Jenna Marbles, YouTube Star: Outtakes From Our People Issue Interview
Did you have any sense that you were funny before you started making videos?
I knew people thought I was funny but I didn't think I was that funny. Even when I made [her first video] "How to trick people into thinking you're good looking," like, it's funny to me, kind of. But I never even expected anyone else to watch it or think it was funny. I showed Max after I made it and he was like, "That's stupid." He's my boyfriend. And I was like, "Fuck you, I'm putting it on YouTube." And then like 3 days later it had like a million views.
Did you ever go on rants similar to those in your videos?
In college probably. High school I was kind of shy, not really that out there. [In college] I played softball. I hung out with a bunch of lesbians and baseball players. That's when I started acting like myself. I was captain but I was fucking around all the time, always cracking jokes and trying to make everybody laugh and have a good time. To me that was the most important thing and that actually does serve a purpose on a team.
What's the most ridiculous thing you did?
We got hooked on stealing road cones and using them as tees. We used to run around Boston. We started stealing barrels and signs -- anything we could get our hands on we'd put in the van and bring back to the athletic department. Stupid stuff.