Comedian & Stand-Up Comedy Coach
This week, Ira spoke with comedian (and stand-up comedy coach) Ross Bennett. In this episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Bennett talks about leaving West Point for a career in comedy; his belief that his ability to make people laugh is rooted in making himself feel comfortable and the need for control; how “Saturday Night Live” and Steve Martin influenced his decision to perform comedy; how his father (who had a career in the military) reacted to that decision; why he knew at the beginning that the important thing was to get stage time; where his comedy journey began; why he was both blessed and cursed by the fact that he was naturally funny; why his goal was to become a headliner in a comedy club; why he works clean (and it’s not because he’s a prude); why he started teaching stand-up comedy and coaching (and why writing is just the beginning; and how COVID took him to a new level online.
Ross, who has developed a brand all his own, described as “Comedy For The Rest Of Us,” discusses a wide variety of topics drawn from a life full of experiences, ranging from his growing up with a father who was a Marine Colonel, to grade school snow days, to middle age medical procedures.
He has been seen on over a dozen television shows including Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn”, A & E’s “Evening At The Improv”, and “The Late Show with David Letterman”.
In 2019 Dry Bar Comedy released Ross’ full length special “Comedy… For The Rest Of Us” which has been viewed millions of times.