Liza Koshy - Biography
Elizabeth Shaila Koshy is an actress, television presenter, comedian, and YouTuber from the United States. In 2013, she started her career on Vine before launching a YouTube account.
Aday Walker in Tyler Perry's horror comedy flick Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) and The Explorer in the YouTube Premium series Escape the Night are two of her acting credits (2017). She played Violet Adams in the Hulu drama series Freakish (2016–2017). She was a contributor to the MTV television show Total Request Live from 2017 to 2018.
Koshy has been producing and starring as the title character in the YouTube Premium comedy series Liza on Demand since 2018. She hosted the Nickelodeon game show revival Double Dare from 2018 to 2019, for which she earned an Emmy nomination. She appeared in the Netflix dance-comedy film Work It in 2020.
Koshy's primary YouTube channel has over 17 million followers, and her two channels have over 3 billion combined views. She's won four Streamys, four Teen Choice Awards, and a Kids' Choice Award. She was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Hollywood & Entertainment list in 2019, as well as the Time 2019 list of the 25 Most Influential People on the Internet and the 2019 100 Next list.
Koshy was born in Houston, Texas, and reared there. Jose Koshy, her Indian father, is a petroleum executive, and her mother, yoga teacher Jean Carol (née Hertzler), is of German ancestry. She is the eldest of two sisters. She was enrolled in a dual language educational and cultural programme from kindergarten to fifth grade, where she learned to speak Spanish.
After graduating from Lamar High School in 2014, Koshy enrolled at the University of Houston and started studying business marketing. Koshy dropped out of college in 2015 and relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her profession.
Koshy dated fellow YouTuber David Dobrik from late 2015 to late 2017, announcing their split in June 2018.
In 2013, Koshy started uploading comedy films on the Vine app under the alias 'Lizzza,' where she produced short funny videos. Koshy had 7 million followers when Vine shut down in 2017. By 2016, Koshy had made a name for himself on the YouTube network.
Koshy interviewed President Barack Obama on her YouTube channel in November 2016, shortly before the 2016 election, to promote voter registration. Koshy's films include 'her exaggerated facial expressions, fast speed, and determination to seem as ludicrous as the joke requires Serious problems, such as anxiety, peer pressure, and online trolls, are made approachable and entertaining for her audience.'
She stopped uploading new videos to her primary YouTube account in early 2018 to focus on full-time performing and hosting. In 2019, she started uploading new videos.
Koshy became the 'fastest YouTube celebrity to achieve 10 million followers' in 2017. Her primary YouTube channel has over 17 million followers and over 2 billion views as of 2021. Her second YouTube account had over 8 million members, and her two channels had over 3 billion views combined. She had over 18 million Instagram followers, over 26 million TikTok followers, over 4 million Facebook followers, and over 2.8 million Twitter followers. Koshy was selected to Time's 2019 list of the 25 Most Influential People on the Internet, as well as its 2019 100 Next list.
In 2016, Koshy played Violet Adams in the Hulu original horror series Freakish. In 2017, she returned to the programme for its second season. She also appeared as Aday Walker in the horror-comedy feature film Boo! A Madea Halloween in 2016 and as herself in the YouTube Premium series Jingle Ballin'. In the 2016 comedy film FML, Koshy played Princess Aubrey. In 2017, she appeared as The Explorer, a recurrent character in the YouTube Premium mystery-reality series Escape the Night.
Liza on Demand, a YouTube Premium situation comedy series starring and co-produced by Koshy, debuted in June 2018, 'following the wild escapades of the titular heroine' as she tries to become a 'elite tasker' performing odd tasks for money. According to a Los Angeles Times reviewer: 'The first episode... isn't half-bad. But it's also mundane and a bit stiff. But the second... is better... and showcases Koshy to great advantage, with some excellent physical comedy thrown in for good measure. At the very least, it made me chuckle.'
Season 2 premiered in September of this year. Paste's Alexis Gunderson said in 2019: 'Liza on Demand is a really great comedy.' Koshy voiced the role Owl in Crow: The Legend, an animated virtual-reality short film written and directed by Eric Darnell and starring John Legend, in November 2018. On November 15, 2018, the film debuted on the Liza Koshy Too YouTube channel and Oculus VR. In 2019, she returned to Escape the Night. She appeared in the Netflix dancing comedy Work It (2020).
According to a New York Times review, 'Both Koshy and Fisher are excellent professional dancers, and the film doesn't scrimp on displaying their talents.' Zipp Storm will be voiced by Koshy in the Netflix film My Little Pony: A New Generation, which will be released in 2021.
Koshy presented the live preshow for the 2017 Golden Globes Awards, which drew 2.7 million live Twitter watchers — a record for the channel. She was also the presenter of Nigel Lythgoe's Every Single Step and the 'only social performer selected to promote the 2016 MTV Movie Awards.' From 2017 to 2018, she hosted Total Request Live on MTV and worked as a producer and creator of content for the network.
Koshy was the first 'digital celebrity' to be interviewed for Vogue magazine's online series '73 Questions.' On behalf of Vogue, Koshy conducted interviews with celebrities attending the 2018 and 2019 Met Galas. From June 2018 until December 2019, she hosted the Nickelodeon game programme Double Dare's comeback. Koshy presented the Quibi dancing competition programme Floored in 2020.
Her internet ads for Beats Electronics get four times the attention of other celebrities. Koshy is working on a necklace line with The Giving Keys, a jewellery business that employs and helps the previously homeless community. She is a co-chair of 'When We All Vote,' a nonpartisan, nonprofit organisation committed to boosting voter turnout. She also promotes Beyond Meat.