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David Dobrik
Dobrik hosting the premiere of America's Most Musical Family in 2019
Personal information
BornDavid Julian Dobrik
(1996-07-23) July 23, 1996 (age 23)
Košice, Slovakia
EducationVernon Hills High School
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationYouTuberViner • Comedian • Actor • Talent-show Judge • Podcaster
Lorraine Nash
(m. 2019; div. 2019)
YouTube information
Years active2014–present
Subscribers15 million (David Dobrik)
6.71 million (David Dobrik Too)
589 thousand (Views Podcast)
(December 17, 2019)
Total views6.4 billion (David Dobrik)
586 million (David Dobrik Too)
11.5 million (Views Podcast)
(December 29, 2019)
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2016 (David Dobrik)
2016 (David Dobrik Too)
2019 (Views Podcast)
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2016 (David Dobrik)
2016 (David Dobrik Too)
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2018 (David Dobrik)
Updated December 17, 2019

David Julian Dobrik (/dbrɪk/; born July 23, 1996) is a Slovak-born YouTube personality. He found early success on the now-defunct video sharing platform Vine, before creating a vlog-oriented YouTube channel in late 2014. As of 2019, 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 December 2019, Dobrik's vlog channel had accumulated 15 million subscribers and 6.4 billion views. The channel was the fifth-most viewed creator channel on YouTube in 2019, with 2.4 billion views that year.

Beyond internet entertainment, Dobrik voice acted the role of Axel in The Angry Birds Movie 2 and, as of December 2019, is one of the judges on the TV show America's Most Musical Family.

Early life

Dobrik was born on July 23, 1996, in Košice, Slovakia. His family moved to Vernon Hills, Illinois, when Dobrik was six years old.[1] He attended Vernon Hills High School, where he played tennis,[2] which led him to qualify for the 2014 Boys Tennis State Tournament where he won third place in the doubles tournaments.[3] After graduating high school, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his Vine career.[4]


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.[citation needed] 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.[5][better source needed] Dobrik launched his personal YouTube channel, David Dobrik, in 2015.[6] 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.[7][8]

2017–present: YouTube and rise to fame

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,[9] which he previously posted three days a week and are currently posted two days a week.[10] He has a podcast titled 'VIEWS' with fellow YouTuber Jason Nash with occasional features from Joe Vulpis and Natalie Mariduena.[11]

In December 2018, Dobrik was given a Diamond Play Button by YouTube in recognition of his YouTube channel surpassing 10 million subscribers.[12][13] Dobrik was also named one of the "10 Social Media Personalities Making the Most Noise" for 2018 by PAPER magazine, alongside Trisha Paytas and Jaboukie Young-White, among others.[14]

Dobrik at 2019 Kids' Choice Awards

In July 2019, Dobrik was featured by W magazine alongside Diana Silvers, Gigi Hadid, and Joe Jonas, 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.[15] Dobrik also became a judge in a musical competition on Nickelodeon titled America's Most Musical Family, alongside Ciara and Debbie Gibson.[16]

In August 2019, Dobrik was featured by Variety magazine in their annual "Power of Young Hollywood" list, alongside celebrities such as Blackpink, Billie Eilish, Tom Holland, and Lil Nas X.[17] In the same month, Dobrik co-hosted for the television event shows, the 2019 Teen Choice Awards with Lucy Hale at which he also received the award for Choice Male Web Star.[18][19] Dobrik also competed in the first-ever Kids' Choice Sports Championship, alongside Rob Gronkowski, Lindsey Vonn, and Kel Mitchell, and among others.[20]

In October 2019, Dobrik was named the Number 1 influencer and personality to follow on social media by teenagers based on the survey by the Piper Jaffray & Co., alongside influencers including Kylie Jenner, Donald Trump, LeBron James, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.[21]

In November 2019, People magazine named Dobrik Sexiest Heartthrob of 2019, over runner-ups including Harry Styles and Shawn Mendes.[22] That same month, Dobrik was one of the presenters at the American Music Awards of 2019,[23] and was also a guest judge in the first episode of Chopped Junior Season 9.[24]

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.[25] 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.[26] Dobrik has also launched his own mobile camera app called David’s Disposable which let users create retro-looking photos of their own.[27]

In January 2020, Dobrik’s mobile camera app, David’s Disposable 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[28] as well as winning a spot on Apple’s curated “Apps We Love Right Now” list.[29]

Views podcast

In September 2018, Dobrik created his third YouTube channel,Views Podcast, where he posts the video podcast of Views.[30][31] Dobrik was featured by The Verge as one of the YouTubers who figured out how to make podcasts work on YouTube, despite the site's emphasis on video-first content.[32]

Vlog content and style

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."[6] In that same profile, writer Julia Alexander noted Dobrik's editing style for bringing in Vine's quick-cut style format. "It led to a wave of creators who copied him," she wrote, "many of whom continue to shape the site's content today."[6]

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. 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, Carly Incontro, and Erin Gilfoy.[33][34][6]

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.[35][34][33][36]

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."[33]

Integrated advertising

In April 2019, Chipotle celebrated National Burrito Day by partnering with Dobrik by making his go-to Chipotle order the brand's official National Burrito Day burrito: the Dobrik Burrito.[37] 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.[8] In September 2019, Dobrik won the Brand Engagement Award at the Streamys Brand Awards for his collaboration with Chipotle.[38] In December 2019, Dobrik was named the 6th most Influential Person in Influencer Marketing by Influence Weekly.[39] 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.[40]

Personal life

Dobrik has three siblings named Esther, Sarah, and Toby.[41][42] As a non-US Citizen who arrived in the United States as a child, Dobrik is protected from deportation under DACA.[43] Dobrik stated in a December 2018 interview that he speaks Slovak and Hungarian.[44]

Dobrik dated fellow YouTube personality Liza Koshy from late 2015 to early 2018, revealing their break-up in June 2018.[45][46] On May 15, 2019, Dobrik legally married Lorraine Nash, Jason Nash's mother, as a bit for one of his vlogs.[47] On June 12, 2019, Dobrik announced that he and Nash had decided to end their marriage after one month.[48] On November 22, 2019, Dobrik stated via Instagram that he has officially signed divorce papers and divorced Nash.[49]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 FML Taylor Mackey Supporting role [50]
2018 Airplane Mode Himself Supporting role [51]
2019 The Angry Birds Movie 2 Axel Voice role [52]

Short Film

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 An Interrogation David Baker Main role [53]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2019 2019 Kids' Choice Sports Himself Competitor [54]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Himself Co-Host [55]
America's Most Musical Family Himself Judge [56]
Chopped Junior Himself Guest Judge (November 12, 2019) [24]

Music Videos

Year Song Artist Role Director Ref.
2017 Sad Song Scotty Sire Himself 80Fitz [57]
My Life Sucks Scotty Sire Himself 80Fitz [58]
Gucci Bands Dom Zeglaitis Himself Richard Selvi [59]
2018 David's Haunted House Scotty Sire Himself [60]
Cozy Trisha Paytas Himself Andrew Vallentine [61]
2019 Graduation Juice WRLD Ryan Jake Schreier [62]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Citation
2017 Shorty Awards Vlogger of the Year Himself Won [63]
2017 Streamy Awards Breakout Creator Won [64]
Creator of the Year Nominated
2018 Shorty Awards YouTuber of the Year Himself Nominated [65]
YouTube Ensemble Vlog Squad Won [66]
Best Podcast VIEWS with David Dobrik and Jason Nash Won [67]
2018 Streamy Awards Creator of the Year Himself Nominated [68][69]
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 Social Star Himself Won [70]
2019 Shorty Awards Youtuber of the Year Nominated [71]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Male Web Star Won [19]
Choice YouTuber Nominated
2019 Streamy Brand Awards Brand Engagement Chipotle + David Dobrik Won [72]
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 [73]
2019 Streamy Awards Creator of the Year Himself Nominated [74]
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


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