Bailey at the 2012 premiere of "Bad Parents"
|Birth name||Benjamin Ray Bailey|
October 30, 1970|
Bowling Green, Kentucky, U.S.
|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 Bailey (born October 30, 1970) is an American comedian, licensed taxi cab driver, and Emmy Award winning game show host and executive producer for Discovery Channel's Cash Cab in New York City.
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), he was offered a job as a bouncer for The Comedy Store after bumming a cigarette from a man in the parking lot.
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.
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 Shovio.com's TalkBackTV. He narrated the Discovery Channel's series Smash Lab.
From 2011 to 2012, Bailey was the host of Who's Still Standing? on NBC. 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 and ALDI.
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. The show took home honors at the Daytime Emmy awards for Best Game Show in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
- 30 Rock (2010)
- After the Catch (2009)
- Aspen Comedy Arts Festival in 2002/2004
- Bad Meat as an FBI agent
- Brain Games (National Geographic)
- Comedy Central Presents
- Delivery Man (2013)
- Don't Shoot The Pharmacist
- The Haney Project: Ray Romano
- Friends of the People (2015)
- Hope & Faith
- Last Call with Carson Daly
- The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
- Premium Blend on Comedy Central
- Road Rage and Accidental Ornithologist
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
- They're Made Out of Meat
- Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn
- The World Stands Up
- The Knights of Prosperity
- The Today Show (April 2, 2008)
- Unforgettable S04E09 (January 2016)
- Cash Cab - host of U.S. version (2005–2012, 2017-present)
- Smash Lab - narrator (2nd season)
- Who's Still Standing? - host
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