This is the strangest story you’ll read this week, and that includes the story about the President-Elect gloating over the Apprentice’s bad ratings. For those unfamiliar Dan Nainan is a comedian with a penchant for telling tall tales and getting quoted by major media representing himself as a millennial. He’s been discussed in the Chicago Tribune, on Vocativ, in Forbes, Business Insider, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and more publications, always as a different age. AP quoted him as a 35 year old undecided voter in November, Vocativ included him as a 35 year old Obama supporter who voted for Trump, Forbes described him as a senior engineer who quit his tech job to tell jokes by the age of 35. The Daily Beast did some investigating and discovered that “millennial Dan Nainan” is actually 55 years old, backing it up with evidence including traffic tickets, and an incident report following a bizarre fight where Nainan punched a reporter in the face, and they outed him to other media and the public.
Comedians have been on to him for years and he’s been somewhat of an inside joke particularly among younger comics who have been cracking jokes on social media long before the Daily Beast article. There’s even a website noted in the Daily Beast article tracking Nainan’s age called comedianDanNainanIsOver50YearsOldAndHisFollowersAreFake.com and a Twitter account based on the joke of Dan’s age.
You see 100% clean comedian Dan Nainan has been accused of fake Twitter followers, fights with comedians, absurd email chains calling out other comics, calling them drunks and addicts, and bragging about his own allegedly exaggerated or fabricated accomplishments, and even challenging them to physical confrontations. Then there are the comments about flying first class, getting an endorsement from the President and driving a Tesla.
Comedians reactions range from amused to annoyed to just hoping he doesn’t profit from this. The Daily Beast article quotes comic J-L Cauvin, as saying he just hopes Nainan doesn’t end up getting a movie deal out of all of this. “It’s like Catch Me if You Can,” he said.“If your article ends up being a big thing, the real joke is that he’ll end up optioning his story,” said Cauvin. “Then he really will be rich.”
Read the full article at The Daily Beast and see what comedians are saying about the story below.
As a 33 year old, I knew Dan Nainan didn't look my age!
Maybe we should all be asking him health and wellness tips?
— Todd Glass (@ToddGlass) January 5, 2017
This Dan Nainan fake comedian story is brilliant. https://t.co/XVzuotf6Rk
— Doug Stanhope (@DougStanhope) January 5, 2017
— Jon Daly (@jondaly) January 6, 2017
Dan Nainan is half-Japanese, half Indian. So when he commits ritual suicide for shaming his ancestors, he will be reborn a younger comedian.
— Jono Zalay (@JonoZalay) January 6, 2017
*emails brother at 8 AM* hey, can you photoshop a pope hat onto dan nainan – this is gonna be worth it i promise
— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) January 5, 2017
55-year-old comedian Dan Nainan blocked me (22-year-old comedian). pic.twitter.com/f9YxlWq0im
— Adam Newman (@Adam_Newman) January 5, 2017
My favorite Dan Nainan joke is his opener. You know the one, it's where he always inexplicably thanks the airline that flew him to the gig.
— Joel Kim Booster (@ihatejoelkim) January 5, 2017
This Dan Nainan fella eats his own farts. I guarantee it. Read this crazy shit. https://t.co/trSW7owGwB
— Ryan Bourassa (@RyanBComedy) January 5, 2017
Exclusive footage of Dan Nainan arriving at his first stand up gig. pic.twitter.com/Zjlg2PWzTc
— Kyle Ayers (@kyleayers) January 6, 2017
i used 2 see dan nainan at open mics n be like who is this young prodigy absolutely tearing up the scene. i was like yo is this a baby
— BRANDON WARDELL (@BRANDONWARDELL) January 5, 2017
Unlike Dan Nainan, I've telling people I'm 20 years *older* than I actually am. Makes however I look seem great. https://t.co/w7bDeUUvHK
— (((Evan Shapiro))) (@eshap) January 5, 2017
This is the saddest thing in the Dan Nainan article – and also maybe the motivation for his behavior. pic.twitter.com/icw42OQJqi
— Alex Edelman (@AlexEdelman) January 5, 2017
Wait a minute are you guys just now learning about Dan Nainan?!? Y'all been asleep.
— Adam Cozens (@Adam_Cozens) January 6, 2017
Dan Nainan gets millions for living a fake life. Ive been 100% authentic from jump, will buy gas with change. LESSON: Time to lie for $$!
— ❄️❄️Josh Potter❄️❄️ (@J_Potter) January 5, 2017
At times like this it's probably good for Nainan to know he can rely on his fans pic.twitter.com/gywlatuW42
— Mark Agee (@MarkAgee) January 5, 2017
Dan Nainan is what would happen if Trump University taught a stand-up comedy class.
— Alex Edelman (@AlexEdelman) December 30, 2016
Long before the article, comedians were on to Nainan…
Someone 100% Clean Comedian Dan Nainan is NOT on this list??? https://t.co/pVcx157RsM
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) December 20, 2016
BOOK DAN NAINAN FOR THE INAUGURATION
— extremely online guy (@nickmullen) December 24, 2016
Me: *stretching my arm to take a selfie*
Fan: ok, that's good.
*arm stretches to 100ft long"
Fan: this grosses me out
*take picture and cry*
— dan nainan's age (@ThaneOfCrest) January 6, 2017