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me: i don’t know a dan howell? who is she

dan: *breathes*

me: Daniel JamesDanHowell (born 11 June 1991)[1] is a British video blogger and radio personality. He is best known for hisYouTube channel danisnotonfire, which has reached over six million subscribers. Together with frequent collaborator Phil Lester, Howell presented Sunday night entertainment show Dan and Phil on BBC Radio 1 from January 2013 until August 2014, and presented the station’s Internet Takeover slot from September 2014 til April 2016. Howell was born and raised in Wokingham, Berkshire.[2] He has a younger brother.[2]Before starting his YouTube channel, he worked in retail chains Focus DIY at the age of 16, and later at supermarket Asda.[3] After attending The Forest School, Howell went to the University of Manchester in 2010 to study law, but dropped out in order to pursue video blogging as a profession.[2]Howell has lived with best friend and fellow YouTuber Phil Lester since August 2011,[4] and the pair moved to London together in July 2012.[5]

Howell uploaded his first YouTube video titled “HELLO INTERNET” on 16 October 2009.[8] He was encouraged by “some friends” including Phil Lester to continually upload videos to the site.[2]

He also has a second channel, danisnotinteresting, which has over 1.5 million subscribers and 39.5 million views, as of August 2016.

In 2012, He won the YouTube competition “SuperNote” run by Rhett and Link.[9] He also featured in the weekly video series Becoming YouTube created by Benjamin Cook which looked at the different aspects to becoming an internet celebrity.[10] He also wrote a blog for The Huffington Post, in which he wrote about the creative process behind making his videos.[11]

Howell and Lester collaborated on a YouTube channel for My Damn Channel, entitled The Super Amazing Project, in which they investigated paranormal events.[12] In October 2014, it was announced that as of that month, the duo would not carry on working on the project, in order to concentrate on their Radio 1 show.[13] It was later announced that the Super Amazing Project would continue production, but hosted by different presenters, scouted by the My Damn Channel network.[13][14]

On 12 September 2014, Howell and Lester posted the first video on their new gaming YouTube channel, DanandPhilGAMES.[15] On 8 March 2015 the channel hit 1 million subscribers.[16] It was officially the fastest growing channel on YouTube.[17]

On 1 April 2015, Howell and Lester launched a spin-off channel, DanAndPhilCRAFTS, as an April Fools joke. It features a single video of them creating squaresnowflakes out of paper, with an amateur editing style and humour throughout. It reached over 154,000 subscribers and 500,000 total video views in one week.[18]

In January 2013, Howell and Lester became the presenters of BBC Radio 1’s Sunday evening entertainment and request show.[19] They had occasionally worked with the station before, producing videos for the station’s YouTube channel for Edinburgh Festival Fringe and presenting two Christmas broadcasts. The show was designed to be interactive with the audience, featuring amateur music videos from listeners, challenges performed on air by the presenters and song requests.[20] Four months after starting the show, it won the Sony Golden Headphones award.[21]

Howell and Lester presented at the Teen Awards in 2013 and 2014, as part of the BBC online coverage and their Radio 1 show.[22]

In August 2014, it was announced that the last Dan and Phil show would be broadcast on 24 August, with the duo moving to a different show on Monday nights, featuring other popular video bloggers.[23] This new show was titled The Internet Takeover, and featured Howell along with Lester live on the first Monday of every month, before coming to an end in April 2016.[24]

On 26 March 2015, Howell and Lester announced they had co-written a book through a trailer on his channel called The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire (TABINOF).[28] It was released in the UK on 8 October 2015 and worldwide on 15 October 2015, published by Ebury Press and Random House Children’s Books.[29] The book topped the General Hardbacks Sunday Times Bestsellers list having sold 26,745 copies in the UK in the first week of its release.[30] It also became a #1 New York Times Bestsellerin the young adult hardcover list.[31][32]

In the same trailer the pair announced their theatrical stage show The Amazing Tour Is Not on Fire (TATINOF) which travelled around the UK during October and November 2015, ending at the London Palladium.[33]

On 22 April 2016 they are took the tour to the US which began at Playlist Live in Orlando, Florida and ended on 24 June 2016 at the Dolby in Hollywood, CA.[34] It was the largest tour ever by YouTube creators.[35] They’re also touring in Australia in August 2016 starting in Perth and ending in Brisbane.[36]

On 24 June 2016 they announced The Amazing Tour Is Not on Fire is to be released later in the year as a YouTube Originals film along with a making of documentary.[37]They are the first British YouTube creators to release content on the YouTube Red platform.

Alongside this in November 2016 they are releasing a photobook named Dan and Phil Go Outside which includes a personal collection of candid photos and insightful stories from their tour[38]