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For American YouTuber also named "Shane Dawson", see shanedawson.

Shane Lee Yaw (born: July 19, 1988 (1988-07-19) [age 35]), better known online as shane or Shane Dawson, is an American actor, writer, producer, author, and YouTuber. 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."


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 was completely emptied and now hosts selected clips from his podcast), 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.


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."

Shane Dawson Podcast Clips[]

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.

Shane would later rename the channel to Shane Dawson Podcast Clips and start using it to post clips from his podcast.


This was originally Shane's secondary channel, but he has since started using it as his main channel. He originally joined YouTube on this account on September 21, 2005, but wouldn't start using it until 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

The channel was inactive from June 2020 to October 2021 after Shane was condemned online for his past actions. He returned to the channel on October 7, 2021 when he uploaded a new video called "The Haunting of Shane Dawson."[1]

Personal life[]

Shane Dawson by Gage Skidmore

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.

In October 2016, Dawson confirmed that he was dating former Clevver News host Ryland Adams.[2]

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:


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.

The Dark Side of Jake Paul[]

Shane meets with a licensed marriage and family counselor (Kati Morton) regarding potential mental disorders of YouTube personalities.

The Family of Jake Paul[]

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.

The Enemies of Jake Paul[]

Shane Dawson goes to Nick Crompton's house, interviews him, and discusses the controversies behind Team 10, such as the Alissa Violet drama and why Nick left.

The World of Jake Paul[]

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.

The Secrets of Jake Paul[]

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.

The Ex Girlfriend of Jake Paul[]

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.

Inside The Mind of Jake Paul[]

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.

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.


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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 &

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


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.

Tati Westbrook[]

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 fiancée who told him to do so.[3]


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.

Bree Essrig[]

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."

Unauthorized Privatization of CapnDesDes's Videos[]

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 privatized 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 to remove. 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."

In February of 2021, Destery faced his own share of allegations, leading to a statement by the YouTuber a month later, apologizing for his history of "being a terrible person," yet also discrediting rumors of a more serious nature; All of which were never proven to be true.[4]


On October 8th, 2021, Shane returned to YouTube after a year-long hiatus. He uploaded a video entitled "The Haunting of Shane Dawson", which focused on a horror mystery. He also claimed that he had missed his fans in the video.

Channel milestones[]

Note: The following dates are according to Social Blade. Dates may vary by one or two days due to differences in time zones.

Subscriber milestones[]

Shane channel[]

  • 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: October 29, 2019
  • Below 23 million subscribers: June 27, 2020
  • Below 22 million subscribers: July 18, 2020
  • Below 21 million subscribers: January 17, 2021
  • Below 20 million subscribers: January 24, 2022

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


  • Below 8 million subscribers: November 7, 2021


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