When American artist Andy Warhol coined the expression “15 minutes of fame”, little did he know that as technology would grow, six seconds is all it takes. Of course watching videos on YouTube and Instagram is entertaining, but a lot of teenagers today have a short attention span and are unlikely to wait a long while for “the best part” of a video.
Vine, which is now one of the most popular social media platforms of all time, enables users to post their own, as well as view others’, six-second long, looping video clips on the application/website. Vine was co-founded by Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov, and Colin Kroll in June 2012. Before its official launch in 2013, the company was acquired by Twitter for approximately $30 million (according to reports).
Initially offered as a free application for iOS devices, an Android version was developed later which took the world by storm. People from different countries, speaking different languages, started posting their six-second long videos. The funnier the clips, the more followers you are guaranteed.
But funny isn’t all that works in the Vine world. Anybody can post a funny video and make people laugh. What makes one stand out in the Vine world is how unique their clips are. This list contains of the 15 most popular, humorous, and unique Vine artists that everyone needs to follow. And remember, a lot can happen in six seconds.
15. Zach King
He might not have as many followers as the other Viners, but not everyone can do what he does. Popularly known as “Final Cut King” or “Magic Viner”, Zach King’s videos are, as he likes to call them, “a digital sleight of hand”. He is best known for his magical Vines which are digitally edited to perfection. He uses the software Final Cut Pro to edit his videos into making them look like enchanting magic tricks.
Formerly a YouTube star, King joined Vine in 2013. Also in 2013, he won YouTube’s NextUp Creators contest. He appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014 and spread his magic even there by creating various vines with the crew. King affirmed in an interview that it takes him more than 24 hours to produce a Vine, where three to four hours are dedicated to only filming.
14. Christian DelGrosso
Christian DelGrosso joined Vine in May 2013. Within one month, his followers count reached 10,000 and after that, the roller coaster has only been going upwards for him. He featured his mother in his very first Vine titled “How To Show Mom Vine”, which to this day, has over 273,539 loops.
He graduated high school from Richmond Hill, Ontario, and is the most popular Canadian Viner. After graduating, he worked at a local sandwich shop in Toronto, and aspired to become an actor. After receiving excellent feedbacks during his acting classes, DelGrosso took Vine very seriously and instantly rose to fame. He is naturally funny and his high-pitched voice and facial expressions are priceless. He has many a times collaborated with other Viners like Cameron Dallas, Lele Pons, KingBach, etc.
13. Thomas Sanders
Sometimes known across social media as ”Foster Dawg” (which is a tribute to his first pet dog ever), Thomas Sanders is most famous for his ‘Narrating People’s Lives’ Vines. In the segment, he starts the clips with an enthusiastic “Story time!” and then moves the camera to his friends and/or random people on the street while narrating a short piece of story. Yes, I know it’s hard to believe how this is possible within 6 seconds, but that’s what makes Thomas Sanders special.
Apart from that, his Disney and Pokemon prank Vines are also hilariously famous. He does incredible impressions of Stitch, from Lilo and Stitch, and Stewie, from Family Guy, in a lot of his videos. Since he participates in Musical Theatre, a lot of his Vines have him singing, which he is really good at.
12. Alx James
Born and brought up in a small town in North Carolina, U.S.A., Alx James, during his younger years, was a volleyball star. He was extremely passionate about it and played for the Junior Olympic Volleyball team for more than a year. He even scored a scholarship to play volleyball in college but decided not to go ahead with it when he realized that he wanted to make a career in the entertainment industry. He made it to the Hollywood round on American Idol two times but couldn’t go further because of an illness.
He was introduced to Vine by a friend who initially had to convince him to download the app. And it was all uphill for Alx James from there. Some of his most famous Vines are the “waterbug” Vines where he wears sunglasses with large lenses and displays an “I don’t care” attitude. In a YouTube video in 2015, he came out of the closet and began a relationship with Justin Hughes.
11. Jérôme Jarre
In addition to being a popular Vine, and Snapchat star, Jérôme Jarre is an entrepreneur. He was born and raised in Savoie, France, by his mother. He moved to China when he was 19, where he learned to speak Chinese and English, and had already started several businesses. Toronto was his next destination, where he went on to become the co-founder of the software company Atendy, alongside Christopher Carmichael. His presence in Toronto also marked his entry into the world of Vine. After almost three months on Vine, he uploaded a video titled “Don’t be afraid of love” which went viral. The Ellen DeGeneres Show featured it twice and that’s what brought his followers count from 20,000 to 1 million within a month. He was also asked by Ellen to cover the Red Carpet ceremony of the Academy Awards in 2014 where he made several Vines with Hollywood stars Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Kristen Bell, etc.
10. Josh Peck
Remember Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh? The story of two step brothers with polar opposite personalities, and their sassy sister? Yes, he looks almost unrecognizable now but this is the awkward Josh Nichols from Drake & Josh. Even though he had lost a considerable amount of weight by the fourth season of the show, actor Josh Peck now is nothing like what he was during his Drake & Josh years. A successful actor, he is currently nominated for the People’s Choice Awards for the “Favorite Actor in a New T.V. Series” category for the show “Grandfathered” where he starred alongside John Stamos. The series was cancelled in May 2016.
He’s still acting and providing his voice for the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But he’s also a Vine sensation and is absolutely hilarious, by the way.
9. Jerry Purpdrank
Jerry Purpdrank was born in Massachusetts, Boston and is currently living the dream in Los Angeles. On March 27, 2013, Purpdrank posted his very first video on Vine and has been popular since then. He has collaborated with a lot of other Viners including Kingbach, Piques, Christian DelGrosso, Curtis Lepore, etc., and even lives in the same building as them.
Purpdrank does impeccable Lil Wayne impressions in a lot of his videos and one can’t help but laugh out loud. He is also seemingly very attached to Jordan shoes as some of his Vines portray him as being overprotective and overly sensitive towards the shoes.
8. Curtis Lepore
Born and raised in New York, Curtis Lepore was the lead vocalist of his straight edge hardcore band in Syracuse, called “GHOSTxSHIP” from 2009 to 2012. Lepore was one of the first fresh talents of Grape Story, the talent agency founded by French entrepreneur and Viner Jérôme Jarre. In a lot of his Vines, Lepore features his grandmother and has a separate Vine account for his dog, Buster, who already has over 1 million followers. He frequently collaborates with other famous Viners such as KingBach, Lele Pons, Christian DelGrosso, etc.
His relationship with ex-girlfriend and Viner Jessi Smiles is popularly known as Vine’s first relationship. But things went extremely wrong in 2013, when after their breakup, Smiles accused Lepore of raping her while she was unconscious. Lepore pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. In 2014 however, he took a plea deal and the charges against him were diminished to that of “misdemeanor”. Despite the controversy, his followers are only growing.
7. Logan Paul
The 20-year-old former State Champion wrestler from Ohio is responsible for making a lot of girls swoon. Logan Paul is funny, expressive, and is important in the Vine world, friends with the right Viners. He lives in the same building as KingBach, Christian DelGrosso and others, and frequently collaborates with them. Logan’s younger brother, Jake Paul, is also a Vine sensation and the two have featured in a lot of clips together.
He’s an aspiring actor and even bagged a small role in an episode of “Law & Order: SVU” in 2015. He dropped out of the Ohio State University once he started getting popular in the Vine world and now he dreams of making it big in the entertainment industry. And he most definitely has the required potential.
6. Cameron Dallas
Now this is a famous name for even the people who do not use Vine. Teen heartthrob and comedian Cameron Dallas has been a part of the Internet since 2012. He made YouTube videos but never achieved as much popularity as he did with Vine. Born in California, Dallas is making it big in the entertainment industry today. He is a Vine sensation, a budding actor, and an upcoming musician. He has been part of movies like ‘Expelled’ and ‘The Outfield’ where he starred alongside Viner Nash Grier. In 2015, he released his debut single “She Bad”.
He won the “Choice Web: Viner” category for two years in a row at the Teen Choice Awards (2014 and 15). In the Teen Choice Awards 2016, he won the “Choice Social Media King” award.
5. Brittany Furlan
Stated by Time magazine to be one of the most influential people on the Internet, Brittany Furlan moved from her hometown in Philadelphia, to Los Angeles, with the dream of becoming an actress. She was declared Viner of the Year at the Streamy Awards in 2014. Until November 2015, Furlan was the most followed female Viner. She has done collaborations with Viners Rudy Mancuso, Curtis Lepore, Jerry Purpdrank, etc. She has even made sponsored Vines for big brands like Reebok, Wendy’s, Trident, and Benefit Cosmetics.
A lot of her Vines feature her beloved dogs, and her version of “Dora the Explorer” is incredibly funny. She has even made television appearances on MTV’s ‘Ridiculousness’ and E!’s ‘The Soup’. You can also find her in Pitbull’s music video for the song ‘Fireball’ which was released in 2014.
4. Rudy Mancuso
Half Brazilian and half Italian by ethnicity, Rudy Mancuso is one of the funniest Viners ever. He is best known for his characters Isaac and Juan (both Spanish). His character Isaac’s phrase “Take it easy” became a viral sensation. He uses his own background to mock Hispanic stereotypes in the most hilarious way possible. His characters also include a Spanish Batman, and a Spanish Superman. But even when Rudy is not in any character, he is eminently funny. He has collaborated with other Viners like Brittany Furlan, Lele Pons, etc.
Ever since TMZ published a false article about Rudy stating he “doesn’t give a crap” about Vine and that’s the key to his success, Rudy became even more popular.
3. Lele Pons
Yes, she is the most followed female Viner ever since she bagged the title away from Brittany Furlan, and not only is Lele Pons extremely beautiful, she is also absolutely hilarious. She is currently the most looped person on Vine. Most famous for her slapstick comedy, Pons is often playing silly pranks on herself and her friends and it never fails to crack people up. Lele was born in Venezuela but soon moved to Florida, U.S.A. During her high school years, she was bullied by the other students who made fun of her accent and her nose among other things. Little did they know Lele would go on to become one of the most popular Internet personalities of all time.
Lele co-authored the book “Surviving High School” with Melissa de la Cruz, which was released in April 2016. She is known to have coined the expression “Do it for the Vine!”
Her followers count as of now – 11.3 million on Vine, 7.5 million on Instagram.
2. Nash Grier
The youngest Viner on this list, Nash Grier is only 18 years old and has been the second most followed person on Vine since 2015. In the same year, he was declared by Time magazine to be one of the most influential people on the internet. Grier’s younger brother, Hayes Grier, is also popular on Vine and the two have collaborated numerous times.
Most of Nash’s videos feature his younger half-sister Skylynn who has, herself, become a viral sensation, thanks to brother Nash.
Grier has over time received a lot of backlash for his videos being racist, homophobic, islamophobic, and sexist. Actress Ariel Winter of Modern Family fame, called out Nash’s homophobic video and their feud continued until earlier this year. But despite it all, his follower count has not diminished.
All hail the King of Vine! Andrew Bachelor “King Bach” has been the most followed Viner since March 2015. Born to Jamaican parents in Toronto, Bach moved to Florida, U.S.A. with his family when he was two. He was introduced to Vine by Brittany Furlan and posted his first Vine in April 2013. In his Vines, Bach’s demeanor is rather animated, much contrary to how he is in real life. He has also made his T.V. appearances with recurring roles on shows like ‘House of Lies’ and ‘The Mindy Project’, and is a recurring cast member on MTV’s ‘Wild ‘n Out’.
While a lot of Viners took opportunity of their Vine stardom and indulged in creating sponsored Vines, Bach has turned down most of those requests. Of course if he agrees, it will mean excellent publicity for the brands because King Bach is undoubtedly the King of Vine.
His followers count as of now – 16 million on Vine, 8.5 million on Instagram.