Who is Lawrence Sonntag?
Lawrence Michael Sonntag was born on 7 January 1983, in Dallas, Texas, USA. He is an online personality, producer, YouTuber, podcast host, voice actor and actor, best known for his work with Rooster Teeth Productions as a part of their divisions called The Know as well as Funhaus.
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The Net Worth of Lawrence Sonntag
How rich is Lawrence Sonntag? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $1.2 million, earned largely through a successful career with Rooster Teeth. He’s done numerous behind the scenes and on-camera work for the company, which has led him to numerous opportunities. As he continues all his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Very little is known about Lawrence’s life before his rise to fame online, as he has not shared a lot of details regarding his family, childhood, and education. It is known that from a young age he has been passionate about gaming, playing numerous genres as he grew up. After matriculating from high school, he took a degree in Computer Science though did not mention the school he graduated from.
After completing his degree, he began to do freelance work, and this led him to work with the company Machinima, Inc., an online entertainment network which began in 2000. It initially started out as a hub for machinima, which are animations that use video game technology. While the website was created to help bring attention to the art form, it later shifted its focus to general entertainment programs, on video game culture, comic books, and fandom. As the company grew, they were acquired by Warner Bros. Digital Networks.
Inside Gaming and Shift to Rooster Teeth
As a part of Machinima, Sonntag often worked on their main editorial brand called “Inside Gaming”. The program covered news, reviews, and previews, becoming one of their main draws with hundreds of thousands of viewers each week. It was hosted by Adam Kovic while Sonntag had more of a background role. At its peak, Inside Gaming hosted an annual awards show, but in 2015 many of the cast members of the show decided to leave the company. This group would later become known as Funhaus and would join Rooster Teeth Productions. The move proved positive, as AT&T acquired Warner Bros Digital, leading to Machinima becoming subsumed by Fullscreen.
Rooster Teeth is a media and entertainment company launched in 2003. The company began with a production of the series called “Red vs. Blue”, a program which is still in production, making it the longest running web series of all time. Eventually, the company branched out to other programs such as live actions shorts, comedy, Let’s Play series and others, and animation. They’ve also done reality shows, video game development shows, programs, and entertainment news. Videos are often released on their YouTube channel, app, and company website.
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— Lawrence Sonntag (@SirLarr) June 12, 2019
Work with Funhaus and Solo Endeavors
The previous “Inside Gaming” group would become a part of Rooster Teeth Productions, as a division and subsidiary channel called Funhaus, and based in Los Angeles, California. It featured the former cast of “Inside Gaming” and was later joined by former Game Trailers host Elyse Willems as well as former IGN host Alanah Pearce. The company focuses on producing gameplay videos similar to that of “Achievement Hunter”, and segments for The Know. Some of their shows include “Dude Soup”, “Google Trends”, and “Open Haus”.
Aside from his work with Funhaus, Lawrence gains extra income through streaming on the website Twitch, a platform with a focus on video game streaming. The site has become the main hub for broadcasts of eSports competitions, and recently included other types of streaming after many years focused on its development catering to the video gaming audience. He usually streams various types of games, not focusing on one game. Some he has played on his channel are “Doom”, “Mortal Kombat 11”, and “Risk of Rain 2”. He also streams on his YouTube channel at times, interchanging his schedules with his Twitch streams.
Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, it is known that Sonntag is in a relationship with Stephanie Bayer. She is known for being the Manager for Community Development for the video game company Blizzard, working on the “Diablo” franchise. Sonntag often incorporates a lot of comedy into his everyday life, and is close friends with his fellow cast members at Funhaus. He plays a lot of video games during his free time, and also enjoys going to events, doing shoots, cosplay, and other things for comedy. He is accompanied by his pet dog.
Similar to numerous online personalities, he is active online through accounts on social media websites. He has an account on Instagram on which he has over 100,000 followers, using the website to give a bit of insight to some of his day to day endeavors. He loves posting comic and funny pictures, often involving him in unusual situations while at work. He also posts behind the scenes photos, and some photos alongside his friends. Another account he has is on Twitter, and he has almost 250,000 followers on the site. He posts updates to his followers online, while also posting some of the tweets of his girlfriend from time to time.