Shane Dawson (born Shane Yaw, July 19, 1988) is an American YouTube comedian and actor. Dawson is known for making comedy videos featuring many recurring characters (such as Shananay, Ned the Nerd, S. Deezy, and Aunt Hilda), impersonations (such as Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus and Sarah Palin), spoofs of popular music videos such as "Telephone – Dude's Version" (Ned the Nerd) and "Last Sunday Night" (Aunt Hilda) and spoofs of popular TV shows such as Dawson's Creek and Degrassi: The Next Generation. As of May 2011 his main YouTube channel is the fourth most subscribed channel of all time, behind Nigahiga, RayWilliamJohnson, and Smosh. Dawson has since expanded on YouTube by adding his second channel (tenth most subscribed) where he posts video blogs and the series "Ask Shane", which moved to his main channel February 26, 2011. He is the only YouTuber to have two channels in the top 30 most subscribed channels on Youtube.
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, he was featured on Attack of the Show! In 2010, Forbes magazine named him their 25th most famous web celebrity.