Steven He, aka Steven He O’Byrne, is a Chinese-Irish Actor, YouTuber, TikToker, and Comedian creating comedy sketches parodying Asian parents.
He is famous for creating “Emotional Damage” and “I’ll send you to Jesus” memes that hit the Internet and went super-viral.
In this article, we’ll go through Steven He’s early life, personal life, professional life, career, famous memes, net worth, etc. Keep reading!
|Also Known As||Steven He O’Byrne|
|Date of Birth||December 1, 1996 (26 Years)|
|Place of Birth||Shenzen, China|
|Height||5 ft. 11 inches (1.80 Meters)|
|Profession||Actor, TikToker, YouTuber, and Comedian|
|Ethnicity||Mixed (Asian Descent)|
|Education||Bachelor’s Degree (Regent’s University London),|
Acting (Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater)
|Marital Status||Unmarried (Dating Greta Schaub)|
|Net Worth||$2.5 Million|
Steven He’s Early and Personal Life
Steven He O’Byrne was born in Shenzen, China, on December 31, 1996. As of 2023, he is 26 and stands at 5 ft. 11 inches or 1.80 meters.
Much information about his family and personal life is unavailable, but his father probably works as an entrepreneur, and his mother is a homemaker.
He is unmarried but has been dating Greta Schaub and currently lives in Long Beach, New York, United States.
He spent his early childhood in Shenzen until he moved to Limerick, Ireland, when he was 8. He spent 11 years of childhood in China and 7 years in Limerick, Ireland.
Steven completed his schooling at a local school. After completing high school, he moved to London for his professional degree and training in Acting.
Steven He’s Professional Life and Career
Steven started auditioning and performing in the theatres when he was 13. In September 2014, He was 17 when He moved to London to attend Regent’s University London and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Acting & Global Theaters in May 2017.
In 2017, he attended the Prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and completed his training in 2020.
He worked as an assistant teacher at the Central Academy of Drama in 2017 and went to Songshan Shaolin Temple to learn Shaolin Martial Arts in 2018.
As we know, Steven has been auditioning and performing in theatres since he was 13. His stage experience includes more than 61 stage performances.
When he was in London, he played the leading role of Samuel Parris in The Cubicle at Marylebone Theatre and a supporting role in the production of “The Dover Road” at Park Theatre.
He also played a leading role in the play “Sink” at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scottland, Uk.
His other theatre experiences include Bus Stop in June 2016, The Crucible in May 2016, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in May 2017, and Spring Awakening in April 2017.
Movies, TV Series, and Others
Steven is a professionally trained actor, but he received 3000 rejections as an actor. In 2018, He played the lead role in Mr Monster and was featured in the TV series Billions.
He also played the lead role of Dennis in the “Schemers” web series and Eason in the Dinosaur World in 2019.
He also played a supporting role of a colleague in the hit show “Awkwafina is Nora From Queens” and “A Father’s Son” in 2020.
He played the lead role of Finn in GroundBreaking, a supporting role of Wilson in Goodbye, Pterushka, and was featured in Hello Au Revoir’s film in 2021.
He appeared as Lefty in the short Identify Theft, as an employee in the TV series Sloppy, and as an attendee, in the short, The Writer in 2020.
He has reportedly appeared as a lead in two commercials: BridgeEat Commercial in July 2017 and Lenovo Gaming PC Commercial in December 2019.
He has been involved with Encompass Arts, LLC since July 2020. It is one of the best artist management firms in New York City, where they represent artists from Opera, Broadway, Film, and TV.
He is also involved with Stopford Agency UK.
Steven He’s YouTube Journey
Steven has a presence almost on every social media platform. He started his Youtube channel on March 3, 2019, where he uploads memes’ reactions and comedic sketches parodying Asian parents and families.
He did the same stuff on his TikTok but later moved to YouTube as he found it more suitable for long-form content. His Vimeo is mainly reserved for his professional Acting.
In March 2020, He found the opportunity in comedy sketches and made his first sketch at home with his phone.
Since then, his channel has become the most viewed long-form comedy sketch channel on YouTube, second to SNL.
His first video that blew up was a skit called “Asian Parents Going Through Your Room” in February 2021. His whole channel blew up, and he considered YouTube a full-time career.
He became a meme for his hard accent words like “Failure,” “What The Hail,” “Emotional Damage,” and “I’ll Send You To Jesus.”
Following are Steven’s achievements through his YouTube Channel:
- Started the channel on March 3, 2019.
- One million subscribers on August 22, 2021.
- Five million subscribers on May 16, 2022.
- Eight million subscribers on January 27, 2023.
- Completed First 100 million views on October 2, 2021.
- Five hundred million views on May 31, 2022.
- First 1 billion views on January 19, 2023.
- Holds YouTube’s US trending #7, #6, and #1 simultaneously.
Characters In His Videos
Steven has created and played several characters that appear in his videos. I have listed some of them below:
- Steven himself appears as a YouTuber and as an Asian boy to be wearing a blue T-shirt. His father considers him a failure for not becoming a lawyer or a doctor.
- Steven’s father has a heavy Asian accent and is the founder of a fictional brand, “Beijing Corn,” specializing in failure management. He appears wearing a salmon T-shirt and a gray suit jacket.
- Steven’s mother appears wearing a T-shirt over her head and can be seen throwing shoes at her husband or Steven.
- Timmy, Steven’s neighborhood friend, appears wearing glasses and a black T-shirt. He co-founded a fictional Corn brand, “Shanghai Corn.” Steven’s father considers him successful.
- Timmy’s father appears wearing glasses and a black jacket. He founded the Shanghai Corn and is a Data scientist with 3 PhDs from Harvard University.
- Steven has other characters in his videos, like The Director, who appears in the Film Production series wearing a gray jacket, a red scarf, and red & gray glasses.
Emotional Damage Meme
One thing that skyrocketed Steven’s fame was the Emotional Damage meme, a clip of his comedy skit “When ‘Asian’ Is a Difficult Mode,” which he uploaded on September 21, 2021.
In the video titled “When ‘Asian’ is a Difficulty Mode,” an Asian man, Steven, plays a video game in Asian difficulty mode. His character constantly dies or loses, showing the struggles of being an Asian.
A part of the video became a meme when his character died because an Aunty called him fat, and he threw his slipper, yelling Emotional Damage.
YouTubers started using the clip from the video and added that part at the end of their videos, gaining views in millions. But the meme went viral when a TikToker uploaded it with a Billie Eilish video on December 20, 2021.
On January 17, 2022, Steven uploaded a video playing the same character to teach people about Emotional Damage. A TikToker uploaded a remix of the Emotional Damage song in December 2021.
The Emotional Damage meme received more than 5 billion+ views globally, including views on other creators’ videos, including 2 billion+ views only on TikTok.
As people started to use the clip in their videos, it became a meme and went viral. It gave his channel a hockey-stick growth, surged him millions of views & subscribers, and helped him launch his merchandise.
I’ll Send You To Jesus Meme
Another viral meme was “I’ll send you to Jesus,” in which Steven’s father uses a sandal to threaten his target (ghost) and toss him in the face.
The clip is from his video Why Ghosts Don’t Haunt Asisan 2, uploaded on May 19, 2021. People also shared and started using the clip in their videos, making it a meme.
Steven He’s Net Worth
As of 2023, Steven He has an estimated net worth of $2.5 million, which he mostly earned from his YouTube, TikTok, and Acting career.
He also sells his merchandise, including men’s T-shirts, Hoodies & Sweatshirts, Drinkware & Mugs, posters & stickers, home decor, etc., for $1 to $42 on various platforms.
He sells monthly subscriptions on Patreon for $5, $10, $25, $150, and $2,500/month, where he offers behind-the-scenes & bloopers, early access to sketch videos, QnA, exclusive Discord, shoutouts at the end of videos, etc.
Who is Steven He?
He is a Chinese-Irish Actor, YouTuber, TikToker, and comedy sketch creator parodying Asian parents & families and famous for creating the “Emotional Damage” and “I’ll Send You To Jesus” memes.
When was Steven He born?
He was born on December 31, 1992, in Shenzen, China. As of 2023, he is 26 years old.
Where is Steven He from?
He was born in Shenzen, China, and moved to Limerick, Ireland, when he was 8. He spent 11 years of childhood in China and 7 years in Ireland. He is Chinese-Irish.
Where does Steven He live?
He lives in Long Beach, New York, United States.
Why is Steven He famous?
He is a famous YouTuber and TikToker and is known as the creator of several memes, including his catchphrases “Failure!,” “What The Hail,” “Emotional Damage,” “I will Send You To Jesus,” etc.
Does Steven He have a degree?
Yes. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Acting and Global Theatre from Regent’s University London. He also attended the Prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.
Is Steven He married?
No. Steven is not married yet, but he is dating and in a relationship with Greta Schaub.
What is Steven He’s net worth?
As of 2023, He has an estimated net worth of $2.5 million, which he mostly earned from his YouTube, TikTok, and acting career. He also sells his merchandise and monthly subscription plans on Patreon.
Can Steven He speak Chinese?
Yes. He is from China, and he can speak Chinese.
Who is the CEO of Beijing Corn?
Beijing Corn is a fictional brand, and Steven’s father’s character founded Beijing Corn and is the CEO of it.
Who is the person that says emotional damage?
He is the famous YouTuber, TikToker, and comedian Steven He. He said the Emotional Damage in his video and became a meme.
Where did emotional damage come from?
A part of the video titled “When ‘Asian’ is a Difficulty Mode” became a meme when his character died emotionally because an Aunty called him fat, and he threw his slipper, yelling Emotional Damage.