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"My Name Is Jeff" is a memorable quote uttered by the character Greg Jenko (played by Channing Tatum) in a falsetto voice during a scene in the 2014 action comedy film 22 Jump Street. An audio clip of the quote has been prominently featured in many videos on YouTube and Vine.

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On June 4th, 2014, the film 22 Jump Street was released as a sequel to the 2012 film 21 Jump Street. In the film, police officers Morton Schmidt (played by Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko go undercover as hispanic gang members, leading Jenko to introduce himself as "Jeff" (shown below).


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On May 22nd, 2014, YouTuber i Smoker uploaded a clip of Jenko saying "My name is Jeff," which gathered upwards of 1.7 million views and 520 comments in the first two years.<1> On November 19th, Viner ec me uploaded a clip from the 1999 hip hop music video "My Name Is" by Eminem with "My name is Jeff" dubbed over the track (shown below).

On December 11th, YouTuber ALotVines uploaded a compilation of notable Vine remixes of the "My name is Jeff" clip. The video has since been deleted. On January 28th, 2015, YouTuber NFLvinesNFL uploaded another compilation (shown below). In approximately one year, the videos gained over 12 million and 2.3 million views respectively.


On November 22nd, 2016, a Facebook<3> page titled "Why does he say "my name is Jeff" when it is not?" was created, which accumulated upwards of 47,600 likes within two years. On December 18th, Redditor pianocchio posted a Coaxed Into a Snafu MS Paint illustration of the meme to /r/CoaxedIntoASnafu<2> (shown below).

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On March 8th, 2017, YouTuber PewDiePie re-enacted the 22 Jump Street scene in a video titled "Do I Take Drugs?" (shown below). Within five months, the video gathered more than 6.3 million views and 37,800 comments.


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<2> Reddit – My Name is Jeff

<3> Facebook – Why does he say my name is jeff when its not


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