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“Benny Shakes is a powerhouse of ‘funny’ built on a foundation of clever joke writing, from the daily struggles of living with a disability to his observations on red neck life. Benny is a relatable and affable comic who ‘raises the roof’ every time.” – Anthony Williams, Rocks Central Promotions
Benny has been doing comedy for 2 years and in that time has performed 127 gigs and counting.
Performance highlights include:
Comic Relief Virtual Stand Up Gig – Ingenious Fools with Georgie Morrell, Jo Coffey and Aaron Simmonds, Jack O’Clubs Comedy.
Disabled Comedian’s Online Showcase with Lost Voice Guy, Georgie Morrell, Aaron Simmonds, Jo Coffey.
Headliner at Laugh Able and G&B online comedy.
Opening the show at Laugh Able Comedy Night for headliner Rosie Jones.
Rocks Central Promotions, 10 gigs with headliner Tom Binns.
Laughing Pug Comedy Club
Goose Pipe Comedy
NCF Canal House Nottingham
Leicester Comedy Festival
In 2021 Benny was awarded over £10,000 Arts Council Funding for 8 very special episodes of his online show Benny Shakes Things Up. Interviewing 8-star guests from stage, screen and radio and supported by New Art Exchange Nottingham and produced by Ingenious Fools, these interviews will be transcribed to form a basis of research into the challenges faced by disabled people in the arts industries and the positive ways they have overcome these. This project aims to encourage early career disabled artists to meet likeminded people and find out more about the industry. A highlight of the project was an in depth interview with his hero and BGT winner Lost Voice Guy.
You can listen to all of the episodes via Podbean: www.bennyshakes.podbean.com
Below the Belt is Benny’s game show – coined a “disability Taskmaster”. The show launched on on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, from January 2021 and is now touring live venues.
Benny also hosts the online show ‘2 Crips One Cam’ show with co-host Mark Burkwood.
Benny is a workshops leader for One Place East teaching stand up comedy and podcast production.
He is also a very keen gardener and photographer.
“Funny man. Brimming with natural like-ability that warms an audience and has some killer jokes to boot.” – Joe Zalias
“Love Benny’s comedy. He’s a fabulous nutter! What’s not to like?” – Kyle Wallace from G&B Comedy Night
“Benny is a versatile and likeable comedian who showcased his considerable talent on Late Stage Comedy and showed his capabilities on a panel show on Larklord. He’s a superb comic who belongs on any line-up.” – John Morris, Late Stage Comedy Club