When you hear the name Doug Benson, there's a good chance that the word "marijuana" comes to mind. You may have become familiar with Benson's chill demeanor after watching his smoke-u-mentary Super High Me--in which Benson inhaled (medical marijuana, natch) every day for 30 days.
Along with touring regularly across the country, Benson also starred in the off-Broadway show, Marijuanalogues, made it into the Top 10 of 2007's Last Comic Standing and records a regular podcast, "Doug Loves Movies." He chats up guests in front of a live audience at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles, and his guests are usually comedians and actors who join Benson in expressing their inner film fools by playing movie trivia games. Benson created the Leonard Maltin Game, in which he reads the cast of an unknown movie from lowest billed to highest to see if anyone can guess the title. It became a thing for those attending to wear name tags, and Benson said he's seeing it catch on when he plays concert halls, his preferred venue.
"I've grown to prefer [one-night shows] just because I've been doing clubs for so long. And because when it says 'Ha Ha Hut' over a door, people tend to wander in not knowing what they're there for," Benson said. "I've played the Knitting Factory in Boise before, and it's super fun. It's just more concentrated. It's a group of specific fans, people who want to see me."
Benson's new DVD/CD, Hypocritical Oaf, plops (his word) on Tuesday, Aug. 31, but he'll plant himself at Knitting Factory on Saturday, Aug. 21. Name tags optional.
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