Illustration by Matt Chessco

    Benito Skinner, better known by his stage name, Benny Drama, is perhaps the preeminent one-man show of the social media age: He writes, films, directs, edits, performs, and styles all of his content himself. Skinner first garnered popularity for his humorous Instagram sketches, auspiciously ahead of the TikTok boom, that would peak in 2020 and only further his career. The 27-year-old writer and actor from Boise does it all, from personifying the 12 zodiac signs to portraying original characters like Kooper the Gen Z intern and Jenni the TMI hairstylist to delivering his famous celebrity impressions, be it Paris Hilton, Lana Del Rey, Shawn Mendes, Timothée Chalamet, or the Kardashians. He moved to Los Angeles during the pandemic to pursue his career as a comedian and launched a pop culture podcast on Spotify in April 2021, Obsessed, with cohost, friend, and fellow comedian Mary Beth Barone. Whether he’s collaborating with MAC Cosmetics,, or the White House (this third project a viral video on the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19) or posting his own editorial content, Skinner’s work is full of reality TV–esque chaos and whimsical breaches of good taste. Follow: TikTok Twitter Instagram YouTube