Jack Douglass

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Jack Douglass
Jacksfilms at VidCon 2012.jpg
Jack Douglass at VidCon 2012
Born John Patrick Douglass
(1988-06-30) June 30, 1988 (age 26)
Columbia, Maryland, U.S.
Nationality American
Years active 2006–present
Known for The WTF Blanket, Your Grammar Sucks, Dubstep Solves Everything, JackAsk
Notable work(s) "Your Grammar Sucks", "PMS" (Parody, Music Video, Sketch), JackAsk
Internet information
Web alias(es) Jacksfilms, Jackisanerd, Intern 2, Flowchart, gamergod88, Chad "Broseph" Huntington, Dennis
Signature phrase "Nailed it!", "Oh, Olga!"
Website
Youtube channel

John Patrick "Jack" Douglass (born June 30, 1988), also known by his YouTube username jacksfilms, is an American internet personality and comedian on YouTube, known for his parodies of infomercials, skits and the Your Grammar Sucks series. His most recent series, JackAsk, involves him taking questions from viewers and "ignoring them sassily". Outside of his channel, he has also starred on MyMusic as Intern 2, and later as Flowchart. He has also voiced the character Jimmy on Smosh's web series, 16-Bit High. Douglass' Jacksfilms channel has over 1.6 million subscribers.[1]

Early life[edit]

Douglass was born in Columbia, Maryland on June 30, 1988. He has two older sisters. Douglass first went to elementary school and middle school at St. Louis School in Clarksville, MD. Douglass found a childhood love with mathematics and English. Douglass stated in his Draw My Life video that his love for English was the inspiration for his creation of the Your Grammar Sucks series. During high school, he started to develop a love for music. He then began to play the French horn, as well as the piano. In May 2006, during his senior year of high school, he was given the task of making a video about all the books he had read during the year. He and his friends decided to film a series of short sketches that made fun of books such as Beowulf and All The King's Men. After making these sketches, he decided that he wanted to make films to some extent. By the next month, he began using YouTube and started to upload videos.

Jack then graduated from Atholton High School. After that, he went to American University, where he majored in film and minored in music.[2][3]

Jacksfilms[edit]

External video
The WTF Blanket (Snuggie Parody)
Your Grammar Sucks
VidCon 2012 "Sideburns" Live Performance

Douglass launched his main YouTube channel, Jacksfilms, on June 26, 2006, and he regularly uploads new videos to the channel. He has over 278 million video views and over 380 video uploads as of October 16, 2014. The first video he uploaded was a commercial for a device Jack invented, called the Handy Pen, which video featured Douglass family members. He later uploaded his most popular video,[4] The WTF Blanket (Snuggie Parody), on January 22, 2009.[2][5][6][7] As of May 2, 2014, the video has earned over 21.4 million views.[8] On July 1, 2012, Jacksfilms achieved 100 million video views, and almost a year later, on June 27, 2013, the channel reached 1 million subscribers.[9]

Many of Jack's films are parodies, often about Apple products[10][11] and infomercials,[12] and his Your Grammar Sucks series, which has been featured on Huffington Post,[13] in which he makes fun of incorrect uses of grammar, spelling and punctuation in comments around the web, which are submitted by his fans.[14][15] The most popular episode, which includes cameos by Sean Klitzner and Toby Turner, has garnered over 1 million views. Douglass addresses his fans as "biches", a misspelling of "bitches", which first appeared on the first Your Grammar Sucks. His most successful videos are either parodies, music videos, or sketches; bringing about a new series of videos, abbreviated as 'PMS'. Jack is also known for his Chad series which revolves around a "Delta Sig Delta" frat boy named Chad "Broseph" Huntington. Videos featuring Chad usually features the character giving a review of a movie, while having a buzzword or Chad giving work out advice. His channel also includes a mini-series called "Dubstep Solves Everything," a show currently consisting of 3 episodes that parodies Dubstep music.

On December 16, 2012, the Fine Brothers released a video titled Teens React To Jacksfilms.[16] Douglass saw a rapid rise in subscribers, gaining almost 100,000 in the following week.

In 2014, Douglass began having a higher frequency of uploads. He originally intended to release the 100th episode of Your Grammar Sucks in late 2014, but it is now intended for a 2015 release. In January 8, 2014, Douglass launched a new series entitled JackAsk where he answers viewer's questions in a comedic way.

PMS[edit]

In November, 2011, Douglass announced that he would begin a new series under the name PMS (an acronym of Parody, Music video, Sketch). In it, Douglass would create a parody, music video or sketch all in one video. The series began in March the following year. Eventually, Douglass announced that he would only be releasing one of the three types of video every Monday.

Your Grammar Sucks[edit]

Douglass's most popular series is named "Your Grammar Sucks." It began in June 2011 when one of Douglass's fans requested he make a video "Making fun of YouTube comments." By popular demand, a second and third episode of "Your Grammar Sucks" were created, and it eventually became a series. Most episodes are simply Douglass reading online posts out loud, typically ones that use notably bad grammar and spelling. Douglass has released 97 as of December 12, 2014. He plans to release the 100th episode in early 2015 as a full-length film. He stated in a live broadcast, "YGS 100 sadly will not come out this year. I need time to create it because I don't want it to be just a regular YGS. It needs to be special."

JackAsk[edit]

In early 2014, Douglass released a video titled "JackAsk" to parody Q&A videos. He then turned it into a weekly series in which he (and occasionally his girlfriend Erin) answers fan-submitted questions in a humorous or sarcastic way. Episodes of "JackAsk" are released every Wednesday. Douglass has released 40 as of December 17, 2014.

Not-Gaming Videos[edit]

In 2014, Douglass began a new series titled "Not-Gaming Videos" in which he plays video games under the name "gamergod88". The purpose of the "Not-Gaming Videos" is to parody gaming videos. Not-Gaming videos were released every day. This series went on hiatus briefly and returned with videos being released every Saturday.

Additional Channels[edit]

Douglass also has three other channels, dubbed jackisanerd, featuredfridays and SHUTUPDENNIS. The jackisanerd channel is mainly used for video blogs. It has earned over 9.3 million video views and over 190,000 subscribers as of November 1, 2014. Across his 4 channels, he has over 400 videos. Featured Fridays was originally a series on Jack's main channel before having its own channel for a brief period. The channel has been inactive since March 11, 2011. The channel "SHUTUPDENNIS" has been deemed inactive.

Collaborations[edit]

Douglass performing with Toby Turner at VidCon 2012.

Douglass's relocation to Los Angeles from Maryland offered opportunities to collaborate with fellow YouTube users and expand his audience. The success of his collaborations with Toby Turner and Sean Klitzner led to the trio being nicknamed "The Sideburns Crew" by their fans. Douglass also filmed videos for Los Angeles-based YouTube partner Olga Karavaeva, more commonly referred to as Olga Kay. He has also collaborated with Shane Dawson; and more frequently with Vincent Cyr and Stefan Li among others. Douglass was also featured as a voice guest on Thomas Ridgewell's animation asdfmovie4. On September 26, 2011, Douglass uploaded Take Off Your Clothes (Like Scarlett Johansson).[17] On July 23, 2012, he uploaded The Ray William Johnson Song, which featured ten other YouTube stars including Olga Kay, Felix Kjellberg and Steve Kardynal. On September 23, 2012, he uploaded "Your Grammar Sucks #40", which featured YouTube stars including the Fine Brothers and Brock Baker.

On February 28, 2013, Douglass appeared in an episode of the Fine Brothers show YouTubers React called "YouTubers React to Rickroll". He has since appeared in three additional episodes, reacting to Japanese Commercials, the Fresh Prince Reunion, and K-Pop.

On April 19, 2013, Jack uploaded "Your Grammar Sucks #50", which featured many popular YouTubers, such as Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox of Smosh, Grace Helbig and Felix Kjellberg.

Events[edit]

In June 2011, Douglass visited E3 to help Toby Turner film footage for an E3 Video. In 2012, Douglass attended E3, this time to promote GREE. Later that month, during VidCon 2012, Douglass performed a live edition of his Your Grammar Sucks series. Douglass, alongside Toby Turner and Sean Klitzner, performed a live version of their Sideburns Song at VidCon 2012 as well.

Outside Jacksfilms[edit]

See also: MyMusic
Douglass as Intern 2 at VidCon 2012

Jack is also known for playing the role of Intern 2 (Flowchart halfway into season 2[18]) on MyMusic.[19] MyMusic, a show funded by YouTube's $100 million original channel initiative.[20] MyMusic has over 492,000 subscribers and over 44.3 million video views as of November 13, 2014.

In 2014, Douglass began voicing Jimmy, the protagonist in 16-Bit High, an animated series launched by Smosh Games.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sam Gutelle (July 18, 2013). "YouTube Millionaires: Jacksfilms Now Has Over One Million ‘Biches’". Tubefilter. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Cashing in big on viral videos". The Washington Times. November 11, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ "ATV News - Jack Douglass". ATV News. Retrieved Jun 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ Brookes May (October 25, 2009). "Student strikes YouTube gold". The Eagle. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ Ben Popken (January 31, 2009). "You Say Snuggie, I Say WTF Blanket". The Consumerist. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "The WTF Blanket". CollegeHumor. January 26, 2009. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Tim Nudd (Feb 12, 2009). "Be an utter tool, order the WTF Blanket now". Adweek. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Jacksfilms". Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ Jack Douglass (June 27, 2013). "1 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS!!!". Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ Joe Miragliotta (October 5, 2011). "THE NEW IPHONE 4S (PARODY) BY JACKSFILMS". Joe's Daily. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Magical iPad(parody)". MMGN Apple. December 9, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  12. ^ Lukas Kaiser. "The Commercial Parodies of Jacks Films". About Web Humor. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ "'Your Grammar Sucks': Jack Reads YouTube Comments (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. July 11, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  14. ^ Julie Gerstein (January 28, 2013). "Be My Boyfriend: JacksFilms Dude Is The Ultimate Grammarian". The Frisky. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ Hank Moody (January 12, 2012). "YOUR GRAMMAR SUCKS!". News Flask. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  16. ^ "TEENS REACT TO JACKSFILMS". TheFineBros. YouTube. December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  17. ^ Joe Miragliotta (September 26, 2011). "TAKE OFF YOUR CLOTHES (LIKE SCARLETT JOHANSSON)". Joe's Daily. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  18. ^ "MyMusic Sitcom - Season 2". Season 2.
  19. ^ Amanda Walgrove (September 6, 2013). "Jack Douglass And Adam Busch On "MyMusic" Season 2 And Making YouTube Magic With The Fine Bros". What's Trending?. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  20. ^ Connor Livingston (October 29, 2011). "YouTube expands its exclusive-content drive with 100 new video channels". Techi. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  21. ^ Jarvey, Natalie (March 7, 2014). "SXSW Exclusive: Smosh Games Launches Two New YouTube Series (Video)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 

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