Ben Gleib

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Gleib in 2019
Benjamin Nathan Gleiberman

(1978-06-18) June 18, 1978 (age 43)
Occupationstandup comedy, acting, television personality, game show host

Benjamin Nathan Gleiberman (born June 18, 1978), known professionally as Ben Gleib, is an American actor, comedian, satirist, and writer.

Early life and education[edit]

Ben Gleib attended University of California, San Diego, where he studied communications and theater. He graduated in the Honors Thesis Program.


Gleib was a one-time roundtable guest on the E! late night talk show Chelsea Lately and has been appearing on the show since January 2008.[1] He has been a frequent guest on KPCC (Southern California's NPR affiliate) on the Patt Morrison Program, bringing his comedic spin to political issues. He also reported for KPCC live from the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Gleib starred in the NBC series The Real Wedding Crashers, a primetime comedy. The show also aired on Bravo and on Style Network.[2]

In 2009, he performed his standup on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly, and in 2008 Gleib was featured on the NBC competition show Last Comic Standing. He is known for covering a wide range of topics in his act and his improvisational skills, often making up large sections of his performance based on interactions with the crowd.

In 2006, he sold a television pilot The Gleib Show to Fox. The pilot was produced by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels,[3] Broadway Video, and NBC/Universal. This show was based on a TV show that Gleib directed, wrote, and starred in for three seasons on the National Lampoon College Network from 2003 to 2005 that aired to college campuses across the country; it was consistently the network's number one show. It was also written and produced by Scot Richardson. The show was based on a show of the same title that Gleib performed for four years during college at the University of California, San Diego.

Gleib appears in a supporting role in the feature film Bar Starz, which had a limited theatrical release. The film also featured Charlie Murphy, Daniel Franceze, Derek Waters, Jon Bernthal, and Nikki Griffin. Gleib is one of the stars of Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, the voice of Marshall the Sloth in Ice Age: Continental Drift, and the voice of Dali in The Book of Life. His voices have also appeared in Phineas and Ferb and YouTube series The Melvin Bros.[4]

In addition, Gleib has performed on The Late Late Show on CBS, at the Vancouver Comedy Festival, the Laughing Matters Festival in the Netherlands, hosted several pods for Current TV, and in 2002 he wrote the "Radio Music Awards" for ABC.

Since November 2011, Gleib has hosted the podcast Last Week on Earth with Ben Gleib, distributed through Kevin Smith's Smodco Podcast Network.[5]

He has been guest co-anchor for a week for ABC News digital, from ABC News world headquarters in New York, and provided election night coverage for them in 2016. He has been a frequent on-air contributor on CNN, The Young Turks, and NPR, winning a Golden Mic Award for his work on Southern California NPR's Patt Morrison's Comedy Congress.[6] In 2017 he was one of the hosts of social impact news show “ASPIREist” on CNN's Headline News.[7]

Gleib at Morty's Comedy Joint in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2013
Gleib in 2017

Beginning in August 2014, Gleib hosted four seasons of the television game show Idiotest on the Game Show Network.

He was called by Esquire one of "the six comedians who could be comedy's next big things" and part of "a bumper crop of brilliant new-alt comics".[8] Gleib was also named by TBS one of the "funniest comedians working today."[9] His hour-long standup special Ben Gleib - Neurotic Gangster debuted on Showtime and has been available on Amazon Prime.[9]

In October 2021, Charlie Kirk invited Gleib on his show for a debate billed as "A Long-Form Debate with a Deranged Pro-Abortion Activist". Gleib showed him a photograph of a dolphin fetus and asked him whether it was a human being. Kirk replied, "without a doubt."[10][11][12][13]

Presidential candidacy[edit]

On May 13, 2019, Gleib announced his candidacy for President of the United States on Twitter.[14] On December 30, 2019, Gleib ended his campaign.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ben Gleib". Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "The Real Wedding Crashers". Archived from the original on June 22, 2009.
  3. ^ "Lorne Michaels". Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  4. ^ Springer, Alex (July 8, 2015). "Ben Gleib: Idiotests and Mind Games". SLUG Magazine.
  5. ^ "Last Week On Earth with Ben Gleib". Archived from the original on October 29, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  6. ^ "Comedy Congress: Live from the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Day 3". Southern California Public Radio. September 5, 2012.
  7. ^ "About".
  8. ^ "Will the Next Dane Cook Please Stand Up?". Esquire. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Brustein, Darrah. "Comedians Reveal Their Top Tips On Being Memorable Communicators". Forbes.
  10. ^ Felton, James (October 12, 2021). "Anti-Abortion Activist Charlie Kirk Declares Dolphin Fetus Is "Without A Doubt" A Human Being". IFL Science. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  11. ^ "Comedian Tricks Charlie Kirk Into Declaring A Dolphin Fetus Is 'Without A Doubt' Human". October 12, 2021. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  12. ^ Smith, Precious (October 12, 2021). "Anti-Abortionist Activist Charlie Kirk Insists Dolphin Fetus is a Human Being". Nature World News. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  13. ^ @bengleib (October 12, 2021). "Charlie Kirk SCHOOLED on Abortion in 15 Seconds" (Tweet). Retrieved November 11, 2021 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Gleib, Ben [@bengleib] (May 13, 2019). "It's time for the announcement. We must do all we can to ensure trump doesn't permanently damage our democracy. Cautious politicians are not the answer. I am announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. Go to & share this post. #GLEIB2020" (Tweet). Retrieved July 1, 2019 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Gleib, Ben [@bengleib] (December 30, 2019). "THE END OF MY CAMPAIGN We don't have a clear path forward anymore, so it's time to say goodbye. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all who supported me. I have more to say than a standard concession speech. So I hope you watch this video #Gleib2020" (Tweet). Retrieved January 11, 2020 – via Twitter.