Owen Benjamin

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Owen Benjamin
Owen Benjamin Store Hollywood.jpg
Benjamin in 2015
Birth name Owen Smith
Born (1980-05-24) May 24, 1980 (age 37)
Oswego, New York
Medium Stand-up, television, film, internet
Nationality American
Years active 2006 – present
Genres Improvisational comedy
Spouse Amy Reinke Smith
Notable works and roles The Improv
The House Bunny
Website Official website

Owen Benjamin (born May 24, 1980) is a comedian and actor from Oswego, New York.

Early life[edit]

Owen Benjamin was born to John Kares Smith and Jean Troy-Smith, both professors at State University of New York at Oswego.[1] He attended college at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh where he got his start in television at the student run station Plattsburgh State Television.[2]


Benjamin has a podcast, Why Didn't They Laugh, on Sideshow Network. He played host on Esquire Network's The Next Great Burger which aired summer of 2015. He played a correspondent to Tyson Beckford and Rev Run on their show It's Not You It's Men (2016) on the OWN network.[citation needed]

Benjamin produces the late show on Saturday Nights at The Improv in Hollywood, California, and he has also performed on MTV's show Punk'd.[2]

Benjamin has starred in several web-only video series. Since 2008 he has been appearing on Sony Pictures Television's C-SPOT, including the role of Owen on Gaytown as well as hosting his own series, Owen Benjamin Presents.[3]

In 2008 Benjamin had a supporting role in The House Bunny. In 2009, he played the leading role in the romantic comedy All's Faire in Love, costarring with Christina Ricci. He was on Comedy Central Presents in 2010. For three seasons (2012–14), Benjamin portrayed Owen Walsh on the TBS original comedy Sullivan and Son.

In March 2009 Benjamin began playing the role of Chance Stevens on Heckle U for CBS Interactive.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 2009, Benjamin was engaged to actress Christina Ricci. After 6 months of dating,[5][6][7] the couple broke up in June of that year.[5]

Benjamin identifies as a libertarian. He appeared at a conservative event “A Night of Freedom” in January 2018 [8]


  1. ^ Gibbons, Allison. "Oswego's comic son comes home". Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Owen Benjamin biodata". Hollywood California Improv. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  3. ^ "C-Spot Season 2 on Crackle". thecomicscomic. 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  4. ^ Frommer, Dan. "Lindsay Campbell's New Show, 'Heckle U', Launching Today". Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  5. ^ a b Casablanca, Ted (2009-06-04). "Christina Ricci Breaks Off Engagement—Did She Scream Then, Too?". E! Online. 
  6. ^ Christina Ricci is Engaged!, usmagazine.com, March 17, 2009.
  7. ^ Everett, Christina (2009-06-04). "Christina Ricci calls off her engagement to 'All's Faire in Love' co-star Benjamin Owen". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  8. ^ Owen Benjamin's tweet from January 28, 2018

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