Lee Newton

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Lee Newton
Lee Newton.jpg
Newton at VidCon 2012
Born Ashley Rose Newton
(1985-04-13) April 13, 1985 (age 31)
Oregon, United States[1]
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, comedian, web personality
Years active 2007 (2007)–present
Employer Phil DeFranco Networks & Merchandise
Notable work SourceFed
Internet information
Web alias(es) Lee Newton
Web hosting service(s) YouTube
Signature phrase Hello, pretty babies!,[2] "Woof"

Ashley Rose Newton[3][4] (born April 13, 1985), known professionally as Lee Newton, is an actress, comedian and Web personality. She is a former co-host of the YouTube news channel SourceFed, as well as a regular performer of The Gym Comedy group. Newton studied theatre in college, and is a member of The Groundlings Sunday Company.

Early life[edit]

Lee Newton was raised in Coarsegold, California.[5] She believes that she is "a blend of her Father's wit and sarcasm and her Mother's absolute absurdity."[6] She also has a brother and a sister. Her brother, Jake, is a musician, and has his own YouTube channel.[7] On March 2, 2012, a video was posted to her brother, Jake Newton's YouTube channel of the two singing a song cover of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody".[8]

Newton was born with several congenital heart defects, including a ventricular septal defect, an atrial septal defect, transposition of the great vessels, and pulmonic stenosis.[9][10] She has undergone 4 open heart surgeries at the ages of 14 days old, 13 months old, 7 years old, and 13 years old.[6] Due to this, Newton has often said that she is an advocate of people donating organs.[11]

Newton studied theatre in college after receiving a theatre directed scholarship.[6][12]

Newton is a comedian who performed short skits and improv at the Gym Comedy Group.[13][14] Newton is also known for being an alumna of The Groundlings' Sunday Company.[15][16]



From left to right: Morgan, Newton, and Bereta, the original three hosts of SourceFed

Newton, despite her theatre background, rose to fame as a full-time co-host of SourceFed, a YouTube pop culture & news channel.[17] The channel was one of the first 100 YouTube premium channels.[18] She is also seen on the SourceFedNERD spin-off channel. On the series, Table Talk, Newton revealed that "Lee" was just a nickname and that her real first name is Ashley.[3]

Newton has been interviewed on two occasions by New Media Rockstars, along with her SourceFed co-hosts.[19][20] In an interview with the online publication, Newton stated "I think we lucked out having a team of hosts that really got along very well and had Phil’s vision, and we’re able to piggyback on that really quickly because he has such a clear vision, and he knew exactly what he wanted and such a concise idea of what he wanted and then having four people who really like each other and who can write really well. It was just energy. It was a collaboration that really started to take off."[19] The statement was in response to the SourceFed YouTube channel reaching 500,000 subscribers. Newton announced on March 28, 2015 during SourceFed's segment "5 Things You Missed This Week," with former host Ross Everett, that she was appearing in her last video before her resignation.[21]

Maxim's Hot 100[edit]

On February 6, 2012, Lee Newton's fellow co-hosts, Elliott Morgan and Joe Bereta, released a video to the SourceFed YouTube channel, concerning the list of Maxim's Hot 100, which is released every year.[22] Without Lee knowing, her co-hosts encouraged the viewers to vote for her as a 'write-in'. The decision to do this was the overwhelming response from other SourceFed videos; specifically AskMen's Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2012.[23] The feedback contained comments that thought Newton should be included in these lists. The Maxim voting website added a CAPTCHA after a flood of votes for her.[24][25] On 3 April 2012, Maxim posted a list of the most popular 'write-in' candidates, and included Lee Newton, writing that she had 'list potential'. In result, she reached #57 in Maxim's Hot 100.[26][27] The following year, Newton received a Maxim profile.[28]

Appearances outside SourceFed[edit]

Newton appearing in a Vlogbrothers video in 2016.

Newton has made guest appearances in Toby Turner's HEELY COPS video and in The Fine Brothers' webseries MyMusic. In March 2013, Newton appeared alongside SourceFed co-host Steve Zaragoza and creator Philip DeFranco in a Taco Bell advertisement.[29]

Newton appeared in an episode of the Fine Brothers's YouTubers React, alongside SourceFed co-host, Steve Zaragoza.[30] Newton would again work with the Fine Brothers as she joined the cast of MyMusic for its second season.[31] On the series, Newton played the character of Country, Idol's cousin.[32][33]

She also voices Tanya Burkowitz and Katelynn Zales in the stop-motion animated web series The Most Popular Girls in School.[34] Newton also appeared in the ninth episode of Rhett and Link's The Mythical Show, along with co-hosts Joe Bereta and Elliott Morgan.[35] Newton also appeared on the April Fools 2014 episode of Tosh.0.[36] In July 2014, Newton was announced to be included in the cast of Comedy Central's series, CC: Social Scene.[37][38]

Newton currently hosts the Lip Sync Battle Preshow with Elliott Morgan for Spike TV.[39]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations for SourceFed
Year Award Show Category Result Recipient(s)
2013 3rd Streamy Awards Best News and Culture Series Nominated
Best Live Series Nominated (SourceFed: The Nation Decides 2012)
Best Live Event Nominated (SourceFed: #PDSLive 2012 Election Night Coverage)
Audience Choice for Series of the Year Won
2014 4th Streamy Awards News and Current Events Series Won
Gaming Nominated SourceFed Nerd channel
Show of the Year Nominated SourceFed channel

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kid or Adult, Movie Remakes, and Murder Cover-ups! #TableTalk". SourceFedNERD. YouTube. June 27, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ Newton, Lee (April 13, 2013). "Birthdays, Dinosaurs, and Dreams!!!". Lee Newton. YouTube. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Grace Helbig, Mythical Creatures, and A**hole Teachers - #TableTalk". SourceFedNERD. YouTube. June 12, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Newton, Lee (January 15, 2013). "Lee's Q&A! First edition!". Lee Newton. YouTube. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ep. 55 Lee Newton - Ear Biscuits". Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Philip DeFranco; Lee Newton (May 30, 2012). "OverPhlow May 30, 2012 ft. Lee Newton". Audioboo.fm. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ Jake Newton; Lee Newton (January 6, 2008). "Jake Newton". YouTube. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ Newton, Jake (March 2, 2012). I wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston Cover. Jake Newton. YouTube. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ Newton, Lee (March 24, 2012). "Twitter / leenewtonsays: @alickzandria I was born". Twitter. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ Newton, Lee (January 15, 2013). Youtube / Lee's Q&A! First edition!. YouTube. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ Lee Newton; Joe Bereta (May 1, 2012). Share your Organs on Facebook!?. SourceFed. YouTube. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  12. ^ Lee Newton; Elliott Morgan (March 7, 2012). Catastrophic College Debt!. YouTube. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Lee Newton". Gymcomedy.com. June 3, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  14. ^ "About The Gym". Gymcomedy.com. April 9, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Lee Newton Sunday Company". The Groundlings. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Lee Newton About Host". Revision3. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Divorce Rate: SourceFed Webseries Seeks To Explain Splits (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. March 21, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  18. ^ Cohen, Joshua (January 26, 2012). "Is 'SourceFed' 'The Daily Show' for the YouTube Generation?". Tubefilter. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  19. ^ a b Manarino, Matthew (August 1, 2012). "YouTube Philip DeFranco & SourceFed Cast Talk 500,000 Subscriber Milestone". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  20. ^ Klima, Jeff (February 28, 2013). "SOURCEFED YOUTUBE PERSONALITIES". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  21. ^ Newton, Lee; Everett, Ross (March 28, 2015). LEE NEWTON'S LAST SOURCEFED VIDEO. SourceFed. YouTube. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  22. ^ "2012 Maxim Hot 100". Maxim. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  23. ^ Lee Newton; Joe Bereta (January 31, 2012). Top 99 Most DESIRABLE WOMEN of 2012. YouTube. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Maxim Hot 100 Goes Geek". Geeks Are Sexy. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  25. ^ Maxim Staff. "UPDATE: The Most Popular 'Hot 100' Write-Ins of 2012". Maxim. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Maxim's Hot 100 : Une fenêtre sur celles qui font rêver les hommes]". Le Nouvel Observateur. May 24, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  27. ^ Byrd, Norman (May 22, 2012). "Stephen Colbert's Perfect Position On The 'Maxim Hot 100' List". Huliq. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Lee Newton". Maxim. Archived from the original on March 1, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  29. ^ Manarino, Matthew (March 7, 2013). "PHILIP DEFRANCO AND TACO BELL BRING US A NEW ERA OF CELEBRITY-DRIVEN ADVERTISING". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  30. ^ YouTubers React to Don't Hug Me I'm Scared. The Fine Brothers. YouTube. May 9, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  31. ^ Manarino, Matthew (May 13, 2013). "THE FINE BROTHERS GREEN-LIGHT SEASON 2 OF 'MYMUSIC' YOUTUBE SERIES, LATE SUMMER PREMIERE EXPECTED". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  32. ^ Dunn, Gaby (August 20, 2013). "Meet Lee Newton, the new country heartbreaker on 'MyMusic'". The Daily Dot. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  33. ^ Gutelle, Sam (August 20, 2013). "Fine Bros Debut MyMusic Season 2 With New Characters, More Transmedia". Tubefilter. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  34. ^ The Making of Season 2 | The Most Popular Girls in School. TheMostPopularGirls. YouTube. July 2, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  35. ^ The Mythical Show Ep 9 (Sourcefed, Frontier Wok & Goorgen). The Mythical Show. YouTube. June 20, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Todd Glass' Awful Prank Show - Army Wife - Uncensored". Tosh.0. Comedy Central. April 1, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  37. ^ Gutelle, Sam (July 28, 2014). "Comedy Central's New Sketch Show Takes Suggestions From Social Media". Tubefilter. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  38. ^ Spangler, Todd (July 28, 2014). "Comedy Central Launches Improv Sketch Show Based on Viewer Tweets". Variety. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  39. ^ "Introducing our new Preshow hosts". Lip Sync Battle. Facebook. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 

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