and I just said "hey man, this isn't really working out. Can we just go home, no hard feelings?" Every time, they sighed with relief and were glad for the date to not drag on any longer. If the person is a creep or makes you uncomfortable, then I totally understand sneaking away

Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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3 months ago

I understand that for sure, but maybe her case was really really bad?

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Johnny
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3 months ago

Unless she felt she was in some kind of danger, sneaking out on a bad date is just not cool. Tell the guy "Hey, I don't think this is going to work out" before leaving is much more respectful. I've had some pretty bad first dates and only left early once when the girl's sister showed up... with the girl's ex (!), and they joined us at our table.

Little Panda Bear
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3 months ago

I find dashing a bit rude but it's understandable if your date is mean or disrespectful to you. Otherwise you could just tell them you're not into them. Or am i wrong?

Leo Domitrix
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3 months ago

I love that hostess!

Orange Juice
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1 month ago

You don't get out much, do you?

Nora the mistake 0_o
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2 months ago

yep this would be me lol

OMEGA
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3 months ago

not all heros wear capes

Sam rice
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3 months ago

Aww I love her. I used to see stickers in womens bathroom stalls for help lines or help getting somewhere safe. There should be a service for men and women where for a small fee can call someone to help get out of a bad date. Not necessarily a scary situation kind of thing.

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Marcellus the Third
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3 months ago

Why not the opposite meds? The depressed spurred to action by the manic, the manics kept back by downers... It's obviously the script for a terrible "comedy" but what could possibly go right?

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To find out more about this cool project and how it’s been doing lately, Bored Panda reached out to the Overheard representative for a chat. They told us that the project has certainly grown over the last few years.

“While our home will always be Instagram, we have begun to expand to other verticals such as text via the community app Clubhouse, where we host a biweekly comedy show and are exploring some really exciting product ventures.”

At its heart, Overheard is all about connecting people through a shared location or experience, “whether that is living in NYC (@overheardnewyork), dating on Bumble (@overheardbumble), or talking about celebrities (@overheardcelebs). It’s our goal to make people laugh and provide moments of joy and self-reflection,” the spokesperson explained.

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

Refusing service to anti-maskers is the best way to encourage them to change their attitude.

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River Webb
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3 months ago

Best. Boyfriend. Ever

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Doggo Froggo
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3 months ago

Oookkkaaaayyyyy..............

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River Webb
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3 months ago

*cue dramatic music*

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Michelle M
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3 months ago

'Girl, I'm glad you're no longer together. He kissed me the last time I was at your place.'

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It all started way back in 2015 when its founder Jesse Margolis created Overheard LA and San Francisco on a whim after listening to one such conversation in LA at a health food store. Now it's run by a team of seven. “We are fortunate to work with great brands like Bumble, Le Labo, Netflix, etc. Currently, we see ourselves as social-first local media, and plan to expand into podcasts, local events, product, and more video content.”

When asked what kind of conversations best reflect Overheard LA's concept, Overheard told us that it’s really anything that touches a shared experience, like “dating, finance, spirituality, food, or local knowledge.”

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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3 months ago

“Oh fûck off Rebecca, he did not say that.”

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FurryManiac
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3 months ago

Millennials...(I’m just kidding, I’m a millennial myself)

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Justin G
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3 months ago

.............

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

Being 70 and still have to work on your birthday.... Meanwhile in Europe people are going crazy because they can't retire anymore when they're 65.

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spirit wolf
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3 months ago

Same!!

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A year ago, Jesse decided to turn to a print game in order to explore the brand’s potential behind social media.

“We’ve got these eight accounts now with cities and themes and we’re kind of exploring how that brand manifests itself in different areas. The newspaper idea is our first foray—it’s half marketing stunt. We’re essentially going to be doing a newsletter,” he told New York Times

"We aren’t journalists—we basically do our best. I think half of the overheard stuff is legit overheard strangers. I think a lot of it is like a group of five friends drinking and talking. And someone spontaneously says something funny and the friends send it in."

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River Webb
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3 months ago

I should take one to school

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Lis Daglish
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3 months ago

I adore salty grandmas

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River Webb
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3 months ago

well its her first pandemic too y'know

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Isa
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3 months ago

Satan..Seitan..Potato Photato....

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Marcellus the Third
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3 months ago

"Not your Story to tell" to use another stock phrase.

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When it comes to selecting the conversations for Overheard, the team curates user-generated content. At the same time, Jesse explained that they are also directing it toward millennial themes in a different way.

“The reason the accounts are successful is because we’re not just posting some dumb quote—we’re focusing on these themes of dating and digital life and food and fitness and Instagram culture and all that stuff.” The topics are all too relatable to anyone living in a concrete jungle where work, home, gym, dating, food, and whatnot are all interconnected.

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Mohsie Supposie
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3 months ago

Why didn't they call it iEar?

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Julia Atkinson
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3 months ago

Oh, so close to a 'lightbulb moment'

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

He's right, though.

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Marianne
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3 months ago

People who do that are so annoying. Sure, just waste my time while I wait for you because you said you will be here in 5 minutes.

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Gold roses
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3 months ago

😳 dam

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At the same time, Overheard LA captures the more absurd elements of LA life.“We’re trying to make fun of the bubble and occasionally we can get caught in the bubble ourselves by doing that, and not necessarily showing just how unique and diverse LA has become,” the creator explained.

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Mohsie Supposie
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3 months ago (edited)

YAY! That's one way of seeing things.

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Stephanie DeMeritt
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3 months ago

That made me laugh way too hard

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Marcellus the Third
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3 months ago

You called her waddly & cold?! Poor choices were made.

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Michelle M
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3 months ago

....and Ray proceeds to walk to gate 2

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River Webb
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3 months ago

I get bored after my third one

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Jesse believes that the current world is really divided into two realities, the online presence and the real world. “I’ve learned just how clearly we are now living in two worlds: the real world, IRL. And this 'Black Mirror' thing is happening.”

No wonder most of the Overheard conversations feel equally painfully real, yet placed in a context that makes them instantly sound funnier, edgier, and more absurd. But isn’t that precisely what digital reality does to all things IRL?

After all, is it ever possible to capture the instantaneity and honesty of the overheard conversation that was never meant to be read online in the first place?

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Sophia Li
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3 months ago

awkward

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago (edited)

They always say that when they meet you in a store. When I met my shrink in the DIY store holding a roll of tarp, several rolls of duct tape and an axe he said the same.

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Raven Sheridan
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3 months ago

Ditto! 🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀

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Megumi Saikou
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3 months ago

I'd prefer an apocalypse with Bored Panda invaders from space.

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Julie C Rose
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3 months ago

I live in Auckland, not LA, but the reason I go to those classes (I mean, not this week, but when we’re not in lockdown) is because I work for a company in a timezone 3 or 4 hours behind depending on daylight saving.

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Marcellus the Third
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3 months ago

Newsflash: Waiters think the same the other days.

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Megumi Saikou
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3 months ago

The next day: *Loses all his followers* Son: Uh... Dad? We have a slight problem...

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Sophia Li
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3 months ago

maybe they only have almond milk in the house

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

That's terrible and gross. We need to change laws so that spitting becomes assault.

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Raven Sheridan
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3 months ago

LA summed up in one sentence.

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Raven Sheridan
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3 months ago

No great story ever began with a salad.

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