Shane Lee Yaw (born: July 19, 1988YouTuber. In 2009, he earned the spot of Mr. YouTube and 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."), better known online as shane or Shane Dawson, is an actor, writer, producer, author, and
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 channel for sketches), Human Emoji (his second channel, which has not been in use for some time now), and shane (his vlogging channel, which he now uses as his main channel).
He previously lived in Los Angeles, California with his fiancé Ryland Adams and his sister-in-law Morgan Adams, who are both YouTubers as well. He currently creates his videos alongside Andrew Siwicki, who mainly holds the camera. He has started making more in-depth long, multi-part series with other YouTubers and celebrities, such as Jeffree Star, Grav3yardgirl, and Molly Burke, and Kathy Griffin. These selected series have similarities to traditional television shows and are considered quite entertaining.
He currently resides in Denver, Colorado with fellow YouTuber Ryland Adams.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Channels
- 3 Personal life
- 4 The Mind of Jake Paul
- 5 Losin' it
- 6 Podcast
- 7 Controversies
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Channel milestones
- 10 References
Shane grew up in California and graduated from Lakewood High School in 2006. When he was a teenager, he was obese and had an 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 also became the first person to have two 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 nine other original music videos, his most recent being titled ""FAMOUS YouTubeR" - MUSIC VIDEO," released on November 27, 2015.
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 six short films, four 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. 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 of 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 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 13 million subscribers and 3 billion views more than his previous main channel, ShaneDawsonTV, and even more on his previous second main channel, ShaneDawsonTV2 (now Human Emoji).
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 as follows:
"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, who 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.
Throughout his Youtube career, there have been rumors about Shane being gay, which he always denied. In one of his videos, Shane was dared to kiss fellow YouTuber Onision, which he did even though he clearly didn't want to. After the dare, he stated that this won't help the rumors about his sexuality. Shane also kissed Joey Graceffa in May of 2013. Shane would often make light of the rumors in many of his videos, and have characters direct jokes at him about it. 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 nine years old—a fact that he has addressed many times in his videos. Though, Shane has stated 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. He also admitted to being bullied due to his weight, and it has caused him to suffer from depression, which got even worse after the death of his grandmother.
From 2011 to 2015, Shane was in a relationship with Lisa Schwartz, who is known online as lisbug.
He has had multiple pets over the years: six dogs (Miley, Charlie, Chocolate, Unicorn/Corny, Uno, and Honey) and three cats (Cheeto, Muffins, and Snoop).
In May 2017, a rumor started on Facebook that Shane died in a car crash, which was quickly proven to be false.
In November of 2017, Shane started a three-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.
The Mind of Jake Paul
The Mind of Jake Paul is an American documentary web series. The web series was announced on September 11, 2018 through Dawson's Twitter account, as well as a trailer and extended trailer which were posted on his YouTube channel on September 11, 2018 and September 21, 2018, respectively. The series premiered on September 25, 2018, on his YouTube channel and concluded after eight episodes on October 18, 2018. It consists of eight episodes:
- Part 1: The Mind of Jake Paul
- Part 2: The Dark Side of Jake Paul
- Part 3: The Family of Jake Paul
- Part 4: The Enemies of Jake Paul
- Part 5: The World of Jake Paul
- Part 6: The Secrets of Jake Paul
- Part 7: The Ex-Girlfriend of Jake Paul
- Part 8: Inside The Mind of Jake Paul
This episode starts with Shane bringing up criticism of the series. Shane video calls iNabber to ask him about the history of Jake and Logan Paul. iNabber tells him the various controversies that the two have been in, and they discuss Jake Paul's YouTube persona.
Shane meets with a licensed marriage and family counselor (Kati Morton) regarding potential mental disorders of YouTube personalities.
This episode starts with Shane addressing the controversy regarding the previous episode as well as Logan Paul's response to the series. Shane later performs an armchair analysis of the Paul family, looking at Greg Paul, Jake and Logan's father; as well as Pamala Stepnick, their mother. He declares his intent to interview Nick Crompton, a former member of Team 10, to investigate both Jake and Greg Paul's management of Team 10.
Shane goes to the Team 10 House for the first time and meets Jake Paul face to face. Shane has Kati go undercover as his producer in order to examine Jake and his behavior in real life.
Shane goes to Walmart with Team 10, and talks to Jake and Erika about the allegation that FaZe Banks assaulted Jake's assistant. Shane interviews Erika one-on-one about the influences in Jake's life.
Shane goes to the Clout Gang and meets Alissa Violet, interviews her, and discusses the real truth about the drama that happened last year with her and Jake. She discusses her experience with him in the Team 10 House as well as the Logan Paul and Jake Paul cheating drama.
Shane interviews Jake about his past controversies, including the Martinez Twins' departure from Team 10, the allegation that FaZe Banks assaulted Jake's assistant, Logan Paul's suicide video controversy, and his past relationship with Alissa Violet.
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 would come out with a new episode every other week. During the podcasts, there would 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|
The Mind of Jake Paul Docuseries
Dawson became the subject of controversy after the vlog series' second episode, "The Dark Side of Jake Paul." In the episode, Dawson meets with Kati Morton, a marriage and family counselor who makes YouTube content talking about psychology. Dawson meets Morton with the intent of learning what a sociopath literally is, and to ask if Jake Paul could be identified as one. This angered some people, claiming that Dawson is trying to diagnose someone that he has never met, making light of a serious situation. Dawson addressed the controversy in the next video, "The Family of Jake Paul", explaining that his intentions were to never diagnose someone with sociopathy, and he apologized to anyone he may have offended.
Chuck E Cheese Recycled Pizza Conspiracy Theory
In February 2019, Dawson released a video called "Investigating Conspiracies with Shane Dawson." In one of the conspiracies, Dawson talked about his theory that Chuck E Cheese pizzas are made from recycled pizzas, and was confused at why the pieces don't line up. To test his theory, Dawson went to a nearby Chuck E Cheese, and was shocked when the pizza he ordered was disjointed.
Dawson's video went viral, and caused multiple other YouTubers to go to Chuck E Cheese to test the theory for themselves. Due to the popularity the theory was getting, Chuck E Cheese responded to the theory on their official Twitter account, claiming it to be false. While many YouTubers liked Dawson's video and thought it brought up some valid points, he received some criticism as the claims made against Chuck E Cheese could have been harmful to the business and deter viewers who may have planned to visit.
On June 28, 2020, many users on Twitter began posting videos of Shane's older videos of him in blackface. He also joked about Trayvon Martin being killed and said he wouldn't have died if he had a job. In one video he plays Hitler reading mean tweets which saw further backlash by users on Twitter. Many have accused Shane of racism and stated his reaction to his past videos have been handled poorly despite him addressing the matter in a video posted on June 29, 2020.
In 2019, a clip from Shane's podcast resurfaced in him telling an anecdote about him pleasuring himself using his own cat. Not that long after, Shane went to Twitter to say that the "joke" he made had no actual semblance of reality to them. But during his cancellation in mid 2020, clips of past videos and screenshots of old Instagram posts resurfaced in a Twitter thread. He has also been involved with Kero The Wolf, who has been outed as a zoophile.
The first mention of Shane's controversial past of pedophilia emerged in 2018 and was covered by a few users. However, the issue at hand wasn't a major scandal that harmed his career. This would ultimately re-emerge in June 2020 when many Twitter users posted video clips of Shane behaving extremely inappropriately towards a then thirteen-year-old girl, and pretending to masturbate to then eleven-year-old Willow Smith. This caused so much controversy that the Smith family themselves condemned Shane Dawson. Many YouTubers expressed their disgust on Shane's actions.
On June 30, 2020, Tati uploaded a video called "Breaking my Silence." In the video she claimed that Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson coerced her into making a video against James Charles in attempts to dethrone the emerging YouTuber. Upon upload, Shane reacted by posting a tweet he would later delete and then go live on Instagram, having a mental breakdown. Shane accused Tati of being "manipulative" and reacted erratically. Shane would abruptly end the livestream upon request of his fiancee who told him to do so. 
In 2020, Shane was also accused of being a manipulator. These accusations came after his Instagram live as many pointed out the contradictions in what he was saying. Footage also resurfaced of him on the reality show The Chair which documented him making his film Not Cool. In the series, he constantly contradicts himself and attempts only to get his own way. In interviews after the show, he complains that people were trying to stop him from joking about sensitive subjects and is convinced his movie was still great.
On July 4, 2020, Shane's former best friend Bree Essrig spoke out against him on Twitter. She calls him a "racist, manipulative abuser." She shares a story of how Shane bullied their black friends which led to one leaving town. She wrote that he "treat[s] you like you are best friends to your face...[and] the second you turn around, tell everyone how awful and horrible you are."
A few months after his video "Taking Accountability" was uploaded, more than half of the WTF News episodes on the channel that, despite being on his channel, were entirely and single-handedly made by Destery Smith were privated with no explanation and no consent from Destery, one of which was a tribute to late comedian Robin Williams which many see as incredibly disrespectful. According to one long-time WTF News watcher, "If he's not the one who put countless hours of hard work into researching, writing, filming and editing the videos, he doesn't get to private them. You also have to be a real c**tbag to private another YouTuber's tribute to a deceased celebrity."
- Shane 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.
- He is one of the original YouTubers along with Onision, Nigahiga, and James Rolfe of Angry Video Game Nerd and Cinemassacre fame.
- He 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.
- His catchphrase is “hey what’s up you guys.”
- Shane reached 15 million subscribers on his 30th birthday, on July 19, 2018.
- On March 20, 2019, Shane announced on his Twitter that him and his boyfriend, Ryland Adams, are engaged.
Note: The following dates are according to
- 1 million subscribers: September 9, 2011
- 2 million subscribers: June 24, 2013
- 3 million subscribers: November 19, 2013
- 4 million subscribers: August 3, 2014
- 5 million subscribers: June 24, 2015
- 6 million subscribers: December 27, 2015
- 7 million subscribers: June 8, 2016
- 8 million subscribers: September 22, 2016
- 9 million subscribers: January 30, 2017
- 10 million subscribers: July 16, 2017
- 11 million subscribers: November 2, 2017
- 12 million subscribers: January 30, 2018
- 13 million subscribers: April 18, 2018
- 14 million subscribers: June 20, 2018
- 15 million subscribers: July 19, 2018
- 16 million subscribers: August 8, 2018
- 17 million subscribers: September 11, 2018
- 18 million subscribers: October 5, 2018
- 19 million subscribers: November 6, 2018
- 20 million subscribers: January 26, 2019
- 21 million subscribers: February 28, 2019
- 22 million subscribers: July 20, 2019
- 23 million subscribers: November 1, 2019
- Below 23 million subscribers: June 27, 2020
- Below 22 million subscribers: July 18, 2020
- Below 21 million subscribers: January 17, 2021
Video view milestones
- 1 billion video views: August 20, 2015.
- 2 billion video views: October 16, 2016.
- 3 billion video views: September 15, 2017.
- 4 billion video views: August 1, 2018.
- 5 billion video views: June 25, 2019.
- 4 billion video views: June 27, 2020 (removing videos)
- 1 billion views: December 8, 2013
- Under 1 billion video views: June 2, 2020 (removing videos)
Shane Dawson TV
- 1 million subscribers: December 15, 2009
- 2 million subscribers: October 4, 2010
- 3 million subscribers: November 20, 2012
- 4 million subscribers: June 1, 2013
- 5 million subscribers: October 1, 2013
- 6 million subscribers: July 20, 2014
- 7 million subscribers: October 21, 2016
- 8 million subscribers: June 20, 2017
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