Lisa Donovan in 2008
June 11, 1980 |
New York City, New York, United States
|Occupation||Radio personality, actress|
|Web hosting service(s)||YouTube|
Lisa Donovan (born June 11, 1980) is an American actress. As of September 2015, her YouTube channel has over 550,000 subscribers and 135 million video views. She is one of the co-founders of Maker Studios, a YouTube video network which provides production and marketing services for over 1,000 YouTube channels.
Donovan grew up in Scarsdale, New York. She was a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder before moving to Los Angeles, California. She has been cited as the inspiration for the character Eucalyptus in Jacob Appel's novel The Biology of Luck.
Donovan uploaded her first video, "Introducing LisaNova," to YouTube on June 7, 2006. She has parodied a number of celebrities and public figures; her impersonation of Sarah Palin was praised in Wired as "ruthlessly hilarious", and in 2008 Ralph Nader made a guest appearance in one of the skits. Her 2010 half-hour interview of Katy Perry on Perry's official YouTube channel has received over 4.7 million views. In a Forbes magazine article, YouTube founder Chad Hurley highlighted Donovan's success as an example of the changing paradigm of entertainment. Donovan is also a co-creator of the popular YouTube channel 'The Station', which led to her co-founding the YouTube network Maker Studios.
Mainstream success and MADtv
Donovan was one of the first YouTube content creators to cross over to mainstream Hollywood when she was cast on MADtv in 2006. She debuted in a spoof of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she played Salma Hayek, the producer of the ABC Comedy Ugly Betty, and Rosie O'Donnell. The episode aired on February 17, 2007. After signing a contract and only appearing in four episodes of MADtv, she left the following season.
In 2011, she was honored as Pioneer in New Media at the third annual Burbank International Film Festival alongside fellow honorees Bill Plympton, Mark Kirkland, Fred Willard, Al Jean, and Roger Corman.
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- Zappin Productions (click 'contact' on website)
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- Introducing LisaNova on YouTube
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- Burbank International Film Festival, 2011 Honorees
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