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Owen Benjamin
Owen Benjamin Store Hollywood.jpg
Benjamin in 2015
Birth nameOwen Smith
Born (1980-05-24) May 24, 1980 (age 38)
Fulton, New York, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film, internet
EducationSUNY Plattsburgh
Years active2006 – present
SpouseAmy Reinke Smith (m. 2015)
Notable works and rolesThe Improv
The House Bunny
WebsiteOfficial website

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

Early life

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 TV station.[2]


Benjamin performing in March 2014

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.[3]

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.[4] Benjamin has starred in several web-only video series, including: Sony Pictures Television's C-SPOT, the role of Owen on Gaytown, Chance Stevens on Heckle U for CBS Interactive,[5] as well as hosting his own series, Owen Benjamin Presents.[6]

In 2008 Benjamin had a supporting role in The House Bunny.[2][7] In 2009, he played the leading role in the romantic comedy All's Faire in Love, costarring with Christina Ricci.[2][7] He was on Comedy Central Presents in 2010. For three seasons (2012–14), Benjamin portrayed Owen Walsh on the TBS original comedy Sullivan & Son.[2]

Other work

Benjamin hosted the annual ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards from 2014 to 2016.[8]

Benjamin appeared on Inside Amy Schumer in the episode "A Chick Who Can Hang."[9]

Benjamin was also a correspondent on The Jay Leno Show,[10] appearing on the program twice.[2]

Personal life

In 2009, Benjamin was engaged to actress Christina Ricci.[2] After 6 months of dating,[11][7][12] the couple broke up in June of that year.[11]

Benjamin currently lives in Saranac Lake, New York.[13] He is married to Amy Reinke Smith, with whom he has a son called Charlie, born in July 2018.[14]

Influences and controversy

Benjamin cites Adam Sandler and Vince Vaughn as being comedy influences.[15]

His comedy is strongly influenced by, and criticized because of, his conservative[13][16] social and political views. His main gripe is political correctness, often being intentionally offensive in order to mock those who would police his speech.[13] Scheduled shows of his have been cancelled and he has been suspended from Twitter on account of this behavior,[13][17] which has included accusing Jesse Thorn of being a "child molester" because he has a non-binary child and saying slavery could come back so civil rights activist Shaun King could be enslaved.[18] His workaround for the cancellation of some of his shows is to use crowdfunded money to rent the venues.[16]


Discography and comedy specials


  1. ^ "Look at OZ: Stand-up comic Owen Benjamin – The Oswegonian". 2018-11-29. Archived from the original on 2018-11-29.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Oswego native Owen Benjamin to perform at Funny Bone in Syracuse". Oswego County News Now. 2016-08-21.
  3. ^ ""It's Not You It's Men" Full Cast/Crew Credits".
  4. ^ "Owen Benjamin's tweet from February 9, 2018".
  5. ^ Frommer, Dan. "Lindsay Campbell's New Show, 'Heckle U', Launching Today". Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  6. ^ "C-Spot Season 2 on Crackle". thecomicscomic. 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
  7. ^ a b c Christina Ricci is Engaged!,, March 17, 2009.
  8. ^ "Comedian Owen Benjamin Returns As Host Of The Art Directors Guild 20th Annual Excellence In Production Design Awards". 2015-11-12.
  9. ^ Inside Amy Schumer on IMDb
  10. ^ "Jay Leno adds to posse". 2009-09-08.
  11. ^ a b Casablanca, Ted (2009-06-04). "Christina Ricci Breaks Off Engagement—Did She Scream Then, Too?". E! Online.
  12. ^ "Christina Ricci calls off her engagement to 'All's Faire in Love' co-…". 2012-09-07. Archived from the original on 2012-09-07.
  13. ^ a b c d "Local comic Day Bracey clashes online with alt-right comedian Owen Be…". 2018-04-19. Archived from the original on 2018-04-19.
  14. ^ "Owen Benjamin Comedy on Twitter: "Both momma and baby are happy and h…". 2018-11-29. Archived from the original on 2018-11-29.
  15. ^ Weiser, Sonia (2013-06-27). "The Laughspin Interview with Owen Benjamin".
  16. ^ a b "Conservatives banished from comedy industry". The Washington Times. January 1, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-01-01.
  17. ^ "What Happened To Owen Benjamin Is Further Proof We Are Losing Our Min…". 2017-09-29. Archived from the original on 2017-09-29.
  18. ^ Joe, Berkowitz (December 3, 2018). "Why is Amazon promoting this anti-trans alt right troll's comedy special?". Fast Company. Retrieved December 6, 2018.

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