Ron Bennington

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Ron Bennington
Ron and Fez.jpg
Ron Bennington (Left)
Born (1959-12-31) December 31, 1959 (age 55)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Show Ron and Fez
Station(s) Raw Dog Comedy on (XM channel 99)
Time slot 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
Monday - Friday
Show Unmasked
Station(s) XM Comedy on XM Satellite Radio
Time slot Saturday's at 8:00 - 9:00 PM ET
Style Host
Website The Interrobang

Ron Bennington (December 31, 1959) is an American radio personality and comedian, who has been a host and co-host of a number of radio shows including the The Ron and Ron Show and The Ron and Fez Show, a daily radio show.

Radio career[edit]

Ron and Ron (1987—1997), Ron and Fez (1987—2015)[edit]

In 1986, Bennington opened the Ron Bennington's Comedy Scene in Clearwater, Florida; he met Ron Diaz, on whose radio show he plugged his club, and quickly the two created the morning radio program The Ron and Ron Show.[1] at Tampa Bay's WYNF-FM, known as 95YNF.[2] Ron Diaz announced his departure in early 1997,[3] and on September 29, 1997 the show ended.

After The Ron & Ron Show ended Bennington teamed up with Fez Whatley to create The Ron and Fez Show. After stints in Daytona Beach, New York City, and Washington, D.C., the show was broadcast from New York(originally briefly called "Ron and Fez dot com" as it was devoted to discussing Web sites) on 102.7 FM WNEW-FM from 2000-2003, and syndicated to additional FM stations toward the end of the run, until the station ended the talk format, and eventually moved to 106.7 FM WJFK-FM near Washington D.C. where it aired live from 2003–2005, a station that had been simulcasting the WNEW-based show since 2000.[4] Bennington and Whatley moved back to New York and debuted on XM Satellite Radio on September 12, 2005.[5]

Unmasked and other ventures, 2007—present[edit]

In 2007, Bennington began Unmasked, a solo venture which has one-on-one interviews with comedy legends and established and emerging comedic talents.[6] Since October 2014 he co-hosts Bennington (with his daughter Gail), a radio show which airs on Opie with Jim Norton‍ '​s 7-10am time slot when Opie and Norton are off.[7] Ron Bennington Interviews is a weekend program on XM which replays different interviews every week which Ron conducted.[8] The show runs on Sirius XM Indie.[9]

The Disciples of Comedy[edit]

In the mid-1990s Ron Bennington assembled a comedy troupe to tour to the markets where The Ron & Ron Show was syndicated. Ron Bennington's Disciples of Comedy included several comedians who had previously toured as part of Sam Kinison's Outlaws of Comedy prior to Kinison's untimely death in a 1992 car accident. The comedy tour sold out theatres of 2,000 to 3,000 seats.[10]

With Ross Reback he co-owned "Ron Bennington's Comedy Scene", a comedy club in Clearwater, Florida. One of the comics who says he "earned his chops" there is Jim Breuer.[11][12]

Appearances[edit]

Bennington is a cigar aficionado, and has also been interviewed in Cigar Magazine[13]

Bennington has a cupcake named for him at Molly's Cupcakes locations,[14] which is chocolate cupcake made with a combination of peanut butter filling, chocolate ganache, crushed butterscotch topping.[15] In 2008 it was the best-selling cupcake at Molly's.[16]

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