Dan Nainan is known as a 35-year-old former Intel engineer who now makes millions as a comedian. The fact that he’s 20 years older is the least weird part of his story.
Over the last few years, a self-promoting comedian was able to dupe dozens of media outlets into quoting him about his experiences as a millennial. The only problem? He’s not a millennial. He’s 55 years old. And nobody bothered to check until a reporter at The Daily Beast exposed it—exposing not only the lie about his age but a number of other suspicious and ridiculous claims.
Brewson wasn’t a publicity stunt, but an attempt to make money. The character was created by an (all-male) team of internet marketers interested in pushing traffic back to Review Weekly, a site that relied on various internet monetization schemes to try to generate a profit. In the process, they created a bunch of flimsy fake characters to write posts, and an unusually detailed one: Rachel.