Based in Edinburgh, Ben has been writing and performing comedy for about 5 years, starting out whilst at the University of Edinburgh when he co-founded and was President of The Edinburgh Revue, acting as not just a performer, writer and producer of the regular term-time shows, but also of two sell-out and critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe revues.
From there Ben began contributing sketches to 'Melting Pot', a monthly new writing sketch show at The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh, and to The Comedy Unit's (Chewin' the Fat, Rab C. Nesbitt) 'Rough Cuts' shows in both Glasgow and London, as well as supplying material to the Unit’s 2007 sell-out Fringe hit 'Angry Puppy'. This quickly led to writing for BBC TV / The Comedy Unit`s 'The Karen Dunbar Show', which was nominated twice for the Golden Rose of Montreaux prize.
In the last three years Ben has turned his hand to stand-up, cultivating a style which is upbeat mix of smart gags, word-play and anecdotes. He regularly gigs as an act or compere all over Scotland and has performed alongside big names like Dylan Moran, Phil Nicol, Patrick Monaghan and Kevin Bridges (as well as appearing in Dan Antopolski's 'Sandwich Rap' music video) to name a few. Ben performed his first solo hour, 'Not With That Attitude', at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe.
Currently, Ben is promoter and resident MC of THE BEEHIVE COMEDY CLUB which runs four successful nights (two start-of-the-week new act and new material nights, and premier multi-bill nights on Friday and Saturday) in Edinburgh's famous Beehive Inn; and is a writer and performer with THE BROKEN WINDOWS POLICY, The Edinburgh Stand Comedy Club`s monthly sketch show.
"Universally splendid" - The Scotsman
"The evening's star... firing off the most accomplished gags of the night" - Edinburgh Evening News
"Delivers on all fronts" - Fresh Air
"Economical, original and charmingly perceptive" - Three Weeks
"Brought the audience fully to life" - The Laughter Track
"Scenes which stick in your head for a long time" - The Skinny (2009)
"Snappy and slow-burning, crude and classy" - The Skinny (2010)
"Constantly brilliant and well written material" - Scottish Comedy Forum
"His comedy arsenal is fully stocked with cutting intelligence and sharp observation" - aroomwithacomedian.com
"Very much worth your while" - British Comedy Guide
Finalist, Sunday Mail Comedy Champ competition 2008
Semi-finalist, So You Think You're Funny? competition 2008
Semi-finalist, Scottish Comedian of the Year competition 2009
Finalist, Tron Stand-up Comedy competition 2010
Semi-finalist, Scottish Comedian of the Year 2011