Social Media Twitter What Is the “My name is Jeff” Meme? Exploring one of the biggest memes from Vine by Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated on October 15, 2020 Twitter Facebook Flipboard Pinterest Twitter Snapchat Instagram YouTube Online Dating Tweet Share Email If you spent any time watching videos on Vine before the app shut down in early 2017, you may remember the “My name is Jeff” meme. Today, this famous quote from the movie 22 Jump Street continues to pop up on TikTok and similar platforms. The Origin of the “My Name Is Jeff” Meme The line “My name is Jeff” comes from a scene in 22 Jump Street where actor Channing Tatum tries extremely hard to fake a foreign accent but fails terribly and hilariously. It's a very short scene, so it was perfect for inserting into Vine videos (which were limited to a maximum of six seconds). You can watch the “My name is Jeff” scene on YouTube. Viners had a lot of fun dubbing the “My name is Jeff” quote over clips of themselves, music videos, and other movies. Users would typically insert the line into their own videos for random comedic effect. Unfortunately, Vine was shut down on January 17th, 2017, so the platform where this meme first took off isn't available anymore. Lifewire Where to Find the “My Name Is Jeff” Meme Since the Vine archives shut down in 2019, it's no longer possible to see the original “My name is Jeff” memes in their original form. However, some of the most memorable Vines live on thanks to YouTube. If you search for “My name is Jeff,” you'll come across everything from parodies of the scene to “My name is Jeff” Vine meme compilations. The Spread of the “My Name Is Jeff” Meme The movie 22 Jump Street was released in the summer of 2014, but the “My name is Jeff” meme only really picked up in popularity during the month of November. The meme first blew up on Vine, but it quickly made its way to other social networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Reddit, and Instagram. The “My name is Jeff” Facebook page once had over 84,000 likes, and an unaffiliated Twitter account had over 40,000 followers (both the Facebook page and Twitter account are no longer active).