19-year-old Kevin Wu is the owner of the highly popular Youtube channel “KevJumba.” Wu started posting comedy videos on Youtube during his Junior year in High School when he was inspired by the stand-up performances of his idol, Dave Chapelle. He quickly developed a passion in comedy and creating videos. On July 24, 2008, Wu started a second channel on Youtube called “Jumbafund” that he publishes videos to, and donates the proceeds he earns from advertising to charity. Between both channels, Wu has garnered more than 1,300,000 subscribers and 100,000,000 video views on Youtube. Through Jumbafund, Wu has donated several thousands of dollars to charities such as St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Red Cross to support relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti.
Jeff Yang of the San Francisco Chronicle describes Wu as perhaps the most interesting elite Youtube personality, going from obscurity to Youtube’s most subscribed comedian in a few months. According to Yang, Wu’s videos are not strictly comedy, consisting mostly of “stuff that Kevin finds interesting, weird or irritating.” Yang describes Wu’s videos as “mesmerizing”, although he has difficulty pinpointing why. Yang ultimately feels it is due to Wu’s self-confidence.
Wu’s videos have received replies from Jessica Alba and Baron Davis. He has received sponsorships from JCPenney and T-Mobile (among others), and starred in an online series for HBO. In October of 2009, Wu served as a spokesperson for the “B Here Tour”, a college music & comedy tour intended to help create awareness against Hepatitis B.