Gaby Dunn

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Gaby Dunn
Gaby Dunn Vlogbrothers 2016.jpg
Dunn appearing in a 2016 Vlogbrothers video
Born
Gabrielle Teresa Dunn

(1988-06-01) June 1, 1988 (age 33)
Florida,[citation needed] U.S.
Alma materEmerson College
Occupation
  • Actor
  • writer
  • journalist
  • podcaster
Years active2010–present

Gabrielle Teresa Dunn (born June 1, 1988) is an American writer, actor, pop journalist, comedian, LGBTQ activist, and podcaster. They were a writer and director for BuzzFeed Video, before leaving to focus on their YouTube comedy show and podcast Just Between Us with fellow former Buzzfeed writer Allison Raskin.[1]

Dunn's writings as a journalist have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Playboy, Vice, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Salon, and Slate. Their joint novel with Raskin, I Hate Everyone but You, was released on September 5, 2017 through Wednesday Books.[2] It reached the top ten on The New York Times bestsellers list.

Since 2016, they have hosted Bad with Money, a podcast that launched at the Panoply network but is now at Stitcher, which primarily focuses on economy lessons, while also delving into poverty and economic oppression.[3][4] They also led the Peoples Improv Theater house team BIRDS, and were a producer of the independent community radio station WFMU. Their web project, 100interviews.com, was named "Best Blog" by The Village Voice in 2010.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Dunn was born on June 1, 1988.[citation needed] They attended David Posnack Jewish Day School in Plantation, Florida. They attended Emerson College, where they majored in Multimedia Journalism, graduating in 2009.[6]

Dunn began performing during their first year at Emerson, with the sketch comedy troupe Chocolate Cake City (CCC). Dunn had wanted to audition for CCC, but was too scared to do so until they were urged to take the audition slot of a former boyfriend who had become sick the day before and could not perform. Their audition was successful and they became a member of the troupe. At the time they considered themself a better writer than actor, and working in CCC allowed them to do both, since members were expected to write and perform their own sketches.[6]

During their second year, Dunn began a two-year stint as a crime reporter for The Boston Globe. They worked the 6:30 pm – 2:30 am shift, using a police scanner to monitor potential news items, and then driving to the scene of the crime to write about it. After their junior year, Dunn worked as an intern at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.[7]

Career[edit]

100 Interviews[edit]

In October 2010, Dunn created 100interviews.com, a Tumblr blog in which they intended to publish transcripts of 100 interviews, given over the course of a single year, with a variety of different people. Interview subjects included a transgender person, a rocket scientist, an Abraham Lincoln expert, and Stephen Colbert.[8] Their initial inspiration for the project stemmed from their own personal desire to meet different people and hear their stories. However, Dunn also wanted to offer readers the opportunity to "vicariously meet people" whose lives were different from their own. "That's something I don't think journalism does anymore." Dunn explained in an interview with Yeshiva University's The Commentator, "If you're liberal, you'll watch certain news channels and if you're conservative you'll watch different channels. Journalism used to present one truth that each side could interpret. Now it panders to one side or the other."[7]

Because 100 Interviews was an independent project, Dunn sometimes solicited interviews with candidates in non-traditional unexpected ways. Children's horror author R. L. Stine agreed to sit for an interview after Dunn "cold-tweeted" him on Twitter.[9] After trying and failing to interview Colbert by crashing a $2,000 a plate dinner gala,[10] Dunn settled for asking him questions during a pre-show Q&A for The Colbert Report.[11] They also used Help a Reporter Out, an online service that connects journalists with expert sources.

Dunn's attempts to gain wider exposure for what they called their "diary journalism"[12] were initially met with rejection.[13] Dunn has been recognized as a success case of the use of social media for self-promotion,[9] particularly Twitter and Tumblr, the micro-blogging service and web application platform through which they initially self-published their interviews.[14] The success of 100 Interviews caused Dunn's work to be noticed by the Village Voice and New York Times culture editor Adam Sternbergh.[15]

Just Between Us[edit]

In 2014, Dunn created a YouTube channel with their best friend Allison Raskin called Just Between Us (JBU). The two play characters based on themselves, which they describe as an odd couple. Dunn plays a sex-positive, bisexual, feminist in contrast to Raskin's uptight, straight, single character. They began with giving love advice, and then added sketches. The advice show sometimes features guest stars, which in the past have included family members and close friends. They temporarily had a series replacing their advice show called "Is This What You Want?" where they tried different types of videos from various areas of YouTube. Just Between Us now has more than 670,000 subscribers and over 160 million views.

Bad with Money with Gaby Dunn[edit]

In August 2016, Gaby Dunn began a podcast with the intent of exposing and analyzing money problems that most people face yet no one talks about. The podcast was called Bad with Money with Gaby Dunn and is part of the Panoply podcast network.[16] On their podcast they discuss their financial experiences in regards to their debt,[17] career, and also systematic financial systems in place that make earning money difficult. Their guests have ranged from financial psychologist Dr. Brad Klontz[17] to feminist scholar and writer Roxane Gay.[18]

This podcast stems from a long conversation Dunn has had around money and the internet. After an article they wrote for Fusion went viral in December 2015, Dunn became one of the leading spokespeople for the intersection of being famous online and making a living.[19] Many YouTubers, while "internet famous", cannot profit off of their celebrity for fear of being seen as disingenuous, as Dunn describes in the documentary Vlogumentary (2016), in which they show one of the jobs as a courier and also the fans they runs into as they’re working.[20] During the early weeks of Bad with Money, Dunn also hosted the Finale Rally podcast, which is no longer active.[21]

I Hate Everyone But You[edit]

Dunn's debut novel, written with Allison Raskin, was published on September 5, 2017.[22] A follow-up novel was released in July 2019, titled Please Send Help.

In 2019, Dunn was also a consulting producer on the Netflix animated series, Big Mouth, created by comedian Nick Kroll.

Bury The Lede[edit]

In October 2019, Gaby's debut original graphic novel, Bury the Lede[23] was released in partnership with BOOM! Studios. It is a queer crime thriller that was inspired by Dunn’s own experiences working as a young reporter at the Boston Globe. Bury the Lede was illustrated by Claire Roe.

Additional appearances[edit]

Dunn has appeared twice as a guest on The George Lucas Talk Show, first during the marathon fundraiser of Arli$$ and later on The George Lucas Holiday Special.

Personal life[edit]

Dunn has a younger sister, Cheyanne Dunn. Dunn is bisexual and polyamorous.[24] As of 2020, Dunn was dating singer/songwriter Mal Blum.[25][26] In a July 5, 2021 interview on the Gender Reveal podcast, Dunn said that they had been exploring their gender and were probably non-binary, and had begun using they/them pronouns.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home". Allison Raskin. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "I Hate Everyone But You – Gaby Dunn – Macmillan". Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  3. ^ ""Life was always a financial hellscape": Gaby Dunn's "Bad With Money" wants to break th..." August 30, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Hess, Amanda (December 6, 2016). "The Best New Podcasts of 2016". The New York Times. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Village Voice Web Awards: The Winners!". Village Voice. December 8, 2010. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Goodman, Elyssa (December 4, 2009). "Gaby Dunn and the Pursuit of Comedy: Featured Female Start-Up". Her Campus. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Botwinick, Simeon (April 1, 2011). "From the Top 5 Cutest Maccabeats to 100 Interviews in 1 Year: 15 Questions with Gaby Dunn". The Commentator. Yeshiva University. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  8. ^ Dunn, Gabby (September 20, 2010). "The Finished List". 100 Interviews. 100interviews.com. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Weinmann, Karlee (April 12, 2011). "How Gaby Dunn Self-Promoted Her Way To Internet Fame". Open Forum. openforum.com. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  10. ^ Dunn, Gaby (April 12, 2011). "I crashed a $2,000/plate gala to find Stephen Colbert". Open Salon. salon.com. Archived from the original on July 27, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  11. ^ Tenore, Mallary Jean (August 30, 2011). "'100 Interviews' project puts new twist on old adage: Everybody has a story". Poynter. poynter.org. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  12. ^ Gordon, Kyana (November 12, 2010). "100 Interviews: Gaby Dunn and the Art of Face-to-Face Meeting". psfk.com. PSFK. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  13. ^ Binder, Shaun (October 5, 2012). "No Fun, Gaby Dunn! An Interview with a Thought Catalog Editor". Uloop: Huffington Post College. Huffington Post. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  14. ^ Orsini, Lauren Rae (October 4, 2011). "100 Interviews Get People Talking". The Daily Dot. The Daily Dot, LLC. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  15. ^ Stoeffel, Kat (February 2, 2012). "New York Times Magazine Hires Thought Catalog Writer". The New York Observer. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  16. ^ "Panoply Media: A Podcast Network from Slate Magazine". www.panoply.fm. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Gaby Gets Her Head Examined (aka Plan Bay) from Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn". www.stitcher.com. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  18. ^ "Tokens For Your Tokens from Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn". www.stitcher.com. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  19. ^ "You Can Have Millions of Subscribers on YouTube—And Still Be Flat Broke". Fusion. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  20. ^ Shaytards (October 26, 2016), Vlogumentary, retrieved December 2, 2016
  21. ^ "Finale Rally", Soundcloud, retrieved June 9, 2017
  22. ^ "New Kids' and YA Books: Week of September 4, 2017". PublishersWeekly.com. August 31, 2017. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  23. ^ "Here's an Exclusive First Look at Gaby Dunn's New Graphic Novel, "Bury the Lede"". Autostraddle. March 12, 2019. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  24. ^ Dunn, Gaby (January 7, 2016). "Polyamorous, Pansexual, and Proud: Why I'm 'So Out and Outspoken'". Women's Health. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  25. ^ Matilda Davies, up about ‘gender feelings’ for the first time and says they’re ‘maybe’ non-binary, December 20, 2020, PinkNews
  26. ^ "Let's Move To Paris! (The Cost Of The City Of Love)". Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn. February 11, 2020.
  27. ^ Woodstock, Tuck (July 5, 2021). Episode 98: Checking in with Gaby Dunn (Podcast). 11:25 minutes in.

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