Joe Santagato Bio


Birthday: February 25, 1992 (Pisces)

Born In: Queens, New York City, New York

Joe Santagato is an American YouTube star famous for his weekly podcast, The Basement Yard. The podcast was released by Fullscreen, a network of content creators on the internet, and reached the top of the iTunes Chart. He is also known for his self-titled YouTube channel where he posts comedic content regularly. He was previously part of the YouTube channel Settle Down Kids, but later left it to focus on his personal channel. He has collaborated with professional wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. The Rock) on a series of videos on the latter's YouTube channel, titled Rock, The Promo, for which he served as the host. A believer in equal rights for all, Joe Santagato released the video Gay Marriage Is Legal after the legalization of gay marriage in the US, and questioned why it was illegal in the first place.

Quick Facts

Age: 31 Years, 31 Year Old Males


father: Joseph Santagato

mother: Elizabeth Santagato

siblings: Keith, Shannon, Thomas

Born Country: United States

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males

U.S. State: New Yorkers

City: Queens, New York City

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    What is Joe Santagato's ethnicity?

    Joe Santagato is of Italian descent from his father's side and of Irish descent from his mother's side.


Joe Santagato, who enjoyed being in front of the camera since he was a child, got his first camera, by nagging his mother, when he was thirteen years old. He immediately started making short movies, sketches, and parodies. After dropping out of college, he worked as a pizza delivery boy and a waiter for about a year. During this time, one of his friends suggested that he should post videos on YouTube. Serious about quality since the beginning, Joe Santagato soon learned how to edit videos and posted his first video on September 29, 2010, on his YouTube channel SantagatoTV. It was a funny video of him waking up his brother by screaming at him. His next post would come almost a year later, followed by a "get to know" video about himself a few days later, answering fan questions from Tumblr. In 2014, he created a new channel titled Joe Santagato, which currently has more than 2.4 million subscribers. He has another channel named Santagato Studios where he has over 720k subscribers. He also has 2 more channels on Youtube, a Podcast channel named The Basement Yard, and a collaborative channel named Other People's Lives where he and Greg Dybec discuss stories of different strangers they meet on the internet. The two channels have a collective subscriber base of over 614k.

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What Makes Joe Santagato So Special?

According to Joe Santagato’s mother, Joe was always more mature than his age and was quiet and independent as a child. He was also the most sensitive and loving among his siblings. Ironically, he is now the most outspoken and humorously criticizes almost everyone in his videos. Most of his content, however, is based on exaggeration of predominant traits among particular groups of people. Growing up among a diverse population in Queens, Joe Santagato is very good at studying people and their behaviors, which provides him with the resources for his observational comedy. Also, being exposed to a diverse community at an early age made him more acceptant and less judgmental. In fact, he often stands up for others who are being bullied or discriminated against for their different cultural backgrounds. While Joe Santagato often sounds Hispanic in his impressions of girls, he asserts that it is not because he is racist, rather, it is because he knows more Latinos in his close circles.


In October 2015, Joe Santagato accused another famous YouTuber, Alfie Deyes, of making a video based on his ideas without giving him any credit. Alfie posted The Mad Lib Story Challenge video on his channel with a couple of his friends, which showed them performing the challenge with water in the mouth. While there were many "mad lib challenge" videos available on YouTube, Joe was the first one to bring this twist. Joe was quick to point it out when Deyes denied even seeing his video. The incident escalated soon as fans of each YouTuber started commenting on the rip-off incident, and Alfie's girlfriend Zoella, another famous YouTube star, came in to defend Alfie. Interestingly, another YouTuber posted a video on similar content a few days back, giving Joe Santagato his due credit, which intensified the question of fair play on the part of Alfie.

Family & Personal Life

Joe Santagato was born on February 25, 1992, in Queens, New York, to Joseph Santagato and Elizabeth Santagato. His father was a firefighter for the New York City Fire Department and his mother was a public school secretary. He has three older siblings, Thomas, Keith, and Shannon.

Joe Santagato did his schooling at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, Louis Armstrong Middle School, and St. Francis Preparatory School. Later on, he joined Queensborough Community College but dropped out in order to focus on his YouTube channel.

Joe Santagato has been in a relationship with social media star Sammy Rickey, since 2014.

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