Jesse McAnally

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Jesse McAnally
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Jesse McAnally on Set
Background information
Born (1995-12-21) December 21, 1995 (age 26)
Romulus, Michigan, United States
GenresComedy, Drama, Theatre
Occupation(s)Filmmaker, Politician, Podcaster, songwriter, librettist
Years active2009–present (Youtube, since 2009)

Jesse McAnally (born December, 21 1995), is a Michigan based Podcaster, Youtuber, and director of award winning [1] short films such as After Ashes [2], Sunny Days [3] [4], Technical Difficulties [5], and Erin Whitaker: Royalty in My DNA [6]

McAnally was born in Romulus, Michigan, and insists to film all of his films within the city. He received his undergraduate degree at the Wayne State University in May 2018.


YouTube career[edit]

McAnally is well known on the internet for creating a Youtube series entitled xXJessWorldXx -- later rebranded into 'Musical Theatre Lives' -- where he would analyze topics within the musical theatre landscape with a vulgar touch. The Youtube channel began in September of 2009, and has been held in an indefinite hiatus since July of 2015.

Beyond YouTube[edit]

McAnally wrote, directed, and produced eight short films from 2014 to 2018, several garnering awards and recognition from both domestic and international film festivals.[7]

In 2019, McAnally started a podcast entitled 'Musicals with Cheese' where he and co-host Andrew DeWolf talk about Muiscal Theatre in a humorous manner. Guests of this podcast include Brent Black, Allison Pregler, Elisa Hansen, Adam Wachter, Christina Bianco, Katie Lynch, Andrew Lippa, Gelsey Bell, Edward W. Hardy, Joey Richter, Ellen Winter and Chris Littler.[8] [9]

In February of 2019, McAnally announced that he is adapting his 2018 short film After Ashes into a musical, alongside his podcast co-host Andrew DeWolf.[10]


Jesse McAnally ran for City Council in his hometown of Romulus, Michigan as a Democratic option. He was not elected.[11]


Year Title Credited as
Director Producer Editor Writer Actor Notes
2015 The Urn Yes Yes Yes Yes No
2016 Sunny Days Yes Yes No Yes Yes Voice cameo: Tim (Ben's brother)
2017 Technical Difficulties Yes Yes Yes Yes No performed as body double
2017 Phobos Yes Yes Yes No No
2017 First Day Yes Yes Yes Yes No
2017 Hallow No Yes No No No co-producer
2017 The Village No No Yes No No acted as colorist
2018 After Ashes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
2018 Romulus & Me (Documentary) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Voice cameo: himself
2019 Errin Whitaker: Royalty in my DNA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Voice cameo: himself


  1. "Adrian International Film Festival 'was a blast'". LensConnect.
  2. "Jesse McAnally's "After Ashes" proves a crowd pleaser". MMM2.0 WEEKENDER.
  3. "Local Movie Maker Needs Internet Votes". The Eagle.
  4. "Motor City Nightmares International Film Festival 2016 Awards". ClickonDetroit.
  5. "10 finalists announced for 2017 Film Challenge Detroit'". ClickonDetroit.
  6. "Detroit Artist Errin Whitaker to host a celebration of his personal art". MMM2.0 WEEKENDER.
  7. "It All Starts With 3 Note Cards". I See You Awards.
  8. "New Musical Theatre Podcast Brings The Laughs". BroadwayWorld.
  9. "Musicals with Cheese Podcast". Simplecast.
  10. "Episode 71: Jesse McAnally - The Thomas Butcher Podcast'". The Thomas Butcher Podcast.
  11. "Crowd of 14 candidates pack race for seven seats on Romulus City Council". The News-Hearld.

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