Shane Lee Dawson (born July 19, 1988) is an American YouTube actor, comedian, musician, and video maker. Dawson is known for making comedy videos featuring many recurring characters (such as Shananay, Ned the Nerd, S. Deezy, Mom, Aunt Hilda, and Fruitlupe), impersonations (such as Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus and Sarah Palin), and spoofs of popular music videos and television shows. As of April 2013, his main YouTube channel is the 27th most subscribed channel. Dawson has since expanded on YouTube by adding his second channel (twelfth most subscribed) where he posts video blogs and the series "Ask Shane", which moved to his main channel February 26, 2011.
Dawson's career began when he and several friends would turn in videos instead of homework in high school. Dawson's first videos on YouTube were old assignments that he turned in during high school.
In November 2009, Dawson was featured on Attack of the Show! In 2010, Forbes magazine named him their 25th most famous web celebrity.
Dawson's debut mainstream single (third overall), SUPERLUV! was released on March 31, 2012, followed by his fourth single "The Vacation Song", which was released on June 23, 2012. His fifth single and first Christmas song, "Maybe This Christmas" was released on December 8, 2012.
Dawson grew up in Long Beach, California, where he attended Lakewood High School. Dawson has revealed in a video, that as a teenager he was over-weight and would get bullied a lot, as well as being beaten by his alcoholic father, who then abandoned the family. He has since lost 150 pounds. Shane has four dogs, Miley, Charlie, Chocolate and Unicorn as well as two cats, Muffins and Snoop. They often appear in his videos. He used to work in Jenny Craig, Inc. along with his mother and brother, but was fired after he uploaded a video of himself pole dancing in the building he worked in. His mother, brother and about 6 other coworkers who appeared in the video also got fired after the company saw the video. In a video he said he is a virgin, and plans to stay one until he is married as he believes strongly in sex after marriage.