Liza Koshy

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Koshy in 2017

Elizabeth Koshy (born March 31, 1996)[1] is an American actress, YouTube personality, comedian and television host.[2] She began her career on Vine in 2013, before starting a YouTube channel.

Among her acting roles have been Aday Walker in Tyler Perry's horror comedy film Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) and The Explorer in the YouTube Premium series Escape the Night (2017). She starred as Violet Adams in the Hulu drama television series Freakish (2016–2017), and she both produces and stars as the title character in the YouTube Premium comedy series Liza on Demand, which was released in June 2018. Koshy also co-hosts the MTV television series Total Request Live (2017–present) and the Nickelodeon game show revival Double Dare, which premiered in June 2018.

Koshy's main YouTube channel has amassed more than 16 million subscribers, and her two channels have a total of more than two billion combined views.[3][4] She has received two Streamy Awards, four Teen Choice Awards, and a Kids' Choice Award.


Social media[edit]

Koshy began posting comic videos on the Vine platform, in 2013, under the pseudonym "Lizzza", where she posted short comedic videos.[5] When Vine closed in 2017, Koshy had over 5 million followers.[6] By 2016, Koshy was also becoming noted on the YouTube platform.[7] In November 2016, just before the 2016 election, Koshy interviewed president Barack Obama on her YouTube channel to encourage voter registration.[8][9] Koshy's videos feature "her loud facial expressions, quick pace, and her commitment to looking as ridiculous as possible as the joke demands. [Some of her videos] take serious issues – like anxiety, the pressure to fit in and internet trolls – and make them accessible and engaging for her viewers."[10]

In 2017, Koshy became "the fastest YouTube personality to reach 10 million subscribers".[11] As of September 2018, her main YouTube channel had over 16 million subscribers and more than 1.8 billion views.[3] Videos on her main channel receive an average of nearly 10 million views.[12] As of September 2018, her second YouTube channel had more than 7 million subscribers,[4] and her two channels had a combined total of more than 2 billion views.[3][4] She also had more than 16 million followers on Instagram,[13] more than 11 million on,[14] more than 2.8 million on Facebook[15] and more than 2 million on Twitter.[16] By August 2017, her total social media penetration was approximately 45 million followers.[8][17]


In 2016, Koshy starred in the Hulu original horror series Freakish as Violet Adams.[18] She reprised the role in the show's second season in 2017.[19] Also in 2016, she played the role of Aday Walker in the horror-comedy feature film, Boo! A Madea Halloween,[8] and starred as herself in the YouTube Premium series, Jingle Ballin'.[6][20] Koshy starred as Princess Aubrey in the 2016 comedy film FML.[21][22] In 2017, she played a recurring character, The Explorer, in the YouTube Premium mystery-reality series Escape the Night.[23][24] Koshy stars in and co-produces a YouTube Premium situation comedy series, Liza on Demand, which was released in June 2018, "following the chaotic misadventures of the eponymous character" as she works to become an "elite tasker"[25] doing odd jobs for pay.[26] A reviewer for the Los Angeles Times wrote: "The first episode ... is not bad. Yet it's also ordinary and a little stiff. … But the second ... is better ... and shows off Koshy to good effect, some effective physical comedy included. It made me laugh, anyway."[27] Also in 2018 Koshy is set to voice the character Owl in Crow: The Legend, an animated virtual-reality short film written by Eric Darnell, starring John Legend.[28]

Other activities[edit]

Koshy hosted the live preshow at the 2017 Golden Globes Awards,[11] which received 2.7 million live viewers on Twitter – a record for the medium.[8] She also hosted Nigel Lythgoe's series Every Single Step and was "the only social entertainer chosen to promote the 2016 MTV Movie Awards."[22] She is one of the hosts on Total Request Live on MTV, which began a series of daily live broadcasts in October 2017.[11][29] She also serves as a producer and developer of content for MTV.[30] Koshy was the first "digital star" interviewed for Vogue magazine's "73 Questions" web series.[31] Koshy conducted interviews of the celebrities attending the 2018 Met Gala on behalf of Vogue.[32]

Koshy collaborates with The Giving Keys, a jewelry company that employs and supports the formerly homeless population, on a necklace collection.[33] Her online advertisements for Beats Electronics draw four times more viewers than those of other celebrities.[34]

She has hosted the reboot of the Nickelodeon game show Double Dare since June 2018.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Koshy was born and raised in Houston, Texas.[36] She is of half-Indian and half-white descent; her parents are Jose Koshy, a petroleum executive, and Jean Carol née Hertzler, a yoga instructor.[37] She has two older sisters.[38][26] From kindergarten until 5th grade, she was placed in a dual language educational and cultural program, where she learned to speak Spanish.[39] In 2014, after attending Lamar High School,[40] Koshy enrolled in the University of Houston and began to study business marketing.[41]

In 2015, Koshy left college and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career.[26] She dated fellow YouTube personality David Dobrik from late 2015 to late 2017, revealing their break-up in June 2018.[42][43]



Year Title Role Notes
2016 FML Princess Aubrey Supporting role[21]
Boo! A Madea Halloween Aday Supporting role
Jingle Ballin' Liza Main role[44][20]


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Making a Scene with James Franco Herself Season 3[45]
2016–2017 Freakish Violet Adams Main role
2017 Escape the Night The Explorer Season 2 (5 episodes), Season 3 (1 episode)
Total Request Live Herself Co-host[11]
Ellen's Show Me More Show Herself Guest (1 episode)
2018 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Herself Guest (1 episode)[46]
Liza on Demand Liza Main role; also co-creator and executive producer
Double Dare Host Also executive producer[47]

Reception and awards[edit]

Koshy has won two Streamy Awards and four Teen Choice Awards. She also received one nomination each for a 2017 Shorty Award and a 2018 Shorty, one for a People's Choice Award, two other Teen Choice Awards and two other Streamy Awards. Teen Vogue named Koshy to its 2016 list of "The 7 Female Comedians You Need to Know".[48] The Hollywood Reporter included Koshy in its 2017 list of "15 Rising Crossover Stars".[36] The Washington Post cited Koshy as one of the "funny the top of their game today [who] girls get to study" as models for comedy and empowerment.[49]

John Jurgensen of The Wall Street Journal described Koshy's appeal as follows: "Her comedy is heavy on self-deprecation, slapstick and wordplay, more goofy than snarky. ... One reason her sketches work for advertisers is the replay factor, [squeezing] in dozens of puns and double meanings, in part to encourage easily distracted viewers to re-watch. ... Koshy has proven to be safe territory for established entertainment companies and advertisers who have fled from edgier online content".[26]

Year Award Show Category Result Ref.
2016 Streamy Awards Breakout Creator Won [50]
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Social Media Star Nominated [51]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Female Web Star Won [52]
Choice Comedy Web Star Nominated
Choice YouTuber Nominated
Shorty Awards YouTuber of the Year Nominated [53]
Streamy Awards Creator of the Year Nominated [54]
Comedy Won [55]
Editing Nominated [54]
2018 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Funny YouTube Creator Won [56]
10th Shorty Awards Creator of the Decade Nominated [57]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Female Web Star Won [58]
Choice Comedy Web Star Won
Choice YouTuber Won
Streamy Awards Creator of the Year Pending [59]
Comedy Series: Liza on Demand Pending
Acting in a Comedy: Liza on Demand Pending


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