Interview Series: Elliot Tebele

Illustration by Myrtle Quillamor

I put the tickets in a bush and sat eating my lunch. What ensued blew my mind. Within five minutes, there must have been over fifty people that rushed to the block frantically searching for the tickets.

What led you to create your now infamous Instagram account, Fuckjerry?

Around three years ago, I was hanging at home one day and had some free time – I realized that I had collected thousands of pictures on my computer and needed a place to store them. So I made a Tumblr. I was watching Seinfeld at the time, “Fuckjerry” just sort of came to me. To my surprise, the Tumblr gained traction. About several months later, I created an Instagram account, just as it was going viral.

You have nearly one million followers on the social media platform – how did you grow such a loyal following?

Dedication – I’ve been doing this for almost three years now. As well as consistency – I believe I consistently post the funniest content online.

How do you select and curate your entertaining Instagram posts?

I scour the web looking for content. Then, it’s just visceral – when I stumble across something I post, I get this feeling that the content is going to resonate well with the audience.

At what moment did you realize that you had such a powerful social media presence?

The beginning of this past summer. I had extra tickets to the Governor's Ball music festival in NYC. I decided to give them away for free by posting a picture of the tickets and a caption that read “Hiding two Gov Ball VIP tickets in a bush on 6th Ave and McDougal St.” I put the tickets in a bush and sat eating my lunch. What ensued blew my mind. Within five minutes, there must have been over fifty people that rushed to the block frantically searching for the tickets. Oh, and that one time I re-posted an IG account that had 2K followers at the time – it grew to 40K within 24 hours.  

We’re also familiar with your fellow comedic Instagrammer, The Fat Jew – what is your relationship with Josh Ostrovsky?

We beef here and there. He’s hilarious, definitely losing his touch though.

One of your biggest supporters, Jessica Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld’s wife), often refers to you as her “son.” How did this come about?

To be honest, I have no idea but I’m very happy about it.

Seinfeld and company ate countless meals at Monk’s – do you have a go-to spot in New York City?

When my pockets are full – Sushi Seki. Most days – Bagel Express, down the block from my apartment.

Undoubtedly, your status has afforded you some unique opportunities – with whom would you love to collaborate or meet in the future?

Companies: Jordan, Nike, Vice, HBO.

People: Kanye, Jerry Seinfeld, Ronnie Fieg.  

With such success on social media – what can we expect next from you?

I’m working on a lot of things to build the Fuckjerry brand. These include: apparel, other IG channels, website, events, and miscellaneous things like an emoji pack.