Michael Stevens is one of the finest and most celebrated personalities YouTube has ever produced. He hosts the YouTube channel, Vsauce which feature videos on scientific, cultural, psychological, and philosophical topics, in addition to gaming, technology, and other general subjects of interest. Besides being a YouTube personality, he is also an educator, public speaker, editor, comedian, entertainer, and Internet celebrity.
Michael Stevens’ Biography
Michael David Stevens is one of the two children of his teaching assistant mother and a chemical engineer father, alongside his sister Melissa. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on the 23rd day of January 1986 but grew up in Stilwell, Kansas after his family moved to the town in 1991.
With well read folks and a rich background in science, he developed a passion for knowledge and delighted in acquiring it. As a student of Blue Valley High School, Stevens also developed his comic personality. He took part in informative speech and drama club programs. Due to his seemingly insatiable hunger for knowledge, he was nicknamed polymath by his father.
Following his high school graduation, he proceeded to the University of Chicago where his interests further widened to accommodate video production and editing. He edited and produced his first video on YouTube with the username pooplicker888 in 2007. The video became popular on several video comedy websites like College Humor and Funny or Die leading to his realization that there’s an audience for every idea including his crazy ideas. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English literature.
Following his awareness, Michael Stevens produced short comic films about candidates in the 2008 United States presidential election with a new username CamPain 2008. His contents caught the eye of the YouTube Head of Comedy, Ben Relles who invited him to join then BarelyPolitical, an online comedy group where he became known for his role as a bearded nun.
In 2010, the bearded comic genius launched his first channel, Vsauce with an initial focus on video game comedy content until the popularity of his educational series DOT spurred a diversion in focus. He believes that any topic, be it silly or mundane can easily become mind-blowing if one takes the time to look closer, research and let one’s curiosity run wild. Moreover, he opines that when the right question is asked, one can make anything a profoundly effective lesson. Eventually, Vsauce evolved into an education channel which highlighted his passion for science causing his subscriptions to go off the chart.
The channel also features intense scientific theories and real-world concepts which often exhibits interdisciplinarity and interests a layman. Some of his popular videos are: What is the resolution of the eye?, What if the Earth stopped spinning?, Why Are Things Creepy?, What If You Were Born In Space? and Is Your Red the Same as My Red.
Furthermore, he created two sister channels: Vsauce2 and Vsauce3 later in 2010 with entirely different contents, majorly internet and video game culture while the original channel remained devoted to educational discussion. In addition, the latter channels are run exclusively by Kevin Lieber and r respectively while Stevens retains the sole hosting and production of Vsauce.
Stevens worked for Google in 2012 as a content strategist in London. Therein, he focused on their YouTube platform as well as collaborated with other content creators to optimise their videos’ effectiveness. Beside content creation and YouTube mastery, he added public speaking to his resume in 2013. He presented two talks at TEDActive and TEDxVienna and has also spoken on other events such as VidCon, MIPTV, as a diabetes educator for Novo Nordisk as well as given keynotes at FanFest Australia, Singapore, and India.
He appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel‘s ABC late night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2014 and in 2017, he created and hosts the YouTube Red series Mind Field which explores different attributes of human behaviour. Michael also helmed the educational stage tour Brain Candy Live, a science-based stage show along with another educator and TV personality Adam Savage.
Through the course of his career, he has collaborated with and shared screen time with prominent personalities within the scientific community such as Bill Nye and Chris Pratt. His channel has also made him one of the most successful YouTubers with more than 13 million subscribers and 1.48 billion views. Moreover, he is recognized as a leading figure in the Internet-driven popularization of science and education and his channel has won several awards for its contribution therein. They include the Streamy Award for Best Science and Education Channel (2014, 2015), 2014 People’s Voice Webby Award for Best News and Information Channel, and People’s Voice Webby Award for Best Science & Education Channel (2015, 2016).
As Vsauce continues to grow and expand, Michael Stevens looks forward to seeing what the future has in store as he stays curious and committed to his cause.
Michael Stevens has progressed to a mainstay in online science and education world. Consequently, he receives a good reward for his labor in terms of net worth which is estimated to be $5 million.
While he was in London after his relocation in 2012, Stevens met and married his wife, Marnie Hughes. The couple moved back to America following their nuptials in July 2016 and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Height & Weight
His body frame may not be as high as his prominence has reached but Michael Stevens surely catches the eye when he stands. He belongs to the average men’s height category at 5 feet 8 inches (1.8 m) above the ground and weighs 77 kg (170 lbs).