(born June 11, 1980) is an American actress. As of
September 2015, her
channel has over 550,000 subscribers and
135 million video views. She is one of the co-founders of Maker
video network which provides production and
marketing services for over 1,000
She was also a founder of Zappin Productions, a production company
that specialized in viral videos.
1 Early life
2 On YouTube
3 Mainstream success
4 See also
6 External links
Donovan grew up in Scarsdale, New York. She was a student at the
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Colorado at Boulder before moving to Los Angeles,
Donovan made her first
YouTube channel in September 2005 and
uploaded her first video, "Introducing LisaNova," a reel of facial
clips in black-and-white accompanied by the
Charles Aznavour song Non,
je n'ai rien oublié, to
YouTube on June 7, 2006. She has parodied
a number of celebrities and public figures; her impersonation of Sarah
Palin was praised in Wired as "ruthlessly hilarious", and in 2008
Ralph Nader made a guest appearance in one of the skits. Her 2010
half-hour interview of
Katy Perry on Perry's official
has received over 5.9 million views. In a
Forbes magazine article,
Chad Hurley highlighted Donovan's success as an
example of the changing paradigm of entertainment. Donovan is also
a co-creator of the popular
YouTube channel 'The Station', which led
to her co-founding the
YouTube network Maker Studios.
Donovan was one of the first
YouTube content creators to cross over to
mainstream Hollywood when she was cast on
MADtv in 2006. She
debuted in a spoof of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she played Salma
Hayek, the producer of the ABC Comedy Ugly Betty, and Rosie
O'Donnell. The episode aired on February 17, 2007. After signing a
contract and only appearing in four episodes of MADtv, she left the
In 2010, she was given a role in Cosmopolitan's Fun & Fearless
campaign for females.
In 2011, she was honored as Pioneer in New Media at the third annual
Burbank International Film Festival alongside fellow honorees Bill
Plympton, Mark Kirkland, Fred Willard, Al Jean, and Roger Corman.
In 2015, she played the role of the flight attendant in Jeremy
Garelick's The Wedding Ringer.
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^ "Smaller Studios, for the Smaller Screen". The New York Times. April
^ Morrissey, Brian (2007-01-01). "Lisa Nova On The Spot". Adweek.
Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved
^ 15 Minutes of Fame: Becoming a Star in the
YouTube Revolution by
Frederick Levy, P. 75
Lisa Donovan Joins the Cast of MADtv". 2007-01-31. Archived from
the original on 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2007-07-11.
^ "lisa's channel - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
^ "Introducing LisaNova - YouTube". YouTube. 2006-06-07. Retrieved
^ Wortham, Jenna (September 2, 2008). "
YouTube Comedian LisaNova Packs
Sarah Palin Spoof". Wired.
^ Donovan, Lisa (May 2, 2013). "The
YouTube Interview with Katy
^ "YouToo". Forbes. May 7, 2007.
^ Nova, Lisa. "Lisa Nova". Huffington Post.
^ Wallenstein, Andrew (2007-04-29). "How
YouTube Helped LisaNova Start
Her Career". The New York Times.
The New York Times
The New York Times Company. Retrieved
^ "Cosmo's Fun Fearless Female Campaign Video Clip". Cosmopolitan.
^ Burbank International Film Festival, 2011 Honorees Archived
2011-10-24 at the Wayback Machine.
The Wedding Ringer
The Wedding Ringer (2015)" – via www.imdb.com.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lisa Donovan.
Lisa Donovan on IMDb
LisaNova at YouTube
Most Subscribed Channel on YouTube
Ranked 34th as of 2010
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Ranked 9th as of 2010