"Nailed it."So, yesterday I asked you, "Can you describe Jacksfilms here?"Here are your best answers.
Jack Douglass is an American filmmaker, comedian, and musician, who runs the YouTube
, which has become the home of several of his series. His best-known series is a weekly Long Runner
called Your Grammar Sucks
, where he reads aloud grammatically-painful and typo-laden comments left on YouTube
. His other shows include: PMS
(Parodies, Music videos and Sketches
), which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin
, a sarcastic Q&A show, GamerGod88
, an occasional series of fake Let's Play
videos, and (as of February 2015) a daily show (originally on his second channel) named Yesterday I Asked You
, based on the eponymous section originating from JackAsk.
As of early 2015, YGS is rapidly approaching its hundredth, and final, episode. It is unknown what, if anything, it will be replaced by.
His current upload schedule is as follows:
- YIAY premieres daily.
- PMS* premieres every Monday.
- JackAsk premieres every Wednesday.
- Your Grammar Sucks premieres every Friday.
Jack has also featured as one of the main characters, Intern 2, on the web series MyMusic
. His main YouTube
channel can be found here
, along with his second channel
, and two old, unused behind-the-scenes channels
His (parodic) channel trailer can be watched here
, and a slightly-outdated one here
Examples of tropes in Jacksfilms videos:
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Implied to unbearable extents in "Strokemeister" and its follow-up "Wiggledix".
- Affectionate Parody: His parody of Sherlock gained some controversy from viewers who thought he was disrespecting the series. Jack replied that it was "a parody FROM a fan TO the fans", and that making a parody couldn't pay it any higher praise.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Chad's antics make frat boys look positively like teetotalers by comparison.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: His interpretation of Kermit the Frog in the Kermit animations.
- Ambiguously Evil
- Angrish: Those comments in ALL CAPS in Your Grammar Sucks.
- Audience Participation:
- A Jacksfilms first, YGS #50 and #60 include fan submissions.
- Not to mention most (if not all) of YGS' material comes from user-submitted comment screencaps.
- His new series Jackask, where all the questions come directly from fans.
- Auto-Tune Jesus
- Basso Profundo: Once Justin Bieber hits puberty. Becomes exaggerated when he hits super puberty.note
- Bilingual Bonus: The YGS comments in Spanish and Portuguese, which he'll read in a hokey Latin accent, while pronouncing laughter ("jajaja") with the English J.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
- His list of curse words in JackAsk #8.
- From "#ChristmasMiracle", "We'll cuddle by the Christmas tree/Doesn't matter if you're not 18!"
- In "Christmas is my favourite freaking holiday", the songs becomes intentionally offensivenote , but then...
- The list of songs in Frozen 2:
I Love Rock and Roll
Pebble For Your Thoughts
Elsa's Dead Parents
- Butt Monkey:
- Kristen. Even retroactively, in YGS #48 when the line "i thinking now on my girlfriend" brings up a picture of Jack himself in drag rather than Kristen. Although this is justified by them having broken up by then.
- Thanks to the fan submissions, Olga Kay. OH OLGA.
- Billy in the Kermit animations, whom Kermit picks on more than any of the other students.
- Call Back: In "Scary Stories with Kermit", Kermit uses the line "shut up, sh-shut up," in reference to GamerGod88's first Dark Souls 2 video.
- Catch Phrase:
- Since Your Grammar Sucks #1, he's used the word "biches" to refer to his fans. In fact, a lot of his Catch Phrases originated from Your Grammar Sucks. Quite a few of them also double as Running Gags.
- "That's almost a hundred..."Explanation:
- ":a what a fucke?!" Explanation
- "Oh, Olga!" Explanation
- "Nailed it."
- "Help me clean up YouTube! If you see an amazingly bad comment on the Internet, take a screencap of it and send it my way either via Twitter or my Facebook fanpage." Explanation
- "Let me know if I nailed it or failed it."
- Carpet of Virility: Despite his boyish face, he has a surprisingly hairy chest.
- Clip Show: The Best Of Your Grammar Sucks special. And the second one. And the third one.
- Clothing Damage: With some of the angry comments, he'll rip his shirt.
- Cluster F-Bomb/Cluster Bleep Bomb: When Justin Bieber searches up puberty and then super puberty in this video.
- Corpsing: Sometimes in Your Grammar Sucks; see Drinking Game below.
- Dark Reprise: Not dark, but melancholy. At the end of YGS #99, the penultimate episode (and the final musical number) of the series, Jack sings a very ballad-y reprise of the series's outro jingle. It hits HARD.
- Disappeared Dad: Referenced in Jackask #38, where most of the answers to his Twitter question (what do you want for Christmas?) are along the lines of "a dad"/"my dad to come home".
: So I asked you all on Twitter, "what do you want for Christmas?" Here are your best answers: "a dad", "A dad", "a dad", "a dad", "your Mum.", "my dad", "My dad to come back", "my dad to come back", "my dad to come back from the store"-aw
, is that what he told you?-, "my dad to finally call me son
- Gets a Call Back in the following week's PMS, "9 New Christmas Songs".
"Christmas Dad": (singing):
I wish I had a dad for Christmas... [Beat] (talking over the backing track):
He told me he was going to the store... [Beat]
I don't think he did.
- And in "Top 10 Top 10 Lists'", when one of the "top 10 words from 2014 that should stay in 2014" is 'dad', and Jack adding "dads aren't even real".
- Drinking Game: Exclusive to the 'Chad' episodes of Your Grammar Sucks, where Chad has to knock one back every time he corpses or otherwise flubs the reading.
- Dull Surprise: Jack gives a major announcement at the end of Jackask #24, but only gives it a single sentence at the end of the video.
: New "Your Grammar Sucks" every Friday, and a new "PMS" every Monday. GamerGod88
is coming back every Saturday, [Jack cringes]
- Entitled to Have You: The (parodied) message of "Dubstep Solves Everything 3" is that, because Jack wins a fight over the girl, he gets to have her, regardless of her wishes.
- Flipping the Bird: At the end of his first JackAsk.
- Fun with Acronyms:
- Funny Foreigner: Olga Kay. "Oh, Olga!"
- This also applies to a few of the other comments, as a few of them offhandedly mention their not being an English speaker.
- Godwin's Law / Hitler Ate Sugar: "You know who else liked pants? Hitler."
- Grammar Nazi: He admits it comes from having studied English.
- Grand Finale: YGS #60 is played up to be this, but it ends up being averted. However, YGS #100 actually will be the finale of the series, and its been said for quite a while that it'll be the biggest of them all.
- Guttural Growler: Chad "Broseph" Huntington.
- Hitler Wore Pants
- Hurricane of Puns: This instance from "Strokemeister" combines this trope with Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable.
Chad: Hey America! Wanna look abtastic? Then quit choking down the cheeseburgers and start stroking your way to an abnormally abstract abyss. You wanna know my abpinion? Check yourself into rehab if you don't habpen to get the reabtions you want!
- Hypocritical Humor: This video.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In the Sherlock parody, Sherlock sees a dab of ketchup on Watson's mouth, a half-eaten burger, and a bottle of ketchup. What does he assume? Watson killed and cooked someone into that burger.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: "If you liked the Strokemeister, you'll throbably like WIGGLEDIX."
- Incredibly Long Note: From one of his JackAsk videos: "Do you wanna build a snowmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa--"
- Intentionally Awkward Title:
- It Makes Sense in Context: Invoked by any sketch episode, by attempting to build context for the horrific comments in sketch style. The result is a homage to Robot Chicken or AMV Hell.
- The "A what a fucke?" comments would probably make more sense if we knew where they came from, but since Jack receives submissions as screencaps, he himself probably doesn't know.
- Jump Scare: At the end of "'LYMPIC GAMES, 'LYMPIC GAMES", Jack runs into his green screen and it suddenly cuts to his bloody face screaming at the viewer.
- The Lancer: Cyr. Sean Klitzner, Roomie, Tobuscus, Olga, and Erin have all have filled in this role as well depending on the particular video.
- Large Ham: At points.
- Long Note Teatime: Towards the end of the Valentine's Day song. It's not even that long.
- Madness Mantra: THEY'RE ALL PEWDIEPIE.
- The Merch: Jacksfilms t-shirts, which make it into the videos.
- Mood Whiplash/Bathos: Jack often uses these tropes to comedic effect (often overlapping with Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick, see above):
- In YGS:
- This expletive-filled, ranting YGS entry inexplicably ends with the words "I like that", and Jack reads it accordingly.
- YGS #88's final comment has this, lampshaded by Jack:
Jack: "It's pretty bad that people wait an entire year before bringing something special back up. I'm not only talking about 9/11 but also Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentines day... You have 365 days to tell your parents you love them. You have 365 days to tell your significant other you love them and appreciate them. And you all have 365 days to remember 9/11... So why do you only choose one day out of the year to remember? I'm sorry but it seems to me that some people use it as an excuse to be more racist than normal." Where did that come from?!
- In PMS:
- "YouTube Is Not a Job" has Jack defending his channel as a legitimate career choice to his family before they agree to watch a video of his to convince them that he does more than just "make cat videos". Cue Jack's supposed latest video, "Top Ten Farts".
- Used near-constantly in the Kermit animations.
Kermit: Ghosts aren't real, but my lust for blood is.
- From "9 New Christmas Songs": Candy canes, candy canes, lick 'em in a spear and kill your enemies! Stab (x16)-, and later, when ending the video:
Jack: They sound like Christmas songs you know, but they're not, it's all an illusion, life isn't real, happy boxing day!
- "Top 10 Top 10 Lists" has a few instances of this: 'Top 10 Songs' is comprised mostly of (both real and fictitious) pop songs from modern artists, before abruptly ending with #1 being "At Zanarkand" by Nobuo Uematsu. 'Top 10 Shades of Grey' ends with #1 being "my soul". And probably the biggest use comes from 'Top 10 words from 2014 that should stay in 2014', when the background music even cuts out when Jack reveals the number one word to be 'ebola'.
Jack: And the number one word from 2014 that should stay in 2014... 'ebola'.
- Jack uses this trope in almost every episode of YIAY, ending with a somewhat thoughtful comment, immediately followed by a joke one.
- Mr. Fanservice: The pictures of Jack post P90 weight-loss shown in the advertisements.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Dubstep Solves Everything.
- My Eyes Are Up Here: Said by Chad in Get Pumped with Chad after the camera focuses on his pecs.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Implied in "9 New Christmas Songs".
- Nostalgia Filter: YGS #99 is Jack singing a medley of all of the previous YGS songs (it will be the final song of the series), and it serves as a huge throwback.
- OOC Is Serious Business: The end of the December 7th episode of News In Haikus ("Relax about Star Wars") has a severe case of Mood Whiplash when Jack brings up the fact that Eric Garner's killer, a police officer that strangled him, isn't even being trialled despite it being viewed on camera. Unlike the other haikus, this was not Played for Laughs.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Jack has trouble staying in-character in YGS #84, and for good reason.
- Overly Long Gag: The first JackAsk in its entirety only consists of one question: "Are you gay?"
- Painted-On Pants: No, really.
- Parody: Many.
- Boybands are a recurring thing - "Christmas Sex" is a style parody of the Backstreet Boys, and a One Direction spoof called "Paperbag" has been done.
- And of course, there are his ever-present infomercial parodies.
- And his series of Twilight "in a minute" videos.
- And whenever a new Apple product is announced, expect a Jacksfilms parody soon afterward.
- There's also the series of parody commercials for the Snuggie.
- Pet the Dog: Some of the Your Grammar Sucks comments earn a Slow Clap from Jack.
- Please Subscribe to Our Channel: Inverted in "WTF is Jacksfilms":
- Poe's Law: Inverted. At least one intentionally bad comment has gotten onto Your Grammar Sucks.
- Porn Stache: Jack sported one nowadays that has received plenty of speculation, but it has since come off.
- Precious Puppy: The 59th episode of Your Grammar Sucks, featuring Jack's new puppy, Klondike.
- Precision F-Strike: "What is dubstep?" "That's a good FUCKING question!"
- Recurring Riff/Song/Rap/Thing?: Super Bowl. Super Bowl. Gotta have me my Super Bowl...or 'Lympic Games.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Obviously parodied quite a lot in Your Grammar Sucks and some of his PMS videos. For example...
- Running Gag: Quite a few.
- Upper-Class Twit, Christopher Walken and Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions in Your Grammar Sucks.
- Reusing the ":a what a fucke?!" soundbyte for the comments that defy more logic than usual.
- The whole "rapping vs. raping" thing, which earns a lampshade in the YGS Christmas Special.
- Starting around episode 32, he's been including at least one tweet from fellow YouTuber Olga Kay in every few episodes of YGS, followed by an exclamation of "OH, OLGA". He even managed to fit it into the Christmas Special, which is a song.
- "Whoopsie Daisy", used as a reaction to comments that are mostly grammatically correct but have a single, huge mistake (for example, confusing the words gentle and genital).
- At the end of some videos (before Jack moved to L.A.), Jack's (former) girlfriend Kristen will be there with him, apparently to talk about upcoming videos...but every time, he tells her to shut up as soon as she opens her mouth, leaving her standing there awkwardly.
- SHUT UP, DENNIS
- "Poor Brian" from episode 51, whenever somebody makes the mistake of spelling "brain" as "Brian".
- GERARD ALWAYS APPROVES.
- A sarcastic "OOOOOOOOOOOOH!" to insults that really don't deserve to get one, originally done by Cyr and sometimes by Jack.
- More recently, this seems to have been replaced by "REKT U M8".
- In JackAsk, getting asked in various ways if he is gay.
- At the end of some of his videos, someone will say "MOTHERFU--" before it cuts to his ending logo.
- Jack coughing/vomiting up blood or liquid. In the middle of a sentence.
- "That's almost a hundred."
- Acrostic poems, usually seen during the sponsor adverts at the end of Jackask episodes, as well as in the Apple Watch parody.
- Kermit's specific abuse of a kid he calls Billy (even though that's not even his real name).
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Jack's reaction to how the last comment got 214 likes in Your Grammar Sucks #43.
- Self-Deprecation: When Olga Kay showed up in person in YGS #40.
- Serial Escalation: YGS #60. Despite being just 10 eps after #50, they crank the guest stars and the fan submissions Up to Eleven.
- Sherlock Scan: Parodied in his Sherlock parody, where Sherlock assumes that Watson killed someone and cooked them into the burger that he was eating.
- Shirtless Scene: Several, and done with an open shirt in "Paper Bag" (though he sadly shaved his chest to make the boy band parody work).
- Sincerity Mode: Jack will, in some cases, break out of character to give a serious answer to a fan question. This most commonly happens in JackAsk.
- One comment in Your Grammar Sucks #48 is most certainly a reference to MyMusic.
- Another one in #49 attempts to sum up Doctor Who, which works as well as you'd expect.
- Slasher Smile: Jack's pretty good at them, to say the least.
- Small Reference Pools: A comment in One Direction fanspeak slipped clean past the Your Grammar Sucks radar.
- Special Guest: Including Grace Helbig (Idol from MyMusic), Brock Baker, Sean Klitzner, Tay Zonday, Tobuscus, Benny and Rafi Fine, and Olga Kay.
- YGS #50 adds Jesse and Jeana of Prank vs Prank, Shane Dawson, Smosh, Indie, Chester See, MysteryGuitarMan and PewDiePie!
- YGS #60 adds Rhett & Link, Harley Morenstein, Tyler Oakley, the couple from CTFxC, the remaining cast of MyMusic (including News Newsman!) and Jon Cozart, the "After Ever After" guy known as "Paint".
- 50 Facts You Can't Even, an Affectionate Parody of Matthew Santoro's 50 Amazing Facts videos, brings us Matthew Santoro himself.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Played for Laughs at the end of this video.
- Stress Vomit: In the "Dubstep Solves Everything" video, Jack's convulsing to his own dubstep noises makes the girl he's coming onto puke in distress and creeped-out-ness.
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: They're not dance mixes, per se, but YGS #10, 15, 25, 30, 35, 45, 65 and 75 are all songs or Piss-Take Rap comprised (nearly) entirely of badly spelled comments. He even rhymed them. And believe it or not, there are a few instances where two comments in a row actually make sense together.
- Sometimes done on a case-by-case basis for single comments in the regular YGS run, generally involving Self-Backing Vocalist.
- Take That:
- A merciless one here.
- From Bro 90 X:
Chad: You'll lose pounds faster than BP is losing credibility.
- In his Vsauce parody, he discusses a unit of measurement in music that our bodies reject once we listen to it. He calls the unit "biebs".
- He also says that Nickelback songs have many, many biebs, and that is why people who listen to them feel like committing suicide.
- In one of his JackAsk videos, he says that everyone has listened to Linkin Park at some time in their life, but then something clicks in their mind and they say, "Wow. What the fuck am I doing?"
- His video, I NEED TO HOST =3. "But what if it were funny?"
- To homophobic people in general.
- This episode of JackAsk has a particularly sharp dig at Sam Pepper, a YouTuber presently being investigated for sexual abuse. Subsequent episodes also took sharp digs at him.
- The Cover Changes The Meaning: His ballad-esque cover of Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy With It".
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Implied in Your Grammar Sucks #31 as Chad, where the scene quickly cuts to him holding a bucket, shortly after declaring that he may or may not need it.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: At the end of "DUBSTEP SOLVES EVERYTHING".
- A running gag in JackAsk.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Chad, more often than not.
- A Wild Rapper Appears: Tobuscus in "Take Off Your Clothes (Like Scarlett Johansson)".
- Jack himself for YGS #45, except it starts before the midpoint of the video and pretty much takes over.
- You Keep Using That Word: "Literally"
Tropes that apply to Jack Douglass
- Alter Ego Acting: As Chad "Broseph" Huntington, the backwards-cap double-popped-collar-wearing drinkin' fool.
- Berserk Button:
- Jack tends to react badly when particularly bad comments get a high amount of likes. It's taken to its logical conclusion in YGS 57, where his reaction to a particularly bad comment getting an absurd amount of likes is to angrily lunge at the camera.
- He is also not a fan of Ray William Johnson, although he has made it clear that he respects Ray's ability to get people such as Robin Williams into his videos, and would also try to keep conversation polite despite not liking his work.
- One recently unearthed by JackAsk is when people submit incredibly random questions in attempts to sound funny, citing the rule that "RANDOM doesn't always equal FUNNY"- especially made clear in JackAsk #10.
- On a more serious note, homophobia.
- Carpet of Virility: Enough to shave into a Nolan!Batman symbol!
- Deadpan Snarker
- Even more so in his JackAsk videos.
- Epic Fail: He once tried to prank call Toby Turner and say that his girlfriend was pregnant, with him not knowing what to do. Toby was watching the livestream he was doing this on, and Jack didn't bother checking to see if he could.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Compare Jack here or in any of his own sketches to his clean-suited Intern 2 character on MyMusic.
- Kubrick Stare/Slasher Smile: Jack's signature "creeper face" (see picture above).
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: On screen, Jack plays up the act of being a pompous dick. Off screen, he's a friendly, humble, and approachable guy.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Jack's new puppy, Klondike. She's an adorable American Eskimo dog that regularly falls asleep in Jack's arms.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Toby Turner; the two prank one another on a near constant basis, including in their respective videos. Regardless, the two are good friends and regularly collaborate. The same goes for Sean Klitzner, who has jokingly said that Jack is his archnemesis and constantly tries pranking him, and for OlgaKay, although his ribbing on her is more one-sided.
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