Doug Benson

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Doug Benson
Doug Benson by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Benson at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con
Birth name Douglas Robert Benson[1]
Born (1964-07-02) July 2, 1964 (age 50)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, Television, Podcast
Nationality United States of America
Years active 1986-present
Genres Satire, Observational comedy, Alternative comedy, Sarcasm
Subject(s) American culture, pop culture, everyday life, self-deprecation, Recreational drug use
Notable works and roles Best Week Ever
Last Comic Standing
Super High Me
The Benson Interruption
Doug Loves Movies

Douglas Steven "Doug" Benson (born July 2, 1964) is an American stand-up comedian and actor who has appeared on Comedy Central Presents, Best Week Ever and was a contestant on Last Comic Standing in the show's fifth season.

In 2007, he starred in the film Super High Me, a documentary about marijuana usage. Benson also currently hosts the popular Doug Loves Movies podcast along with his weekly marijuana video podcast show Getting Doug With High. His Comedy Central series The Benson Interruption ended its first season in December 2010 and was turned into a monthly podcast in January 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Benson was born and raised in San Diego, California. After attending Grossmont College,[2] a community college in El Cajon, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He has never been married and has no children.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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."[3] At the age of 22, Benson began performing regularly as a stand-up comedian, however it wasn't until 28 that he became a stoner, after a week's worth of gigs smoking pot afterwards alongside Brian Posehn and Greg Proops.[4] 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.

Comedy albums[edit]

Benson appeared on the comedy compilation album Comedy Death-Ray.

On August 4, 2009, Benson's second album, Unbalanced Load, was released by Comedy Central Records. His third album, Hypocritical Oaf was released on August 31, 2010. Benson aims to record a new album every April 20 (with a subsequent summer release date) for as many consecutive years as possible.[5] Benson's fourth album, Potty Mouth, was released on August 29, 2011. The pattern continued with the release of his fifth album, Smug Life, which was released on July 3, 2012, and Gateway Doug, his sixth album, released on July 9, 2013. On July 8th, 2014 Doug released a sequel to Gateway Doug entitled Gateway Doug 2: Forced Fun.

Doug Loves Movies podcast[edit]

In 2006, Benson began hosting a weekly comedy podcast, titled Doug Loves Movies (Formerly I Love Movies with Doug Benson), 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 for fans to listen to for free. Benson and guests talk about movies and comedy both. Benson's guests have included such notables as Daniel Van Kirk as Mark wahlberg, John Lithgow, Leonard Maltin, Brian Posehn, Joe Rogan, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Jon Hamm, Adam Carolla, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Scott Aukerman, Adam Scott, Bill Simmons, Aziz Ansari, Amy Poehler, Elisabeth Shue, Aubrey Plaza, Michael Cera, Edgar Wright, Paul F. Tompkins, T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Gillian Jacobs.

A regular feature of the podcast is the Leonard Maltin Game, which has been described as Name That Tune with movies instead of songs.[6] 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.

Other regular features of the podcast include the segments Tweet Relief: Tweets About Movies, Watch This/Not That, Not for Emetophobes, and From the Corrections Department, as well as the games Build a Title, Name a Movie, A-B-C-Deez Nuts, How Much Did This Shit Make?, Lincoln or Bane?, Love, Like, Hate, Hate-Like, Doing Lines with Mark Wahlberg, The Seth Rogen Game (A.K.A. Last Man Stanton), and F Marry Kill: Movies.

At the conclusion of many of the early podcasts, Doug would state "As always, Willem Dafoe is a Shithead," which resulted in so many people wondering about why, that Google searches began to automatically complete the phrase as a suggested match. The Willem Dafoe comment started as a joke based on the fact that it would seemingly be the only bad words ever uttered about Dafoe, but many people didn't catch on and, after explaining it a few times, Benson decided to let Dafoe rest. Now, the runners up in the Leonard Maltin game are allowed to name one shithead as a consolation prize.

In 2010, Benson started an annual, 2 hour Twelve Guests of Christmas special every holiday season. This episode features 12 guests (occasionally more) rather than the usual 3 guests and they play an elimination style Leonard Maltin Game. Scott Aukerman won the first year, while Graham Elwood dominated the next two years in a row.[7] The 2013 champion was podcast fan and Pardcast-A-Thon auction winner, Sean Sakimae. Sakimae also qualified for the next Tournament of Champions for naming the film Titanic (1997 film) in negative names and winning the game.[8]

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.

Benson started a weekly talk-show podcast, entitled "Getting Doug With High", where every Wednesday at 4:15 p.m PST, he invites featured guests to recreationally smoke marijuana with him at 4:20. He asks them questions and discusses topics (usually related to marijuana), and at the end of the segment, he shows them a card trick. Recent guests on his show include Jenny Slate, Jeff Ross, Anthony Jeselnik, Sarah Silverman, and Aubrey Plaza.

Film and television[edit]

Super High Me[edit]

In 2008, Benson was the protagonist of Michael Blieden's film Super High Me (a play on the name and concept of the film Super Size Me), released on DVD on June 10, 2008. In the movie, Benson compares the results of not smoking any marijuana at all for 30 days versus the effects of smoking as much marijuana as possible for the same amount of time.[9] The film was produced by Red Envelope Entertainment. The results of the experiment were that it had little or no negative effects on Doug's health.

The Benson Interruption[edit]

On November 5, 2010 Comedy Central began airing The Benson Interruption, hosted by Benson. The show is based on the live stand-up comedy showcase of the same name that he has hosted in Los Angeles for many years. Special guests for the series include comedians Chris Hardwick, Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Adam Carolla, Nick Swardson, Rob Huebel, Nick Kroll, Thomas Lennon, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Eugene Mirman.

The show spun-off into a monthly audio-only podcast on January 21, 2011, which took the TV show's format and altered it slightly by allowing the performances and conversations to play out in longer unedited episodes.

Other film work[edit]

While working as a stand-in on numerous movies in the 1980s, he had visible roles as an extra in films such as Blade Runner, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, About Last Night and a backup dancer in the Disney theme park attraction Captain EO.[5][10]

Other television work[edit]

In the mid to late 1990s, Benson had small roles on HBO's Mr. Show with Bob and David, which was co-created by his friend David Cross. He also had small roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm, How I Met Your Mother, The Sarah Silverman Program, Yes, Dear and Friends.

In 2007, Benson was a contestant on fifth season of the NBC reality show Last Comic Standing. He was voted off the program during the ninth episode, earning him 6th place overall.[9]

In the 2000s, the comedian regularly appeared on the VH1 show Best Week Ever and taped several episodes of Comedy Central Presents.[9]

On December 29, 2009, Benson had a documentary special called The High Road with Doug Benson air on the G4 network. The special followed Benson and comedian Graham Elwood on one of their stand-up comedy tours.

"Red Eye" incident[edit]

On March 17, 2009, the host of the Fox News comedy program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld joked, among other things, that the United States should invade Canada. Benson, who was appearing on the show, also made jokes about Canada's military. These comments were made during Canada's deadliest month in Afghanistan since operations there began in 2002. The Canadian government demanded an apology from Fox News as well as the panelists for "despicable, hurtful and ignorant comments."[11]

Benson was scheduled to appear in Canada at Edmonton's The Comic Strip April 3 through April 5, 2009, but the shows were canceled after the owner received threats of "bodily injury" toward the American comic. "Some were saying he wouldn't make it from the airport to the club. For everyone's safety, we decided it was best to avoid the scenario altogether," manager Rick Bronson said. On March 24, Benson apologized for the remarks on CTV News Channel's Power Play with Tom Clark.[12]

Discography[edit]

Compilation[edit]

Albums[edit]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Doug Benson". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dr. Drew Podcast #54: Doug Benson". 
  3. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Doug Benson of 'Last Comic Standing'". Buddytv.com. 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  4. ^ about 9 hours (2013-10-10). "Nerdist Podcast: Episode 420 W/ Doug Benson". Nerdist.com. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  5. ^ a b WTF with Marc Maron podcast episode: "Episode 131 - Doug Benson."
  6. ^ Culture Mob article: "Doug Benson at the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse."
  7. ^ "Doug Loves Movies". Astrecords.com. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  8. ^ "Doug Loves Movies : Jon Hamm, Rich Sommer, Josh Malina and 10 more compete". Feedproxy.google.com. 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  9. ^ a b c Pittsburglive.com article: "Comedian Doug Benson going up in a cloud of success."
  10. ^ Who Charted? podcast episode: "Episode 48 - Emotional Luggage."
  11. ^ "Fox host apologizes for mocking of Canadian Forces". CBC News. 2009-03-23. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  12. ^ "Comedian on Fox News show apologizes to Canada". Ctv.ca. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 

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