An Interview with Jeff Wysaski of Pleated-Jeans
Jeff Wysaski is widely known for his humorous, creative, very popular Tumblr posts. He shares videos, pictures, and much more. If you crave clever, unique comedy, pleated-jeans is the place for you. Jeff’s original pictures are a fan favorite among many. Check out some of his original content below.
In the interview below Jeff talks about Tumblr fame, stand up, and attractive mannequins.
You are very popular on Tumblr. How has your Tumblr fame affected your daily life?
You’d think my life would be nothing but steak dinners and local car dealership commercials. Sadly, that’s not the case. I was recognized at a party once, but that’s about as exciting as it gets.
Still, tumblr has changed my daily life quite a bit. I’ve been doing Pleated-Jeans full time for over a year now. I get to do my own thing, work from home, and make people laugh on a daily basis. It really is incredible…and largely a result of the amazing support from my followers on tumblr (thanks, everyone). Yes, I’ve gotten job offers because of Tumblr. Some of them have been pretty enticing, I really just like doing my own thing. So, I don’t see myself jumping ship anytime soon
What made you decide to start your Tumblr page?
I started it around three years ago, back when I was interning at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. During downtime, both of the night managers would scroll through their Tumblr dashboards while I chatted with them. I guess I started my own because I thought they were cool and I wanted to be one of the cool kids. It took a little while, but I eventually realized it was a great resource for sharing the various things I made.
Honestly, I was very fortunate to find Tumblr before it blew up into the massive network it is now. Being an early adopter definitely helped me find a spotlight before every person and their kitten were trying to get people to check out their blog. P.S. those early days of blogging are embarrassing. I don’t recommend perusing those first several months of Pleated-Jeans
How do you come up with ideas for your original illustrations?
I devote a lot of time to brainstorming. Oftentimes, this means just scrolling through Tumblr and free-associating whatever images cross my path. Letting my mind wander from a random starting point often brings good results. I also look for things that occur in my daily life that I can turn into something funny. And on some glorious days, an amazing idea will seemingly pop into my head out of nowhere. I love those days.
Do you do stand-up? (If not, would you ever consider it?)
I don’t do stand up because, frankly, it terrifies me. However, I have done both live sketch comedy and improv. I like both of them, and they both have certainly given me valuable experience that I apply when creating online humor. However, I’ve always felt way more comfortable as a writer than a performer. And as a hard-leaning introvert, the internet has just proven a more conducive platform for my personality.
What fun things do you do in L.A?
LA is an amazing city with so much to do and so many amazing places to visit. Or, at least that’s what I hear. I spend 99 percent of my time on my computer, which I think is fun. But in that one percent of time, I don’t know…I see movies and hang out with friends. Brunch. I like brunch.
What is the best love advice you have ever recieved?
“Try the cake. You’ll love it.”
How do you feel about mannequins? (Do they have a sex appeal? Are they creepy?)
I always thought that Elaine mannequin from Seinfeldwas strangely attractive. Which is odd, because I never really thought of Elaine as all that appealing.
What are some hobbies you enjoy in your free time? (Beer pong? Hotdog eating contests?)
I believe I already mentioned brunch.
What are some fun uses for toilet paper?
I use it as a low-budget substitute for Kleenex.
Congratulations, you get to spend the entire week with Alf. What do you two do together? Where do you go?
Easy. Tandem bicycling through the French countryside.
If you were a genie in a bottle, how would you prefer people rub you? (ie Christina Aguilera prefers “the right way,” Babies prefer baby oil, etc.)
Rubbing the bottle would mean I’d have to get up and go outside. So, how about not at all?
Anything else you would like to add?
I don’t know how to whistle. And don’t try to teach me, because it will only frustrate us both.