Jimmy Tatro is karate-kicking his way into Hollywood and comedy clubs across the country. The 22-year-old YouTube personality recently stared alongside Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s side in “22 Jump Street,” in which he plays a fauxhawk-rocking bro named Rooster.
But Tatro’s day-to-day is pretty intense. He writes, directs, produces and stars in his own videos for his Life According To Jimmy YouTube page, where the former University of Arizona student is boisterous and larger than life. Tatro found his niche poking fun at frat culture but has cultivated a following of over two million subscribers in only a few short years. His videos have accumulated close to 200 million views but the man behind the scenes is far from the jerk persona Tatro seems to embody so well.
Tatro will be performing stand-up for one night only at the Tempe Improv, during which he promises to break down just what life is according to Jimmy. “I’ve been wanting to do a stand-up tour since I dropped out of college,” he says. “I’m going to be talking a lot about my college experience and a bunch of funny stories.”
College Times: How have you been, Jimmy? What’s going on with you?
Tatro: I’ve been good. It’s been a hectic week. We’ve been working on these past couple of videos that have been entire productions. It’s been a lot of work trying to wrangle all the extras and get locations locked down and the costumes for this one video we’re doing. I haven’t really had any time to relax and enjoy the success of the movie.
Do you have any videos that you’re particularly proud of?
The one that stands out in my mind is called “The Worst Idea Ever,” ironically enough. It’s basically about three guys trying to get alcohol for their party and for whatever reason they can’t. I come up with the brilliant idea to dress up as cops and raid a high school party and steal their alcohol. Things just go so south—I end up shooting a kid—it gets crazy. That’s definitely my favorite one. I’m also really proud of “Don’t Sext And Drive.”
You were great on “@midnight” with your “22 Jump Street” costars. How was it?
That was my first live TV appearance so I was a little bit nervous. And the two guys I was on with, Ice Cube and Rob Riggle, are both hilarious dudes, but I didn’t really know Ice Cube at all before that so I kind of walked up to the podium and was like, “Hey man, I’m Jimmy by the way. We never had any scenes together but we’re in this movie together.” It was kind of funny meeting him right before because the “@midnight” guys were like, “Yeah we want you guys to banter, since you’re all good friends.” And I was like, “Right on. I’m Jimmy by the way.”
Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive, Tempe, 480.921.9877, tempeimprov.com, Thursday, July 10, 8 p.m., $20