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Doug Benson
Doug Benson

Doug Benson

Benson was born and raised in San Diego, California. After graduating from a San Diego community college, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. While in Los Angeles, Benson began doing stand-up after he and two other friends dared each other to. One of them didn’t show, and the other one signed up too late. Benson claimed that “I went in anyway and did my three minutes of whatever I could come with and people actually laughed.” At the age of 22, Benson began performing regularly as a stand-up comedian. He made his earliest television appearances as a stand-up in the late 1980s and early 1990s on programs such as Comedy Central’s The A-List and Two Drink Minimum and was one of the featured comedians in the cast of Joel Hodgson’s sketch-comedy pilot The TV Wheel which aired on Comedy Central in 1995. One of Benson’s earliest jobs in television was writing for the MTV game-show Trashed in 1994.

Along with comedian friends Arj Barker and Tony Camin, Benson co-created and performed in the comedy stage-show The Marijuana-Logues. He also hosted High Times ‘ 6th annual Stony Awards with rapper Redman.

In 2006, Benson began hosting a weekly comedy podcast, titled Doug Loves Movies, which is recorded in front of a live audience at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. The show typically tapes weekly, and is later archived on iTunes. Benson and guests talk about movies and comedy both. A regular feature of the podcast is the Leonard Maltin Game, which has been described as Name That Tune with movies instead of songs. The game consists of Benson reading the cast of an unknown movie in reverse order (star of the movie comes last) from Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide to his guests, who attempt to guess the movie.

In addition to Doug Loves Movies, Benson has begun recording “The Benson Interruption” and releasing it as a monthly podcast for $1.99 and has appeared on numerous other podcasts, including Comedy Bang Bang, The Joe Rogan Experience, WTF with Marc Maron, The Adam Carolla Show, Nerdist with Chris Hardwick, Mohr Stories, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes and Never Not Funny.


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