Ben Bailey

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Ben Bailey
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Bailey at the 2012 premiere of "Bad Parents"
Birth nameBenjamin Ray Bailey
Born (1970-10-30) October 30, 1970 (age 48)[1]
Bowling Green, Kentucky, U.S.
MediumTelevision, stand-up
Years active2002–present
GenresObservational comedy, satire
Subject(s)Everyday life, self-deprecation, marriage, pop culture
Notable works and rolesHost and executive producer of Cash Cab (NYC)

Benjamin Ray Bailey (born October 30, 1970) is an American comedian, licensed taxi cab driver,[2] and Emmy Award winning 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 was born the younger of two siblings. He attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, before moving to Los Angeles in 1993. Standing at 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm),[1] he was offered a job as a bouncer for The Comedy Store after bumming a cigarette from a man in the parking lot.[4]


According to Bailey, he was telling stories with some comedians after hours at The Comedy Store when Skip E. Lowe, who was emceeing at the club, found his stories humorous and offered him an opportunity at stand-up.[5]

Bailey is 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. He narrated the Discovery Channel's series Smash Lab.[6][7]

From 2011 to 2012, Bailey was the host of Who's Still Standing? on NBC.[8] On May 13, 2012, it was announced that the show would not be renewed for a second season due to high production costs. He does television commercials for Michigan electric/natural gas company DTE Energy[citation needed] and ALDI.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Bailey lives in Morristown, New Jersey.[10]


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.[11] 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 May 17, 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. Archived from the original on 2008-04-24.
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  5. ^ Tolk, Prescott (2001-09-02). "Local Comic Keeps the Big City Laughing". The Hudson Reporter. Archived from the original on 2008-04-01.
  6. ^ "Ben Bailey". Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  7. ^ "Smash Lab". Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  8. ^ Ben Bailey biodata,; accessed November 11, 2015.
  9. ^ Ben Bailey crashes ALDI and gets shoppers to say what they love about it,; accessed April 5, 2016.
  10. ^ "'Cash Cab' is back: How N.J.'s Ben Bailey became master of mobile trivia". Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Profile: Ben Bailey". Retrieved November 11, 2015.

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