Shane Lee Yaw (Born July 19, 1988), known on YouTube as 'Shane Dawson' is an actor, writer, producer, author and YouTuber, who has about 16.9 million subscribers across all 3 of his channels. 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 is known for his multiple characters played by himself. His characters are Shanaynay (his most-popular and most recognizable one out off all the other personalities), Ned the Nerd, 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). He post every single day.
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 alcoholic abusive father, who later separated fron his family. Back then, his family was really poor and this caused him to be bullied a lot in school; until he started YouTube. In November 2014, his main channel ShaneDawsonTV was the 56th most subscribed YouTube channel. He currently has over 7.5 million subscribers and over 1.2 billion views.
He started the channel on the 10th of March 2008 and started with small videos. 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 4 million subscribers on this channel alone and is one of the most well known YouTube stars on the site. He has recently released his first original music video, entitled "Super Luv" which uses his Emo Character, Switch. The song "Super Luv" was fairly successful, reaching #28 in the iTunes Pop Chart. He 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 called "Maybe This Christmas". His usual upload day is Saturday, but as of April 2013, he has uploaded on Fridays.
This channel started on April 13, 2009. The main reason behind this was that Shane kept putting behind the scenes and bloopers on his website, ShaneDawsonTV.com. With all the traffic of fans wanting to see it, the website kept crashing and it was expensive to fix it. This channel is close to the 2 million subscribers mark, but has less than his main channel. He uploaded the behind the scenes to this channel and later started putting vlogs on it. The two biggest series on this channel are "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 does 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, Shane changed the name of the channel to Human Emoji with no explanation why.
This is his latest channel. It started on March 21, 2005, by another user. But the channel wasn't used, so Shane asked YouTube if he could have it to which they said yes, and he started using it in April 2009. This channel has only just +3,500,000 million subscribers (#62 most subscribed) and is his main vlog channel. Shane has commented that this channel is mainly seen by his hard-core fans, so he doesn't mind. At 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 recently started the vlogs again in which he plays requested games and collaborations with other YouTubers.
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. In a YouTube video posted on July 7, 2015, Shane came out to his audience as bisexual.
He has 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 adds 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 fellow YouTube creator, Lisa Schwartz.
He also has multiple pets, four dogs named Miley, Charlie, Chocolate & Unicorn (Or Corny), and two cats named Muffins and Snoop.
He also recently 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.
|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|
- 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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