Shane Madej Biography: Movies, Age, Net Worth, Parents, Instagram, Height, Siblings

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Shane Madej is a well-known actor, producer, writer, and co-founder of Watcher Entertainment, a digital media company that produces original content for various platforms.

He is best known for appearing in videos with The Try Guys and BuzzFeedVideo. He also hosts and creates several popular web series, such as BuzzFeed Unsolved, Puppet History, and Are You Scared?


  • Full name: Shane Alexander Madej
  • Date of birth: May 16, 1986
  • Age: 37 years old
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of birth: Schaumburg, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actor, producer, writer, and co-founder of Watcher Entertainment
  • Height: 6’4″ (193 cm)
  • Parents: Mark and Sherry Madej
  • Siblings: Scott Madej (brother)
  • Spouse: Sara Rubin (girlfriend)
  • Children: N/A
  • Relationship status: Dating
  • Net worth: $1.5 million

Early Life & Education

At 37, as of 2023, Shane Madej was born to Mark and Sherry Madej on May 16, 1986, in Schaumburg, Illinois.

He has a younger brother named Scott, who is also involved in the entertainment industry. Shane grew up in a suburban town, where he attended Schaumburg High School.

He participated in various school plays and musicals. He graduated from high school in 2004 and enrolled in Columbia College in Chicago, where he studied film and video production.

He completed his degree in 2009 and started working as a video producer for the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.

Personal Life

Shane Madej has been in a long-term relationship with Sara Rubin, a former BuzzFeed employee, and a writer, illustrator, and animator.

The couple met while working at BuzzFeed and started dating in 2015. They have appeared together in several videos and podcasts, where they share their humorous banter and chemistry.

They also have a pet cat named Cheeto, who often features in their social media posts. Shane and Sara live in Los Angeles, California, where they run their media company, Watcher Entertainment.


Shane Madej’s career took off when he joined BuzzFeed 2014 as a video producer and editor. He worked on various projects, such as Unusual Facts About Diet Coke, Dogs Watching T.V., and What Does Your Birthday Say About You? He also collaborated with other BuzzFeed personalities, such as The Try Guys, where he played Clark Gable in a parody video.

He gained more popularity when he became the co-host and co-creator of BuzzFeed Unsolved, a web series that explores mysteries and paranormal phenomena.

He partnered with Ryan Bergara, another BuzzFeed producer, and formed a dynamic duo that entertained the viewers with their contrasting opinions and reactions.

Shane, a self-proclaimed skeptic and rationalist, often challenged Ryan, a believer and enthusiast, on their investigations and theories.

The series became a huge hit and spawned several spin-offs, such as Ruining History, Tourist Trapped, and Spooky Small Talk.

In 2019, Shane Madej decided to leave BuzzFeed and start his venture with Ryan Bergara and Steven Lim, another former BuzzFeed producer.

They founded Watcher Entertainment, a digital media company that aims to create original and diverse content for various platforms.

They launched their YouTube channel in January 2020 and released several web series, such as Puppet History, Weird (and/or) Wonderful World, and Too Many Spirits.

Shane is the host and writer of Puppet History, a comedy show that features a puppet professor who teaches history lessons to his guests.

He is also the host and creator of Are You Scared? a horror show that narrates scary stories submitted by the viewers. He also produces and appears in other Watcher shows, such as Homemade, Top 5 Beatdown, and Watcher Weekly.

Besides his online career, Shane Madej has acted in some T.V. shows, such as The Hot Daga, The Try Guys, and S.W.A.T.

He has also won several awards for his work, including a Streamy Award in 2016, a Webby Award in 2018, another in 2018, and a Shorty Award in 2019.


Shane Madej’s videos have earned some negative reactions from some viewers, who have accused him of being disrespectful, insensitive, or ignorant about certain topics or cultures.

For example, some people have criticized him for making jokes or comments about religion, ghosts, aliens, or historical figures.

Shane has responded to these criticisms by stating that he does not intend to offend anyone and is just expressing his opinions and humor.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @shanemadej
  • Twitter handle: @shalexandej


  • The Hot Daga
  • The Try Guys
  • S.W.A.T.
  • BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural
  • BuzzFeed Unsolved: True Crime
  • Ruining History
  • Tourist Trapped
  • Spooky Small Talk
  • Puppet History
  • Weird (and/or) Wonderful World
  • Too Many Spirits
  • Are You Scared?

Net Worth

Shane Madej has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.

He earns income from his online videos, podcasts, merchandise, and sponsorships.

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