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Joe Santagato
Personal information
BornJoseph Patrick Santagato
(1992-02-25) February 25, 1992 (age 28)
Astoria, Queens, New York, United States
ResidenceLong Island City, New York, United States
RelativesKeith Santagato (brother)
Shannon Santagato (sister)
Thomas Santagato (brother)
YouTube information
Years active2010–present
Subscribers3.2 million (across channels)
Total views517 million (across channels)
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012, 2014
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2016

Updated: April 19, 2020

Joseph Patrick Santagato (born February 25, 1992) is an American YouTuber, comedian and podcaster. His podcast, "The Basement Yard", has reached #1 on iTunes.[2]

Early life

Santagato was born and raised in Queens, New York, United States.[3] He is of maternal Irish descent and paternal Italian descent. His mother, Elizabeth, was a public school secretary and his father, Joseph, was a firefighter for the New York City Fire Department. He has three older siblings, Thomas, Keith and Shannon.[4] Thomas is a former Team USA athlete and national skeleton champion,[5] and Keith had a gaming YouTube channel from 2015 to 2017 with over 100,000 subscribers.[6]

Santagato attended the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, Louis Armstrong Middle School, and St. Francis Preparatory School, where he was a wide receiver for the championship-winning football team.[4] He enjoyed playing basketball. Santagato later attended Queensborough Community College but dropped out, instead working as a pizza delivery boy and waiter while growing his YouTube channel.[3]

Santagato began to produce video content at the age of 13, focusing on short movies, sketches and song parodies.[7] He joined YouTube after a suggestion from a friend to post videos online, using the moniker 'SantagatoTV'.

Santagato has credited comedians like George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Robin Williams as his major comedic influences. He has also named Jenna Marbles as an early influence on his Youtube channel.


Before pursuing YouTube full-time, Santagato worked as a producer and editor for American online news platform Elite Daily.[8] At this time, Santagato had a YouTube channel titled "SantagatoTV" and a popular self-titled Vine account. In May 2014, he renamed his YouTube channel to the current "Joe Santagato". His Vine account went inactive in 2016 when Vine permanently ended uploads.

In 2016, Santagato collaborated with actor and wrestler The Rock in their YouTube show titled Rock The Promo.[9][10]

Santagato's "Speak Out" game
Santagato's "Speak Out" game

In August 2016, Santagato helped to create the Hasbro board game Speak Out in which players recite phrases with a dental retractor placed in their mouth while other players try to guess the phrase which is being said.[11] The game is based on Santagato's "Watch Ya' Mouth" series.[12] Santagato worked with Hasbro to help promote the game on their social media.[13] Hasbro has also released Speak Out:Joe Santagato Edition, which contains phrases written by Santagato, and is more explicit than the original version.[14] Santagato is also a promoter of Hasbro's Hearing Things board game, based on Santagato's "Whad'ya Say" series, in which headphones are placed on one player's ears, and another player recites phrases while the first player guesses the phrase based on lip movement.[15]

In October 2017, Santagato announced that he had collaborated with two coworkers from his former workplace, Elite Daily, to introduce a new telecommunications company called Wing.[16] The company uses Sprint Corporation's cellular towers and offers tiered and unlimited data options for consumers. The company is unique in the sense that customers are reimbursed for data that is not used from their selected plan during their billing cycle.[17] Taxes are listed as "five to ten percent" of a customer's bill, based on location.[18]

Santagato hosts a weekly podcast called "The Basement Yard."[19] The podcast frequently features visitors such as Frank Alvarez, Anthony Davino and Danny Lopriore. Frank Alvarez has since become a permanent co-host of the show. He also has a podcast with Greg Dybec titled "Other Peoples Lives".[20]


  1. ^ Gutelle, Sam (March 15, 2017). "Studio71 Adds Joe Santagato, Julian Smith, Six Others To Its Network". Tube Filter. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Basement Yard with Joe Santagato". Do NYC. August 17, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Stahl, Michael (March 11, 2013). "The Kardashians of Queens". Narratively. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Santagato, Joe (April 23, 2013). "SantagatoTV! - Draw My Life". YouTube. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  5. ^ Santagato, Tom. "My desire to become an Olympian". Team USA. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  6. ^ "Keith Santagato". YouTube. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Santagato, Joe. "Biography". Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  8. ^ Carter, Brooke (August 23, 2018). "Joe Santagato Net Worth 2018". Gazette Review. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  9. ^ Rueter, Sean (August 29, 2016). "Rock the Promo episode 5, or why Christian is my favorite". Cage Side Seats. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  10. ^ Frisch, Dustin (September 21, 2016). "Mick Foley Appears On "Rock The Promo"". Wrestling News Source. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  11. ^ Nanos, Janelle (December 23, 2016). "Is this board game trying to make me look dumb? Actually, yes". Boston Globe. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  12. ^ Moore, Kendra (July 16, 2016). "Joe Santagato Has A New Game And I NEED To Own It – WATCH". 91.5 The Beat. Archived from the original on July 21, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  13. ^ Burke, Jade (June 27, 2016). "Hasbro unveils new mouthpiece challenge game Speak Out". Toy News. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  14. ^ Vena, Danny (June 21, 2017). "Can Hasbro Be the Netflix of Games?". The Motley Fool. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  15. ^ "Hearing Things". November 14, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2017 – via YouTube.
  16. ^ "Phone Startup Wing Seeks to Disrupt the Industry". Fox News. June 6, 2018. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  17. ^ "What Is Wing?". October 4, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  18. ^ "Plans". Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  19. ^ "10 Comedy Podcasts You Need To Listen To in 2019". Barrie 360. March 5, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  20. ^ Gonzalez, Adrian (February 19, 2020). "Popular podcast explores unusual experiences of ordinary people". Hilltop Views. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
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