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The Minecraft avatar of JSano19
Artistic representation of JSano19's Minecraft avatar

JSano in May 2013
Personal name Jeff
Born (1981-10-06) 6 October 1981 (age 37)
Country United States
Nationality American
Gender M
Other names
  • Jeff
  • JSano

JSano19, also known simply as JSano (pronounced "dʒeɪ'sɑ:noʊ"),[1] or his personal name Jeffery Michael "Jeff" Sano,[2][3] is an American Let's Play commentator and a member of Mindcrack since January 2011, having being invited to join the Mindcrack Server by Guude. His former Minecraft username was jsano19.


JSano grew up in Flint, Michigan,[4] and currently lives in Washington, DC. He is a professional nurse, volunteer fire fighter in Montgomery County, Maryland, volunteer ski patroller in Michigan, and an EMT.[5][3] He is of Italian descent.[6]

Previously an engineer, JSano has a BS in computer engineering and an MS in information technology, both from Kettering University in Michigan. He moved to Washington, DC to pursue a career as a nurse, where he earned a BS in nursing from Georgetown University, and later an MS from Walden University in Minnesota, also in nursing.[3]

JSano has mentioned previously worked at McDonald's on and off for many years,[7] as well as the CIA as an undergraduate co-op student.[8]


JSano currently accepts fan mail through his PO box.[1]

PO Box 48727
Washington, DC 20002

Let's Play[edit]

The YouTube avatar of JSano19

JSano19's YouTube banner
Game Playlist Start date Brief description
Hazard - The Journey of Life "Hazard - Playthrough" 15 Mar 2011
World of Goo "World of Goo - E01" 9 Apr 2012
Darkout "Darkout - Let's Play" 4 Feb 2013
You Don't Know Jack "You Don't Know Jack" 25 Feb 2013 Featuring Julia
Perspective "Perspective - Episode 1 - Perspective is Everything" 4 Mar 2013
FTL: Faster Than Light
  • 20 Mar 2013
  • 12 Aug 2013
SimCity "SimCity - Episode 1" 24 Mar 2013
Mario Kart 64 "Mariokart64" 25 Mar 2013 Featuring Julia
Kings Quest 1 Remake "Kings Quest 1 Remake" 31 Mar 2013
Leisure Suit Larry "Tribute to GenerikB - Leisure Suit Larry - The Original Version - E1" 12 Apr 2013
Surgeon Simulator 2013 "Surgeon Simulator - E01" 20 Apr 2013
Fantastic Contraption 2 "Fantastic Contraption 2 - E01" 16 Jun 2013
Reperfection Volume 1 "Reperfection Volume 1 - Episode 1 of 3" 3 Jul 2013
Draw My Thing "Draw My Thing - Julia and Jeff" 8 Jul 2013
Cube World "Cube World - E01 - Now how do I do this?" 13 Jul 2013
Don't Starve "Don't Starve - Episode 1 - I Wouldn't Have Made a Good Boyscout" 27 Aug 2013
Super Monkey Ball Deluxe "Super Monkey Ball Delux - Jeff and Julia - Episode 1 - Her Frustration Grows" 27 Aug 2013 Featuring Julia
Life Goes On "Life Goes On - The Demo" 4 Sep 2013
Joust "Joust" 9 Sep 2013
Puddle "Puddle" 11 Sep 2013
Marly "Marly - Episode 1" 13 Sep 2013
Spelunky "Spelunky Playthrough" 11 Oct 2013
Spelunky "Spelunky - Daily Challenge" 15 Oct 2013
The Novelist "The Novelist - Bad Choices" 26 Feb 2014
The Swapper "The Swapper" 13 Mar 2014
Prison Architect "Prison Architect" 26 Jun 2014
The Escapists
  • 21 Oct 2014
  • 13 Nov 2014
  • 28 Jan 2015
Space Quest "Space Quest Collection" 1 Apr 2014
GeoGuessr "Geoguessr" 19 Jan 2015
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas "Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas" 7 Feb 2015
Map Playlist Start date Brief description
Survival Single Player 28 Nov 2010
Mindcrack Survival Multiplayer
  • 1 Jan 2011
  • 15 Sep 2011
  • 1 Jul 2013
  • 20 Jul 2014
"Super Hostile #1: Sea of Flames" "Minecraft - Sea of Flame" 20 Jun 2011
"Super Hostile #7: Legendary" "Minecraft - Legendary" 22 Jul 2011
"Super Hostile #12: Inferno Mines" "Minecraft - Inferno Mines with Guude" 18 Apr 2013 Featuring Guude as Team Guano.
Titan "Minecraft - Titan with Phedran" 20 Nov 2013 Featuring Phedran.
Mystery of the Time Keeper "Mystery of the Timekeeper with VintageBeef (Minecraft)" 15 Mar 2014 Featuring VintageBeef.
Diversity 2 "Diversity with Baj" 28 Sep 2014 Featuring W92Baj.
Terra Restore "Minecraft - Terra Restore with TheMerryGamer" 3 Jan 2015 Featuring TheMerryGamer


Guude discovered JSano's singleplayer Minecraft series through the Let's Play directory on the Minecraft Forums in late-2010.[9] He first mentioned JSano on 4 December 2010, promoting his YouTube channel and mentioning how frequently he dies in game.[10]

JSano had a plot in the Season 3 spawn village in which he built a firehouse. There was an ambulance and a fire engine inside the station, both of which were unfinished. The interior also had lockers and a fireman's pole. Next to the firehouse was a red sheep farm.

JSano often refurbished villages he encountered, his main one being in a desert next to an Extreme Hills biome. He was also working on a village in the Nether, inspired by two castaway villagers who went through his portal and got themselves trapped,[11] before the map reset.

After the map reset, JSano's main project was a hospital, relatively close to Spawn.

In Season 5, his main project is a ski hill, north-east of spawn town, between Beef's spawn house, thejims' wizard tower, and BTC's Pillars of Nosgoth project. He is also working on a beach hut on a small island further east, close to BTC's and Nebris' guardian farm.

Personal life[edit]

JSano preparing to watch football

JSano is an avid fan of the Detroit Lions. On 1 May 2016, JSano proposed to his girlfriend Julia while livestreaming to Twitch.[12] On 17 November 2016, JSano mentioned he was going to become a father.[13]


An avid fan of the reality television show Survivor, JSano has shared his dream of being a contestant on the show. Alongside Guude and mcgamer, JSano was previously the host of a weekly Survivor podcast which evaluated Survivor: San Juan del Sur (season 29) and Survivor: Worlds Apart (season 30) as they aired. In August 2015, JSano announced his plan to involve his viewers in what would be his third time applying for the show. Sharing his skepticism of the video application method,[a] JSano created a public campaign using the hashtag #JSanoForSurvivor.[14] JSano shared his audition video to YouTube for his fans to view on 25 December. The video highlights JSano's professional and volunteer work, his diverse social skills, and the audacity and shamelessness he shows in his YouTube career.[3] On 2 January 2016, a tweet by a fan of JSano's prompted a response from Survivor's host and executive producer Jeff Probst. Probst stated "Jeff, I think it's going to be storytelling that holds [you] back. [You] have to "grab" [the] audience",[15] to which JSano replied, "I will work on ensuring my story truly will grab them!"[16] Jeff was the sole host of a weekly recap of Survivor: Kaôh Rōng (season 32), which he recorded while playing on the Mindcrack Server.[17]

Minecraft skin[edit]

JSano's skin is custom-made by devonsama titled "FireFighter" for JSano's skin contest. The top three winners of the contest were allowed to join the MindCrack Fan Server: devonsama, HiBoy, and ZaneyGamer.[18]

JSano19's Minecraft skin

Previous skin[edit]


  • JSano's first name, Jeffery, was given to him by his mother when she forgot how the name "Jeffrey" is normally spelled.[2]
  • JSano has been to Iceland.[19]
  • JSano has shared his annoyance with Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk that refused to issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples.[20]

External links[edit]


  1. Since 2006, a majority of Survivor contestants have been recruited by casting directors.


  1. 1.0 1.1 JSano19 (3 April 2014). "Minecraft - Mindcrack - Let's Play - S4E100 - Ill-timed Culmination". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-rphUD_Ns0&t=4m32s>.
  2. 2.0 2.1 JSano19 (23 January 2015). "Geoguessr - Episode 5 - Let Me Out of This Neighborhood!". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skraatcWD0s&t=12m33s>.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 JSano19 (25 December 2015). "Survivor Audition Video - Jeff Sano (JSano19)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lR3vtaAn-4>.
  4. JSano19 (2 June 2014). "Minecraft - Mindcrack - Let's Play - S4E109 FEMA Underground, Flint, MI". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBKlICiFaQg&t=3m31s>.
  5. JSano19 (15 January 2015). "Minecraft - Mindcrack Season 5 - E39 - Volunteerin". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YfAMfQRra0>.
  6. JSano19 (13 February 2015). "Geoguessr - Episode 9 - On the Road Again". <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7o7hzAhZNw&t=24s>.
  7. JSano19 (7 March 2015). "Minecraft - Mindcrack Season 5 - E90 - Honesty". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqTcwZUCFPM&t=685>.
  8. JSano19 (9 March 2015). "Minecraft - Mindcrack Season 5 - E92 - You SOB POS on PMS!". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URMaN8XT2S0&t=672>.
  9. GuudeBoulderfist (28 November 2012). "Minecraft MindCrack - S3E368 - AMA Caving Part 7 of 10". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q5hepKeyoY&t=7m17s>.
  10. GuudeBoulderfist (4 December 2010). "Minecraft MindCrack - S1E58 - Double Waterfall, All the way". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd0ANVVEbE4&t=5m18s>.
  11. JSano19 (20 December 2011). "Skin Contest Winners Announcement". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqmJGMysw30&t=473s>.
  12. JSano19 (1 May 2016). "Jackbox Proposal". Twitch. <https://www.twitch.tv/jsano19/v/65726027>.
  13. JSano19 (17 November 2016). "Mindcrack - Minecraft Vanilla Server - S6 E3 - Father Knows Best". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uysh_fRpWmg&t=22m11s>.
  14. JSano19 (27 August 2015). "Mindcrack - 182 - #JSanoForSurvivor [Minecraft Season 5]". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd_2jPErnJY&t=5m1s>.
  15. JeffProbst (2 January 2016). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/JeffProbst/status/683455522763218944>.
  16. JSano19 (2 January 2016). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/jsano19/status/683462406392119299>.
  17. JSano19 (24 February 2016). "Survivor Kaoh Rong (Season 32) Recap (Solo) - Episode 1 - Ocean Relief". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4X9FeQix0I>.
  18. JSano19 (20 December 2011). "Skin Contest Winners Announcement". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqmJGMysw30>.
  19. JSano19 (12 February 2015). "Geoguessr - Episode 8 - Out of Practice". <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1WSvBneuw&t=1289s>.
  20. JSano19 (6 September 2015). "Mindcrack - 184 - F*** You Kim Davis [Minecraft Season 5] (Explicit Language)". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAvvo14r6xA&t=5m31s>.