Ben Hoffman

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Ben Hoffman
Wheeler Walker Jr.jpg
Hoffman outfitted as his alter-ego Wheeler Walker, Jr.
Birth nameBenjamin Isaac Hoffman
Born (1974-12-13) December 13, 1974 (age 44)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Genres

Benjamin Isaac Hoffman (born December 13, 1974[1]) is an American comedian, actor and writer. He is also a country music singer, performing under the name Wheeler Walker Jr.[2]

Early life[edit]

Hoffman is originally from Lexington, Kentucky.[3][4] He is the older brother of Scissor Sisters bassist Babydaddy (Scott Hoffman).[4]

Career[edit]

Ben Hoffman created and hosted The Ben Show, which premiered on Comedy Central on February 28, 2013. The show was broadcast on Comedy Central for one season.

Hoffman was a writer and correspondent for Sports Show with Norm Macdonald on Comedy Central[4] and has written for the MTV Movie Awards. He has appeared on New Girl and Drunk History and has produced content for and appeared on Current TV's infoMania.[4][5]

In 2016, Hoffman released a country music album entitled Redneck Shit, under the alias Wheeler Walker, Jr.[6] It debuted at No. 9 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 1 on the Comedy Albums chart, selling 5,900 copies in the first week.[7]

On October 3, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given order for the production of the adult animation series Hoops. The series was created by Hoffman who was also expected to executive produce alongside Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Seth Cohen, and Jake Johnson.[8]

Controversy[edit]

On January 19, 2019, in response to seeing a video of an incident in Washington, involving among others a Kentucky schoolboy, Hoffman posted to his Wheeler Walker Jr. Twitter account: "If you know this little shit, punch him in the nuts and send me the video of it and I’ll send you all my albums on vinyl, autographed", followed by a close-up picture of the face of an involved teenager.[9] A few days prior on Twitter he went off on a rant about Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Brett Young and other country musicians.[10] His Twitter and Instagram accounts were deleted shortly after the backlash he received for encouraging violence against the teenager.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ben Hoffman on Twitter: "Thanks for all the birthday wishes. That I'm hopefully gonna get. After this tweet." Twitter.com
  2. ^ "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast".
  3. ^ "Comedy Central® Sets Mid-Season Schedule Featuring New Series And Specials And The Return Of Network Favorites" (Press release). Comedy Central. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d Copley, Rich (22 March 2013). "Lexington native Ben Hoffman brings his Comedy Central show home". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 28, 2012). "Comedy Central Orders Series With Anthony Jeselnik, Amy Schumer And Ben Hoffman". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  6. ^ Hudak, Joseph (February 10, 2016). "Wheeler Walker Jr.: Inside Country's Filthiest New Album". Billboard.
  7. ^ Bjorke, Matt (February 22, 2016). "The Top 10 Country Albums Chart: February 22, 2016". Roughstock.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (October 3, 2018). "Netflix Orders 'Hoops' Adult Animated Series Starring Jake Johnson From Ben Hoffman, Phil Lord, Chris Miller & 20th TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  9. ^ Comedic Country Singer Wheeler Walker Jr. Under Fire for Inciting Violence Against Kentucky Teen in Viral Video, popculture.com, January 21, 2019
  10. ^ Daniel S. Levine, Comedic Country Singer Wheeler Walker Jr. Goes off on Explicit Rant About Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Other Country Artists', popculture.com, January 24, 2019.
  11. ^ 'Wheeler Walker Jr. Deletes Social Media Accounts After Backlash', Saving Country Music January 22, 2019.

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