Jenna Nicole Mourey, age 29, was born in Rochester New York. She is more popularly known on YouTube as JennaMarbles, an American comedian and Internet Sensation.
Story behind her Name
“Jenna Marbles” is a pseudonym incorporating her dog, Marbles’, name. She adopted the Marbles screen name because her mum complained about Google search results.
According to an interview with Variety, at first, she posted videos as Jenna Mourey. But she switched to the fake last name because her mother protested that the YouTube clips were showing up in Google searches and might put off prospective employers.
“She said, ‘Every time I type in my name, this weird video comes up.’” Today her mother, Deborah, works for J Marbles Inc. and runs a marketing consultancy along with that.
She named her dog Mr. Marbles after a ventriloquist dummy in a “Seinfeld” episode. In the episode, “The Chicken Roaster,” Jerry fears that Kramer’s dummy, Mr. Marbles, will come to life and kill him in the night — a la Chucky from “Child’s Play.” Jenna not only bestowed the name on her Chihuahua but took it for herself.
Jenna grew up always wanting a dog but never got the opportunity until she got Marbles while living in Boston. Now she has three dogs, Kermit, Peach, (Italian greyhounds) and Marbles (chihuahua). They appear in most of the videos she has made, often at the end, when she mimes them saying, “Make sure you subscribe to our channel! We put out new videos every Wednesday!”
Jenna moved to Santa Monica in 2011, with her boyfriend Max who vlogs at MaxNoSleeves, and her dogs. However, in early December 2012, Jenna and Max broke up, with Jenna revealing this on December 20. In June of 2013, she started dating Julien Solomita.
She is currently the 15th most subscribed channel in the world, 9th most subscribed from the United States, and has more than 2 Billion views on her main channel!! Sources say Jenna makes around $350,000 annually from YouTube. And this is apart from the paid appearances and shows.
She is most popular for the video that got her started -“How to trick people into thinking you’re good looking,” which got over 5.5 million views in the first week and now has over 64 million views.
Her later video “How To Avoid Talking To People You Don’t Want To Talk To” was featured in an August article in the New York times, following Jenna’s quote “I’m sick and tired of guys thinking that just because I showed up at a dance or a club or a bar, that I want to have their genitalia touching my backside.”
In her video, “Drunk Makeup Tutorial Extras”, Jenna reveals that she really did get drunk for “Drunk Makeup Tutorial“, and that she fell asleep on the couch and couldn’t remember whether she finished the video or not when she woke up in the morning.
Current channel situation
Even though Jenna’s channel is not booming anymore like back in 2012, she still makes new videos every Wednesday in the hopes to make people laugh.
She has a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a Tumblr, and an Instagram account, each of which has millions of fans, followers, and friends. Jenna also has a vlog channel, JennaMarblesVlog(It is infrequently updated, but still active), a random stuff channel, jmourey66, is a co-host of the Jenna Julien podcast, twitch streams every Monday, and is the host of the YouTube 15 on SiriusXM every Friday. Jenna is so Internet famous, that celebrities like Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and much more follow her on Twitter.
She went to Brighton High School in Brighton/Rochester, New York. After graduating High School, Jenna attended Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. There, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Later, Jenna attended Boston University for her Masters of Education in Sports Psychology and Counselling. And after that, for some time, she played college softball in a league.
She was never the class clown, in fact, she was a sad kid who got bullied a lot because of bad grades and not fitting in. Growing up in Rochester, N.Y., “I was relatively quiet,” she said. “I came out of my shell in college.”
How her channel started
After graduation, Jenna worked in multiple jobs like Go Go Dancing and bartending before she started making videos for stoollala.com in 2006. She made humorous videos with them for two years, and on February 26, 2010, she was finally decided to get a YouTube account. She uploaded her very first video of her own the day after.
She began to make videos because she had always enjoyed making people laugh. Her channel quickly became popular, allowing her to quit her job and focus on videos full-time.
Incredible YouTube Channel growth
Jenna hit 1 million subscribers in September 2011.
By the end of 2011, her subscribers doubled to 2 million.
And by the end of 2012, she had 5 million subs!
But 2013 was by far the best year for her YouTube career, in the end of which she had 12 million subscribers!
Then the growth eventually slowed down to 2 more million subs in 2014, 1 more in 2015, that is 15 million now.
In October of 2015, Madame Tussauds New York debuted a wax figure of Jenna.
And finally, she hit 16 million subscribers in May 2016.
She has turned down several TV and Movie deals
Production companies have approached Mourey about developing a TV show or a movie based on her YouTube persona. She’s declined the overtures. “I have had a lot of cool offers to move into traditional media but I’m not completely sold I have to do that,” she said. On YouTube, “I can do whatever I want, say whatever I want.” Hollywood studios “want to own your soul,” she added. “And the coolest thing on YouTube is nobody owns you.”
Although, she had cameos in some feature films like- Smosh: The Movie, Natural Born Pranksters, and Road Hard.
Still doesn’t feel like a ‘celebrity’
Jenna says she occasionally gets recognised in public, mostly by young girls, who are the biggest part of her audience. But they don’t treat her like a celeb: “It’s less of, ‘can I get your autograph?’ and more like they already know me and we’re already friends. It’s not a weird idol thing.”
What’s next for Mourey? Besides continuing to post YouTube videos weekly, “I have no idea,” she says. “There’s a big difference between me and other YouTubers — a lot of them have big, concrete plans. I’m still this weird chicken with my head cut off. I don’t know what I want to do next and haven’t known that since I started.”