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Jack Douglass
Intern 2 of MyMusic.jpg
Douglass at VidCon 2012
Personal information
Born John Patrick Douglass
(1988-06-30) June 30, 1988 (age 28)
Columbia, Maryland, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Comedian, musician
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Spouse(s) Erin Breslin (engaged)
YouTube information
Channel jacksfilms
Years active 2006–present
Genre Comedy
Subscribers
  • 2.82 million (jacksfilms)

  • 404,000 (jackisanerd)

  • 38,000 (SHUTUPDENNIS)

  • 3,500 (featuredfridays)
Total views
  • 1.06 billion (jacksfilms)

  • 34.7 million (jackisanerd)

  • 5.73 million (SHUTUPDENNIS)

  • 51,500 (featuredfridays)
Network Fullscreen
Associated acts Toby Turner, Sean Klitzner, Olga Kay, Shane Dawson, PewDiePie, Fine Brothers, Vsauce, Markiplier, Ninja Sex Party, Charles Trippy, Grace Helbig, Michael Buckley, Jacksepticeye, Flula Borg, Steve Zaragoza, Ryan Higa, Joey Graceffa, Jenna Marbles, JonTron, HowToBasic, IISuperwomanII, Tay Zonday, Maddox, Peter Hollens, Matthew Santoro, TomSka, Greg Benson, Wheezy Waiter, Harley Morenstein, Boogie2988, Portal A, h3h3Productions
Subscriber and view counts updated as of May 11, 2017.

John Patrick "Jack" Douglass (born June 30, 1988), known online by his pseudonym jacksfilms, is an American Internet personality, musician, and comedian on YouTube, known for his parodies of infomercials, skits, and more. His series JackAsk involves him taking questions from viewers and answering them humorously. He is also running a series called Yesterday I Asked You (YIAY), which is based on a bit Douglass did in JackAsk where he asked his viewers questions and read his favorite answers to the viewers.

Douglass has also starred on MyMusic as Intern 2, later known as Flowchart. He voiced the character Jimmy on Smosh's web series, 16-Bit High. Across four channels, as of May 2017, Douglass has uploaded 1,112 videos, attracted over 1.10 billion video views, and has over 3.26 million subscribers.

Early life

Douglass was born in Columbia, Maryland on June 30, 1988, and is primarily of Irish ancestry.[1] 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.[2]

After graduating from Atholton High School, Douglass went to American University, where he majored in film and minored in music theory.[3]

YouTube career

jacksfilms

Douglass launched his main YouTube channel, jacksfilms, on June 26, 2006, and he regularly uploads new videos to the channel. The first video he uploaded was a commercial for a fictional device, the Handy Pen, which featured him and his family members. He later uploaded a video which has since become his most popular video of all time,[4] The WTF Blanket (Snuggie Parody), on January 22, 2009.[3][5][6][7] Many of Douglass' early videos were parodies, often about infomercials[8] and Apple products.[9][10]

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." His Your Grammar Sucks series has been featured on Huffington Post.[11] In it, he makes fun of incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation found in comments that have been submitted by his fans.[12][13] The 100th episode was released on November 20, 2015, as a one-hour video with many fellow YouTubers featuring throughout. 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.[14]

On July 1, 2012, jacksfilms reached a total of 100 million video views on his channel, and, on June 27, 2013, the channel reached 1 million subscribers.[14][15]

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.

Douglass appeared in the 2016 edition of YouTube Rewind.

JackAsk and Yesterday I Asked You

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 was released in November 2015. On January 8, 2014, Douglass launched a new series entitled JackAsk (a play on the word jackass), in which he answers viewers' questions in a satirical way.

In 2014, Douglass' channel jacksfilms was listed on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels, ranked at #54.[17]

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. Its origins are in the 28th episode of his weekly series "JackAsk", Twitter user @TheNathanSweet asked Jack a question, but Jack instead tweeted the same question to his fans. He began to do it every episode until finally turning it into its own series.[citation needed] After 15 days of uploading YIAY videos to his jackisanerd, he moved the series to his main channel, jacksfilms, and has released episodes on it since. In 2016, jacksfilms quit releasing YIAY episodes daily and instead started focusing more on his other series.[citation needed]

On November 20, 2015, Douglass uploaded the video "Your Grammar Sucks #100," an hour-long special of Your Grammar Sucks, featuring guest appearances from 52 other YouTube celebrities.[18] Later that night, the jacksfilms channel hit 2 million subscribers.

Additional channels and content

Douglass has three other channels, dubbed jackisanerd, featuredfridays and SHUTUPDENNIS. He uses his secondary channel jacksfilms mainly for video blogs. It has earned over 30 million video views and over 371,000 subscribers as of December 14, 2016.[19] Across his four channels, he has over 1,059 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.[20]

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 movie 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.[21][22]

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" by their fans.[citation needed] 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)".[23] 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.[24]

Outside jacksfilms

Douglass is also known for playing the role of Intern 2 on MyMusic,[25] a show funded by YouTube's $100 million original channel initiative.[26] MyMusic has over 492,000 subscribers and over 44.6 million video views as of December 30, 2014.

In 2014, Douglass began voicing Jimmy, the protagonist in 16-Bit High, an animated series launched by Smosh Games.[27] In October 2015, Douglass portrayed "Pippen" in the movie Bob Thunder: Internet Assassin.[28]

Personal life

On January 1, 2017, Douglass became engaged to his longtime girlfriend Erin Elizabeth Breslin.[29]

References

  1. ^ Jack Douglass, The CLICKBAIT Game (YIAY #304), retrieved 2017-01-13 
  2. ^ Jack Douglass, Draw My Life, retrieved 2015-12-10 
  3. ^ a b "Cashing in big on viral videos". The Washington Times. November 11, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 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. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Tim Nudd (February 12, 2009). "Be an utter tool, order the WTF Blanket now". Adweek. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ Lukas Kaiser. "The Commercial Parodies of Jacks Films". About Web Humor. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ Joe Miragliotta (October 5, 2011). "THE NEW IPHONE 4S (PARODY) BY JACKSFILMS". Joe's Daily. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Magical iPad(parody)". MMGN Apple. September 13, 2010. Archived from the original on September 18, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  11. ^ "'Your Grammar Sucks': Jack Reads YouTube Comments (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. July 11, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  12. ^ Julie Gerstein (January 28, 2013). "Be My Boyfriend: JacksFilms Dude Is The Ultimate Grammarian". The Frisky. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ Hank Moody (January 12, 2012). "YOUR GRAMMAR SUCKS!". News Flask. Archived from the original on September 29, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Sam Gutelle (July 18, 2013). "YouTube Millionaires: Jacksfilms Now Has Over One Million ‘Biches’.". Tubefilter. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ Jack Douglass (June 27, 2013). "1 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS!!!". Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ "TEENS REACT TO JACKSFILMS". TheFineBros. YouTube. December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  17. ^ "The NMR Top 100 YouTube Channels: 75-51!". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  18. ^ YGS #100. jacksfilms. YouTube. November 20, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/user/jackisanerd
  20. ^ "SHUTUPDENNISs - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  21. ^ Regal Cinemas (2015-11-20), Jack Talks Trailers: Episode 1: Finding Dory & Warcraft - Regal Cinemas [HD], retrieved 2016-05-13 
  22. ^ jacksfilms (2015-11-21), NEW SERIES!, retrieved 2016-05-13 
  23. ^ Joe Miragliotta (September 26, 2011). "TAKE OFF YOUR CLOTHES (LIKE SCARLETT JOHANSSON)". Joe's Daily. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  24. ^ VidCon 2012 "Sideburns" Live Performance, retrieved 2015-12-16 
  25. ^ 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?. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  26. ^ Connor Livingston (October 29, 2011). "YouTube expands its exclusive-content drive with 100 new video channels". Techi. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  27. ^ Jarvey, Natalie (March 7, 2014). "SXSW Exclusive: Smosh Games Launches Two New YouTube Series (Video)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Influencer Comedy Film "Bob Thunder: Internet Assassin" Trailer Debuts". Reuters. September 25, 2015. Archived from the original on April 26, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  29. ^ Rodriguez, Karla (6 January 2017). "YouTube Star Jack Douglass Is Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Erin Elizabeth Breslin". J-14. 

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