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Though he has been active on YouTube for seven years, Jacksfilms (AKA Jack Douglass) first gained widespread attention in 2009 when he introduced the world to the WTF Blanket, a sharp parody of the Snuggie. Two and a half years after that, Douglass posted the first installment of Your Grammar Sucks. Fast forward to the present: YGS is now up to 54 episodes, and its popularity has helped Jacksfilms pass one million subscribers. Here’s our interview with Douglass, which we promise doesn’t have a single comma out of line.
Tubefilter: How does it feel to crack one million subscribers? What do you have to say to your biches?
Jacksfilms: Hitting the big million has been a dream of mine for years, one that I thought was a long way off. It’s surreal and incredible and a bit scary, but boy do I love it. It’s unreal how supportive my fans (biches) have been over the last 7 years. They’re the reason I’m at where I am today. I can’t thank them enough, but I’ll sure try. The best motivation for making videos now is knowing I have a million (!) people waiting on me. If that isn’t pressure to get things done, I don’t know what is!
TF: How do you decide on your infomercial parodies? Do you watch late night, local access TV in search of parody-friendly material?
JF: Infomercials were a passion of mine growing up. I don’t mean making fun of them; I mean actually watching and loving them. Like millions of others, I LOVED watching Billy Mays hawking Oxy Clean as a kid. I wanted to buy that so badly and soak a t-shirt in iodine just to see if it worked. Yea, I was a weird kid. But now I’m a weird adult!
TF: What is the worst grammar mistake you have ever encountered on YouTube?
JF: Oh boy. Picking the worst comment is like picking my favorite child. Each “Your Grammar Sucks” video has on average 40 comments, and with over 50 episodes I sometimes have to ask myself if I’ve done this comment before. I think the worst one was a caption under a cute picture of a little girl wrapped in a blanket. The caption, unfortunately, read “Raped my little sister.” Good lord.
TF: If you could, would you eliminate bad grammar forever, even if it meant you would no longer be able to do ‘Your Grammar Sucks’?
JF: No way! I have too much fun reading the worst of the worst. Even without the paying gig, it’d be a far less comical world without mocking people who can barely spell their name.
TF: Who is one person who you would like to have as a future guest on ‘Your Grammar Sucks’?
JF: Tie between Harley of Epic Meal Time and Grace of DailyGrace. I’ve never worked with Harley, and I imagine the dialogue would be hilarious. And I’ve worked with Grace before; her improv is just fantastic. I feel like she’s one of those people who’s effortlessly witty.
TF: Is the character of Chad based on any real life bros in particular or is he pure caricature?
JF: Chad was an exaggerated version of some of my college friends who were in fraternities. I never got into frat life but enjoyed mocking it (along with everything else, apparently).
TF: You haven’t done much recently with your secondary channel. Any plans to do more vlogging in the future?
JF: Haha I hope so! Truth be told, I’m a terrible, terrible vlogger. And I don’t just mean schedule wise, I mean I’m terrible at properly doing vlogs in general. I’m awkward at holding the camera to my face and discussing whatever it is vloggers discuss. However, I AM going to try a new series on that channel that makes fun of gaming channels. My fear, though, is that viewers won’t get it. But it’s something I can crank out every day, unlike Jacksfilms videos that take a week or two. So we’ll see!
TF: When and why did you start calling your fans ‘biches’?
JF: The origin of biches can be traced back to the very first ‘Your Grammar Sucks’ video, when someone tries to call me a bitch and fails wonderfully. For a while, I was aiming to call my fans ‘Jack’s Nerds’, but thank god I found something less generic.
TF: What’s next for Jacksfilms? Any fun projects on the horizon?
JF: So, so much. As much as I enjoy making YGS, I REALLY enjoy making parodies, music videos, and sketches (PMS, if you will). That’s where I put most of my effort, and that’s where I have the most fun creatively. I have dozens of those planned, including a rap, a musical sketch, a cartoon, and so many parodies. And if I can crank out one of those every week, I’m a happy man. As I tell my fans, the best is yet to come!