Ben Gleib was named by TBS one of the “funniest comedians working today.”
He’s the host, head writer, and executive producer of the Emmy nominated “Idiotest,” on NETFLIX. The hit comedy brain teaser game show originally had four seasons and 210 episodes on Game Show Network, and was their most watched original.
His hilarious hour-long standup special “Ben Gleib – Neurotic Gangster” which premiered on SHOWTIME is currently airing on AMAZON PRIME.
He recently hosted with Olivia Munn “The Telethon for America” powered by Michelle Obama’s ‘When We All Vote’, (Gleib also created, executive produced, and was head writer) which was the first telethon ever with the goal of raising zero dollars. Completely reinventing the telethon for the digital age, instead the non-partisan telethon took pledges to vote in the 2018 midterms, aiming to drive up voter turnout, and featured celebrities such as Natalie Portman, Chelsea Handler, Jane Fonda, Constance Wu, Amy Schumer, Jessica Alba, Judd Apatow, Hasan Minhaj, Adam Devine, Aisha Tyler, Pete Davidson, and over 80 others.
For 7 years he was a round table regular on “Chelsea Lately” on E! with over 100 appearances! He also did a memorable guest star on an episode of the E! scripted series “After Lately.” And you may have seen him as a correspondent on the Arsenio Hall Show.
He often appears on “The Today Show” with Kathie Lee and Hoda, over 25 appearances so far, and you may have seen one of his appearances on “@Midnight with Chris Hardwick” on Comedy Central. This year he will be guest starring on an episode of “American Princess” a new hour dramedy on Lifetime from Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black, GLOW.)
His podcast “Last Week on Earth with Ben Gleib” on the Smodcast Network debuted at #9 on iTunes Comedy, and was #1 on Stitcher for over 20 weeks. He hilariously summarizes news and politics, occasionally being joined by celebrity guests like Bryan Cranston, Meghan McCain, Bob Odenkirk, Sam Donaldson, Moby, Blake Griffin, Adam Devine, General Wesley Clark, political pundits, standup comedians, and his parents. (You can subscribe, rate and review on iTunes or Spotify.)
He has toured sold-out arenas all over North America with both Chelsea Handler and Dane Cook, has been headlining comedy clubs around the globe since 2007, and has performed on “The Late Late Show,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” Last Comic Standing,” and twice on “Last Call with Carson Daly.” He is constantly on tour, and is likely performing soon in a town near you.
He has been guest co-anchor for a week for ABC News digital, from ABC News world headquarters in New York, and did election night 2016 coverage for them. He’s been a frequent on-air contributor on CNN, “The Young Turks,” and NPR, winning a Golden Mic Award for his work on Southern California NPR “Patt Morrison’s Comedy Congress.” He created, executive produced, hosted, and was head writer on a spinoff special for GSN called “Political Idiotest,” blending his game show with his love of politics. In 2017 he was one of the hosts of social impact news show “ASPIREist” on CNN’s Headline News. Unusual gigs for a comedian, another example of why he is one of the most multi-talented comics in the country. He currently hosts and produces a monthly political discussion show called “We the People” at the Hollywood Improv which brings together a comedian and a commentator from the left, and one of each from the right, trying to find solutions through humor. The show just made its debut at the 2018 Politicon.
Gleib is the first comedian to ever live stream a full headline set on Facebook Live, and did it in the last 8 cities on his 2016 tour, 100% improvised, getting almost 4 million total views. His act is chock full of material, but he’s also one of the best improvisers in standup comedy.
Esquire once called him one of “Six comedians who could be comedy’s next big thing.” The other five were Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Demetri Martin, and Flight of the Conchords. It came true for all of them and it now seems to be Gleib’s time.
An accomplished voice over actor, Gleib is one of the stars of Kevin Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie,” is the voice of Marshall the Sloth in “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” (the #2 animated movie of all-time internationally,) and voices Dali in “The Book of Life” starring Channing Tatum. His voices have also appeared in “Phineas and Ferb,” and youtube series “The Melvin Bros.”
He hosted “Oscar Roadtrip” which was featured on ABC’s Oscars Pre-Show for the 85th Academy Awards and served as host for the Oscars red carpet. He co-wrote and stars in the scripted webseries “CINEDOPES,” available for free on Youtube… click here to watch. Gleib is also one of the leads in the feature film “Bad People.”
In 2007, he starred in the primetime NBC hidden camera comedy series “The Real Wedding Crashers,” a show in which he played multiple characters.
In 2006, he sold a pilot to FOX called “The Gleib Show” produced by Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels, Broadway Video, and NBC Universal. This was based on a show he did for 3 seasons for the National Lampoon Network, and for 4 years before that in college at UC San Diego. It became a class that students could take for 4 units. (This helped several of his friends graduate. Gleib had the privilege of speaking at that graduation, and his show was the subject of his honors thesis. This was lucky because he was not an honor student in any other area. At all.)
He started the brand “Comedy Juice” in 2002 with Scot Richardson, producing the best live comedy shows in the country, in LA at the Hollywood Improv, in New York at Gotham Comedy Club, and many cities in between, consistently booking lineups only of the most famous comedians in the world and giving big breaks to the best up and comers, many of whom became huge stars. They sold the company in 2017 and it continues to be one of the best brands in standup comedy.
Gleib’s online videos have received more than 30 million views, he has worked for all 4 broadcast TV networks, and many of the major cable networks and digital platforms.
In 2008, he shot a pilot where he got to meet and mess with Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton, and ruined a John McCain press conference, getting kicked out by the Secret Service. You can see those clips here… https://youtu.be/ZwyVmNhTeow
On the radio, he is a regular on the hugely popular shows The Bob and Tom Show, Kevin and Bean, and The Jason Ellis Show and You Up? with Nikki Glaser on Sirius XM.
He is proudest that he is probably better than you at ping pong. (Oh also he’s perhaps the most famous kazoo player in the world. #kazoolife)