The Dolan Twins

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Ethan and Grayson Dolan[1] (born December 16, 1999[2]), collectively known as The Dolan Twins, are an American comedy duo who rose to prominence in May 2013[3] on the video sharing application Vine. They are currently signed to AwesomenessTV, and have been since 2015.[4][5]

The Dolan Twins
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The Dolan Twins in 2017
Personal information
BornEthan Dolan
Grayson Dolan
(1999-12-16) December 16, 1999 (age 20)
YouTube information
Years active2014–present
Subscribers10.3 million
(September 5, 2019)
Total views1.52 billion
(September 5, 2019)
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers


The twins are from the Long Valley section of Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey.[6] On December 19, 2017 they published a video, highlighting what type of twins they are.[7] In the video Ethan Dolan expressed doubt that they were identical twins, in truth they are.

Since their beginnings, the duo has accumulated over 6.4 million followers on Vine and 4.4 million subscribers on YouTube, and embarked on a world tour titled the "4OU" Tour in 2016.[8] The duo was also involved in a Twitter ad campaign for the social network's new stickers feature.[9] At the 2016 Teen Choice Awards, the duo won the awards for Choice Web Star: Male[10] and Choice YouTuber.

On March 27, 2018 it was reported that the two would be taking a step back from YouTube, through a video on their channel entitled Bye For Now.[11] In the video they state that this is to re-evaluate themselves creatively and focus on their lives outside of YouTube.[12] They later announced their return on May 1, 2018.[13] They are represented by WME.[14]

In June 2018, the twins formed The Sister Squad with fellow teenage YouTubers James Charles and Emma Chamberlain.[15] The four uploaded simultaneous videos on their respective YouTube channels on June 19, August 28, October 31, and December 25, 2018, and were featured prominently in YouTube Rewind 2018.[16] The Sister Squad was nominated for a 2019 YouTube Ensemble Shorty Award.[17]

Their father, Sean Dolan, died on January 19, 2019, after a two year battle with cancer. He was fifty years old.[18]

In June 2019, their channel earned the YouTube Diamond Play button by passing ten million subscribers.[19] On October 8, they posted a sixty minute video to their channel titled It's Time To Move On.... They explain in what is mostly an interview format with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson the grief and stress of their father's death, and that they intend to change the content of their channel and cease posting every Tuesday, as has been the case since starting their channel in 2014, to a more flexible posting schedule.[20]

Work outside of YouTube

MTV's Total Request Live reboot added the Dolan twins to the shows lineup as correspondents, and provide on-air hosting duties across platforms.[21] It was announced in August 2018 that the twins had directed a music video for the Australian alt-pop group Cub Sport.[22]


In September 2017, they claimed that the Jake Paul's version of their origins, seen in his memoir You Gotta Want It was not exactly the truth. In his book, Jake Paul claimed that the twins were only popular now because he featured them on his channel. They disputed this statement during an interview with fellow vlogger Caspar Lee, instead stating that Jake and Logan Paul "showed them the ropes".[23]

During a London Fan-Meet-Up in November 2017, miscommunication, large crowds, and delays caused the Hyde Park meetup to be a disaster. One mother claimed thousands of young fans had already arrived before the event was to start, causing chaos when the event was canceled 15 minutes before it was to start.[24] Afterwards the twins used Twitter to express their sorrow that the event was cancelled and asked for fans to be respectful and safe.


In October 2017, a fan called to attention through Twitter concerns about hateful and at times racist language from some fans that were being aimed at others. In some occasions it seemed to appear that entire accounts on Twitter and other social media sites, were created to harass people of color (POC) in the fan base.[25][26] In response to reported actions of other fans, the original user who brought forward the concerns revived the hashtag to "highlight the POC in the dolan fandom..."[25]

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated Award Result
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Web Star: Male Won
Choice YouTuber Won
2017 Choice Comedian Won
Choice Web Star: Male Nominated
Choice YouTuber Nominated
Choice Comedy Web Star Nominated
2018 Choice Web Star: Male Won
Choice Comedian Won


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  2. ^ Nickoloff, Anne. "Youtube sensations Dolan Twins perform short show at House Of Blues". Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  3. ^ Morgan, Emily. "Dolan Twins: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  4. ^ Brouwer, Bree. "AwesomenessTV Signs Comedy Sketch Channel The Dolan Twins". Tubefilter. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  5. ^ Harper, Kathleen. "Dolan Twins: 5 Things To Know About YouTube Hotties". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  6. ^ Whitehouse, Beth. "YouTube's Dolan Twins: 10 things you need to know", Newsday, June 8, 2016. Accessed March 1, 2017. "'We’re from a country town called Long Valley,' Ethan says of New Jersey."
  7. ^ Dolan Twins (2017-12-19), FINDING OUT IF WE'RE REAL TWINS, retrieved 2018-04-21
  8. ^ Weiss, Geoff. "16-Year-Old Dolan Twins Will Kick Off Worldwide '4OU' Tour This Summer". Tubefilter. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  9. ^ Weiss, Geoff. "Twitter Teams With Dolan Twins, Andrea Russett, And Todrick Hall For Video Ad Campaign". Tubefilter. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  10. ^ Shilliday, Beth. "Dolan Twins Brought To Tears Over Teen Choice Win — So Sweet". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
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  15. ^ Dzurillay, Julia; Articles, More; May 15, 2019 (May 15, 2019). "Who Is in James Charles's Sister Squad?".
  16. ^ Smith, Dave. "'YouTube Rewind 2018' is officially the most disliked video in YouTube history — here's why". Business Insider.
  17. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (January 28, 2019). "Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Weezer & More Land 2019 Shorty Awards Nominations". Billboard.
  18. ^ Kim, Yerin (January 24, 2019)."The Dolan Twins Ask Fans Not to Attend Their Dad's Funeral". Seventeen.
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  21. ^ "MTV's 'TRL' Taps YouTube Stars the Dolan Twins as Correspondents (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  22. ^ "The Dolan Twins to Direct Upcoming Music Video". BOP and Tiger Beat. 2018-08-27. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  23. ^ Wiest, Brianna. "The Dolan Twins Say Jake Paul LIED About Starting Their Careers". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  24. ^ "Dolan Twins forced to cancel Hyde Park meet-up due to Remembrance Day". Mail Online. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  25. ^ a b Bergado, Gabe. "Dolan Twins Fans Are Addressing a Huge Race Problem on Social Media". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  26. ^ "ari on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-04-21.