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Jenna Marbles
Jenna Marbles by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Marbles at the 2014 VidCon
Personal information
Born Jenna Nicole Mourey
(1986-09-15) September 15, 1986 (age 31)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Residence Los Angeles, California
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)

Julien Solomita

Alma mater Suffolk University (BS)
Boston University (MEd)
YouTube information
Also known as Jenna Marbles
Years active 2006–present
Genre Comedy, vlog
Subscribers 17.9+ million
Total views 2.5+ billion
Associated acts Smosh, Ryan Higa
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2013

Jenna Nicole Mourey (born September 15, 1986[1][2]), better known by her pseudonym Jenna Marbles, is an American YouTube personality, vlogger, comedian and actress. As of March 2018, her channel has over 2.6 billion video views and 17.9 million subscribers,[3] making it the 32nd most subscribed channel on YouTube and the second most popular channel operated by a woman.[4] Jenna Marbles is also rated 82nd in the YouTube comedy category[5]. Marbles is the first social media star to have a wax figure displayed in Madame Tussauds Museum, located in New York City.[6]

Early life[edit]

Marbles was born and raised in Rochester, New York, where she graduated from Brighton High School in 2004. Her father is a chemist who holds several patents and she has one older brother.[7] She then moved to Boston, where she attended Suffolk University. At Suffolk she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and later attended Boston University for a Master of Education in Sport Psychology and Counseling.[8]


Marbles initially started her career with Barstool Sports, where she wrote for their female counterpart site StoolLaLa.[9] In the summer of 2010, Marbles was sharing a three-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She paid $800 rent by working various jobs, like bartending, working at a tanning salon, blogging, and go-go dancing at nightclubs.[10]


Marbles appearing in a Vlogbrothers video, 2016.

Marbles released a video in 2010 entitled "How To Trick People Into Thinking You're Good Looking" which was viewed over 5.3 million times in its first week.[11][12] Her video "How To Avoid Talking To People You Don't Want To Talk To" was featured in articles by The New York Times and ABC News in August 2011. In the video, she stated, "I'm sick and tired of guys thinking that just because I showed up at a club or a dance or a bar, that I want to have their genitalia touching my backside."[13][14] The video had approximately 36.2 million views as of March 2018[15].

She uploads a new video to her YouTube channel every Wednesday or Thursday. Her pseudonym "Jenna Marbles" comes from her mother's complaint that "Mourey," their legal surname, pulled up only Jenna's videos on Google. Jenna's mother was unemployed at the time that Jenna's first video went viral, and was concerned that their content might put off potential employers.[8] The name "Marbles" comes from her dog "Mr. Marbles". As of March 2018, Marbles' YouTube channel had about 17.9 million subscribers and 2.6 billion video views.[16][17]

Marbles appeared as Eve in season 2 of Epic Rap Battles of History, episode 13, "Adam vs. Eve".[18] She played a banana in The Annoying Orange episode "Fake n' Bacon." She played Miley Cyrus in a "Wrecking Ball"–inspired segment of YouTube Rewind 2013. On January 30, she appeared in season four of Ridiculousness.

Marbles appeared as herself in Smosh: The Movie.[19]

Marbles has also professionalized her business affairs by expanding her business and bringing in people to help, including, a personal assistant, a business manager, and her mother (the chief executive officer).[10]

Other ventures[edit]

Marbles released a brand of dog toys called Kermie Worm & Mr. Marbles. The toys' appearances are based upon her real dogs.[8] She has also created items with some of her most memorable quotes printed on them (e.g. "what are this").

Marbles also hosts a weekly pop countdown on SiriusXM Hits 1 called "YouTube 15".[20][21]

In 2016, Marbles became an executive producer for Maximum Ride, a film based on the series of novels of the same name by James Patterson.[22]

Marbles does a weekly podcast with her boyfriend Julien Solomita called "The Jenna Julien Podcast" (formerly called "The Jenna and Julien Podcast"). Topics focus on things such as stories growing up, conspiracy theories, YouTubers and other general topics. They often feature other YouTubers as guests on their podcast including Shane Dawson amongst others.[23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2014 Young Hollywood Award Viral Superstar Won [24]
2015 Streamy Award Best Comedy Series Nominated
2017 Best First-Person Series Nominated
Audience Choice Creator of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ "Jenna Mourey/Marbles on Twitter". Twitter. 
  2. ^ Things I Get Excited About As An Adult. August 27, 2015 – via YouTube. 
  3. ^ JennaMarbles. YouTube. 
  4. ^ "PewDiePie, Jenna Marbles, CaptainSparklez: The Web's Biggest Stars". Reason. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Top 250 YouTubers comedy Channels - Socialblade YouTube Stats | YouTube Statistics". Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  6. ^ Stark, Chelsea. "Jenna Marbles, Smosh are first YouTube stars with their own wax figures". Mashable. Retrieved 2017-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Draw My Life- Jenna Marbles". JennaMarbles. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  8. ^ a b c Spangler, Todd (July 18, 2013). "YouTube Star Jenna Marbles: 5 Facts About Her Rise to Internet Fame". Variety. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ "The Man Behind the 'Bible of Bro Culture'". NBC News. December 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "The Woman With 1 Billion Clicks: Jenna Marbles". The New York Times. April 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ O’Leary, Amy (April 12, 2013). "The Woman With 1 Billion Clicks: Jenna Marbles". The New York Times. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ Klima, Jeff (April 22, 2013). "Jenna Marbles on 1 Billion Views, Set to Overtake Ray William Johnson?". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Rendering Grinders Toothless". The New York Times. August 12, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  14. ^ ""Jenna Marbles'" Anti-Dirty Dance: Teens Say No to Grinding – ABC News". ABC News. August 16, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  15. ^ "jennamarbles Most Viewed YouTube Videos -". Retrieved 2018-03-05. 
  16. ^ "JennaMarbles YouTube Channel Stats, Subscriber Statistics, Ranking". Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  17. ^ "jennamarbles YouTube Stats, Channel Statistics -". Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  18. ^ Sam Gutelle (February 11, 2013). "Epic Rap Battles of History Pits Man Against Woman With Jenna Marbles". Tubefilter. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Jenna Marbles". IMDb. 
  20. ^ SiriusXM Hits 1
  21. ^ "jenna marbles – SiriusXM Blog". 
  22. ^ "Maximum Ride (2016)". Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Jenna Julien". YouTube. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Jenna Marbles - Awards - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved December 5, 2017. 

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