Dunn appearing in a 2016 Vlogbrothers video
Gabrielle Teresa Dunn
June 1, 1988
Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||Emerson College|
Gabrielle Teresa Dunn (born June 1, 1988) is an American writer, actress, journalist, comedian, LGBTQ activist, and podcaster. She was a writer and director for BuzzFeed Video, but has since left to focus on her YouTube comedy show and podcast Just Between Us with her best friend and fellow former Buzzfeed writer Allison Raskin.
As a journalist, Dunn's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Playboy, Vice, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Salon, and Slate. Her and Raskin's joint novel, I Hate Everyone but You, was released on September 5, 2017 through Wednesday Books. It reached the top ten on The New York Times bestsellers list.
Since 2016, she has hosted Bad with Money, a podcast on the Panoply network, which primarily focuses on economy lessons, while also delving into poverty and economic oppression. She also lead the Peoples Improv Theater house team BIRDS, and was a producer of the independent community radio station WFMU. Her web project, 100interviews.com, was named "Best Blog" by The Village Voice in 2010.
Early life and education
Dunn was born on June 1, 1988. She attended David Posnack Jewish Day School in Plantation, Florida. She attended Emerson College, where she majored in Multimedia Journalism, graduating in 2009.
Dunn began performing during her 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 she was urged to take the audition slot of a former boyfriend who had become sick the day before and could not perform. Her audition was successful and she became a member of the troupe. At the time she considered herself a better writer than actor, and working in CCC allowed her to do both, since members were expected to write and perform their own sketches.
During her second year, Dunn began a two-year stint as a crime reporter for The Boston Globe. She 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 her junior year, Dunn worked as an intern at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
In October 2010, Dunn created 100interviews.com, a Tumblr blog in which she 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. Her initial inspiration for the project stemmed from her 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."
Because 100 Interviews was an independent project, Dunn sometimes solicited interviews with her 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. After trying and failing to interview Colbert by crashing a $2,000 a plate dinner gala, Dunn settled for asking him questions during a pre-show Q&A for The Colbert Report. She also used Help a Reporter Out, an online service that connects journalists with expert sources.
Dunn's attempts to gain wider exposure for what she called her "diary journalism" were initially met with rejection. Dunn has been recognized as a success case of the use of social media for self-promotion, particularly Twitter and Tumblr, the micro-blogging service and web application platform through which she initially self-published her interviews. The success of 100 Interviews caused Dunn's work to be noticed by the Village Voice and New York Times culture editor Adam Sternbergh.
Just Between Us
In 2014, Dunn created a YouTube channel with her 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 725,000 subscribers and over 160 million views.
Bad with Money with Gaby Dunn
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. On her podcast she discusses her financial experiences in regards to her debt, career, and also systematic financial systems in place that make earning money difficult. Her guests have ranged from financial psychologist Dr. Brad Klontz to feminist scholar and writer Roxane Gay.
This podcast stems from a long conversation Dunn has had around money and the internet. After an article she 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. 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 she shows one of the jobs as a courier and also the fans she runs into as she's working. During the early weeks of Bad with Money, Dunn also hosted the Finale Rally podcast, which is no longer active.
I Hate Everyone But You
Dunn's debut novel, written with Allison Raskin, was published on September 5, 2017. A follow-up novel is expected to be released in July 2019, titled Please Send Help.
Dunn often speaks out on and in support of queer visibility and queer youth online. In one of her YouTube videos, "#WHYiVLOG? Bisexual Visibility Matters!", she discusses bisexual visibility online and why this empowers her to keep creating content. She states in response to why she creates videos that it's important to her, "...to show queer youth and queer teens that you can grow up and be successful and be happy and not just the character that I am on JBU which is essentially me. But me in real life, to be an example of somebody who is out, who is happy, who had friends, and relationships, and careers. It was really important for me for kids to go online and see that." She continues to create content on JBU and her personal YouTube channel that openly talks about her sexuality and queer visibility.
Dunn has also used her platform to showcase the exploitation and manipulation of power which male celebrities use against young and/or non-famous women, using her position of power as an online celebrity to call out male celebrities who do this and amplify the voices of young women who have experienced these advances. calling out actors and musicians who have reportedly solicited sexual acts from or taken advantage of young women.
Dunn is bisexual, and polyamorous/Non-Monogamous. Dunn has been very public about a few of her relationships including those with actor Samm Levine, comedian Josh Gondelman, Buzzfeed coworkers Garrett Werner and Stephanie Frosch, and her most recent ex, Ellen Ford.
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