Ben’s stage career kicked off after winning Acme Comedy Co.’s Funniest Person in the Twin Cities Contest in 2006. With a style described as “sharp, with perfect pacing” by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he regularly plays clubs and colleges throughout the country. Ben’s 2009 stand-up show, “Animal Cracker Genocide,” was held over for an encore production at the Minnesota Fringe Festival due to popular demand, a feat matched by his following two productions in 2010 and 2011. Ben has been a warm-up act for the national public radio show Wits, and was invited to perform in four national comedy festivals: the Atlanta Laughing Skull Festival, the Minneapolis 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival, the San Francisco Sketchfest and the Aspen Laff Fest.
HAS WORKED WITH…
Maria Bamford, Tig Notaro, Chris Hardwick, Nick DiPaolo, Doug Benson, Emo Philips, Jen Kirkman, Todd Barry and Greg Giraldo, among dozens of other national headliners.
HAS WORKED AT…
Acme Comedy Company, Minneapolis • Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, Mall of America • Skyline Comedy Café, Appleton, WI • Comedy Club On State, Madison, WI • The Milwaukee Comedy Café, Milwaukee • Joey’s Comedy Club, Detroit, MI • Comedy Etc. II, St. Louis • Joke Joint Comedy Club, St. Paul • Courtney’s Comedy Club, Fargo • Rookies Comedy Club, Sioux Falls, SD • Goonies Comedy Club, Rochester, MN • Comedy Corner Underground, Minneapolis • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis • University of South Dakota • Rochester Technical College, Rochester, NY • St. Cloud State University • IBM corporate show, Rochester, MN • Minnesota Psychiatric Society, corporate show, St. Paul • Minnesota Fringe Festival, Minneapolis • And the Funny Business, Turner Talent and Surely You Jest Entertainment networks
Ben wrote and directed the plays “A Nice Guy’s Guide to Awkward Sex” (2010) and “Minnesota Middle Finger” (2011), which both landed in the top-five best-selling shows of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. His full-hour solo shows include the spoken word “Mittens for Fat Kids” (2006), the storytelling ”Strawberry Fields Temporarily” (2008), and the stand-up comedy hours “Animal Cracker Genocide” (2009), “An Agony of Fools” (2012) and “Fiddlestick Conundrum” (2014). His newest play, Apple Picking, debuted at the 2016 Minnesota Fringe and won the Audience Pick for encore performance. His next production, Spec, a speculative fiction storytelling show, will debut July 8 at CONvergence. Ben was also a founding member of Twin Cities performance troupe The Rockstar Storytellers.
Apple Picking, 2016 (writer, director, producer)
Fiddlestick Conundrum, 2014 (writer, producer)
An Agony of Fools, 2012 (writer, producer)
Minnesota Middle Finger, 2011 (writer, director)
A Nice Guy's Guide To Awkward Sex, 2010 (writer, director, actor)
Animal Cracker Genocide, 2009 (writer, performer)
There was no journey of self-discovery. No deep reveal. No greater truth. Flirting, sex, love, death, Dr. Seuss on pot, this stand-up comedy performance showcased Ben’s balance between intellectual wordplay and playfully immature wit. It was held over for an encore performance at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Staged at Augsburg College’s main stage, August, 2009.
Strawberry Fields Temporarily, 2008 (writer, performer)
This storytelling show featured tales about the humiliations of stand-up comedy, the consequences of pornography theft, the pressures of news writing, and the celebration of life as a long and winding driveway. Staged at the Interact, Minneapolis, August, 2008.
Mittens for Fat Kids, 2006 (writer, performer)
Ben’s debut one-man show, blending stand-up comedy and storytelling, opened with a sold-out performance at the Acadia Café, Minneapolis, August, 2006.