Bennett Arron is an award winning writer, stand up comedian and the only Jewish/Welsh comedian on the circuit. He has performed all around the UK, as well as entertaining audiences in: Italy, Germany, Australia, Poland and Hong Kong. Bennett recently supported Ricky Gervais, on some of his tour dates. He has performed as a comedian, awards host and after dinner speaker; at hundreds of events around the world. Because Bennett is an award winning writer, he is able to write bespoke material accordingly.
Bennett Arron: Comedian
Bennett’s television and radio credits include; Loose Ends, Not Tonight with John Sergeant, Glee Time (in which he hosted a series of six stand up comedy shows), Never Write Off The Germans (a panel game show for Radio 2), three series of What’s The Story (a panel game show for Radio Wales). And he was a Presenter on Big Brother’s Little Brother for Channel 4.
Bennett Arron has written for many comedy programmes including: Hit The Road Jack with Jack Whitehall; Commercial Breakdown and the BAFTA winning V Graham Norton. He wrote over 20 episodes and a feature film of Genie in The House, the highest rated children’s sitcom on Nickelodeon; and was one of the writers on the BAFTA winning Slammer for the BBC.
Bennett is a past winner of both the TAPS Comedy Writer of the Year Award and the BBC New Writer’s Award; and is a past finalist of the BBC New Comedy Awards. However his proudest moment was coming third, in an International Disco Dancing Championship in Tenerife.
Bennett directed and presented the programme How To Steal an Identity; in which he stole the identity of the Home Secretary. The programme was Pick of the Day in The Guardian and The Telegraph. Described as “Fascinating and Disturbing” by the TV Times, and went on to be short listed for a BAFTA.
He also presented the documentary ‘The Kosher Comedian’ for the BBC, which was a personal journey; tracing his ancestors roots from Lithuania and discovering the reason for the decline of Jews in Wales.
Bennett Arron: Gangster No. 1
Bennett Arron was one of the first major victims of Identity Theft in the UK. According to the Police and credit reference agencies, he owed thousands of pounds to phone companies, banks and department stores; the problem was, it wasn’t him. This theft resulted in Bennett becoming penniless and homeless!
Many years later, Bennett wrote a comedy show about his experience. The show was critically acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival. This led to Bennett being asked to direct and present the documentary ‘How To Steal An Identity’ for Channel 4.
In the documentary, Bennett proved through a series of stunts, how easy the crime of ID Theft really is. By first stealing the identities of the general public and then, rather foolishly, stealing the identity of the Home Secretary. The Documentary was Pick of The Week in The Guardian and The Telegraph; and was called ‘Fascinating and Disturbing’ by the TV Times. Bennett was shortlisted for a BAFTA.
As a result of information revealed by Bennett’s programme, the official UK Driving Licence application form had to be changed…
Bennett Arron now tours the world. Telling his disturbingly true, yet funny account of what it is like to have your identity stolen; and revealing the devastating consequences of making a documentary ‘in the public interest’.
He has been the guest speaker at the International Fraud Convention in Italy; the International Congress on Anti Fraud and Anti Corruption in Poland (twice), the Security Forum in South Africa; and he was the opening keynote speaker at AUScert, Brisbane in front of 2000 delegates.
In addition to this, Bennett also speaks to Management and Customer Service Staff (satisfying compliance requirements); showing how the repercussions from clerical, computerised or face to face errors can be devastating.
All talks are followed by a Q&A session with Bennett, which is always fun.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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