This is the internest of Ben McKenzie, Melbourne-based actor, comedian, game designer, writer and ginger. (He’s not the one on Gotham.)
‘Geek comedy’s patron saint’ (T-Squat magazine), Ben writes and performs live comedy, including sketches, comedy lectures, improvisation and stand-up. He also loves to work in audio; as well as frequent work as a narrator and presenter, he co-stars in time travel comedy Night Terrace, now in its second season, travelling through time and space with Susan from Neighbours (Jackie Woodburne). After a break following the success of Splendid Chaps, Ben hopes to make a return to podcasting in 2016.
Ben is lead designer at live games company Pop Up Playground, where his games include Spy Catcher, The Curse, The Ride and upcoming heist game Small Time Criminals (set in a real two-storey bank building). He has also worked with the Freeplay Independent Games Festival since 2012, and runs game design workshops with kids at 100 Story Building in Footscray.
His favourite dinosaur is Stegosaurus.
For Night Terrace (2016):
‘halfway through the first episode I was very much hooked … McKenzie is excellent’ – Myron My, My About Town blog
For Ben McKenzie is Uncool (2014):
‘radiates warmth and inclusiveness … very funny’ – Noel Kelso, Squirrel Comedy
‘gentle and whimsical, but certainly no slouch in the laughs department’ – Lynette Walker, Herald-Sun
‘nerd heaven’ – Jess Welch, Jess Welch, YAWP Comedy Magazine
‘all killer, no filler’ – Heckler
For The Peer Revue (2012):
For Dungeon Crawl (2010-2014):
For A Record or an OBE (2007, 2008):
‘beautifully played with lots of skilful dialogue’ – Independent Weekly, Adelaide (February 2008)
For Science-ology (2007):
‘smart, funny and educational’ – The Age (April 2007)