He's also been involved in controversies stemming from past remarks he's made and since apologized for as well as offensive characters he's performed.
Here's everything you need to know about Shane Dawson, whose worth an estimated $12 million and just released a new documentary about makeup YouTuber Jeffree Star.
Restaurant chain Chuck E. Cheese was forced to deny allegations earlier this year that it recycles uneaten pizza slices to serve to other customers, thanks to a YouTuber by the name of Shane Dawson.
He soon after got a job working at a local Jenny Craig storefront, and was later promoted to manager.
At the same time, Dawson was going out on auditions for acting gigs, but he wasn't having much luck.
The early days of Dawson's channel consisted of comedy sketches, video blogs and diaries, and impersonations of characters liked "Barb the Lesbian" and "Shanaynay" — who calls herself a "ghetto girl" — that are pretty problematic and draw on offensive stereotypes.