Dan Brown (blogger)
Brown speaking at the 3rd Annual FlashFWD Ceremony in May 2012
|Born||Daniel Scott Zahller Brown
May 15, 1990
|Years active||December 2005–present|
|Employer||Discovery Digital Networks|
|Notable work||Delicious Steak|
|Web alias(es)||Pogobat, danbrownuniverse|
|Web hosting service(s)||YouTube
|Signature phrase||Hey world!|
Daniel Scott Zahller Brown (born May 15, 1990) is an American vlogger and discussion host, under the YouTube alias Pogobat. Brown has been noted in the media for his newly and widely viewed videos, focusing mainly on how-to videos as well as current events discussion and comedy. Brown is also the founder of the Pogopalooza - the annual world championship of the sport of stunt pogo - which he founded at the age of 14.
On August 2, 2010, Dan launched a project entitled "Dan 3.0," in which viewers would suggest tasks for him to complete, and therefore the viewer would run his life. On April 1, 2011, Dan quit the project for personal reasons, and moved on to vlog/news show "Delicious Steak," which originally aired from July 12, 2011 – May 6, 2012. On May 6, 2012 Dan released a video called "The Last Episode Of Delicious Steak", in which he explained that he is no longer committed to a "show", but rather making videos as a hobby.
Since May 2012, he has reinvented his video style to heavily focus on current affairs and political or moral debates, utilizing his viewership to provoke and take part in discussions, including topics such as gun law, healthcare, drug legislation, same-sex marriage, and online media. The reaction to this change has been positive. In May 2016, Dan took an indefinite hiatus from Pogobat in order to focus on education and other employment opportunities. He currently works for XPogo.
Dan grew up in a Christian household. His mother, Rebecca Zahller Brown, is a pastor with the East Lincoln Christian Church. He has two brothers, one older and one younger. He was born in Ohio, lived in Lincoln, Nebraska during his childhood, and graduated from Lincoln East High School. He briefly attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, but dropped out to primarily focus on his YouTube career, which took off after a tutorial video on how to solve a Rubik's Cube went viral. He then moved to San Francisco for Dan 3.0, then New York City for his job at Fuse. He currently lives in Pittsburgh.
On January 21, 2010, he appeared on US version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" as a contestant and ended up winning $5,000 after incorrectly answering his $10,000 question. In 2013, Dan appeared in a documentary called "Please Subscribe: A Documentary About YouTubers", which featured Dan and many other YouTubers. The film was directed by Dan Dobi and the film premiered for one night only on February 5, 2013. The film is now available on iTunes and Netflix.
- *Winners Announced for Second Annual YouTube Video Awards
- History of Pogopalooza
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- Google Trends result for 'pogobat' search term, May-December 2012
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- Fawl, Jodie (March 30, 2008). "East senior gains influence, insight through YouTube videos ".Lincoln Journal Star