This is the internest of Ben McKenzie, Melbourne-based actor, comedian, writer, game designer 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, musicals 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 will return to podcasting in 2017 with the Terry Pratchett book club podcast Pratchat.
Ben has been lead designer at live games company Pop Up Playground since its inception, working on games including Spy Catcher, The Curse, Where in Melbourne is Carmen (or Diego?), The Ride and the hit live bank heist adventure Small Time Criminals. He has also worked with the Freeplay Independent Games Festival since 2012, runs story and game workshops with kids at 100 Story Building in Footscray, and is writing an (as yet unannounced) videogame with Tin Man Games.
His favourite dinosaur is Stegosaurus.
For Small Time Criminals (2016-2017):
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, 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)