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Shane Lee Yaw (born on July 19, 1988 (1988-07-19) [age 29]), commonly known as Shane Dawson, is an actor, writer, producer, author, and YouTuber. 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".  

Shane was 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). 


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 8.2 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 nearly 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 13 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

Personal life

Shane Dawson 2012
Shane'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 better 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.

In October 2016 Dawson confirmed he was dating Clevver News host Ryland Adams.[1]

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.

Losin' it

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 &

Their Moms

43 May 29, 2015 Miss Fame

Guest Host Drew Monson

44 June 12, 2015 MyLifeAsEva
45 June 26, 2015

The Psychic Twins &

Shane's Mom

46 July 10, 2015 Matthew Lush
47 August 28, 2015

Joey Graceffa &

Daniel Preda

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

No Guest

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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