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David Dobrik
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Personal information
BornDávid Julián Dobrík
(1996-07-23) 23 July 1996 (age 24)
EducationVernon Hills High School
Occupation
Spouse(s)
Lorraine Nash
(m. 2019; div. 2019)
YouTube information
Channels
LocationLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2013–present
GenreComedy
Subscribers18.5 million (David Dobrik)
8.6 million (David Dobrik Too)
1.7 million (VIEWS)
Total views8.2 billion (David Dobrik)
841 million (David Dobrik Too)
24 million (VIEWS)
NetworkCollab
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2016 (David Dobrik)
2016 (David Dobrik Too)
2019 (VIEWS)
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2016 (David Dobrik)
2016 (David Dobrik Too)
2021 (VIEWS)
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2018 (David Dobrik)

Updated: March 2021

Dávid Julián Dobrík[1] (/dbrɪk/; born 23 July 1996) is a YouTuber, podcaster, and co-founder of the app Dispo based in the United States.[2] He found early success on the video-sharing platform Vine, before starting his vlog on his YouTube channel in 2015.[3][4]

Dobrik is known for being the leader of the popular YouTube ensemble The Vlog Squad, which features prominently in his vlogs and comprises rotating selections of his friend group. As of February 2021, Dobrik's vlog channel had accumulated 18.9 million subscribers and 8.2 billion views. The channel was the fifth-most viewed creator channel on YouTube in 2019, with 2.4 billion views that year.[5][6]

Beyond internet entertainment, Dobrik voice-acted in The Angry Birds Movie 2, was one of the judges on the Nickelodeon TV show America's Most Musical Family,[7][8] and hosted a SpongeBob SquarePants special,[9] as well as the first season of Discovery Channel's reality competition TV show Dodgeball Thunderdome.[10]

Early life

Dobrik was born on 23 July 1996, in Košice, Slovakia. His family moved to Vernon Hills, Illinois, when Dobrik was six years old.[11] He attended Vernon Hills High School, where he played tennis,[12] which led him to qualify for the 2014 Boys Tennis State Tournament where he won third place in the doubles tournaments.[13] After graduating high school, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his Vine career.[14]

Career

2013–2016: Vine and YouTube beginnings

In 2013, Dobrik uploaded his first Vine. He collaborated on Vines with other popular Viners such as Liza Koshy, Gabbie Hanna, Jason Nash, and Zane & Heath.[3] Before starting his own YouTube channel, Dobrik was part of the YouTube group, Second Class.[citation needed] Dobrik launched his personal YouTube channel, David Dobrik, in 2015.[15] 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.[citation needed] In August 2016, Dobrik created his second channel, David Dobrik Too, where he posts blooper reels, challenge videos, and his more direct sponsorship deals.[16]

2017–present: YouTube career

Dobrik being interviewed on the ADHD Podcast in 2018

Dobrik gained fans in recent years due to his high energy videos which consists of pranks, inside jokes, cute animals, Vine and YouTube stars, real celebrities and various comedy bit characters,[17] which he previously posted three days a week and are currently posted two days a week.[18] He has a podcast titled VIEWS with fellow YouTuber Jason Nash with occasional features from Joe Vulpis and Natalie Mariduena.[19] In September 2018, Dobrik created his third YouTube channel, Views Podcast, where he posts the video podcast of Views.[20] Dobrik was credited by The Verge for successfully integrating the podcast genre onto YouTube, which is an otherwise video-focused platform.[21]

In December 2018, Dobrik was given a Diamond Play Button by YouTube in recognition of his YouTube channel surpassing 10 million subscribers.[22][23] Dobrik was also named one of the "10 Social Media Personalities Making the Most Noise" for 2018 by Paper magazine.[24]

Dobrik at the 2019 Kids' Choice Awards

In July 2019, Dobrik was featured by W magazine among others for being part of a trend of creating a separate Instagram account dedicated to their photos taken with the use of films or disposable cameras.[25] Dobrik also became a judge in a musical competition on Nickelodeon titled America's Most Musical Family, alongside Ciara and Debbie Gibson.[26][better source needed]

In August 2019, Dobrik was featured by Variety magazine in their annual "Power of Young Hollywood" list.[27] In the same month, Dobrik co-hosted the 2019 Teen Choice Awards with Lucy Hale, himself receiving the award for Choice Male Web Star.[28][29] Dobrik also competed in the first-ever Kids' Choice Sports Championship.[30]

In October 2019, Dobrik was ranked the most popular media personality among teenagers based on a survey by the Piper Jaffray & Co.[31]

In November 2019, People magazine named Dobrik Sexiest Heartthrob of 2019, over runner-ups including Harry Styles and Shawn Mendes.[32] That same month, Dobrik was one of the presenters at the American Music Awards of 2019,[33] and was also a guest judge in the first episode of the ninth season of Chopped Junior.[34]

In December 2019, Dobrik was named in YouTube Rewind 2019 as the fifth-most-viewed creator that year on the platform, with 2.4 billion views.[5][6] Also that month, a video of Dobrik's on TikTok featuring a large-scale elephant's toothpaste experiment was named the Number 1 Top Viral Video on the platform in 2019, with 17.5 million likes and 180 million views.[35][better source needed]

In January 2020, Dobrik launched the mobile camera app Dispo.[36][37] The app has surpassed over a million downloads and also landed briefly at the top of the list for most popular free apps on Apple's App Store, sitting ahead of Disney+ and Instagram[38] as well as winning a spot on Apple's curated "Apps We Love Right Now" list.[39]

Dobrik also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as his late-night television debut, discussing about his inspiration for his viral videos and successful YouTube channel as well as his first interaction with Justin Bieber.[40][41] Dobrik's appearance on the show alongside Martin Short and Yola was credited for the show being ranked as the #1 most-social late-night series of the week, amassing 2.2 million Interactions across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, up +582% according to Nielsen Social Content Ratings. The show was tied for first place for the late-night ratings week of 20 January through 24 in the key demographic of adults aged 18 to 49, as well as adults aged 18 to 34, and won the week outright versus its competition in all key adult-female demographics according to Nielsen Media Research. The show also ranked first across all entertainment brands in total and new views for the week with five videos featuring Dobrik totaling more than 15 million views.[42]

In April 2020, Dobrik was ranked, for the second time in a row, the most popular media personality among teenagers based on a survey by the Piper Jaffray & Co.[43]

In August 2020, Dobrik became one of the first 19 recipients of TikTok's $1 billion Creator Fund due to "his ability to show what it means to be your authentic self, bring joy and inspiration to people and creatively connect with an audience," according to Vanessa Pappas, general manager of TikTok US.[44] Dobrik became the host of a reality competition television show on the Discovery Channel called Dodgeball Thunderdome with Erin Lim and Andrew Hawkins as his co-hosts.[10] Dobrik also plans to evolve his David's Disposable App into a full-fledged social media network which aims to conceive the next great social media network built on authenticity.[45] Dobrik officially joined Twitch to launch his own streaming channel. His initial live stream peaked at 47,233 concurrent viewers according to the analytics tool SullyGnome, and his channel gained 201 thousand followers total.[46]

In October 2020, Dobrik launched his fragrance brand David's Perfume with Flower Shop Perfumes Co.[47]

Dobrik partnered with HeadCount to give five fans a chance to win one of five Tesla 3 models to encourage voter registration via the nonprofit HeadCount's website.[48] This partnership has surpassed their goal of 200,000 voters registered for the 2020 election, hitting a grand total of 300,000 and counting.[49] Later on, the New York-based organization was able to count nearly 120,000 people registered leading for it to be the single largest voting drive in the 16-year history of HeadCount, which has worked with many celebrities, mostly musicians such as Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande.[50]

In November 2020, People magazine named Dobrik Sexiest YouTube Star of 2020 over runner-ups including Donal Skehan and Korean Englishman's Josh Carrott and Ollie Kendal.[51] That same month, Dobrik was one of the presenters at the American Music Awards of 2020.[52]

In December 2020, Dobrik was featured as honoree in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for the year 2021 under the social media category.[53] Dobrik was also named by Forbes as one of the highest-paid YouTube stars of 2020.[54] That same month, Dobrik, alongside Keke Palmer, hosted a year-end special called "Peace Out 2020" on Facebook Watch which highlights memorable moments and memes from the year 2020.[55]

In January 2021, Dobrik narrated Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as part of Spotify's regularly conducted tests to help improve its user experience by releasing nine audiobooks that are all part of the public domain.[56][clarification needed]

Vlogging career

In a July 2019 profile, The Verge wrote of Dobrik's vlog: "Think of it like Friends, but for vloggers. Essentially, Dobrik created the first sitcom-vlog. There are musical transitions, a returning cast of characters that drive the story forward, and Dobrik's laughter acts as a laugh track for viewers. We know when to laugh because Dobrik does, and it all has to do with his friends' antics."[15] In that same profile, writer Julia Alexander noted Dobrik's editing style for bringing Vine's quick-cut style format to YouTube. "It led to a wave of creators who copied him," she wrote, "many of whom continue to shape the site's content today."[15]

Cast ("The Vlog Squad")

Dobrik's vlogs feature a recurring group of friends who collectively comprise "The Vlog Squad". Because the cast is, at its core, a friend group, membership in the cast of the vlogs is amorphous.[57] Generally, people considered part of the Vlog Squad include Jason Nash, Natalie Mariduena, Josh Peck, Zane Hijazi, Heath Hussar, Mariah Amato, Scotty Sire, Kristen McAtee, Nick Antonyan and his siblings Vardan and Suzy, Matt King, Toddy Smith, Corinna Kopf, Jeff Wittek, Joe Vulpis, Carly Incontro, and Erin Gilfoy.[58][59][15]

Because the cast of the vlogs samples Dobrik's larger friend group, membership rotates on an ongoing basis. Former or infrequently-featured members include Gabbie Hanna, Liza Koshy, Trisha Paytas, BigNik, Dom Zeglaitis, Seth Francois, Brandon Calvillo, Elton Castee, and Alex Ernst.[60][59][58][61]

Speaking at the 2019 Streamy Awards, Dobrik said of winning the Ensemble Cast prize with the Vlog Squad, "Ensemble is like, my favorite one to win... [The nominations are] insane, and I can't say this enough—it's all because of these guys," he added. "I have a group of like, 15, 20, 30 friends, and they help me day in and day out with all the videos."[58]

Vlog Squad sexual assault allegations

In February 2021, Seth Francois, a former Vlog Squad member, accused Dobrik of sexual assault after being deceived into kissing Jason Nash while blindfolded. Being the only black member of the Vlog Squad, Francois stated he also felt "pressured to participate in bits that [came] off culturally insensitive."[62] Former Vlog Squad member Nik Keswani (also known as BigNik) accused Dobrik of bullying, stating it was the reason he left the group in 2018.[63][64][65]

On 16 March 2021, Business Insider reported that during the filming of a 2018 vlog about group sex, a woman was allegedly raped during filming by then-Vlog Squad member Dom Zeglaitis while drunk and unable to consent.[66] On the same day, Dobrik released a short video titled "Let's talk", in which he addressed some of the recent controversies related to him, specifically in regards to former members of the Vlog Squad. He did not specifically address the allegations against Zeglaitis from earlier that day.[67] Since the allegations, Dobrik has lost numerous sponsors and fans, and has also stepped down from his position at Dispo.[68] On 26 March 2021, it was reported that YouTube had temporarily demonetized Dobrik's and Zeglaitis's channels over the incident citing violations of its creator responsibility policy.[69]

Dobrik injuring Jeff Wittek

In April 2021, Vlog Squad member Jeff Wittek released a documentary on his YouTube channel titled Don't Try This At Home which explained the circumstances of an accident that happened in June 2020, when Wittek broke his skull and face, resulting in major surgery. The incident occurred during a video shoot for Dobrik's comeback vlog when the Vlog Squad went wakeboarding in a shallow lake while being pulled by Dobrik using an excavator. Wittek's documentary included video showing fellow Vlog Squad member Corinna Kopf swinging from the line but started to lose balance and nearly falling, prompting her to ask to be released, which Dobrik did not immediately do and causing her to accuse him of "taking things too far." When it was Wittek's turn, Dobrik swung him even higher than anyone before him and then suddenly stopped. The momentum of Wittek continuing to swing around caused him to crash into the excavator and then fall into the shallow lake while still attached to the line.[70][71][72]

Integrated advertising

In April 2019, Chipotle celebrated National Burrito Day by partnering with Dobrik in making his go-to Chipotle order the brand's official National Burrito Day burrito: the Dobrik Burrito.[73][better source needed] In May 2019, Chipotle partnered with David Dobrik to help garner momentum for the "Lid Flip Challenge" on TikTok. It garnered 110,000 video submissions with the hashtag and resulting in 104 million video starts and more than 230 million views by June 2019.[74][75] In April 2020, Chipotle partnered with Dobrik for the #ChipotleSponsorMe TikTok Challenge for Cinco de Mayo, where five fans were chosen to win Chipotle Celebrity Cards.[76] In August 2019, Tubefilter praised Dobrik's relationship with advertiser SeatGeek in his videos, calling it "pioneering", and characterizing the company's presence in the vlogs almost as a character in the friend group.[16] In September 2019, Dobrik won the Brand Engagement Award at the Streamys Brand Awards for his collaboration with Chipotle.[77] In October 2019, Tubefilter credited Dobrik for his unique mastery when it comes to weaving brands into his massively-viewed vlogs, and building mutually beneficial partnerships that are designed for the long haul as opposed to one-off deals. In the same article, Bumble considers the ongoing partnership with Dobrik to be a massive success. According to Bumble's vice president of marketing, Chelsea Maclin, "they've been keeping up with David for a while now... and admired how he empowers his community and gives back whenever he's able... We also love his core group of friends, the Vlog Squad, who have not only created more buzz around campus but have also helped us market other modes within Bumble."[78] In December 2019, Dobrik was named the 6th most Influential Person in Influencer Marketing by Influence Weekly.[79] Dobrik's partnership with SeatGeek has also generated as much search interest as "mainstream partnerships", like Chrissy Teigen and Target, or Ninja and Red Bull, according to Google Trends data.[80]

Personal life

Dobrik has three younger siblings, Ester, Sara, and Toby.[81] As a Slovak citizen who arrived in the United States as a child and remained illegally, Dobrik is protected from deportation under DACA.[82] Dobrik stated in a December 2018 interview that he speaks Slovak.[83]

Dobrik dated fellow YouTube personality Liza Koshy from late 2015 to early 2018. They revealed their break-up in June 2018.[84] On 15 May 2019, Dobrik legally married Lorraine Nash, Jason Nash's mother, as a comedic bit for one of his vlogs. On 12 June 2019, Dobrik announced that he and Nash had decided to end their marriage after one month.[85] On 22 November 2019, Dobrik stated via Instagram that he had officially signed divorce papers and divorced Nash.[86]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 FML Taylor Mackey Supporting role [87]
2019 Airplane Mode Himself Supporting role [88]
The Angry Birds Movie 2 Axel Voice role [89]

Short film

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 An Interrogation David Baker Main role [90]

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2019 2019 Kids' Choice Sports Himself Competitor [30]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Himself Co-host [91]
America's Most Musical Family Himself Judge [8]
Chopped Junior Himself Guest judge (12 November 2019) [34]
2020 Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 Himself Guest [92]
#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall Himself Guest [93]
The Stars of SpongeBob Fan Favorites Special Himself Host [9]
Nickelodeon's Unfiltered Himself Episode: "Avocado Toasted Piñatas!" [94]
Dodgeball Thunderdome Himself Host [10]

Podcast

Year Title Role Ref.
2017 VIEWS with David Dobrik & Jason Nash Host [95][96]

Music videos

Year Song Artist Role Director Ref.
2017 Sad Song Scotty Sire Himself 80Fitz [97]
My Life Sucks Scotty Sire Himself 80Fitz [98]
Gucci Bands Dom Zeglaitis Himself Richard Selvi [99]
2018 David's Haunted House Scotty Sire Himself [100]
Cozy Trisha Paytas Himself Andrew Vallentine [101]
2019 Graduation Juice WRLD Ryan Jake Schreier [102]
2020 25 Christmas Trees Scotty Sire Himself Juliana Accetone [103]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2017 Shorty Awards Vlogger of the Year Himself Won [104]
2017 Streamy Awards Breakout Creator Won [105]
Creator of the Year Nominated
2018 Shorty Awards YouTuber of the Year Himself Nominated [106]
YouTube Ensemble Vlog Squad Won [107]
Best Podcast VIEWS with David Dobrik and Jason Nash Won [108]
2018 Streamy Awards Creator of the Year Himself Nominated [109][110]
First Person Won
Best Podcast VIEWS with David Dobrik and Jason Nash Nominated
Collaboration "FEARBOX Challenge" (with Jennifer Lopez) Nominated
Ensemble Cast David's Vlog Won
Directing Himself Nominated
2019 Kids' Choice Awards Favourite Social Star Himself Won [111]
2019 Shorty Awards Youtuber of the Year Nominated [112]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Male Web Star Won [29]
Choice YouTuber Nominated
2019 Streamy Brand Awards Brand Engagement Chipotle + David Dobrik Won [113]
David Dobrik x SeatGeek: Becoming a Member of the VlogSquad Nominated
Influencer Campaign Chipotle + David Dobrik Nominated
David Dobrik x SeatGeek: Becoming a Member of the VlogSquad Nominated
2019 People's Choice Awards Social Star Himself Won [114]
2019 Streamy Awards Creator of the Year Himself Nominated [115]
First Person Won
Best Podcast VIEWS with David Dobrik and Jason Nash Nominated
Collaboration "SURPRISING PEOPLE WITH KYLIE JENNER!!" (with Kylie Jenner) Won
Ensemble Cast Vlog Squad Won
Directing Himself Nominated
Editing Nominated
2020 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Male Social Star Himself Won [116]
2020 Streamy Awards Creator of the Year Himself Nominated [117]
First Person Nominated
Collaboration SURPRISING PEOPLE WITH JUSTIN BIEBER!! (with Justin Bieber) Won
Podcast VIEWS with David Dobrik and Jason Nash Nominated
Brand Engagement Need for Speed Heat x David Dobrik – Electronic Arts Nominated
2021 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Male Social Star Himself Nominated [118]

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