Imagine a carnival with no participants. A wrestling match without spectators. A baseball game without spectators. This might not be that hard to imagine given the post-Covid experience, but before it became a requirement for the Centers for Disease Control, who was hosting such a large event remotely? There was
Jeremy Elbertson, also known as Jerma985 (Jerma for short), is a popular streaming platform Twitch streamer who has made headlines with his epic and unique projects that redefine boundaries. What it means to be an entertainer on the internet.
Jerma started out by creating standard gaming content that occasionally bordered on skit comedy on YouTube, but he still had his best work until 2016, when he moved to Twitch, a streaming platform primarily aimed at gamers. Could not create a work. Twitch, a platform built around playing video games live for its audience, is something Jerma often does. But every now and then, Jerma makes his live streams what’s really special for his over 100,000 concurrent viewers. These events take months of planning and coordination. In 2019, he streamed his virtual carnival. In it, he rigs multiple robots for Twitch viewers to control, allowing them to play various Carnival his games such as ring toss and dunk his tank (he became Dunky). did. In 2021, we will conduct our biggest production to date, a three-day stream called ‘Dollhouse Stream’, which will emulate the popular virtual reality game ‘The Sims’ in real life and bring viewers I let him vote on what he should wear (from a series of options), how he would decorate his home, and even what he should do throughout the day. Most recently, Germa rented an entire ballpark to stream a baseball game between the fictional teams “Maryland Magicians” and “California Circus.” Throughout baseball games, many impromptu gags and skits were played out that shook up the flow of the game and provided entertainment for those less invested in the sport itself. It’s best described as an unhinged improv show that uses a loose format to channel clever, on-the-fly bits.
This just scratches the surface of the various events that Jerma has streamed live on the platform (including ‘The Archeology Stream’, ‘Jerma Wrestling League’, etc.) and no other content creators or streamers. enough. It’s the exact same platform as Jerma. The reason for this seems obvious and practical. These works are expensive (“The Dollhouse Stream” cost him over $40,000 to produce), have no guaranteed profitability, and fall under the standard content Twitch actually offers. I don’t. Known for So in the face of all these difficulties, why would Jama do this?
In Jerma’s own words during an interview with NPR, “Why? It looks fun and I feel like I can make a lot of people happy. A value-driven streamer, he makes the most of his jokes and when they run out, he chooses to keep inventing rather than sticking to what has proven popular. Yerma’s various entertainment adventures show that he is sincere and serious about his position as an entertainer, and perfectly embodies the title of “E-Clown” given to him by many of his fans. increase. Another thing that sets Jerma apart from most of his contemporaries is his deep humility. In that same NPR interview, Jerma said: I don’t do a lot of punching up either, just throwing punches wildly in the air. His biggest and most popular jokes among members of his community are often “baseball streams” when he gets punched in the face with cream pies multiple times, or when viewers conspire Like his “Carnival Stream”, it is done at his own expense. Carnival Lily in his game for firing a plastic frog into his head instead of his pad, or when viewers are forced to fight a bear (a person in a bear costume) in “Dollhouse His Stream” .
Many people call these events performance art, and I have to agree. Jerma’s dedication to comedy and entertainment has made him one of the most curious and authentic online his artists of our time. What makes him stand out even more is turning a platform previously thought only for video games into a comedy where you can watch his wrestling matches and amateur mineral digs in the middle of the Nevada desert. It is his ability that has turned into If this is the future of online entertainment, welcome a new era of Germa-esque performers.
Jerma985 is streamed almost weekly on Twitch.TV live or on Youtube under the same name.