Shane Lee Yaw, known professionally as Shane Dawson, is an American YouTuber, actor, writer, director, and musician. He became one of the first people to rise to fame on the video-sharing platform YouTube. In 2008, at age 19, Dawson began making videos on YouTube and garnered over half a billion views by 2010.
Shane Dawson was born Shane Lee Yaw in Long Beach, California on July 19, 1988. He had a very rough childhood. He was bullied at school for being overweight and was repeatedly beaten by his alcoholic father. His father eventually abandoned the family. Shane began making videos while he was in high school as part of school projects. He launched his own YouTube channel, called ShaneDawsonTV in 2008.
Shane began uploading comedic videos to the channel, producing a new one each week. He also launched two other channels, one of which features his daily vlog, which he records on his phone. He has collaborated with a number of other YouTube stars on projects, and was named the 25th "Most Famous Web Celebrity" by Forbes Magazine in 2010. Between 2008 and 2010, Shane generated more than 500 million views on YouTube. He has since gone on to produce a number of pilots, and has released a series of successful singles. In 2011 he announced a partnership with Sony Pictures to develop films and series.
As of this writing, Shane has over 22 million subscribers on main YouTube channel and his videos have been viewed more than 5 billion times. Shane has achieved widespread success for his conspiracy and docu-series videos. His docu-series about Jeffree Star, TanaCon and Jake Paul were especially popular. The first part of his Jake Paul series was viewed 10 million times in under 7 hours.
He began producing "Conspiracy Series with Shane Dawson" in 2015. They have become among his most-viewed and discussed videos.
He has released two New York Times best-selling books, "I Hate Myself" and "It Gets Worse". He won the 2018 People's Choice Award for "The Social Star of 2018".
He launched a podcast in 2013 called "Shane and Friends" that ran until 2017 and produced 140 episodes. At the peak of his podcast, the average episode was downloaded 250,000 times. In 2014 it was one of the highest-earning podcasts in the world, generating $15,000 per episode.
In 2012 Shane released a single titled "SUPERLUV!". The song achieved some success on iTunes and even reached #87 in Ireland, #16 on the UK indie chart and #163 on the UK Singles Chart.
Shane is bisexual. He dated YouTuber Lisa Schwartz from 2011 to 2015. He is now in a relationship with fellow YouTuber Ryland Adams. They became engaged in March 2019.
Shane Dawson is an American YouTube star, actor, musician, and comedian who has a net worth of $12 million. He is a writer, comedian, musician and director who has earned a high level of notoriety for his documentary-style exposé and conspiracy videos on YouTube. Shane Dawson is one of the highest-earning YouTubers in the world. In 2019 he launched a line of cosmetics with makeup tycoon Jeffree Star.