Jay Versace was the funniest person on Vine. With his one-man skits and impressions, he went viral time and time again. When Vine closed up shop, Versace was not about to let that stand in the way of his comedy dreams. At 20, the kid from Pleasantville, N.J., who became famous by making funny videos in his childhood bedroom, chased those dreams all the way to Los Angeles. He now has a huge fan base and more than 3 million followers on Instagram. Jay Versace’s future is both hilarious and very, very bright.
Name: Jay Versace
Favorite app: Instagram
What he does: I act, model, make digital content, make music, and I make clothes too.
Three words he’d use to define Gen Z: Groundbreaking. Curious. Unbalanced.
How he started using the internet to spread humor: On Vine. I basically went on Vine and started making six-second videos.
What he wishes older people understood about Gen Z: I wish that they would realize that history just repeats itself. Sometimes they might think we’re straying the wrong way, but I’m pretty sure their parents thought that about their generation too.
His comedy heroes: Jim Carrey and Rickey Smiley.
His greatest accomplishment (so far): Moving from New Jersey to L.A. I moved across the world with just a dream. I feel like that was one of my greatest accomplishments because so many things followed after that, and it’s just all one big accomplishment.
What he hopes to be doing in 10 or 20 years: I see myself being a really great influencer. Acting, making music, making clothes. Also building something for the people who will come after me. I want to help upcoming artists and creative people get on their feet, once I get the platform to get on mine.