Web Video / Jacksfilms

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Greetings, BICHES.

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 channel Jacksfilms, which has become the home of several of his series.

His best-known series used to be a weekly Long Runner called Your Grammar Sucks, where he reads aloud grammatically-painful and typo-laden comments left on YouTube and Facebook. Amongst regular episodes, the series contained specials ranging from songs made entirely out of badly-written comments or skits. The first "season" of YGS ended on November 20th 2015 with its hundredth episode, a huge hour-long special. Jack has confirmed that Season 2 will not contain any specials.

He then started a series called Jackask wherein his fans asks him all sorts of questions. It also featured him asking his fans questions, which eventually became its own series Yesterday I Asked You, or YIAY. It started on his second channel, but he brought it over to his main channel and has become wildly successful ever since. From Your Grammar Sucks, to Jackask, to YIAY, Audience Participation fuels these kinds of series.

His series and upload schedules are as follows (do note that Jack doesn't always follow these schedules):
  • PMS (Parodies, Music Videos, Sketches), which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Premieres every Monday.
  • YGS (Your Grammar Sucks), a long-running series poking fun at grammatically-painful and typo-laden Internet comments, and his second most well-known series to-date. Usually it premieres every damn Friday.
  • JackAsk, a sarcastic Q&A show. Premieres every Wednesday.note 
  • GamerGod88, an occasional series of fake Let's Play videos and streams. GamerGod88 has his own Twitch account at twitch.tv/gamergodlivenote , and he has been uploading streams of games like Team Fortress 2. Jack has since admitted that he may stop the Twitch streams since he doesn't feel like it's for him.
  • YIAY (Yesterday I Asked You), previously a daily show, now broadcasted on Tuesdays and Thursdays, where Jack reads aloud fan-submitted answers to questions he poses to them. Is unique since it's his only series to start on his second channel and continue on his main channel (it made the transition after 13 episodes). It is also his most well-known series to date.

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 can be seen here.

Jack has also starred as Intern 2, one of the main characters on the web series MyMusic.

Periodically, he will host a YouNow live stream of himself (at younow.com/jacksfilms) recording videos and more often than not answering questions.

You can vote for your favourite video here.

Examples of tropes in Jacksfilms videos:

  • Angrish: The comments in ALL CAPS in Your Grammar Sucks are always interpreted this way.
  • Artifact Title: The questions in Yesterday I Asked You aren't asked the day before the episode any more. They are now asked about a week beforehand so that Jack can stockpile episodes.
  • Audience Participation: His channels basically thrives on this. Most, if not all, of YGS' material comes from user-submitted comment screencaps, with YGS #50 and #60 being particularly notable for being the first to include fan submissions.
    • All questions in JackAsk come directly from fans.
    • YIAY (Yesterday I Asked You) where he asks his fans certain questions and features the best and funniest of their answers in his videos.
  • Auto-Tune: Parodied in Dubstep Solves Everything 3 when Auto-Tune Jesus is called upon.
  • Basso Profundo: Once Justin Bieber hits puberty in this video. Becomes exaggerated when he hits super puberty.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In Fixing Your Flags, one user smugly challenged Jack to fix the Australia flag. So how does Jack fix it? Turning it into the British Flag.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    DANGIT
    DANGUS
    DANG
    DARN
    DERN
    GOAT-FUCKER
    • The list of songs in Frozen 2:
    I Love Rock and Roll
    Rolling Stones
    Pebble For Your Thoughts
    Elsa's Dead Parents
    • One answer for THE MEANING OF LIFE (in four words):
    Live, laugh, love, arson
  • Brick Joke: In "Escape the Friendzone" (YIAY #89), one commenter leaves an answer to the question from YIAY #88 (superhero names and powers) instead:
    Name: Internet Explorer
    Superpower: Too late to post a comment.
  • Broken Record: The candy cane song ("stab x16"). Even more so when he re-sang the song in a promo video for his YouNow chat that he was doing that day, when the aforementioned "stab" part is looped extensively to the point where people in the comments report hearing an entirely new word.
  • 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 has repeatedly been mentioned on YGS for her struggle with grammar. 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.
    • For a YIAY thumbnail for a video about the best place to hide a body, Jack re-donned the Dexter getup that he had worn four years prior in a Dexter parody sketch.
  • The Cameo: Jack appears briefly in the music video of Ninja Sex Party's "Cookies!", only surviving for a good five or so seconds before Ninja Brian breaks his neck.
  • Carpet of Virility: Despite his boyish face, he has a surprisingly hairy chest. Enough to shave into a Nolan!Batman symbol!
  • 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 
    • "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 
    • When he gets two contradicting comments in YIAY (ex: "fuck bitches get money", "get bitches fuck money"), he'll say "Which one do I believe?"
    • "Me Me Big Boy!" was coined when Jack trolled a telemarketer by constantly repeating this phrase. Now it’s become a mainstay of his channel, with Jack even putting the phrase on a shirt.
  • 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".
    Jack: 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". Dark.
    • 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.
  • invokedDude, Not Funny!:
    • In-universe; Jack's reaction to serious comments in YIAY will actually be more of a "dude, not UNfunny" sort of thing, since Jack will seem very shocked by the comment and might even tell the commenter to calm down, stating that YIAY is a comedy show.
    • In one episode of YIAY, Jack read off some answers that viewers gave him of book sequels they'd like to see. One answer was The Diary of Anne Frank: Anne Goes to Hollywood. Jack even reacted with, "That's awful."
  • 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.
    Jack: New "Your Grammar Sucks" every Friday, and a new "PMS" every Monday. GamerGod88 is coming back every Saturday, [Jack cringes] Oh God.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: Averted with one one of the fans who sent in a book of sheet music for all of Jack's songs. As it turns out, it even has lyrics for the Dubstep song.
  • Famous Last Words: A slew of them in the "perfect last words" episode of YIAY.
  • Flipping the Bird: At the end of his first JackAsk.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • The mainline content is classified as Parody, Music Videos and Sketches. What's the grab-all term for them? PMS.
    • His advertisements at the end of the Jackask videos and some of the PMS episodes use this as a Running Gag, making a company's name (most commonly Audible's) into an acronym. Finally lampshaded and defied in #38:
      Jack: "Audible" stands for... nothing. Because it's not an acronym, it's the name of a cool company that has thousands of audiobooks from which to choose from, it's not that hard to get!
  • Grammar Nazi: Jack’s Your Grammar Sucks series showcases the worst mangling of the English language found in comments across the Internet. He admits that his strictness comes from having studied English.
  • Grand Finale: YGS #60 was played up to be this, but it ends up being averted. It was then said for a while after that YGS #100 would be the finale of the series, and was hyped up as such for months, only for Jack to reveal in a YIAY that the series would continue afterwards.
  • Hitler Ate Sugar: "If you don't subscribe, that's fine. You know who else didn't subscribe? Hitler."
  • Hope Spot: At the end of YGS #100, it appears as though Jack has finally managed to clean up YouTube, only for yet another bad, bad comment to show up.
  • 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: A MESSAGE TO ALL YOUTUBERS involves Jack advising them to keep their endings short. Most of the video itself is taken up by him plugging the Gatorade drink.
    • "You don't have to end every sentence with 'tho' tho."
  • 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 an homage to Robot Chicken or AMV Hell.
  • It's Pronounced Tro-PAY: Jack has stated that he refuses to pronounce will.i.am's name as "will-I-am" because it sounds ridiculous. He always pronounces it as "William".
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Several JackAsk questions, especially in the first one, involve whether or not he is gay.
  • Mood Whiplash: Jack often uses these tropes to comedic effect, often overlapping with Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
    • 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".
      • 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...
    Christmas is my favourite freaking holiday!
    It's not like any other freaking holiday!
    If you don't like Christmas, you're probably a Jew
    And I don't want nothing to do with you
    Bum bum, bum bum, bum bum ba-dum bum bum
    • 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. Sometimes, he just ends the video on the serious comment, although this trope is still in play.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Dubstep Solves Everything, where Jack tries talking to his parents or winning a girl's heart through dancing to dubstep...although occasional cuts back to reality show that the concept is way cooler in his head.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Said by Chad in Get Pumped with Chad after the camera focuses on his pecs.
  • Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List: One person decided to be clever when making an acronym for the word "vote". Jack doesn't take too kindly, as usual.
  • O.O.C. 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.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • The first JackAsk in its entirety only consists of one question: "Are you gay?"
    • Similarly, "JACKASK #23" consists entirely of people criticizing his mustache.
    • Nepal's flag gets this unwanted treatment in one YIAY after the Nepalis critically disliked "Top 10 Worst Flags in the World".
  • Parody: Jack specialises in critically mocking things that he finds ridiculous.
    • 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.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Implied in "9 New Christmas Songs".
    Stab (x16)
  • Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: The trope namer gets parodied in WTF Blanket 4: Failure Pants.
    Narrator: If you don't know how to operate a blanket... chances are you're a few chromosomes shorts of human.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tobuscus/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.
  • 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". The girl whom Jack tries to flirt with via singing dubstep becomes so disgusted by him ends up vomiting slightly.

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