Shane Lee Yaw (born July 19, 1988YouTuber. He has also earned the spot of Mr. YouTube a few years ago. He won a Teen Choice Award in 2010 in the category "Choice Web Star". In the same year, he won a Streamy award for "Best Vlogger".), commonly known as Shane Dawson, is an actor, writer, producer, author, and
Shane is known for his multiple characters played by himself. His characters were Shanaynay (his most-popular and most recognizable one out off all the other personalities), Ned the Nerd, Fruitlupe, S. Deezy, Paris Hilton, Shane's Mom (the opposite of his real mother), the superhuman Switch, and Aunt Hilda.
He has three channels: ShaneDawsonTV (his main channel), Human Emoji (his second channel, which has not been in use for some time now), and shane (his vlogging channel). All the channels combined have a total of over 4.5 billion views.
Shane grew up in California and graduated from Lakewood High School in 2006. When he was a teenager, he was obese and was beaten by his abusive alcoholic father, who later separated from his family. Back then, his family was very poor and this caused him to be bullied a lot in school; until he started YouTube.
He started the channel on March 10, 2008, but his first video upload was not until July 2, 2008. At this time, his channel mostly consisted of shorter videos, his first being only 4:54. His first proper sketch video was HODINI'S STREET MAGIC . The video that he himself alleges shot him to fame was his FRED IS DEAD! video. He now has over 8.1 million subscribers on this channel alone and is one of the most well known YouTube stars on the site, reaching his peak number of the most subscribed list at #3 behind RayWilliamJohnson and nigahiga in 2010. He also became the first person to have 2 channels at over a million subscribers in the same year, counting this channel and ShaneDawsonTV2.
On March 31, 2012, he uploaded his first original music video, entitled "SUPERLUV" MUSIC VIDEO by SHANE DAWSON, to his channel, which uses his emo character, Switch. The song "Superluv" was fairly successful, reaching #28 in the iTunes Pop Chart. Since then, he has released 9 other original music videos, his most recent being titled "FAMOUS YOUTUBER" - MUSIC VIDEO, released on November 27, 2015, receiving over 3.7 million views as of July 2017.
He also released a Christmas song on December 7, 2012 that hit the top of the iTunes holiday charts. It went from 24 to 10 and maintained this range. It is titled "MAYBE" Music Video by Shane Dawson. As of July 2017, he has produced and uploaded 6 short films, 4 being about Shane's life and/or childhood. The most recent of his short films, titled "THE LOTTERY" - SHORT FILM, was released December 12, 2016, gaining over 4.9 million views as of July 2017 (likely to increase to 10 million in the near future). Also as of July 2017, his channel has been inactive for over 6 months, his latest upload already mentioned above as "THE LOTTERY" - SHORT FILM.
This channel started on April 3, 2009 and currently has 2.3 million subscribers. The main reason behind this was that Shane kept putting behind the scenes and bloopers on his website. With all the traffic of fans wanting to see it, the website kept crashing and it was expensive to fix it.
He uploaded the behind the scenes to this channel and later started putting vlogs on it. The two biggest series on this channel were "Ask Shane", a series which is a question and answer, and "Viewer Orgy Party" which is a reverse on the "Ask Shane" idea, instead of him being asked questions, he would ask them to his fans. In February 2011, he moved "Ask Shane" to his main channel (ShaneDawsonTV) because he found it was too much work to produce one every week, but he still did them occasionally. "Viewer Orgy Party" has also been moved to his main channel for the same reason, but he does not produce them very often.
In April 2015, about three years after he had uploaded his last video on the channel, he changed the name of the channel to Human Emoji with no explanation why.
This is his latest channel. It started on September 21, 2005 by another user. Because the channel was inactive, Shane asked YouTube if he could have it to which they said yes. He started using it in April 2009.
This channel has over 11 million subscribers and is his main vlog channel. For about a year, Shane has left the content which made him famous which was sketch comedy and went full time into vlogging which has also made him garner fame in the past, but not at first. Shane has commented that this channel is mainly seen by his hardcore fans, so he doesn't mind.
For a long time, this channel had the least subscribers and views of out all his channels. Due to his excessive use on the channel now with him now abandoning the others, it has 2 million subscribers and 2 billion views more than his previous main channel, ShaneDawsonTV and even more on his previous second main channel, ShaneDawsonTV2 (now Human Emoji).
In the beginning of 2012, Shane started a series called "Hanging with Shane" where he uploads a video every weekday made with footage of his everyday life. Some of the main people we see in these are his mom, brother (Jerid), Lauren (his producer), Bree Essrig, Steve Greene, Kate (katsketch), Shanna Malcolm (HeyYoShanna), and Lisa Shwartz (lisbug). He invented a theme song to it which fans send in submissions to be heard. The lyrics are,
'Are you bored as fuck? Well you're in luck! 'Cause you're hanging with Shane!". The outro has Mike Anderson, a friend of Shane's who recently moved away from the LA area. He sings,
"So leave a comment, on Shane's facebook wall, and you may find yourself in tomorrow's video. Like those guys, and those girls too. Who left their comments, well how 'bout you?".
He has recently stopped the daily vlogs due to the feeling of it being like "work" and also thought it was the same thing over and over again and that his vlogs started losing its "magic." He more recently started the vlogs again in which he also plays requested games and collaborations with other YouTubers.
In early November 2017, Shane announced that he now has merchandise on Amazon.com/shanedawson.
Personal lifeShane's had rumors of him being gay; these are false as he has admitted in a video to breaking up with his at that time present girlfriend, but in one of his videos, he was dared to kiss fellow YouTuber Onision, he completed the dare even though he clearly didn't want to. After the dare, he stated that this won't help the gay rumors of him. Shane uses the rumour as the brunt of jokes which his characters direct at him. Shane also kissed Joey Graceffa in May of 2013. In a YouTube video posted on July 7, 2015, Shane came out to his audience as bisexual.
He had two brothers, Jerid and Jacob. Jerid also has a YouTube channel called coolguywithglasses . His father was an abusive alcoholic who abandoned Shane when he was 9, having addressed that many times in his videos. Shane though always added that this has never hindered him and that not having a father would make him strive to be a bette father for when he has children of his own.
Shane has also come out publicly about being overweight in high school, also about being bullied due to his weight, and it has caused him to suffer from depression, which grew much worse after the death of his grandmother.
From 2011–2015, Shane was in a relationship with Lisa Schwartz.
He also had multiple pets: four dogs named Miley (As of May 1st 2017 she has passed away), Charlie, Chocolate & Unicorn (Or Corny), Uno, and three cats named Cheeto, Muffins and Snoop.
In May 2017, a rumor started on Facebook that Shane died in a car crash. This was quickly proven to be false.
In November of 2017, Shane started a 3 part series with his father that he uploaded on his "shane" YouTube channel as well as a series of meeting up with important people in his past life.
Shane sold a television show to NBC, which is a TV Show based on his life while working at Jenny Craig. Losin' It is the current working title for the series. The current plot for the series is "Workplace comedy set at a weight-loss center that goes into chaos when its most successful client shares his inspiration by becoming a consultant, getting promoted to manager by the end of his first day." (IMDB) Later it was revealed that the show wasn't going into production due to reasons unknown.
Shane announced that he and his friend Lauren (Who produces Shane's main channel videos) would be starting a podcast called "Shane & Friends ". The show started on June 4, 2013 and ever other week there will be a new podcast. During the podcasts, there will be interviews with other YouTubers and Celebrities. The podcasts are free to listen or download on either iTunes or SoundCloud . On Episode 25, Lauren decided to leave the podcast. After she left, Shane has added in new Guest Co-Hosts every week up until Episode 29, when Jessie Buttafuoco appeared as the guest co-host and has stayed on there ever since until Episode 31, where she officially joined as the official co-host of the podcast due to popular demand. In November 2017, Fullscreen, who produces Shane and Friends, announced it was ending in early 2018.
|Podcast #||Date Aired||Special Guest(s)||Co-Hosts|
|1||June 4, 2013||Rebecca Black||Lauren (Co-Host #1-#26; #29)|
|2||June 17, 2013||Joey Graceffa|
|3||July 1, 2013||itskingsleybitch|
|4||July 15, 2013||Acacia Brinely|
|5||July 29, 2013||Tara Reid|
|6||August 12, 2013||Joey Graceffa & Lohanthony|
|7||August 26, 2013||Lucus Cruikshank|
|8||September 9, 2013||Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Time)|
|9||September 23, 2013||Daily Grace|
|10||October 8, 2013||Our 2nd Life|
|11||October 21, 2013||Caspar Lee|
|12||November 4, 2013||Jennette McCurdy|
|14||November 18, 2013||Tyler Oakley|
|15||December 3, 2013||Steve Kardynal|
|16||December 30, 2013||Timothy DeLaGhetto|
|17||January 13, 2014||Rebecca Black|
|18||January 27, 2014||Christina Grimmie|
|19||February 10, 2014||Hannah Hart|
|20||April 7, 2014||Bo Burham|
|21||April 21, 2014||Patrick Moote|
|22||May 13, 2014||Lori Greiner|
|23||May 26, 2014||Anthony Padilla|
|24||June 9, 2014||Andrea Russett|
|25||June 23, 2014||No Guest (Farrah Abraham Time)|
|26||August 4, 2014||No Guest (Another talking podcast)|
|27||August 25, 2014||JennXPenn||Guest Co-Host Alison Rosen|
|28||September 15, 2014||Trevor Moran||
Guest Co-Host Alexis G. Zall
|29||September 29, 2014||Cast of Shane Dawson's Movie, "Not Cool"|
|30||October 27, 2014||Gigi Gorgeous||Jessie Buttafuoco (Guest Host #30-#31)|
|31||November 11, 2014||Trisha Paytas & Dylan Gardner|
|32||December 9, 2014||Mamrie Hart||Jessie Buttafuoco (Co-Host #32-Present)|
|33||January 6, 2015||Ricky Dillion|
|34||January 19, 2015||Jenna Marbles|
|35||February 2, 2015||Bart Baker|
|36||February 16, 2015||Ross Matthews|
|37||March 6, 2015||Mitchel Musso|
|38||March 22, 2015||William Belli|
|39||April 3, 2015||Lisa Schwartz|
|40||April 17, 2015||Farrah Abraham|
|41||May 1, 2015||Jacksfilms|
|42||May 15, 2015||
Perez Hilton &
|43||May 29, 2015||Miss Fame||
Guest Host Drew Monson
|44||June 12, 2015||MyLifeAsEva|
|45||June 26, 2015||
The Psychic Twins &
|46||July 10, 2015||Matthew Lush|
|47||August 28, 2015||
Joey Graceffa &
|48||September 11, 2015||Daniel Franzese|
|49||September 25, 2015||Drew Monson|
|50||October 9, 2015||No Guest (Dating Stories)|
|51||October 23, 2015||Lauren Schnipper|
|52||November 6, 2015||Brittany Furlan|
|53||December 21, 2015||Michelle Visage|
|54||January 15, 2016||No Guest (Shane's Dating Life)|
|55||February 22, 2016||Ayydubs|
|56||March 14, 2016||Twaimz|
|57||March 28, 2016||No Guest|
|58||April 26, 2016||Lilly Singh|
|59||May 9, 2016||The Gabbie Show|
|60||May 16, 2016||WIlliam Belli|
|61||May 23, 2016||Paul Scheer|
|62||May 30, 2016||Rosanna Pansino|
|63||June 6, 2016||Freelee The Banana Girl|
|64||June 27, 2016||No Guest|
|65||July 4, 2016||GlitterForever17|
|66||July 11, 2016||Amanda Cerny|
|67||July 18, 2016||Jesse Wellens|
|68||July 25, 2016||Emma Blackery|
|69||August 1, 2016||
|70||August 8, 2016||Greyson Chance|
|71||August 15, 2016||Richie The Barber|
|72||August 22 2016||Andrea Russett|
|73||August 29, 2016||Alice Little & Caressa Kisses|
|74||September 5, 2016||Andy Milonakis|
|75||September 12, 2016||Steve-O|
|76||September 19, 2016||Lizzie Velasquez|
|77||September 26, 2016||Drew Monson & Garrett Watts|
|78||October 2, 2016||
Matthew Noah (Magician)
|79||October 10, 2016||No Guests (Conspiracy Theroies)|
|80||October 17, 2016||Logan Paul & Michael Gallagher|
|81||October 24, 2016||Jamie Kennedy|
|82||October 31, 2016||Eugenia Cooney|
|83||November 7, 2016||Sandra Lee|
|84||November 14, 2016||Ryland Adams|
|85||November 21, 2016||Janice Dickinson|
|86||November 28, 2016||Trevor Moran|
|87||December 5, 2016||Kathy Griffin|
|88||December 12, 2016||Grace Helbig & Mamrie Hart|
|89||December 19, 2016||Lisa Schwartz|
|90||January 2, 2017||Blaire White|
|91||January 9, 2017||Super Fan Simmy Tara & Brian the Barista|
|92||January 16, 2017||Tiffany Pollard AKA New York|
|93||January 23, 2017||Lily Marston, Joslyn Davis & Erin Robinson|
|94||January 30, 2017||Deefizzy & Dylan Gardner|
|95||February 6, 2017||PatrickStarrr|
|96||February 13, 2017||Sup3rfruit|
|97||February 20, 2017||Alexis G. Zall & Drew Monson|
|98||February 27, 2017||Buck Angel|
|99||March 6, 2017||Shane's Dog Walker Rich & Personal Trainer Johnny|
|100||March 13, 2017||
CupcakKe & Tana Mongeau
|101||March 20, 2017||Manny Mua & Kati Mortin|
|102||March 27, 2017||Psychic Tyler Henry|
|103||April 03, 2017||Alisha Marie|
|104||April 10, 2017||Dita Von Teese|
|105||April 17, 2017||Charles Gross & Eddie Oliver Smith|
|106||April 24, 2017||Jillian Michaels|
|107||May 1. 2017||Anneliese Van Der Pol|
|108||May 8, 2017||
The Cast of Brother Husband
|109||May 15, 2017||James Charles|
|110||May 22, 2017||Debra Danielson|
|111||May 29, 2017||Eva Gutowski & Jill Jensen|
|112||June 5, 2017||The Psychic Twins|
|113||June 12, 2017||Social Response, Jaclyn Glenn & A Stripper|
|114||June 19, 2017||Chris Crocker & SimplyNessa|
|115||June 26, 2017||Aislinn Paul & Stef Sanjati|
|116||July 3, 2017||Alaska Thunderfuck|
|117||July 10, 2017||Jeffree Star|
- Shane Dawson appeared in the horror film, Smiley.
- Shane met one of his best friends, Shanna Malcolm, on the set of Smiley. He later convinced her to make her own YouTube channel and she regularly appears on his channel.
- Used to work for weight loss company Jenny Craig, but lost his job (as well as others including his brother Jared, and his mom) over a video he posted.
- Shane directed the movie, Not Cool, where he also played as Scott, the main character of the movie.
- Shane wrote a book, I Hate MySelfie, the book has 18 personal essays coming from the heart/mind of Shane. On March 18, 2015, the book was the top selling paperback book at Barnes and Noble only a week after the release. I Hate Myselfie also was on of the New York Times Bestseller list.
- Shane wrote another book, It Gets Worse, which was released on July 19, 2016.
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