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Jack Douglass
Intern 2 (7486861454).jpg
Douglass at VidCon 2012
Personal information
Born John Patrick Douglass
(1988-06-30) June 30, 1988 (age 30)
Columbia, Maryland, United States
Nationality American
Occupation YouTube personality, comedian, musician
Spouse(s)
Erin Breslin (m. 2018)
YouTube information
Channel
Years active 2006–present
Genre Gaming, satire, music
Subscribers
  • 4.3 million (jacksfilms)

  • 560,000 (jackisanerd)

  • 39,000 (SHUTUPDENNIS)

  • 3,600 (featuredfridays)
Total views
  • 1.8 billion (jacksfilms)

  • 50.8 million (jackisanerd)

  • 5.8 million (SHUTUPDENNIS)

  • 53,597 (featuredfridays)
Network Fullscreen
Associated acts Toby Turner, Sean Klitzner, Olga Kay, Shane Dawson, PewDiePie, Fine Brothers, Michael Stevens, Kevin Lieber, Jake Roper, Markiplier, Ninja Sex Party, Charles Trippy, Grace Helbig, Michael Buckley, Jacksepticeye, Flula Borg, Steve Zaragoza, Ryan Higa, Joey Graceffa, Jenna Marbles, JonTron, HowToBasic, Lilly Singh, Tay Zonday, Maddox, Peter Hollens, Matthew Santoro, TomSka, Greg Benson, Craig Benzine, Harley Morenstein, Boogie2988, Portal A Interactive, iDubbbz, h3h3Productions, Erik Hoffstad, Rhett and Link, Cory Williams
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2010 (jacksfilms),
2013 (jackisanerd)
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2013 (jacksfilms)
Subscriber and view counts updated as of August 20, 2018.

John Patrick Douglass (born June 30, 1988), known online by his YouTube channel name Jacksfilms, is an American YouTube personality, comedian, Web-based entertainer, film artist and musician. Although his YouTube channel initially consisted primarily of infomercial parodies, sketches, and humorous music videos (often with self-composed music), as his audience grew he expanded into comedy series centered around comments and submissions from viewers. These include JackAsk, in which he answers viewer-submitted questions via Twitter and comments on his videos; Yesterday I Asked You (YIAY), in which he asks his viewers a question or gives them a challenge (i.e. make a drawing or animation, create a website) and picks his favorite answers or submissions in the following video; and Your Grammar Sucks, in which he ridicules viewer-submitted examples of incorrect grammar and spelling from across the Internet.

Douglass also starred in the Fine Brothers' sitcom MyMusic as Intern 2, later known as Flowchart. He voiced the character Jimmy on Smosh's web series, 16-Bit High.

Early life and education

Douglass was born in Columbia, Maryland on June 30, 1988, and is primarily of Irish ancestry.[1][2] He has two older sisters. Douglass went to elementary school and middle school in Maryland. 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 a greater extent. By the next month, he had begun using YouTube and had started to upload videos.[3]

After graduating from Atholton High School, Douglass went to American University, where he majored in film and minored in music theory.[4]

YouTube career

jacksfilms

Douglass launched his main YouTube channel, jacksfilms, on June 26, 2006. His first video was a commercial for a fictional device, the Handy Pen, which featured him and his family members. Later, he uploaded The WTF Blanket (Snuggie Parody) on January 22, 2009.[4][5][6][7] which has become his most popular video.[8] Many of Douglass' early videos were parodies, often about infomercials[9] and Apple products.[10][11]

On July 1, 2012, jacksfilms reached a total of 100 million video views on his channel. On December 16 the same year, the Fine Brothers released a video titled "Teens React to Jacksfilms".[12] Douglass saw a rapid rise in subscribers, gaining almost 100,000 in the following week. On June 27, 2013, the jacksfilms channel reached 1 million subscribers.[13][14]

In 2014, Douglass' channel jacksfilms was listed on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels, ranked at #54.[15] On November 20, 2015, the same day as YGS 100 released, Douglass hit 2 million subscribers.[citation needed]

Douglass appeared in the 2016 and 2017 editions of YouTube Rewind.[16][17] On June 29, 2017, Douglass celebrated his 11th anniversary on YouTube with a 16-minute compilation of his parodies, music videos and sketches.[18] On July 27, 2017, the day before the release of his Emoji Movie review video, he hit 3 million subscribers.[19] On April 1, 2018, he hit 4 million subscribers.

On April 15, 2018, Douglass won the 2018 Shorty Award for YouTuber of the Year.[20]

Your Grammar Sucks

Douglass' most popular series is named Your Grammar Sucks (YGS). It began in June 2011, when one of his fans requested he make a video "making fun of YouTube comments", but he says it happened on a "Sunday night, and [he] needed a video for Monday".[21] His Your Grammar Sucks series has been featured on Huffington Post.[22] In it, he makes fun of incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation found in comments that have been submitted by his fans.[23][24] In 2014, Douglass began having a higher frequency of uploads. In the song episodes of YGS, Douglass picks short comments that rhyme with themselves or other comments, or long comments he raps alone.[25] Douglass started collecting comments for the 100th episode in 2013, started working on songs in February, and started shooting in July.[25] He originally intended to release the episode in late 2014, but it was released on November 20, 2015, as a one-hour video with 50 other YouTubers featuring throughout.[26] The episode included over 60 sketches, 7 songs and 5 cartoons.[25] Douglass called it a "huuuge hodgepodge" of parodies, music videos and sketches.[25]

The series is also noted for the origin of Douglass addressing his fans as biches, a misspelling of bitches that first appeared on the first Your Grammar Sucks.[13]

JackAsk and Yesterday I Asked You

On January 8, 2014, Douglass launched a new series entitled JackAsk, in which he answers viewers' questions in a satirical way. The intro and logo for the series are a reference to the TV Series of a similar name, Jackass. As of July 2018, there are 86 episodes.

In February 2015, Douglass started a daily series on his secondary channel jackisanerd, titled Yesterday I Asked You (YIAY), in which he asks his viewers a question and reads his favorite answers to the viewers. After 15 days of uploading YIAY videos to his second channel, jackisanerd, he moved the series to his main channel, jacksfilms, and has released episodes on it since. As of March 2018, he has uploaded over 400 episodes.

An example of Yesterday I Asked You episodes is How do we fix YouTube?.[27][28]

On August 21, 2017, Douglass released a "compliment track" as the 351st episode of YIAY as a response to diss tracks.[29]

Parodies, music videos and sketches

On March 21, 2016, Douglass uploaded an iPhone SE parody in which he mocks the phone for the small screen size.[30][31] In March 2017, Douglass uploaded a video titled Galaxy S8 first look (parody) which has earned more than a million views.[32][33] In September, Douglass made an iPhone X parody which has over 3 million views (making joking claims like, "The Face ID shoot[s] thousands of lasers straight into your pores. Then it sucks out your soul, much like a Dementor").[34][35][36] Douglass also made several references to Game of Thrones in the videos.[32][36]

On October 24, 2016, Douglass made a viral parody of the musical Hamilton playing a "guy dressed up as Alexander Hamilton, who hasn't seen the show, but thinks he knows one of the songs but totally doesn't, but just goes with it".[37][38] On May 1, 2017, Douglass uploaded a video titled My Apology in which he makes fun of DaddyOFive.[39] Douglass made fun of other YouTubers, including Leafyishere and Michael Stevens.[40][41]

On January 30, 2017, Douglass referred to The Emoji Movie for the first time in his video How do we fix YouTube? (YIAY #309).[42] Douglass referenced The Emoji Movie frequently in 2017, making a parody of the trailer and selling merchandise of the date of its release, July 28. His videos, "Frame-by-frame analysis of The Emoji Movie Trailer", "THE EMOJI MOVIE - Trailer #2", and "Counting down to The Emoji Movie while spinning 15 fidget spinners and dabbing every 60 seconds" have over 5 million views combined, as of November 2017.[43][44] On July 20, Douglass received a package from the marketing team at Sony Pictures Animation, thanking him for being "the [No. 1] fan of The Emoji Movie", inviting him to the world premiere on July 23, and sending Emoji Movie-related merchandise, including fidget spinners, face masks of Emoji Movie characters, and a plushie of Poop.[45] The video in which Douglass unboxed the package and discussed his invitation has received over 2 million views.[46] On July 28, Douglass uploaded a review of the film, hinting at the large amounts of product placement but generally acting as if he enjoyed the film. The review has received over 6 million views.[47]

YIAY Live

In late July 2018, Jack announced he was taking a break to work on a "big project". On August 3, 2018 Jack did a Twitch stream titled "Working on that SECRET PROJECT". [48] He revealed that he was making a game show style series for Twitch called YIAY Live. The show consists of five different rounds. The first four rounds switch between different themes such as "Roses Are Red", "Alexander Hamilton", "Keep it Clean", "In Just Four Words", "Make a Haiku", "Are You Funnier Than a YouTuber?", and others. After the question is asked, users submit their answers in the chat. After five answers are chosen by Jack, viewers vote for their favorite answer. The person who gets the most votes will be able to compete in the final round. In the final round only the winners from the first four rounds can submit answers, however viewers can still vote for their favorite answer.

Once the viewers have voted, the winner of Round Five wins the episode. The winner receives free jacksfilms merchandise. The streams are uploaded to his second channel, jackisanerd, and highlights from the episode are uploaded to his main channel.

Additional channels and content

Douglass has three other channels, dubbed jackisanerd, featuredfridays and SHUTUPDENNIS. He uses his secondary channel jackisanerd mainly for video blogs. It has earned over 51 million video views and over 562,000 subscribers as of September 4, 2018.[49] Across his four channels, he has over 1,000 videos as of February 2017. featuredfridays was originally a series on Douglass' main channel before having its own channel for a brief period. The channel has been inactive since March 11, 2011. The channel SHUTUPDENNIS has also been deemed inactive.[50]

On November 20, 2015, Douglass started a new series on the Regal Cinemas YouTube channel named Jack Talks Trailers, in which he gives a brief recap of new film trailers that are released within the past week. At the end of each episode, Douglass reads the opinions of people's thoughts about a specific trailer shown in the episode.[51][52]

Collaborations

Douglass performing with Toby Turner at VidCon 2012

Douglass' 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".[26][53] 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, Vincent Cyr, Onision and Stefan Li among others. Douglass was featured as a voice guest on Thomas Ridgewell's animation. On September 26, 2011, Douglass uploaded "Take Off Your Clothes (Like Scarlett Johansson)".[54] 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 performers including the Fine Brothers and Brock Baker.

Events

In June 2011, Douglass visited Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 (E3 2011) to help Toby Turner film footage for a 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.[55] Douglass appeared in YouTube Rewind 2016 and YouTube Rewind 2017.[17]

Outside jacksfilms

Douglass is also known for playing the role of Intern 2 on MyMusic,[56] a defunct show funded by YouTube's $100 million original channel initiative.[57] MyMusic has over 430,000 subscribers and over 48.2 million video views as of September 4, 2018.

In 2014, Douglass began voicing Jimmy, the protagonist in 16-Bit High, an animated series launched by Smosh Games.[58] In October 2015, Douglass portrayed "Pippen" in the film Bob Thunder: Internet Assassin.[59]

Personal life

On January 1, 2017, Douglass became engaged to his longtime partner Erin Elizabeth Breslin.[60][61] The couple married on April 21, 2018.[62][63] Douglass owns two American Eskimo dogs named Klondike and Sundae.

Awards

Year Nominated Award Result Ref(s)
2018 Shorty Awards YouTuber of the Year Won [20]

References

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