Beck Bennett

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Beck Bennett
Born (1984-10-01) October 1, 1984 (age 30)
Wilmette, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer

Beck Bennett (born October 1, 1984) is an American actor, writer, and comedian known for the AT&T "It's Not Complicated" commercials where he interviews kids[1] and his sketch videos with the comedy group Good Neighbor.[2][3][4] Bennett appeared in Arrested Development,[5] and is now a featured player on Saturday Night Live.

Early life[edit]

Beck Bennett was born in Wilmette, Illinois, to Andy and Sarah Bennett. He performed in multiple shows at Children’s Theatre of Winnetka [1]. He graduated from New Trier High School in 2003 where he played Jean Valjean in his school's production of Les Miserables.[6] Beck attended the USC School of Dramatic Arts in the B.F.A. Acting program.[6]

Career[edit]

In 2003, Bennett joined the improv/sketch group Commedus Interruptus along with Kyle Mooney and Nick Rutherford. In 2007, after graduation, Mooney, Rutherford, and Bennett joined with editor/director Dave McCary to form the sketch group Good Neighbor.[6] The group received praise from comedian Louis C.K.[7] and director Steven Spielberg, who sent Mooney, Bennett, Rutherford, and McCary a personal acknowledgement after being impressed with the Hook parody, Unbelievable Dinner. He complimented the sketch and encouraged the group to continue making funny movies.[8][9]

In 2011, Bennett created the fake news political talk show Fresh Perspectives,[10][11][12] which helped him land his AT&T commercials interviewing children.[13]

In 2012, he appeared in the film Kill Me Now,[14] a film starring multiple internet sketch-comedy groups and Beside Still Waters[15] by writer/director Chris Lowell.

In March 2013, Bennett appeared in an episode of Last Man Standing, and that August voiced a character for FOX ADHD's Axe Cop. That same year Good Neighbor produced a pilot for Comedy Central with Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez production company, though it was not picked up as a series, in light of the move of three of the troupe's four members to New York City to star on Saturday Night Live.[16] They debuted on SNL in September of that year, along with McCary as a director.[16]

That same year Bennett completed work on the independent film Intramural,[17] and co-created the web series Theatre of Life,[18] in which he and Rutherford film unsuspecting pedestrians and voice-over their thoughts and dialogue.[19]

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Mr. Patterson, a successful business executive who has the body and awkward movements of a baby.
  • Casey, co-host of Inside SoCal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nudd, Tim (2013-04-15). "How AT&T Got Kids to Make Some of the Year's Best Ads". Adweek. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  2. ^ Forde, Kevin. "The 8 Best Internet Sketch Troupes Whose Initials Aren't TAM". Cracked.com. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  3. ^ Perkins, Colin (2010-10-05). "Sketch Artists: Good Neighbor Adds Some Absurdity to Viral Videos". Splitsider. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  4. ^ "Good Neighbor Sketch Comedy". G4tv.com. 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  5. ^ Kurp, Josh (2013-05-08). "'Arrested Development' Season 4 Guest Star List". Uproxx.com. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  6. ^ a b c "Beck Bennett's calling answered with AT&T ads - Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  7. ^ "codythebeau comments on Louis C.K. reddit". Reddit.com. 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  8. ^ "Schubas". Schubas. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  9. ^ Sykes, Tom (2013-04-09). "Beck Bennett: Meet That Guy in Those Adorable AT&T Commercials". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  10. ^ McGlynn, Katla (2011-04-07). "'Fresh Perspective' On Libya Offered By Adorable Kids (VIDEO)". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  11. ^ Hampton, Adele (2012-03-30). "A seven-year-old's take on Mitt Romney's candidacy - The Hill's Video". Thehill.com. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  12. ^ Friar, Christine (2011-07-01). "'Fresh Perspectives' Kids Talk Medicare, Call Paul Ryan A 'Lame Doo Doo' (VIDEO)". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  13. ^ Stuart Elliott (2013-07-02). "A Spokesman Finds Fame Interviewing Tiny Experts". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  14. ^ "Kill Me Now: Internet Sketch Comics Make A Movie - Geekblog - Hex19 | Celebrating All Things Geek". Hex19. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  15. ^ Jeff Sneider (2012-05-31). "Chris Lowell sets feature directorial debut". Variety. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  16. ^ a b Frucci, Adam (2013-08-23). "Good Neighbor Is the New Lonely Island: 'SNL' Hires Director Dave McCary Alongside Two Cast Members". Splitsider. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  17. ^ "Intramural: The Movie - 5 Questions w/ Beck Bennett". YouTube. 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  18. ^ "More Theatre of Life: Homeless Pirate". YouTube. 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  19. ^ "Theatre of Life: Nick Rutherford and Beck Bennett - Video". Ebaumsworld.com. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 

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