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Shane Lee Yaw (born July 19, 1988 (1988-07-19) [age 28]), 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 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, 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 alcoholic abusive father, who later separated from 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 February 2017, his main channel Shane was the 56th most subscribed YouTube channel. He currently has over 9.1 million subscribers and over 2.3 billion views.



He started the channel on March 10, 2008 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 7.6 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 SUPERLUV which uses his emo character, Switch. The song "Superluv" 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 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 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 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 7.7 million subscribers and is his main vlog channel. Shane has commented that this channel is mainly seen by his hardcore 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.

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. 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 Lisa Schwartz.

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

He also has multiple pets: four dogs named Miley, Charlie, Chocolate & Unicorn (Or Corny), and two cats named Muffins and Snoop.

Losin' it

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 &

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


  • 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.

Watch Mojo's "TopX" Series

Top 10 YouTube Comedy Channels

Shane's ShaneDawsonTV channel ranked 8th in this episode.


Day Subscribers Gained Total Subscribers Video Views Gained Total Video Views
April 11, 2017 (Tuesday) +4,802  9,347,109  +0  2,458,712,574
April 12, 2017 (Wednesday) +5,088 9,351,692  +1,671,760 2,460,384,334
April 13, 2017 (Thursday) +5,187 9,356,594  +2,735,115 2,463,119,449
April 14, 2017 (Friday) +5,243  9,361,396  +2,760,162  2,465,879,611
April 15, 2017 (Saturday) +4,684  9,366,484  +3,092,339 2,468,971,950
April 16, 2017 (Sunday) +5,205  9,371,671  +4,656,210 2,473,628,160
April 17, 2017 (Monday) +6,273  9,376,914  +2,597,130  2,476,225,290
April 18, 2017 (Tuesday) +5,289  9,381,598  +0  2,476,225,290
April 19, 2017 (Wednesday) +4,974  9,386,803  +2,056,307  2,478,281,597
April 20, 2017 (Thursday) +4,350  9,393,076  +2,968,427 2,481,250,024
April 21, 2017 (Friday) +2,553  9,398,365  +2,824,161 2,484,074,185


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