Behind The YouTuber|Egoraptor

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Arin Joseph Hanson (born January 6, 1987), also known by his  Internet pseudonym Egoraptor, is an American Internet personality, animator, cartoonist, comedian, voice actor, rapper, singer and songwriter. He is known for his Internet animations, as well as being the co-founder and co-star of the popular YouTube Let’s Play web series Game Grumps and the video game-based parody musical trioStarbomb.

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Hanson has created numerous animated web series on his Egoraptor YouTube channel, including The Awesome Series, in which he parodies various video game franchises, including PokémonMetal Gear, and Ninja Gaiden, as well as Sequelitis, a series of animated video essays in which he critically and humorously compares the quality of a video game and one of its sequels. He has also voice-acted for various shows and video games. He regularly collaborates with Ninja Party, a musical comedy duo consisting of his Game Grumps and Starbomb partners Dan Avidan and Brian Wecht, providing guest vocals and appearing in their music videos.

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In July 2012, Hanson and his colleague Jon Jafari (known for his comedy web series JonTron) created a joint YouTube channel, called Game Grumps. In late June 2013, Dan Avidan, of the band Ninja Sex Party, replaced Jafari when he retired Game Grumps to focus on his personal channel. On Game Grumps, Hanson and Avidan play video games and talk, to an often comedic effect. Hanson has also appeared on the channel’s spin-off shows Steam Train and GrumpCade, along with other Game Grumps members in a similar format to the parent show; he and Avidan also front 10 Minute Power Hour, in which they engage in and frequently struggle with various activities. The popularity of Game Grumps led to live performances at the Hollywood Improv in late March 2016. Completely sold out, the event led to future performances in New York and other locations on the East Coast, which itself led to further shows across the United States and internationally through their own touring company.

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Behind The YouTuber|James Charles

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James Charles Dickinson (born May 23, 1999) is an American Internet personality, beauty YouTuber, and make-up artist. In 2016, he became the first male ambassador for CoverGirl.

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Charles is most known for his YouTube channel focusing on makeup which he launched on December 1, 2015. At its highest point (May 6, 2019) his channel had 16.6 million subscribers. It currently has 15 million. His channel also has over 1.7 billion views on YouTube. On May 11, 2019, he became the first ever YouTube personality to lose over 1 million subscribers in 24 hours. At the 8th Streamy Awards, he won the award for the best channel in the Beauty category.

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On October 11, 2016, at the age of seventeen, Charles became the first male spokesmodel for cosmetics brand CoverGirl, working alongside brand ambassador Katy Perry. In 2018, Charles collaborated with Morphe Cosmetics to release an eyeshadow palette. In January 2019, he was invited to Birmingham, England, to open the company’s second UK store, where over 7,000 fans showed up to see him, causing parts of the city center to come to a standstill. In March 2019, Charles did the makeup for Iggy Azalea’s music video shoot for “Sally Walker”. He also made a cameo appearance in the video.

 

Behind The YouTuber|RiceGum

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Bryan Le, better known online as RiceGum, is an American YouTube personality and musician. In November 2017, Le was ranked at number 25 on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart. His single “It’s Every Night Sis” was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in March 2018.

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RiceGum was featured in the Super Bowl LII commercial for Monster headphones. In the ad, he plays a man on a subway who is inspired by Iggy Azalea to fashion a headset from scratch, which is accepted by an executive. As of August 2018, his main channel is the 231st most subscribed channel overall.

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Billboard has referred to Le as a “YouTube celeb” known for his diss tracks. In 2017, Le released a single titled “It’s Every Night Sis” featuring fellow YouTube personality Alissa Violet, which was a response track to Jake Paul’s viral song “It’s Everyday Bro”. It reached number 80 on the BillboardHot 100 and is his first charting single. The single was followed by “God Church” in July 2017, its title another reference to Paul’s “It’s Everyday Bro”, which reached number one on the Comedy Digital Track Sales charts RiceGum was featured in the video for “Earthquake” by YouTube personality and rapper KSI, released on August 12, 2017. The video has since been viewed over 39 million times.

 

Behind The YouTuber|Logan Paul

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Logan Alexander Paul (born April 1, 1995) is an American internet personality, actor, director, and musician. Paul first gained fame through videos shared on former Internet video service Vine, later moving to Facebook and YouTube after the platform’s shutdown. Paul’s television and film work includes guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Weird Loners, and roles in films The Thinning and The Space Between Us. He has been the subject of much controversy and legal issues.

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Paul rose to fame as a member on the Internet video sharing service Vine. In February 2014, he had over 3.1 million followers on various social media platforms. By April 2014 he had attained 105,000 Twitter followers, 361,000 Instagram followers, 31,000 likes on his Facebook page and about 150,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. A YouTube compilation video of his Vine work garnered more than four million views the first week it was posted. In 2015 he was ranked as the 10th most influential figure on Vine, with his six-second videos earning him hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising revenue. By that October, his Facebook videos alone had more than 300 million views.

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“TheOfficialLoganPaul” is the YouTube account used by Paul to upload short films and comedy sketches. Paul also posts a daily vlog to “Logan Paul Vlogs”, uploading every day from September 12, 2016, to January 1, 2018. While his first channel has a following of 4.36 million, his vlog channel surpassed it with a following of 15.7 million as of January 10, 2018.

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In January 2019, Paul made a statement on his podcast Impaulsive, “What is it, male-only March?” said Paul, “We’re gonna attempt to go gay for just one month.” Paul has faced mass criticism, with many people condemning Paul over his remarks, and he emphasized that being gay isn’t a choice. The LGBT+ organization GLAAD responded to Paul’s statement on Twitter, writing: “That’s not how it works, Logan Paul. “Paul would later respond to the criticism, mentioning that he used “very poor choice of words… [and it was his] fault”. Then Paul asked GLAAD to “get together and talk about [the controversy] on [his] podcast” as a formal apology. He eventually released the apology, which was delayed because Paul was at the time, recovering from tonsillectomy. The authenticity of Paul’s apology has been called into question.

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In March 2019, Paul released what many have dubbed as a Flat Earth “mockumentary”, in which was supposedly a full-length documentary about the Flat Earth Theory. In the video, Paul interviewed many self-proclaimed “Flat Earthers”, and did a speech at the 2018 Flat Earth International Conference, which took place in Denver, Colorado. Paul’s so-called “Documentary” would be best defined as a sketch-comedy despite what Paul had originally stated to his fans before the release of the film.

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Behind The YouTuber|Dan Bull

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Daniel G. L. Bull (born 27 March 1986) is an English rapper and songwriter known best for his songs about video games, which he publishes on his YouTube channel. His videos feature him playing various games with fellow artist Dave Brown (“Boyinaband”) and fellow YouTube personalities such as Michelle ‘The RPG Minx’, Markiplier, and Adam Montoya. Bull’s music was featured in the British press as part of attempts to save BBC Radio 6, a campaign against the Digital Economy Bill, and protest in favor of filesharing. He has Asperger’s syndrome, which is referenced in some of his songs, such as “A Portrait of the Autist”.

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Bull has released songs on subjects such as digital rights, the music industry, and gaming. Bull’s actions have gained attention, specifically from the TalkTalk Group, who requested to team up with him against the Digital Economy Bill. Bull creates gaming raps, ranging with the subgenres nerdcore, political and comedy hip hop. He was briefly partnered with Machinima; however, due to a dispute he now uploads videos independently. He also recorded the theme song for popular YouTuber Nerd 3, as well as making an appearance with the British gaming group, The Yogscast, with the song “Kicky Kicky Flow” (a rap about Simon Lane and Lewis Brindley), and InTheLittleWood rap (a rap about Martyn Littlewood, another Yogscast member). Bull’s album Face was released in December 2011. The 12-track album includes ten brand new songs as well as the 2010 tracks “America” and “John Lennon”. The album focuses on topics such as medical recovery, war, love, Asperger’s syndrome, alcoholism, and pride.

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Behind The YouTuber|KSI

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Olajide William “JJ” Olatunji (born 19 June 1993), better known as KSI, a shortened version of his online alias KSIOlajideBT, is a British YouTuber, internet personality, actor, rapper and white-collar boxer.

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Olatunji’s main YouTube channel has accumulated over four billion video views and 20 million subscribers, making him the 65th most subscribed user on YouTube. Olatunji has also become well known for his music; he released his debut extended play, Keep Up, in 2016, reaching number one on the UK R&B Albums Chart as well as charting in several other countries. After releasing three more extended plays and singles, Olatunji released a collaborative album with Randolph, New Age, in 2019.

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On 3 February 2018, Olatunji competed in his first white-collar amateur boxing match against fellow YouTube personality Joe Weller (KSI vs. Joe Weller) at the Copper Box Arena in Hackney Wick, London, winning the fight 1 minute and 30 seconds into the third round by way of technical knockout. On YouTube, the fight drew 1.6 million live viewers, 21 million views within a day, and over 25 million over the next several days, becoming the biggest white-collar boxing fight in history. Olatunji was awarded the YouTube Boxing Championship Belt. Olatunji expressed his respect for Weller after the fight for being “way harder, way tougher than I thought,” and praised him for his commitment to raising awareness on mental health issues. He then proceeded to call out American internet personality Logan Paul, his brother Jake Paul, and retired footballer Rio Ferdinand.

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On the weekend of 24 February 2018, it was announced that the Paul brothers would be fighting the Olatunji brothers (Olatunji and his younger brother Deji, also known as ComedyShortsGamer) in a boxing match, with the matches divided between relative ages (the elder brothers KSI vs Logan Paul in one match and the younger brothers Deji Olatunji vs. Jake Paul in another match). One judge scored the fight in favor of Olatunji and two judges scored a draw, resulting in a majority draw. The fight has been labeled “the largest event in YouTube history” and “the largest ever amateur boxing fight”.

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Behind The YouTuber|iDubbbz

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Ian Carter (born July 27, 1990), better known online as iDubbbz, is an American YouTube personality and comedian, most well known as the creator of YouTube channels iDubbbzTV, iDubbbzTV2, and iDubbbzgames, as well as comedy video series Content CopBad Unboxing and Kickstarter Crap. His diss track “Asian Jake Paul” charted and peaked at number 24 on Billboard’s US R&B/HH Digital Song Sales chart.

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Carter’s Content Cop series highlights other YouTube channels, critiquing their content as well as their owner’s behavior on social media. Each episode of Content Cop has been dubbed as an “event” by fellow YouTube commentators, with every new episode sparking controversy. Fellow YouTube personality Philip DeFranco has stated that he is a fan of Carter and that “no one does hit-pieces better than Ian” referring to his thorough but also entertaining style of criticism. Usually, after a Content Cop video is released, the creator or creators under scrutiny lose a significant amount of subscribers and their like-to-dislike ratio lowers. Carter has produced Content Cops on a wide variety of YouTube personalities such as Daniel “KEEMSTAR” Keem, Calvin “LeafyIsHere” Vail, Tana Mongeau and Bryan “RiceGum” Le.

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Carter’s first Content Cop was released in December 2015 and targeted reaction YouTuber Jinx Reload. In the video, he criticizes his original videos being cringe-worthy (namely How to get YouTube Famous, his parody interviews where he interviews pop stars and their responses are the vocals to the interviewee’s songs, and Cartoons in the Hood), the fact that he hasn’t improved the visual quality beyond 720p (claiming it was so he could upload more frequently), and his non-transformative reaction videos.

Behind The YouTuber|David Dobrik

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David Julian Dobrik (born July 23, 1996) is a Slovak-American YouTube personality known for being the de facto leader of the popular YouTube ensemble The Vlog Squad. He started his career on Vine before creating his own YouTube channel towards the end of 2014. His vlog-type videos often feature his friends and fellow Viners such as Liza Koshy, Alex Ernst, Gabbie Hanna, and Jason Nash. His main channel has since reached over 12 million subscribers.

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In 2013, Dobrik uploaded his first vine. He collaborated on vines with other popular viners such as Liza Koshy, The Gabbie Show, Jason Nash, and Zane & Heath. Before starting his own YouTube channel, Dobrik was part of the YouTube group, Second Class. By the end of that channel in 2015, Dobrik and company had gained over 18,000 subscribers. The end of Second Class came not long after Dobrik set up his personal YouTube channel, David Dobrik. Since its inception, videos on this channel have been comedy vlogs based on real-life situations and semi-scripted bits, featuring many of his former vine collaborators. In August 2016, Dobrik created his second channel, David Dobrik Too, where he posts blooper reels and challenge videos.

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Dobrik gained fans in recent years due to his high energy videos that he posted three days a week (now two days a week). In 2017, Dobrik won Vlogger of the Year at the Ninth Annual Shorty Awards. In 2018, Dobrik won First Person at the 2018 Streamy Awards while The Vlog Squad won Best Ensemble Cast under the name “David’s Vlog”. Dobrik was named one of the “10 Social Media Personalities Making the Most Noise” for 2018 by PAPER Magazine alongside Bretman Rock, Trisha Paytas and Jaboukie Young-White among others. He has a podcast titled ‘VIEWS’ with fellow YouTuber Jason Nash with occasional features from Joe Vulpis and Natalie Mariduena. In September 2018, Dobrik created his third channel, Views Podcast, where he posts the video podcast of Views.

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Behind The YouTuber|Zach King

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Zachary King (born February 4, 1990) is an American Vine star, filmmaker and YouTube personality based in Los Angeles. He is most known for his “magic vines” – six-second videos digitally edited to look as if he is doing magic. He calls his videos “digital sleight of hand”. He began posting videos on YouTube in 2008 and in 2013 he started posting videos to Vine.

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King won the Hewlett-Packard commercial contest in 2010 and got a trip to the red carpet at the London Film Festival. In 2013, he won YouTube’s NextUp Creators contest. King and his wife Rachel Holm competed in the 28th season of American reality game show The Amazing Race. They were eliminated during the ninth leg of the race being placed sixth in the overall standings.

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In 2011, he posted a video titled Jedi Kittens on YouTube that he produced with a college friend. The video showed two cats fighting with lightsabers. The video gained over a million views in three days and went on to have over 14 million views. A sequel of the video titled Jedi Kittens Strike Back gained over 17 million views. A third part of the video, Jedi Kittens with Force was posted in 2014. King’s official YouTube channel is FinalCutKing.

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He was named by YouTube as one of the 25 most promising young film-makers in America in May 2013. As part of its Next Up Creators contest, YouTube awarded King $35,000 as well as a trip to New York City for a four-day YouTube Creator Camp. His submission to the contest was titled Contest Entry Gone Wrong. In the video, he appeared to dodge an assault by airstrikes and ground fire as he pleaded his case to be selected for the YouTube award.

Behind The YouTuber|Shane Dawson

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Shane Lee Yaw (born July 19, 1988), known professionally as Shane Dawson, is an American YouTuber, writer, comedian, actor, director, musician, and media personality. He was one of the first people to rise to fame on the video-sharing website YouTube and has since maintained an online presence.

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In 2008, when Dawson was nineteen years old, he signed up for YouTube and began making videos. He rose to fame on the site, garnering over half a billion views by 2010.\Most of his early work consisted of sketch comedy videos, where Dawson would play original characters, impersonate celebrities and make light of pop culture. During this time, Dawson also had a short-lived music career, releasing 6 original songs such as “Superluv!” and numerous parodies of popular music videos. In 2013—inspired by Howard Stern—Dawson launched his podcast, Shane and Friends, which ran for four years and produced 140 episodes. The following year, Dawson released his first and only feature film, Not Cool, and appeared on an accompanying 10-episode docu-series The Chair.

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In 2015, Dawson began his conspiracy show on YouTube, a video series where he discusses a variety of conspiracy theories. They have become some of his most-viewed videos, including his 2019 web series Conspiracy Series with Shane Dawson, which is two parts in length that total over two hours. In late 2017, Dawson released his first docu-series on YouTube, in which he reconciled with his abusive father. His most-viewed docu-series are about Jake Paul, Jeffree Star, and TanaCon.

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As of 2018, Dawson has released two New York Times best-selling books, I Hate Myselfie and It Gets Worse, and his three YouTube channels have accumulated over 5 billion views. Since 2017, he maintains one active channel, Shane, which is one of the 100 most-subscribed YouTube channels with 21 million subscribers and over 4 billion views.