GradeAUnderA (short for Grade A Under-Achiever, commonly referred to as Grade) is a British comedian best known on YouTube for his comedic rants and commentary on a diverse variety of issues. Grade also livestreams on Twitch, usually playing video games. He kept his real identity anonymous until his 2 million subscribers special, and uses drawn characters dubbed Grade and Under to show expressions and actions in his videos.

Early life

Before YouTube, he was studying to be a teacher, but the person overseeing the training was, in GradeAUnderA's words, "as competent as a teacher as I am as an animator."[21] He was a sixth grade mathematics teacher, but was fired from his job; however, he states that he is still in the education sector. He studied mathematics at Imperial College London for four years. His pseudonym "GradeAUnderA" is a reference to him getting all 'A' grades (hence "GradeA") in his GCSE examinations (excluding German, where he got a 'B'). The second part of his name, "UnderA" is another reference to himself, where he stated he was an underachiever for the rest of his life post-school. He revealed that his real name is "Ram" in his video titled "Stupid Things That Parents Do ( + FUPA )".

YouTube career

Grade's first upload was made on March 23, 2013, but barely gained any views for the first year. His first video to gain significant notice was titled "Girly Drinks vs Manly Drinks". Though it had been uploaded on April 8, 2013, the video went generally unnoticed until it was noted in a popular Reddit subforum for videos, where it gained nearly 3000 upvotes.[22] This overnight following led Grade to continue creating YouTube videos and slowly grow in popularity. He began uploading videos in a similar style where he would talk about things that angered him, colloquially known as "rant videos". By November 2015, he had reached about 200,000 subscribers. As of June 2016, he has over 2 million subscribers, and is approximately 80% complete in reaching his goal of raising $10,000 on his Patreon account. On October 10, 2015, GradeAUnderA published a video about a little-known YouTube function, which received over 2 million views and was written about by the Metro newspaper.[23] According to Vice, he was nominated for "Best YouTuber of 2015" by Reddit users.[24]

His videos often contain strong language and usually end with a short instrumental section of The Laughing Policeman by Charles Penrose.[20][20] In the videos, GradeAUnderA speaks as the short stick figure with a large chin (dubbed "Grade"). Most of the time, you also see another character standing next to him who is taller with a larger upper "lip" and is taller than "Grade". This character is called "Under".[20]

On January 16, 2016 he uploaded a video in which he criticised Nicole Arbour and what he viewed as her unscrupulous pursuit of fame.[20] This video went viral and gained him a large amount of attention. He has become a strong critic of the popular genre of videos called "reaction videos". These videos, according to Grade, repeatedly get away with breaking copyright laws. A genre of YouTube channels he has "ranted" over are "prank" channels, and he has so far made three videos on this topic criticising their rise in popularity. More recently, he made a two-part video series titled "Everything Thats Wrong with YouTube", in which he talks about YouTube's Community Guidelines and copyright infringement and how they are enforced on YouTube.[20] At the end of this video, he starts the "#MakeYouTubeGreatAgain" movement (a parody of Donald Trump's Make America Great Again 2016 presidential campaign) and shows a clip of YouTube's CEO, Susan Wojcicki, talking to an audience about how the YouTube community does a good job about bringing wrongful things to their attention and therefore uses this by informing his fans that they should Tweet her the video and bring it to her attention so she can "Make YouTube Great Again". Around one week after the video was published, Susan responded and is currently trying to meet Grade's expectations. However, "#MakeYouTubeGreatAgain" can still be seen throughout the comments of popular videos, and many users say they will not stop using the hashtag until they can see a noticeable change. In the past, he made a similar video about Ray William Johnson plagiarising content.[20][20] He has further accused YouTubers Tyrone Magnus of plagiarism and copyright infringement.

On May 15, 2016, GradeAUnderA, in his video titled "How To Find Any Songs Name (+ 2M Face Reveal)", revealed a picture of his face in light of his 2,000,000 subscriber milestone.[20]

As for plans for the future, he has said he "would love to be able to make a completely separate maths channel where I teach maths for ages up to about age 16." He acts as a maths tutor for Akash, Nima and Shayan in his spare time.[20]

On 19 June, 2016, GradeAunderA uploaded a video ranting and "exposing" a youtuber named "Keemstar". In that video, he claims that Keemstar is a racist, a pedophile, an hypocrit and more. But later on, Keemstar uploaded a video where he claimed that most of the claims that GradeAunderA did were false.


Grade's subscriber count had risen to 500,000 by January 2016, and to one million by February, making him one of the fastest growing YouTubers of 2016 so far.[20] He had over 1,850,000 subscribers as of April 2016, and 2,000,000 subscribers as of May 2016. As of June 20, 2016, he makes over $7900 (~£5300) every month from his Patreon page.

Channel format

Grade's content is formatted in a way that splits each point about the topic into subsections. While he does present his real opinions, it is often done so humorously and hyperbolically, often using strong language. He uses two crudely drawn characters, dubbed Grade and Under, to show expressions and actions. He makes his videos using Microsoft Paint, Windows Movie Maker, and records audio on his Samsung Galaxy S2, and occasionally using OBS. His channel is, according to his own words, run on "zero budget". He has a second channel, GradeBUnderB, which is a backup channel and has 143,814 subscribers as of June 24, 2016. However, there has yet to be a video uploaded to the channel.