For those of you who don't know, Joe Santagato is a successful YouTube comedian.
One of the many ways Joe found success online was through the Vine application.
Vine was an app launched in early 2013 which allowed anyone to create a profile and post videos that were only six seconds long. Vine became very popular and soon many users were getting major attention for their six second creativity. Joe was one of these people.
Joe's videos were creative and funny, a true treat to watch. His family and friends also made some hilarious cameos from time to time.
Even though the Vine app was taken down a while ago, you can still see some of his funniest six second shorts here:
WARNING: Contains Expletives.
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Joe's podcasts are also wildly entertaining and a great way to appreciate his comedy.
His first podcast was "The Basement Yard," in which he discusses sports, comedy, and tells incredibly entertaining personal anecdotes. It's funny and insightful all at the same time; definitely worth following. Joe also periodically uploads videos of some of his funniest podcasts to his Extra Joe YouTube channel.
Also, Joe recently started another podcast with his friend Greg Dybec called "Other People's Lives." On this channel, the two friends seek out people with interesting and unique stories to tell. They focus on understanding and exploring other people's experiences, which is a truly beautiful concept. It's an awesome way to connect with one another and learn about the world and other human beings.
Both podcasts can be found on SoundCloud.
Being a talented comedian is not all that makes Joe so amazing. It's also the goodness of his heart.
Despite having over 2 million subscribers, Joe has remained extremely true to his values and beliefs. He has stated time and time again that he does not believe in meet and greets because he doesn't want to charge people money for meeting him. In fact, the first and last time he did a meet and greet was to raise money for charity. Check out the video below.
SantagaTOYS Charity Toy Drive
Ultimately, what I love the most about Joe is that he stays true to who he is.
Ever since I started watching Joe's videos a few years ago, I have not only enjoyed his comedy but I have also learned a lot from him. His love for his family, friends, and deep attachment to his values and roots is admirable.
He doesn't speak much about politics or social issues, but he definitely makes his opinion known when he feels passionately about something. Just recently, he discussed his decision to not attend VidCon because he doesn't like the rising disingenuous and unoriginal vibe of the YouTube community. It's enlightening and respectable, and he somehow still manages to make it hysterically funny.
I truly believe Joe Santagato is the future of comedy and the entertainment industry. He keeps it real, doesn't give himself undue credit (he probably doesn't even give himself enough credit), and focuses on his craft rather than the drama and money.
Not only is he an absolutely hilarious and effective comedian, but he is also a stellar human being and role model.