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Joseph Garrett
Garrett appearing at Minecon in 2015
Personal information
Born (1990-12-13) 13 December 1990 (age 28)[1]
  • Video game commentator
  • presenter
  • actor
  • voice actor
  • author
YouTube information
Also known asStampy Cat, Stampylonghead, Stampylongnose
Years active2006–present
Subscribers9.06 million
(September 2018)
Total views6.9 billion
(November 2018)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2013[3]
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2014[4][5]
Updated November 2018

Joseph Garrett is an English YouTube commentator who posts videos about the game Minecraft as the character Stampy Cat.[6] In 2014, Garrett's was one of the ten most watched YouTube channels in the world.[7][8] He has been featured on several television programs with CBBC and Disney.


Garrett studied video production at university and initially intended to be a games journalist. His early YouTube work consisted of "Let's Play" videos which he made for his own amusement. When he noticed that his primary audience was children, he reoriented his work to be family-friendly.[9] When the videos became popular, Garrett left his job as a barman to focus on producing the content full-time.[10]

Garrett's YouTube channel is aimed at children, and his audience is largely 6 to 14-year-olds.[7] As the character of Stampy Cat, an orange and white cat, Garrett tells stories within Minecraft and other games. He gives viewers ideas for activities to pursue with their friends.[6] Garrett describes the character as "a bigger, brighter, better version" of himself.[11] He receives correspondence from his viewers and thinks they see him as a friend, rather than "a presenter in a studio".[7] Other characters in the videos include iBallisticSquid, the YouTube name of Garrett's friend David Spencer,[7] and Sqaishey Quack, a duck character played by Garrett's fiancé Bethany Bates.[12] Jordan Shapiro of said that "he does a great job of bringing the positive aspects of Minecraft—the game’s educational potential—to the surface."[13] Caroline Knorr of Common Sense Media describes Stampy's presentation as best for younger fans and that "Stampy feels a cross between Pee-Wee Herman and Mr. Rogers."[14]

On 25 April 2015, Garrett launched a spinoff educational YouTube channel in collaboration with Maker Studios.[9] The series, Wonder Quest, is scripted, professionally produced, and designed so that it can be used in classrooms. Garrett has also been attached to a Minecraft film.[11] In July, he appeared on the series premiere of the Disney XD sitcom Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything where he portrays the announcer Stampy Cat at the World Gaming Championships.[15][16] He was a featured panelist at MineCon held in London in July.[17][18][19][20]

Garrett has signed a two-book deal with Egmont Publishing.[21] Stampy's Lovely Book was released on 22 October 2015; aimed at ages 4 to 10, it features games, activities, jokes and facts about Stampy Cat and some of his Vlogger friends.[22] Stampy Cat: Stick with Stampy! was released on 28 July 2016; the 32 paged paperback features sticker-based activities, games, jokes and posters.[23][24]


Year Title Role Notes Refs
2015 Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything Stampy Cat Ep. "Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything" [15]
2015–present Wonder Quest Stampy Also writer [25]
2016 Diddy TV Himself [26]
2016 Minecraft: Story Mode Stampy Cat Ep. "A Portal to Mystery" [27]
2017 Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 Stampy Cat Ep. "Hero in Residence" [28]


  • Stampy's Lovely Book (Egmont, 2015), ISBN 978-1405281560
  • Stampy Cat: Stick with Stampy! (Egmont, 2016), ISBN 978-1405284219

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref
2014 The Game Awards Trending Gamer Nominated [29]
2014 4th Annual Streamy Awards Gaming Nominated [30]
2015 2015 Kids' Choice Awards UK Favourite Tipster Nominated [31]
2015 5th Annual Streamy Awards Gaming Nominated [32][33]
2016 2016 Kids' Choice Awards UK Favourite Tipster Nominated [34][35]


  1. ^ iBallisticSquid (13 December 2014). "Minecraft - Crazy Craft 2.2 - The King & Queen! [18]" – via YouTube.
  2. ^ "Stampy's Lovely Book set to top the Christmas bestseller lists". The Independent. 19 November 2015.
  3. ^ Stampy - 100k Subscribers Special. YouTube. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  4. ^ 1 Million Subscribers Special - From Then To Now. YouTube. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  5. ^ Stampy's Special Unboxing. YouTube. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b Stampy on why his Minecraft tutorials have YouTubers gripped. BBC Breakfast. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d Precey, Matt (7 March 2014). "Minecraft gamer's YouTube hit 'more popular than Bieber". BBC News. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  8. ^ Lewsey, Karen (6 March 2014). "Man earns £236k a month – through playing Minecraft on YouTube!". Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  9. ^ a b Dredge, Stuart (9 April 2014). "YouTube star Stampylonghead launching new education channel". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  10. ^ Stretch, Euan (5 March 2014). "Bedroom gamer's YouTube videos get 170 million hits and earn him a FORTUNE". The Mirror. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  11. ^ a b Burrell, Ian (1 January 2015). "Stampy Cat: Joseph Garrett's cartoon from Minecraft that is bigger than Justin Bieber – and has just been linked to Disney". The Independent. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Ep. 72 Stampy Cat - Ear Biscuits". SoundCloud. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  13. ^ Shapiro, Jordan. "This Is What You Should Be Asking About Stampy's Minecraft Videos". Forbes. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  14. ^ "The 10 Best Kid-Friendly Minecraft Channels on YouTube". The Huffington Post. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  15. ^ a b Elizabeth Wagmeister. "'Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything' to Premiere July 22 - Variety". Variety. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything". Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything. Episode 1. 22 July 2015. Disney XD.
  17. ^ Dredge, Stuart (1 July 2015). "Minecraft Minecon 2015 schedule reveals Stampy, YouTube and more". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  18. ^ Grill, Scott (3 July 2015). "'Minecraft' MineCon 2015: How To Watch And Full Saturday Schedule". The Inquisitr News. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  19. ^ de Gallier, Thea (4 July 2015). "Minecon 2015 news updates and highlights". Metro. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Thousands of Minecraft fans gather for Minecon show". BBC. 5 July 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  21. ^ "Egmont signs YouTube star Stampy Cat". The Bookseller. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  22. ^ "Website for Stampy's Lovely Book". Stampy's Lovely Book. Official Book microsite. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  23. ^ Depository, Book. "Stampy Cat: Stick with Stampy! (Sticker Activity Book) : Joseph Garrett : 9781405284219". Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  24. ^ stampylongnose (28 July 2016), My New Sticker Book - Stick With Stampy, retrieved 30 October 2016
  25. ^ Studios, Maker. "Season 2 of Award-Winning Original Series "Wonder Quest," From Disney's Maker Studios, Attracts 10MM Views on YouTube". Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  26. ^ "Diddy TV" (Adobe Flash). BBC. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)
  27. ^ "'Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 6 - A Portal to Mystery' Will Add Stampy Cat, Stacy Plays, DanTDM, LDShadowLady, & CaptainSparklez as Guest Characters - High-Def Digest".
  28. ^ "Minecraft: Story Mode - Season 2 debuts - PC News at New Game Network".
  29. ^ "Nominees". Archived from the original on 14 November 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  30. ^ "4th Annual Winners & Nominees". The Streamy Awards. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  31. ^ "NickALive!". Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  32. ^ "Streamy Awards: James Franco, 'SnapperHero,' Fifth Harmony, Tyler Oakley Score Nominations". TheWrap. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  33. ^ "5th Annual Winners & Nominees". The Streamy Awards. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  34. ^ "2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards". 2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. 2016. Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  35. ^ "Full 2016 Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards nominations revealed". Retrieved 12 February 2016.

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