Shane Lee Dawson is an American YouTube star, actor, sketch comedian, singer, songwriter and film director. Most of his major productions were done with the help of producer Lauren Schnipper. Dawson is known for making comedy videos featuring many recurring characters (such as Shananay, Ned the Nerd, S. Deezy, Mom, Aunt Hilda, Fruitlupe and recently Amy), celebrity impersonations (such as Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus, and Sarah Palin), and spoofs of popular music videos and television shows.
In March 2012, Dawson began pursuing a music career, releasing six singles. As of April 2016, his YouTube channels, collectively, have more than 16.4 million subscribers and more than 3 billion views. He has also released numerous music video parodies. 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.