Dávid Julián Dobrík is a United States-based YouTuber, comedian, actor and podcaster of Slovak nationality, and the creator of the Dispo app. He found early success on the video-sharing platform Vine, before starting his vlog on his YouTube channel in 2015.
Dobrik is known for being the leader of the popular YouTube ensemble The Vlog Squad, which features prominently in his vlogs and comprises rotating selections of his friend group. As of February 2021, Dobrik’s vlog channel had accumulated 18.9 million subscribers and 8.2 billion views. The channel was the fifth-most viewed creator channel on YouTube in 2019, with 2.4 billion views that year. In March 2020, he was called “Gen Z’s Jimmy Fallon” by The Wall Street Journal.
Beyond internet entertainment, Dobrik voice-acted the role of Axel in The Angry Birds Movie 2, was one of the judges on the Nickelodeon TV show America’s Most Musical Family, hosted “The Stars of SpongeBob Fan Favorites Special”, and, as of August 2020, hosts Discovery Channel’s reality competition TV show Dodgeball Thunderdome.
Dobrik was born on July 23, 1996, in Kosice, Slovakia. His family moved to Vernon Hills, Illinois, when Dobrik was six years old. He attended Vernon Hills High School, where he played tennis, which led him to qualify for the 2014 Boys Tennis State Tournament where he won third place in the doubles tournaments. After graduating high school, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his Vine career.
n 2013, Dobrik uploaded his first Vine. He collaborated on Vines with other popular Viners such as Liza Koshy, Gabbie Hanna, Jason Nash, and Zane & Heath. Before starting his own YouTube channel, Dobrik was part of the YouTube group, Second Class. By the end of that channel in 2015, Dobrik and company had gained over 18,000 subscribers. Dobrik launched his personal YouTube channel, David Dobrik, in 2015. Since its inception, videos on this channel have been comedy vlogs based on real-life situations and semi-scripted bits, featuring many of his former Vine collaborators. In August 2016, Dobrik created his second channel, David Dobrik Too, where he posts blooper reels, challenge videos, and his more direct sponsorship deals.
Dobrik gained fans in recent years due to his high energy videos which consists of pranks, inside jokes, cute animals, Vine and YouTube stars, real celebrities and various comedy bit characters, which he previously posted three days a week and are currently posted two days a week. He has a podcast titled ‘VIEWS’ with fellow YouTuber Jason Nash with occasional features from Joe Vulpis and Natalie Mariduena.
In September 2018, Dobrik created his third YouTube channel, Views Podcast, where he posts the video podcast of Views. Dobrik was featured by The Verge as one of the YouTubers who figured out how to make podcasts work on YouTube, despite the site’s emphasis on video-first content. However, Dobrik decided to stop uploading his Views podcast onto Youtube, instead continuing to post Views solely on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The last uploaded video podcast from Dobrik and Nash was episode 107, posted on June 2, 2019.
In December 2019, Dobrik was named in YouTube Rewind 2019 as the fifth-most-viewed creator that year on the platform, with 2.4 billion views. Also that month, a video of Dobrik’s on TikTok featuring a large-scale elephant’s toothpaste experiment was named the Number 1 Top Viral Video on the platform in 2019, with 17.5 million likes and 180 million views.
In January 2020, Dobrik launched his own mobile camera app called David’s Disposable which lets users create retro-looking photos of their own. The app has surpassed over a million downloads and also landed briefly at the top of the list for most popular free apps on Apple’s App Store, sitting ahead of Disney + and Instagram as well as winning a spot on Apple’s curated “Apps We Love Right Now” list.
Dobrik also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as his late-night television debut, discussing about his inspiration for his viral videos and successful YouTube channel as well as his first interaction with Justin Beiber. The show ranked No. 1 across all entertainment brands in total and new views for the week with five videos featuring Dobrik totalled more than 15 million views.
In December 2020, Dobrik was named one of Forbes 30 under 30, for the year 2021 under the category of social media as well as one of the featured honourees in that category. Dobrik was also named by Forbes as one of the highest-paid YouTube stars of 2020. That same month, Dobrik, alongside Keke Palmer, hosted a year-end special called “Peace Out 2020’” on Facebook Watch which highlights memorable moments and memes from the year 2020.
In January 2021, Dobrik was a part of Spotify’s one of many tests that it regularly runs to help improve its user experience by releasing nine audiobooks that are all part of the public domain and in this case, Dobrik narrating Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Dobrik has three siblings, named Ester, Sara, and Toby. As a Slovakian citizen who arrived in the United States as a child and remained illegally, Dobrik is protected from deportation under DACA. Dobrik stated in a December 2018 interview that he speaks Slovak.
Dobrik dated fellow YouTube personality Liza Koshy from late 2015 to early 2018. They revealed their break-up in June 2018. May 15, 2019, Dobrik legally married Lorraine Nash, Jason Nash’s mother, as a comedic bit for one of his vlogs. Dobrik announced that he and Nash had decided to end their marriage after one month, On June 2019. On November 22, 2019, Dobrik stated via Instagram that he has officially signed divorce papers and divorced Nash.
Fans of YouTube star David Dobrik grow more and more convinced every day that the 23-year-old is hooking up with his assistant and long time friend Natalie Mariduena. The pair lives together and frequently shares photos on their social media pages.
The Young star YouTuber is worth about $20 million.