His father is Tunisian. His mother is Polish. They moved from Israel to Los Angeles when Yaniv was six.
Graduate of the University of Arizona, where he studied Media Arts and Psychology, class of 2006.
Used to DJ a college radio show called "Strange Brew" where he would mix soundtrack classics with film clips, TV themes, and actor impersonations. He eventually got kicked off for playing Samuel L. Jackson's famous monologue from Pulp Fiction because of its excessive use of profanity.