Shane Lee Yaw (born July 19, 1988), known professionally as Shane Dawson, is an American YouTuber, actor, author, sketch comedian, singer, songwriter and film director. Dawson was known for making comedy videos featuring recurring original characters he has created (such as Shananay, Ned the Nerd, S. Deezy, Mom, Aunt Hilda, Fruitlupe and Amy), celebrity impersonations (such as Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus, Sarah Palin, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber), and spoofs of popular music videos and television shows. Most of his major productions were done with the help of producer Lauren Schnipper. As of July 2018, his YouTube channels, collectively, have more than 25 million subscribers and over 5 billion views. In March 2012, Dawson began pursuing a music career, releasing six singles and numerous music video parodies.
His podcast, Shane and Friends, starring him and his friend Jessie Buttafuoco (originally with his producer, Lauren Schnipper), was created in 2013 and stopped in 2018 due to shut down of Fullscreen SVOD service.
In 2014, Dawson released his first film, Not Cool, directed by and starring himself. In early 2015, Dawson released a memoir titled I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays. On July 19, 2016, he released another book, It Gets Worse, and an accompanying short film on his main "Shane Dawson TV" YouTube channel.
He is also known as Shane Lee Yaw.