Ben Rosenfeld’s standup comedy is dark yet playful, intelligent yet accessible. Born in a country that no longer exists (the USSR) and in a city that has since changed its name, Ben convinced his parents to emigrate from Leningrad to Connecticut shortly after his third birthday, because he could no longer tolerate the Russian winters.
Ben soon learned to be a young American living in Fairfield County by watching Married…With Children, The Simpsons and Beavis and Butthead. His earliest comic influences were Adam Sandler (They’re All Gonna Laugh at You and What the Hell Happened to Me?) and Chris Rock (Roll With the New and Bigger and Blacker).
Soon after his graduation from Rutgers University with a double major in Philosophy and Economics, Ben began his corporate career as a Fortune 500 management consultant by day while moonlighting as a stand up comic. He can’t explain the job description, but he was worth every penny. Two years later, he entered a fully-funded PhD program in Neuroeconomics at California Technical Institute (CalTech), a school which boasts 31 Nobel laureates. Two months later, however, he quit the school that was paying him to earn an advanced degree in science to dedicate full time to stand up comedy. Soon after Ben created the motivational seminar with attached e-book, How to Find Your Passion (www.BigBenComedy/Passion), for high school and college students more closely defining their future career choices.
Ben was recently seen on TRU TV’s All Worked Up, hosting Chinese Theater at The Lincoln Center (Alice Tully Hall) and performing in the Stand Up 360 Comedy Festival. His work has also been featured in the 48 Hour Film Festival (2010) in New York City and Richmond, VA, The Williamsburg Film Festival (2010) in Brooklyn and The Sparrow Film Festival (2010) in Queens. He also writes, acts in, films and edits short films and video sketches, found on BigBenComedy.com. While at Rutgers, Ben also co-founded slutgers.com, a parody of the University’s website, for which he wrote humorous articles and created branded merchandise.
Ben currently lives in New York City, where he produces and hosts a weekly stand-up comedy show. He works regularly in New York City at Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club and New York Comedy Club. He has also performed in Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and even New Jersey. In addition to stand up, Ben does improvisational comedy, writes & performs sketch comedy and runs a comedy blog (BigBenComedy.com), hosting interviews with established comics.