Calvin Lee Vail Marquez, also known as Leafy, or LeafyIsHere is an American YouTuber and commentator.[1][2]

Personal information
BornCalvin Lee Vail
(1995-08-18) 18 August 1995 (age 24)
YouTube information
Years active2011–2017; 2020-present
Subscribers4.84 million
Total views1.15 billion
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers August 2015
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers February 2016
Updated June 14, 2020


Vail grew up in a difficult household with both parents suffering from addiction problems.[3] He would reside in Layton, Utah prior to his hiatus from the site, where he would be the victim of a swatting campaign.[4]


Vail started his channel in 2011, and uploaded his first video in 2013. He focuses mainly on commentary and Let's Play's. His videos often include him talking over gameplay footage of video-games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Superhot. He was very active on the platform and had amassed 4.8 million subscribers at his channel's peak, before he slowed his uploading schedule down and went on a hiatus in December 2017.[5][6]

In 2016, popular YouTuber iDubbbz featured Leafy in an episode of his 'Content Cop' series, criticizing him and his videos for cyberbullying, among other things.[7] The video was taken down in late 2019, after it was determined to be in violation of YouTube's guidelines.[8]

He returned to YouTube in April 2020 with a video responding to controversy surrounding iDubbbz, after which he resumed posting frequently.[9] After returning to YouTube, he created a controversy surrounding popular twitch streamer Pokimane, resulting in mass bans and loss of subscribers.[10][11]

Leafy has also previously criticized other YouTubers, including Daniel 'Keemstar' Keem and Ethan 'h3h3' Klein.[12]


Vail has taken several stances on his channel since its inception. He criticized female youtuber Evalion for supporting nazism and antisemitism. Shortly after drawing attention to her, Evalion was banned by YouTube.[13]

Vail also would get in hot water for his statements regarding transgenderism, he would be criticized for making comments such as "Gender identity? Dude, I’m so sick of this" while talking about transgender vlogger Milo Stewart.[14]


Vail's channel has seen controversy stemming from what is seen as his cyber bullying of children and people with disabilities.[6] According to Bryan Menegus of Gizmodo, Vail allegedly mocked a man in 2016 with a learning disability, he had also earlier made fun of an autistic man known as TommyNC2010, after which YouTube and Reddit communities rallied behind Tommy, prompting Vail to make an apology.[15]

In 2016, it came to light that Vail had been the victim of a swatting campaign, with repeated calls to the police between December of 2015 and February of 2016.[4]

Vail's account was also the victim of several mass hacks, once in 2016 by hacker group Poodlecorp and again by OurMine in 2017.[16][17]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Fogarty, Paul (2019-10-03). "YouTube: What happened to Leafy? Fans still clamouring for return!". HITC. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  2. ^ "LeafyIsHere Net Worth 2018". Gazette Review. 2018-03-17. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  3. ^ Mason, Aiden (2018-11-19). "10 Things You Didn't Know about Leafyishere". TVOvermind. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  4. ^ a b Reavy, Pat (August 4, 2016). "Popular Layton YouTuber target of 'swatting' pranks". www.ksl.com. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  5. ^ Teti, Julia (2020-03-31). "Leafy Returns To YouTube For 1st Time In 2 Years To Call Out IDubbbz & Fans Go Wild — Watch". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  6. ^ a b Asarch, Steven (2016-10-15). "How Drama Took Over YouTube: Featuring LeafyisHere, Keemstar And More". Player.One. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  7. ^ Alexander, Julia (2019-12-16). "YouTube is growing up, and creators are frustrated by growing pains". The Verge. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  8. ^ Dodgson, Lindsay. "PewDiePie announced plans to take a break from YouTube, but it's not the first time the platform's biggest creator has struggled with burnout". Insider. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  9. ^ Tenbarge, Kat. "A controversial YouTuber returned to the platform after two years of inactivity to make fun his online nemesis after his girlfriend made an OnlyFans". Insider. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  10. ^ Periwal, Saahil Agnelo (July 31, 2020). "Pokimane responds to boyfriend rumours as #pokimaneboyfriend trends online". Sportskeeda. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  11. ^ Rose, Erina (2020-08-02). "Pokimane is losing Twitch subs because of the boyfriend drama". Sausage Roll. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  12. ^ Eordogh, Fruzsina. "The Drama Over DramaAlert Is Really About The Sanctity Of News". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  13. ^ "Eva Lion, la youtubeuse fan d'Hitler". LExpress.fr (in French). 2016-05-31. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  14. ^ "Trans Activist Milo Stewart's Never-Ending War on Trolls". The Daily Dot. 2016-10-17. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  15. ^ Menegus, Bryan. "YouTube Star Makes Money Bullying People With Learning Disabilities [Updated]". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  16. ^ "PoodleCorp Shut Down Blizzard and League of Legends (NA) Servers". HackRead. 2016-08-03. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  17. ^ Sacco, Dom (April 2, 2017). "YouTubers hacked by OurMine including Foxdrop, Nightblue3, Kiandymundi & LeafyIsHere". esports-news.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-08-07.