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Jesse Ridgway
Personal information
BornJesse Tyler Ridgway
(1992-09-29) September 29, 1992 (age 26)
ResidenceNew Jersey, United States
OccupationEntertainer, YouTube Actor / Director, Storyteller
YouTube information
Also known asMcJuggerNuggets, RiDGiD Studios
Years active2006–present
Subscribers3.5 million
Total views1.5 billion
(December 2017)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2014
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2015
Updated December 12th, 2017

Jesse Tyler Ridgway also know as McJuggerNuggets is a US YouTuber [1] and producer, best known for creating the Psycho Series (2012-2016)[2]. This series gained him a large amount of subscribers on YouTube. Other series he is known for producing include "Rule 19", "The G.A.M.E", and "Overachievers." He was born and lives in New Jersey, U.S. He makes videos with his close family, friends and other people on rare occasions, such as other YouTubers like Angry Grandpa.

He is partnered on YouTube with Studio 71[3] and is the owner of and main producer for RiDGiD Studios.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Jesse Ridgway was born on (1992-09-29) September 29, 1992 (age 26) in New Jersey, U.S. He created the McJuggerNuggets channel on December 9 2006. He lives with his father Jeffery Ridgway Sr., his Mother (Theresa Ridgway) and his Brother (Jeffery Ridgway Jr). His girlfriend, Juliette Reilly is a pop/ pop-folk singer whose music is often featured throughout his series.

It is important to note that most of the information known about Jesse is his character "Psycho Kid". This is because for four years he played a double life on YouTube and other social media.

In December 2012, he uploaded a video titled Psycho Dad Destroys Xbox. As of January 2017, it has over 21 million views. His brother is filming Jesse playing his Xbox before his Dad walks in and throws the Xbox into a fire. At the time, millions of people believed this to be real, prompting Jesse to explore this further and create an entire series (with 680+ episodes). He called this the "Psycho Series". It portrays the life of Jesse Ridgway in the style of a vlog. Many viewers tuned in almost every day for three and a half years to see his life. In between the vlogs, episodes like Psycho Dad Busts Down Door and Psycho Family Hunting were produced. These followed a series of videos depicting the events that led up to it.

In early 2015 Jesse and his father appeared on the British E4[4][5] television programme Virtually Famous. A panel were shown three videos (one was his own viral video "Psycho Dad Shreds Video Games") and were asked to work out which one Jesse's father was in. They both acted as if the videos were real and now it is believed they were in character while on the show.

In June 2016, he ended the Psycho Series with two videos "Psycho Kid Kills Father" and "Psycho Kid Flees Country" four years after it begun. The first video has had one hundred thousand likes and one hundred thousand dislikes making it one of his most controversial to date. In it, Jesse attempts to scare his dad into giving him the combination to the safe. However after being aggravated from his father's belief that video games were to blame for Jesse's insanity, he shoots his father. It was at this point many fans of Mr Ridgway and the channel realised the videos were staged. Jesse then proceeds to flee to Switzerland.

The latter video was met with generally positive reviews as most people were amazed with his work but some felt betrayed or lied to. At the end of the video Jesse snaps his fingers to bring himself out of character, knocks the camera over and hugs his family, including his dad.

He soon announced he was working with Hollywood director Brian Spitz to create a documentary focusing on the life of his family during the four years of producing the reality series[6][7]. Ironically, he announced this through creating another series portrayed as reality. When this mini-series ended, he referred to it as the "Hollywood Hype" series.

Since the series finale he has produced a variety of mini-series in the same pseudo-reality video blog or 'vlogging' format.

2016 continued to be a huge year for Ridgway as he was nominated for two Streamy Awards: "Show of the Year" and "Best Drama".[8]

In July of 2017, Jesse Ridgway, along with his business partner Brian Spitz release the StoryFire App exclusively for iPhone.

In October of 2017, Jesse begins to prioritize StoryFire over YouTube to release content due to the sharp drops in ad revenue to his channel.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Headlining Series

Series Name Year Description
My Virtual Escape 2017 - Present Isaac attempts to cope with an unfavorable life by playing a hyper-realistic virtual reality game that can have effects in real life.
The Devil Inside

(Season 2)

2017 The Creator uses his friends and family to satisfy is devilish desires.
The Devil Inside (Season 1) 2017 Jesse snaps his fingers in front of a mirror and is trapped within it, and a whole different person takes control of his entire life.
Christmas Series 2016 An insane blend of Christmas movies such as: "A Christmas Carol", "It's A Wonderful Life", "A Christmas Story", "Elf", and "Christmas Vacation" etc. all mixed into one crazy, reality-bending holiday series about the true meaning of Christmas.
The Spirit of Ursula Series 2016 A gang of four discover a restless spirit in the woods and feel compelled to save her.
Real Life Vlogs 2016-Present Jesse vlogs about his normal life outside of doing a series.
Hollywood Hype (Documentary Series) 2016 Jesse, unable to release his behind-the-scenes footage from The Psycho Series, struggles with a legal battle with a shady Hollywood director.
The Complete Psycho Series 2012-2016 A highly popular, pseudo reality series depicting the life of Jesse Ridgway (the character) dealing with his psychotic father. (684 videos)
C-R-I-S-I-S 2016 A transition from Psycho Series to real life, where Jesse wakes up in Switzerland with no memory of his real life.
Everyday Situations 2014-2015 Curtis (Jesse) and Simon (Zach Cornatzer) deal with annoying everyday situations in short clips.
Rule 19 2012 Mr. Ridgway acquires a cloning device and begins making clones of himself, however it starts to get out of hand as the clones start going insane. The only clones who can save the day are a mentally-unstable assassin, Clone #1, and a deluded redneck clone nicknamed: "The Clone Ranger"
The G.A.M.E 2010-2012 It's been one year since the "Overachievers" series was released, so Jesse decided to host a reunion. All hell breaks loose following the party as aliens arrive on Earth leaving Jesse and Pat to take matters into their own hands. It all comes to a head as they realize they're caught up in something they're powerless to stop, just one big G.A.M.E
Overachievers 2009 Jesse Ridgway and Mark Locuson were once incredibly close friends, but it all comes to an end in this explosive series revolving around xbox, guns, and the strong desire to achieve.

Awards and Nominations[edit | edit source]

Year Award Category Result Notes
2016 Streamy Awards Show of the Year Nominated [8]
Streamy Awards Best Drama Nominated [8]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "McJuggerNuggets - YouTube".
  2. "The Complete Psycho Series - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  3. "McJuggerNuggets YouTube Stats, Channel Statistics - Socialblade.com". socialblade.com. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  4. "McJuggerNuggets on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  5. Inder (2015-04-20), Jeffrey & Jesse Ridgway (Psycho Dad & Psycho Kid) on E4's "Virtually Famous" [Series 2 Episode 2], retrieved 2017-01-07
  6. "Psycho Family (2017) - IMDB".
  7. McJuggerNuggets (2016-09-23), IT'S ALL OVER!, retrieved 2017-01-07
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "6th Annual Winners & Nominations". Streamy Awards. Streamy Awards.

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