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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 comedy show at the Minnesota Fringe Festival was held over for an encore production due to popular demand, a feat matched by his following two productions in 2010 and 2011, and once again in 2016. 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.


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.


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 2017 storytelling show “Spec,” which one Best Storytelling Performance at the Victoria Fringe Festival’s Pick of the Fringe awards, the storytelling show ”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. Ben was also a founding member of Twin Cities performance troupe The Rockstar Storytellers.


Spec, 2017 (writer, performer)
A speculative fiction storytelling performance. Selected as Best Storytelling Performance at the Victoria Fringe Festival’s Pick of the Fringe awards.

Apple Picking, 2016 (writer, director, producer)
Two couples go apple picking. It escalates from there. A darkly comic, psychedelic crime thriller and third play written and directed by Ben San Del. Audience Pick winner at the MN Fringe Festival.

Fiddlestick Conundrum, 2014 (writer, producer)
“Dragging a skeptic to their first Fringe show? Make it this one.” – Minneapolis StarTribune. An hour of stand-up comedy.

An Agony of Fools, 2012 (writer, producer)
An hour of stand-up comedy.

Minnesota Middle Finger, 2011 (writer, director)
Summed up as “three trapped neighbors facing the snowstorm of the apocalypse with only Pop-Tarts and passive-aggression to sustain them,” this show became a top five best-selling production of the 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival and was held over for an encore performance. It starred John Middleton, Leigha Horton, and Tim Hellendrung and was staged at Theatre in the Round Players, Minneapolis, August, 2011.

A Nice Guy's Guide To Awkward Sex, 2010 (writer, director, actor)
The fifth best-selling show of the 2010 Fringe with a 4-and-a-half star rating from over 75 audience reviews and held over for an encore performance, this play featured Ben San Del, Amber Preston, Phillip Andrew Bennett Low, and Natalie Rae Wass (courtesy of the Actor’s Equity Association) as fledgling stand-up comics who force each other to embrace the embarrassments of love while evading the dangers of being “nice.” It was staged at the Mixed Blood Theater, August, 2010.

Animal Cracker Genocide, 2009 (writer, performer)
“Ben’s unique way of looking at the world makes everything a cause for laughter. Five Stars.” – Twin Cities Daily Planet

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 show is garnering nothing but praise for its humor, sharp delivery and witty, self-deprecating honesty – so make sure to mark it on your Fringe itinerary!” – Secrets of the City

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)
“It’s a loose, off-kilter little gem of a show, with half the fun being the jokes and the other half watching him feel out the room and work it for all it’s worth.” – Matthew A. Everett, blogger and playwright

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.