Jake Webber is a millennial social media influencer, YouTube star and Instagram celebrity, best known for making funny reaction videos, pranks and skits. He initially gained fame on Vine, but moved to other platforms when the video uploading app was shut down. His popularity migrated with him to other platforms when he started creating content for them. Some of his most popular YouTube videos include, ‘Reacting to Funny Video Memes of us W/ Roommates’, ‘Opening a Demon in a Box DYBBUK Box’, ‘Trap House Anthem (Official Music Video)’, and ‘Trying Dollar Store Food With Corey’. Many of his videos feature his roommates, who are also YouTubers and social media influencers like Corey Scherer, Aaron Doh, Sam Golbach, and Colby Brock. Part of Jake’s popularity can be attributed to his collaborations with his friends. His fan following on Instagram and Twitter is equally impressive. He uses these platforms to not only update his fans about his new videos and endeavors, but also to maintain a personal relationship with them. While his YouTube earnings are estimated to be around thousands of dollars, he is also earning profit from his own line of merchandise called ‘No Name’.
Rise to Stardom
Jake Webber started his social media career on Vine in 2013. When Vine was at the height of its popularity, Jake started uploading nonsensical, funny and creative skits on it just like many other millennials. His pursuit of fame was soon rewarded by Vine users who loved his content. In no time, he reached the milestone of 100k followers. In 2014, he also became part of ‘MAGCON Next’, which was a meet and greet convention that allowed fans to meet social media celebrities. By 2016, Jake had amassed more than 500k followers on Vine. By the time the app shut down in October 2016, the young Viner had gained more than 825k followers.
Vine’s shutdown hit many content creators very hard, and Jake was no exception. But just like other Viners, he did not hesitate from making the switch to YouTube, where he already had a channel since April 3, 2014. However, he did not post any videos there, until it became clear that Vine was nearing its end. Luckily, for him, he had a loyal fan base. His popularity on Instagram, where he has more than 410k followers, also helped him reach out to his fans. Jake’s first YouTube video titled ‘Ghost Pepper Gummy Bear Prank on Sister’ was posted on October 7, 2015. While the video received more than 43k views, there was nothing original about its content.
Over the next few years, Jake invested more time into conceptualizing his YouTube videos. His content like ‘Using a Fake ID (looks nothing like me!)’, ‘Ouija Board Abandoned Amusement Park (ran from cops)’, and ‘Sledding down Escalators with Sam and Colby’ generated thousands of views. His popularity on YouTube started increasing in 2017. It all started with the video ‘Psycho Stalker Prank (he almost hit her with a bat) Prank Wars’, published on July 5, 2017. The collaborative video, featuring other YouTubers like Colby Brock, Elton Castee, Sam Golbach, Corey Schererm, and social media influencers like Katrina Stuart, Gabby Leblanc, garnered more than 400k views.
Most of his collaborative videos like ‘Beanie Boy - Jake Webber & Colby Brock (Music Video)’ and ‘Alien Scare Prank with Sam Golbach’ have received thousands of views. For a while after that, none of his content could cross even the 50k mark. He had mixed success in all his 2017 videos. His 2017 music video ‘Got Damn No (Gotdamnzo Diss Track)’, published on November 15, in which he targeted Instagram star iamzoie or GotDamnZo, received more than 66k views. But ‘How to Achieve Internet Stardom like Keaton Jones’ (posted in December 2017) received as few as 8k views.
Jake had a better luck on YouTube in 2018, especially when he started collaborating with other YouTubers. Videos like ‘Reacting to Photoshopped Pictures of us W/ Roommates’ and ‘Slingshot of Death W/ Sam and Colby’ were instant hits. ‘Reacting to Funny Video Memes of us W/ Roommates’, published on February 28, 2018, became and remains the most popular Jake Webber video with more than 2.7 million views to its credit. ‘Burning the DYBBUK Box (Demon in a Box)’, ‘Rating Funny Video Memes of us W/ Roommates’, ‘I Bought a Demon in a Box (DYBBUK Box)’ are some of his most viewed content, as they have garnered millions of views. However, most of his early 2019 videos, excluding a couple, have failed to emulate the success of 2018. Still, with more than 587k subscribers on his channel, Jake’s popularity is on the rise.