Joey Graceffa

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Graceffa at VidCon 2014
Personal information
BornJoseph Michael Graceffa
(1991-05-16) May 16, 1991 (age 27)
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationYouTuber, actor, author, producer
Partner(s)Daniel Preda
YouTube information
Years active2007present
GenreVlogging, Gaming, How-To, DIY
9 million (main)
2.6 million (gaming)
Total views
1.8 billion (main)
531 million (gaming)
Associated acts
Catchphrase(s)Without further damn ado
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers2013
Updated Dec 2018

Joseph Michael Graceffa ( /ɡrəˈsɛfə/ ; born May 16, 1991) [1] is an American YouTube personality, actor, author, producer, and singer. He runs two active YouTube channels, both named after him. His main channel is dedicated to vlogging, [2] while the second features video gaming content. [2] They both have a combined total of more than 2.2 billion views. He was a contestant on the 22nd and 24th seasons of The Amazing Race , and has appeared in a handful of short films as well as creating and hosting Escape the Night , an unscripted web series, distributed by YouTube via its paid-subscription service YouTube Premium. He appears in all three of the seasons with several other YouTubers.

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Early life and education

Graceffa was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts, the son of Debbie O'Connor and Joe Graceffa. He has two siblings, an older sister named Nicole and a younger half brother named Jett who has autism, through his mom and his stepfather, Bob. Graceffa endured hardships with his mother when she resorted to alcoholism to cope with troubles in her life. These started when Graceffa was around 12 years old. According to his book In Real Life , [3] he graduated from Marlborough High School in 2009. [4] Graceffa enrolled in Fitchburg State College intending to major in film, but left after one year. Graceffa initially intended to enroll in Emerson College, a private, liberal arts university in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, but was rejected twice, so he decided to stay at Fitchburg. [5]

Marlborough, Massachusetts City in Massachusetts, United States

Marlborough is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 38,499 at the 2010 census. Marlborough became a prosperous industrial town in the 19th century and made the transition to high technology industry in the late 20th century after the construction of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Autism neurodevelopmental disorder involving problems with social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors

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Alcoholism Broad term for problems with alcohol

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2007–13: YouTube and The Amazing Race

In 2007, at age 16, Graceffa began uploading videos to the YouTube channel WinterSpringPro, with his high school friend Brittany Joyal. [3] [6] [7] In 2009, he started posting videos on his own channel, called, Joey Graceffa. In 2013, he joined the StyleHaul YouTube network. [8] Graceffa posts daily vlogs on his channel. As of August 2017, he has over 8.1 million subscribers and more than 1.43 billion total views on his main YouTube channel. [9] On a second YouTube channel focusing on his gaming, he had more than 2.2 million subscribers and over 417 million views, for a total of over 1.7 billion views. [10] He also has more than 3.7 million Twitter followers [11] and more than 5.5 million Instagram followers. [12]

StyleHaul is a marketing services, media, and technology company which gained recognition as an early pioneer of branded content and native advertising on digital platforms. The company was founded in 2011 by Stephanie Horbaczewski and now operates as a portfolio company of RTL Group, which paid $127 million USD to acquire a controlling stake in the company in 2014.

In 2013, Graceffa and fellow YouTube personality Meghan Camarena were contestants on The Amazing Race 22 . [13] [14] The two made it to the tenth leg before being eliminated. Graceffa told an interviewer that "There were a lot of bad times but it was definitely good overall. It was an amazing experience, and I'd love to do it again." [15] The two later teamed up again to compete in The Amazing Race: All-Stars . [16]

Meghan Camarena American YouTube personality, television host

Meghan Camarena known by her online pseudonym Strawburry17, is an American YouTube personality and television host. She has worked on a number of videos, web series, and films, gaining popularity as a YouTube star, and participating as a contestant with fellow YouTuber Joey Graceffa on The Amazing Race 22 and The Amazing Race: All-Stars. She was an on-screen host for video content at and was the backstage correspondent for season 2 of the TruTV talent contest Fake Off. in 2017, she and fellow YouTuber Jimmy Wong co-hosted the video game themed variety show Polaris Primetime which was part of Disney's inaugural "D | XP" summer programming block on Disney XD.

2013–2015: Films, In Real Life and other projects

In late 2013 and early 2014, Graceffa starred in his own web series titled Storytellers. [17] [18] The project was funded by Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns that Graceffa ran himself. They raised over $140,000 and $30,000, respectively, though reports continue into 2018 that some of the project backers have not received their perks or rewards for backing the project. [19] [20]

In 2014, Graceffa starred in his own short film titled Eon. [21] The same year Graceffa also starred in Ethereal alongside Joey Pollari. Throughout 2012 to 2014, Graceffa was in various BlackBoxTV short films. He was also a part of the Fine Brothers online series MyMusic throughout 2013 and 2014. Graceffa was nominated for two awards at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. [22] He won "Best Male Actor in a Dramatic Web Series" at the 2014 Streamy Awards for his portrayal of Hunter Crowley in Storytellers. [23] Graceffa was named by Common Sense Media as one of "10 YouTube Stars Your Kids Love". [24]

Joey Pollari is an American actor who became well known for his role as Tyler in the Disney XD first original movie Skyrunners, which premiered in 2009. In 2015, he played Eric Tanner on ABC's second season of American Crime, and in 2018, appeared in the film Love, Simon, as Lyle, one of Simon's potential boyfriends.

Fine Brothers sibling online producers

Fine Brothers Entertainment (FBE) is an American media company, founded by brothers Benny Fine and Rafi Fine, creators and media entrepreneurs. FBE is best known for their React video series, their several timed-spoiler series, narrative web series, as well as creating a "transmedia" sitcom on YouTube, MyMusic. The Fine Brothers have been creating content since 2004, and FBE has many large digital channels on YouTube and Facebook, has sold multiple television shows, and released their first feature film in 2017.

MyMusic was an American web transmedia mockumentary sitcom created by the Fine Brothers that premiered on April 15, 2012 on the MyMusicShow YouTube channel. The series follows a group of co-workers that are employed under a music production company. MyMusic was the first transmedia sitcom on YouTube. The series was part of YouTube's Original Channel Initiative.

In March 2015, Graceffa starred in an episode of the CONtv reality television project Fight of the Living Dead, created by fellow YouTube personality Justine Ezarik. [25] [26]

On May 16, 2015 Graceffa released a song with an accompanying music video titled "Don't Wait". It is an unconventional fantasy fairytale story featuring goblins, a witch, and a prince. [27] The video ends with Graceffa, dressed as a prince, kissing his male co-star, now current boyfriend, Daniel Preda. By October 2016, it had received more than 24 million views. [28] [29] Graceffa confirmed on YouTube on May 18, 2015 that he is gay. [30] Graceffa stated that the reason he waited so long to come out online was because "there was a lot of hesitation to come out online because of growing up in my town: It wasn't acceptable to be gay; it was looked down upon." He also went on to state that after coming out, "I definitely feel more open and free with who I am, and I think that's inspired a lot of other people to also do the same and have come out to their friends and family." [31]

On May 19, 2015, Graceffa released a memoir titled In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World , published by Keywords Press. [32] In the book, he discusses being bullied and feeling lonely in school, his mother's alcoholism, his younger brother's illness, the beginnings of his YouTube career and his road to self-acceptance, among other topics. [33] [34] His book was a New York Times Best Seller on the "celebrities" list in July 2015 [35] and the cover was updated to acknowledge this achievement. [36]

2016–present: Escape the Night, literature, jewelry line, and Youtube

On February 14, 2016, Graceffa announced that he has been in a relationship with Daniel Preda since July 2014 in a video titled "OUR LOVE STORY!" [37] [38]

On June 21, 2016, Graceffa announced in his YouTube video, titled "I HAVE A SURPRISE!", that he's starting a crystal-based jewelry line called "Crystal Wolf". [39] [40] On June 7, 2017, Crystal Wolf Co released their Summer Solstice Collection [41] with new jewelry and including the Crystal nail polish [42] for the overall Summer Collection. [43]

On June 22, 2016, Graceffa started, starred, and uploaded the first episode of a YouTube Premium mini-web series called Escape the Night with other YouTubers like Shane Dawson, Eva Gutowski, Glozell Green, Oli White, Timothy Delaghetto, Andrea Brooks, Matthew Haag, Justine Ezarik, Sierra Furtado, and one Viner/YouTuber, Lele Pons. The first episode has over 9,000,000 views. [44] On June 22, 2017 Graceffa started, starred, and uploaded the first episode his YouTube Premium web series Escape the Night 's season 2. The season stars himself and includes Liza Koshy, Alex Wassabi, Lauren Riihimaki, DeStorm Power, Gabbie Hanna, Jesse Wellens, Andrea Russett, Tyler Oakley, and Tana Mongeau. [45] On June 21, 2018, Graceffa released the first episode of the third series of Escape The Night, starring Graceffa, Nikita Dragun, Teala Dunn, Safiya Nygaard, Manny MUA, Roi Wassabi (Guava Juice), Rosanna Pansino, JC Caylen, Matthew Patrick, and Colleen Ballinger [46]

On October 4, 2016, Graceffa, along with co-author Laura L. Sullivan, released a young adult novel titled Children of Eden , published by Keywords Press. [47] The book follows a Second child named Rowen, who is marked with death due to Eden's population control and recklessly escapes for an adventure after sixteen years of hiding. [47] His book was a New York Times Best Seller on the "Young Adult Hardcover" list in the week of October 23, 2016. [35] The book has received positive reactions from readers on Goodreads and Amazon, with four and five star reviews predominating.[ citation needed ] Critics have not been universally positive, although Rachel Hyland of Geek Speak Magazine wrote, "Graceffa knows a lot about YA dystopian conventions, and they are all present and accounted for here. This is by no means a bad thing — an enjoyable romp through this genre doesn't necessarily require too much divergence (no pun intended) from the established norms — but it is worth noting that most everything in his Eden has pretty much happened before, in one way or another. Still, it is fun to see just how those ever-trusty elements are put together, and there is a nice twist on the almost essential love triangle that is actually pretty awesome." [48]

On January 6, 2017, Graceffa announced that he would be playing an extra in the full-length feature film, The Space Between Us . The movie originally released in the United States on February 3, 2017, follows a teenage boy (Asa Butterfield), born on Mars, who travels to Earth. After uniting with his long-distant friend (Britt Robertson), the duo soon form a new relationship with each other.

On May 16, 2017, Graceffa announced in his YouTube video, titled "MOST INSANE BIRTHDAY SURPRISE EVER!" the sequel to his young adult novel Children of Eden. [47] The sequel, entitled, Elites of Eden , [49] follows an Elite and a lilac-haired girl – Yarrow and Lark. When these two girls discover the thread that binds them together, the collision of memories means that their lives may change drastically – and that Eden may never be the same. Rowan - captured by the government, her fate is uncertain. [50]

On a YouTube video uploaded on May 16, 2018, Graceffa's 27th birthday, he announced the release of the final book in his "Children of Eden" series, Rebels of Eden. It went on sale on October 2, 2018. [51] [52]

On July 10, 2018, he announced The Eden Tour to be launched on the 4th of October after the release of the book. [53] [54] However, on September 19, 2018, the tour got cancelled due to Graceffa's critical health situation in which he suffers from Thrush (a condition for people with low immunity) for long periods of time. [55] [56]



EonDrifterShort film; also served as producer
EtherealZaneShort film; also served as executive producer
Haunting IanIanShort film; also served as writer and executive producer
StorytellersHunterTV mini series; also served as writer and executive producer
2016Absolute PerilJakeShort film
Children of EdenAshShort film; also served as writer and producer.
2017 The Space Between Us StudentFull-length feature film


The Amazing Race Himself Season 22 (10 episodes), Season 24 (3 episodes)
2015Huge on the TubeEpisode: "Joey Graceffa"
Influencer Journeys


BlackBoxTV Hotel Employee #2Episode: Silverwood: The Perfect Night
Adrian WhiteEpisode: Zombie
Not announcedEpisode: The Babysitter
AaronEpisode: The Fourth Door
MyMusic Vampire TempRecurring role; 6 episodes
2013StorytellersHunter CrowleyMain role; 6 episodes
Also executive producer, writer, and co-creator
Streamy Award for Best Actor in A Drama
Nominated—Streamy Award for Best Drama
2015Fight of the Living DeadHimselfEpisode: "Pilot"
2016Children of EdenAshShort film; also served as writer and producer
2016–present Escape the Night The Savant/HimselfHost; YouTube Premium series
2017 Haters Back Off HimselfEpisode: "my 1rst bae"
2018 Spellslingers HimselfEpisode: "Day[9] vs. Joey Graceffa"


Extended plays


TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbumRef.
UK Indie
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
(solo or duet with Luke Conard)
2012N/A [60]
"Kiss You"
(solo or duet with Luke Conard)
2013 [61]
"Anna Sun" [62]
"Story of My Life"
(with Luke Conard)
"Collar Full"2014 [64]
"Silver Lining" [65]
"Don't Wait"2015647 [66]
"Kingdom"2019Kingdom [67]
"—" denotes a recording that failed to chart or was not released to that country.


Awards and nominations

2014 Teen Choice Awards Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Male Nominated
Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Gaming Nominated
Streamy Awards Best Male Actor in a Dramatic Web Series – StorytellersWon
Best Drama Series - StorytellersNominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Male Nominated
Streamy Awards Best Lifestyle SeriesNominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Male Nominated
Streamy Awards Best Ensemble Cast - Escape The NightWon
2017 Shorty Awards Best Web Series - Escape The NightNominated

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