Ben has over a decade experienceÂ in all kinds of comedy includingÂ stand-up, sketch, storytellingÂ and improvising. He got his start inÂ the 1999 Melbourne University Comedy Revue, and started performing solo comedy in 2004. Ben has developedÂ a smart, friendlyÂ and accessible style, with reviewers calling himÂ ‘geek comedy’s patron saint’ (T-Squat), ‘a confident and affable performer who radiates warmth and inclusiveness’ (Squirrel Comedy) and ‘no Carol Vorderman to look at, but considerably funnier’ (Herald-Sun).
His createdÂ the “Man in the Lab Coat”, a series of showsÂ combining comedy and science at Australian festivals,Â for National Science Week, andÂ as part of ensembleÂ The Peer Revue. He also createdÂ the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour, whichÂ ranÂ for five years during Comedy Festival,Â andÂ has appeared at science storytelling nightÂ The Laborastory, revealing the histories ofÂ his heroesÂ Mary Anning and Hedy Lamarr.
OtherÂ comedy performancesÂ include Ben McKenzie is Uncool,Â playfulÂ gameshowÂ Your Turn (with Pop Up Playground), hit Channel 31 variety show Planet Nerd, andÂ +1 Sword with Richard McKenzie. He and Richard also collaborated onÂ Dungeon Crawl, an improvised Dungeons & DragonsÂ adventure show featuring Melbourne’s top comedy talent as guests, which ran forÂ five years.
Ben was co-host ofÂ the hitÂ Doctor WhoÂ podcastÂ Splendid Chaps, and plansÂ to return to podcasting inÂ 2016.