Viners: Where Are They Now?
Though its run was relatively short-lived, Vine had a meteoric rise to become one of the most popular social media apps, especially with younger demographics. Filled with pranks, short skits, witticisms, and more, the app’s users packed as much entertainment as they could into the 6-second window. Some iconic Vines came from one-hit wonders who didn’t become a large part of the scene, but many came from superstar Viners who amassed millions of attentive followers over the years that Vine was active. Here are 10 of the most successful Viners, and what they are up to now, years after the fall of the app.
Viners: Where Are They Now?
By Garrett Gile
After Vine, KingBach transitioned to making similar content on Instagram, which allows longer videos. He has also leveraged his internet fame into more traditional acting roles. He appeared on Key & Peele, Workaholics, and The Babysitter.
Brittany Furlan pursued acting prior to her Vine fame and continued to do so after leaving the app. Her success on Vine set her up well, and she landed roles in We Are Your Friends and The Unicorn, and she is now developing a sketch comedy show with Seth Green.
By making the move to YouTube, Rudy Mancuso managed to maintain a large following base while making the same types of comedic videos, albeit longer. He continues to make musical comedy sketches, which sets him apart from other influencers. Now, Mancuso is stepping behind the camera, directing music videos for Alesso and fellow Viner, Lele Pons.
Lele Pons, like many other Vine stars, went to YouTube after the fall of Vine. She enjoyed success there, making more comedy videos and building her reputation in the entertainment industry. Switching gears, she recently signed a record deal with Universal Music Group and just released her first single, “Celoso.”
A former Nickelodeon star, Josh Peck had acting experience prior to his career on Vine. After it ended, he parlayed his increased fame to get more high profile roles, the culmination of which was a sitcom on Fox called Grandfathered, which he starred on with John Stamos, though the show only aired for one season.
With his Vine career coming to an end, Jerry Purpdrank decided to focus on music. He took much of his following with him to his YouTube channel and has produced a number of songs with accompanying videos.
Though Vine has come and gone, Liza Koshy has found even more success from YouTube. After switching over, she accumulated over 15 million subscribers. She stars in the YouTube Premium series Liza on Demand and she hosts the Nickelodeon game show Double Dare. She has also appeared in a number of films and shows with small roles.
Cody Ko has moved on from Vine in a variety of ways. He has a large following on YouTube, where he posts comedy videos. He also hosts a podcast twice a week. Additionally, he makes comedy songs with his music group, The Tiny Meat Gang.
One of the edgier Viners to achieve success on the app, Nick Colletti has not taken the more traditional routes that former Vine stars have taken. Instead of posting similar content on YouTube or trying to break into acting, Nick went heavily into new age music. With his friend and former Vine partner Getter, he creates new songs, sometimes under the name Yung Turd.
Bo Burnham, whose internet fame did not originate on Vine, is perhaps the most successful star to come from the app. Not only does he have two stand-up specials on Netflix, he also wrote and directed a movie, Eighth Grade, which has been critically acclaimed since its release.
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