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Davey Wavey Launched His Video Career After Catching A Neighbor Masturbating

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This is Queerty writer and photographer Matt Baume’s second in a series of interviews with social media stars, which launched with Chris Crocker. Stay tuned for part II and III of his exclusive interview with Davey Wavey.

“I have no fucking idea what I do,” laughs Davey Wavey when asked to describe his occupation. “I wear a lot of hats.” (But not many shirts.)

For years, Davey’s been placing himself — and his shirtless torso — front and center on YouTube, with inevitably strong reactions. (“Why would anyone listen to such a sissy Mary queen loser?” writes one Queerty commenter. “Love davey and I think he is great,” writes another.)

Queerty popped by Davey’s cool new pad in West Hollywood a few weeks ago to say hello to one of our most popular subjects, to learn more about what makes him tick, and, well, to photograph his meticulously toned body in as little clothing as possible.

Of course, he’s popular beyond his infamous shirtlessness. As his style has evolved, his videos have gotten more creative, such as of his videos such as “Straight Guys React to Gay Porn,” which the world has watched over 2 million times. But hidden behind those naughty videos is a noble goal: helping gay men feel better about themselves, and showing young straight people that gay guys are great.

IMG_1355As he now enters his thirties, Davey’s created quite a media empire for himself: his 677,819 YouTube subscribers have given him over 169 million views since he started making videos in 2006. He has nearly 100,000 followers on Twitter, and close to 200,000 on Facebook. It’s a long way from his humble small-town Rhode Island upbringing.

But what is Davey Wavey? Well, he makes some seriously effective fitness videos, so he’s kind of the Internet’s personal trainer. He’s developing a line of merchandise. He manages upcoming YouTube talent. And of course he creates two videos every week for his own blog.

In other words, he’s a super-busy bee.

“People have this perception that you just turn on the webcam and you talk and you upload it,” he says. “The reality is that there’s a lot of stuff that happens behind the scenes.”

That behind-the-scenes stuff is unsexy, but the videos wouldn’t be possible without it. Contracts, emails, research — it all goes in to making a crowd-pleasing couple of minutes of footage.

But it wasn’t always such an intense occupation. Davey got his start in 2007 when he saw his neighbor masturbating, and switched on his webcam to giggle about it. It was only his eighth youTube video at the time.

“It turns out ‘masturbating neighbor’ is something people search for on the internet,” he says. “I never had any intention of people watching watching my stuff. … And at first I was really put off by it. I was using Youtube as be as almost like a journal to look back on in like ten or twenty years. And that people were commenting on my life was scary and off putting to me. So initially I disabled all of my comments.”

Yup, as hard as it is to imagine, the first Davey Wavey videos were a one-way street. He’d talk to the Internet, but the Internet couldn’t talk back.

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Maybe that’s why he’s been able to grow a thick skin against criticism — of which there’s plenty. In the beginning, he wasn’t making videos to please anyone. They were just for himself.

But as time went by, Davey warmed to the idea that thousands of people wanted to poke their noses into his life. And so he started speaking to a larger audience, and thinking about how to appeal to more people.

“Not that my videos are the secret to life,” he admits. “They’re mostly penis jokes.”

This was never the plan. In fact Davey was once on a career track that included a scholarship to a conservative Catholic school, majoring in business and then working for an LGBT nonprofit.

Coming in part two: the life Davey thought he would have, how he got that name and who watches his videos most. (Hint: it’s not gay men.)

By:           matt baume
On:           May 24, 2014
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  • 31 Comments
    • Qjersey
      Qjersey

      Look at me, make me famous!

      May 24, 2014 at 8:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lykeitiz
      lykeitiz

      @Qjersey: If Davey Wavey is in need of a description of his “occupation”, you just gave it to him.

      May 24, 2014 at 9:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • toberlin
      toberlin

      Who you know is who you are..
      I trust my Instinkt towards other People.I may not always be right but in this case I am pretty sure.In my Opinion this man has a narcissistic personality disorder.And I think you have to be narcissistic as well ,co-dependent or just stupid/a stupid Teen not to determine that.This man knows exactly what he is doing.
      According to Google he studied Web Design/worked mainly as a Webdesigner before You Tube.I just ask myself why the Writer of this Article “forgot” to mention that

      May 24, 2014 at 9:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KDub
      KDub

      Why is it trying to flex?

      May 24, 2014 at 10:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • i43neile
      i43neile

      why is he famous again?

      May 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sportyguy1983
      sportyguy1983

      He is a prime example of the narcissism and self gratification that exists in my generation of millennials. He seeks attention and fame and hasn’t accomplished anything of substance to create his fame. Even sadder than this excuse for a human being are the people who follow him.

      May 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Franco C.
      Franco C.

      I watch his videos and I don’t get them. Maybe ’cause I’m old.

      May 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • toberlin
      toberlin

      I think the sexual Orientation is an important Part of everyone’s Live.But I don’t understand why some People seem so crazy about defining themselves and others just about that…

      May 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ingyaom
      ingyaom

      “Just entering his 30s”? I thought he was more like 40.

      May 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • toberlin
      toberlin

      :)LIFE..

      May 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Desert Boy
      Desert Boy

      Puke.

      May 24, 2014 at 3:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Doughosier
      Doughosier

      He’s very short. I saw him in West Hollywood.

      May 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • loren_1955
      loren_1955

      You go Davey. Overlook all these jealous Nellie queens. You found a creative niche that does you well instead of sitting around snarking at others. More could get off their whinie bitchie couches to do as ell as you.

      Folks, so many of us gays are so pathetic to nitpick on each other instead of giving support for anything done well. Remember we are gays, everyone hates us, support each other…duh!!! You go, Davey.

      May 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mcflyer54
      mcflyer54

      “One-day street” is this a term I’ve somehow missed or a typo?

      May 24, 2014 at 6:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • evdanker
      evdanker

      I watched his videos when he first started, and they were entertaining. After a time, though, he gets annoying. He used to be an IT person, and very successful at it. He gradually transitioned into what he does now. He’s okay, just wears out after a while.

      May 24, 2014 at 7:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pistolo
      Pistolo

      I used to like Davey Wavey but then he got very preachy with some Chopra-esque nonsense. Then, when I gave him a second shot, all of a sudden everything was about dicks and sex and I was surprised at how dumbed down things got, how unfunny his videos became. But if you look at his videos, anything explicitly sexual gets 2-3 times as many views as anything else so he’s kinda dependent on it now. It doesn’t do much for me, I don’t like how desperate some of these youtube celebrities have become. They always have to have “shocking” titles for extremely unclever and self-indulgent crap.

      May 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ingyaom
      ingyaom

      It’s annoying that they’ve disabled comments on the DW video about “straight” guys hugging they posted around the same time as this puff-piece, because I would have advised people not to bother clicking on it. Same old tired cr@p.
      This is DW’s full-time job now? What future does he have?

      May 24, 2014 at 10:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BrokebackBob
      BrokebackBob

      As someone who could never be described as a “jealous nellie queen”, I was intrigued by Davey and his videos for a time, then slowly I began to just get annoyed by them. It wasn’t anything specific. So I did what YouTube allows you to do when you get annoyed, UNSUBSCRIBE.

      May 25, 2014 at 12:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MarionPaige
      MarionPaige

      Before making some kind of judgment about Davey Wavey, it might be enlightening to take a look at the credits that roll after most “entertainment” on television. Mary Tyler Moore once talked about a trip she made to some rural village in China (or some such place) where she met people who asked her what she did. When Moore said she was an actress, the people asked her to do something and Moore said (more or less): “Well, I need writers and a production crew to show you what I do”.

      Davey Wavey has an audience. The entertainment busy today pays for talent that can deliver an audience. Take a look at all of these “actresses” from Asia (unknown in the US) who are being cast in big budget hollywood movies because they can deliver ticket sales in Asia.

      Mr. Wavey has been putting himself out there for some time now and I’m sure nothing anyone says here is going to shake his confidence in himself.

      May 25, 2014 at 4:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • winemaker
      winemaker

      Dear Davey Wavey: You go! ignore the bitchy comments from those guys that on’t have much of a life and have nothing better than nitpick and bitch about everyone else.

      May 25, 2014 at 4:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @loren_1955: said…

      “You go Davey. Overlook all these jealous Nellie queens.”
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      Wow, thanks for letting everybody here know what a self hating douche you are. The fact that anybody who doesn’t agree with you gets attacked with anti-gay language.

      You’re incredibly obvious.

      As for Davey, he must be quite the charmer if he can convince a writer that making two videos every week makes deserves the comment “In other words, he’s a super-busy bee”

      But more power to him. He is the gay Youtube version of a Kardashian.

      May 25, 2014 at 7:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      Well, I still think he’s pretty hot. Those pecs and nips. I can’t look away.

      May 25, 2014 at 10:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      As for his future, if he’s wise he has made some investments and put some money away.

      I enjoy most of his vids, although the straight guys hugging one. LOL OMG. I think most of us have seen those two “straight guys” rolling around with other dudes. If not on Randy Blue then in several Andrew Christian videos. If after videos like Carwash, Poolparty (which both appeared in) and Locker room they have a hard time just HUGGING another man…

      May 25, 2014 at 10:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • toberlin
      toberlin

      Was a brave Girl and I forced myself to watch and read more Davey Wavey..
      and I stand by my Opinion.For me he is like these “white american Bible Boys”.I think he just has replace GOD with GAY.The same religious Worldview and supid bla bla bla.And this “I play “24/7 with Penis and want to talk about”-Thing does not make him more entertaining or interesting to me.And since we must not be Friends I would forgive him if he would be least funny.But for me it is not there.

      May 25, 2014 at 4:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • toberlin
      toberlin

      Poker-playing and english Writing at the same Time is NOT “funny at least” as well..

      May 25, 2014 at 5:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Thad1527
      Thad1527

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      I can forgive thousands of tacky selfies for that alone.

      May 26, 2014 at 1:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Thad1527
      Thad1527

      My quote was missed! I quoted:

      But hidden behind those naughty videos is a noble goal: helping gay men feel better about themselves, and showing young straight people that gay guys are great.

      May 26, 2014 at 1:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GymJockTX
      GymJockTX

      DW’s got such a smokin hot bod–just such a bummer it’s body by Tarzan, voice by Jane. Jeebus, he’d be wickedly hot if he’d butch up the voice a few octaves. (Not slammin you bud, your vids are fun.)

      May 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Vegas Tearoom
      Vegas Tearoom

      Once upon a time on You Tube there was another gay guy doing gay themed vids, but he was going through law school, named Zach who had a channel, if I remember correctly, called Zach Attack. He graduated, got a job then took down all the videos. He was like a cute, intellectual Davey Wavey. Miss him.

      May 27, 2014 at 8:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • iban4yesu
      iban4yesu

      Whoa, so much hatred… I don’t get it. he is harmless at worst. live and let live folks! Ugh.

      May 29, 2014 at 12:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • vonlmo
      vonlmo

      By continuing to market himself,to his zillions of tween-girl fans, as their virtual BFF, Ms. Davey advances the fight for equality. Imagine the #s of fan-girls who joined/started a Gay-Straight Alliance in their high school or befriended the bullied “obvious” gay kid, in their homeroom, due to his influence. Come for the perky pecs, stay for the psy-op.

      Jul 18, 2014 at 8:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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