Ben Bailey

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Ben Bailey
Ben Bailey 2012 (cropped).jpg
Bailey at the premier of "Bad Parents"
Birth name Benjamin Ray Bailey
Born (1970-10-30) October 30, 1970 (age 44)[1]
Bowling Green, Kentucky, U.S.
Medium Stand-up comedian, television personality/game show host
Years active 2002–present
Genres Observational comedy, Satire
Subject(s) Everyday life, self-deprecation, marriage, pop culture
Notable works and roles Host and executive producer of Cash Cab (NYC)

Benjamin Ray "Ben" Bailey (born October 30, 1970) is an American comedian, licensed taxi cab driver,[2] and Emmy Award winning former game show host and executive producer for Discovery Channel's Cash Cab in New York City.[3]

Early life[edit]

Bailey was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and raised in Chatham, New Jersey. He attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, before moving to Los Angeles in 1993. Standing at 6 feet 6 inches,[1] he was offered a job as a bouncer for a comedy club after bumming a cigarette from a man in a parking lot.


According to Bailey, he was telling stories with some comedians after hours when Lil Farrington[who?] found his stories humorous and offered him an opportunity at stand-up.[4]

He was the host of the American version of Cash Cab, a TV game show played in a taxicab that Bailey drives around New York City, broadcast on the Discovery Channel. He also recently made an appearance on the new's TalkBackTV.[5] Bailey narrates the Discovery Channel's series Smash Lab. As of December 19, 2011, he is the host of Who's Still Standing? on NBC.[6] On May 13, 2012, it was announced that the show would not be renewed for a second season due to high production costs.


As the host of Cash Cab, Ben received Daytime Emmy nominations in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 for "Outstanding Game Show Host," winning in 2010, 2011 and 2013 [7] The show took home honors at the Daytime Emmy awards for best game show in 2008, 2009, and 2010.



  1. ^ a b Kaufmann, Joanne (June 26, 2008). "He Drives This Game-Show Vehicle". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 17 May 2009. Retrieved April 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ Coyle, Jack (2006-06-01). "'Cash Cab' Can Be a Lucrative Ride". Associated Press (MSNBC). 
  3. ^ "Daytime Emmys". Knoxville News Sentinel. 2007-03-14. 
  4. ^ Tolk, Prescott (2001-09-02). "Local Comic Keeps the Big City Laughing". The Hudson Reporter. Archived from the original on 2008-04-01. 
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  6. ^ "Bio" Ben Bailey", NBC
  7. ^ "Ben Bailey, Bio". 

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