Becoming a standup comedian is pretty much the ultimate revenge, explains Benson. Most standup comedians are nerds, theyre underappreciated, ignored, maybe even beat up in their early years. So once you make it, then its payback time.
You could say Benson is getting his payback now. The comedian is a regular on VH1s gossip/pop culture show Best Week Ever, where he regularly pokes fun at celebrity scandal, reports on Internet silliness, and does what he admits are terrible impressions of Harry Potter. Although critiquing YouTube videos and episodes of Tyra sounds like an awful dorky way to spend your time, Benson thinks the pervasiveness of popcult is blurring the line between whats nerdy and whats not. Your average person knows way more about pop culture than they used to, so now you have to be an übernerd, he says. For example, in Florida you cant wear bad sweaters, so you have to go with classics like tennis shoes and shorts with knee-high black socks. Even then you just fit in with all the old people, so you cant win.
Aside from waxing geeky on a weekly basis, Benson is also a spokesman of sorts for another group of underdogs: potheads. In 2006 he was crowned High Times Stoner of the Year, mostly for his part in co-penning The Marijuana-Logues, a live comedy show dedicated to the love of the green. But dont worry, fans even if Benson gets blitzed for his Wednesday night Revenge at Improv Paradise Live (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood), he still promises a great show. Im actually a very responsible stoner. I write jokes. I memorize my jokes. I show up on time. Most stoners think theyre way responsible even if they arent, but thats part of the charm, right? Right! Tickets cost $12. Call 954-981-5653, or visit www.improvftl.com.
Benson will also stay on at the Improv for shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets to those cost $18.
Wed., Nov. 21; Fri., Nov. 23; Sat., Nov. 24; Sun., Nov. 25, 2007