Steven Benaquist

is creating Comedy

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I've been making comedy all of my life. From my first sketch show in high school, to running my college's humor magazine and being in the premiere sketch troupe there, to doing stand up in Los Angeles with people who became household names, improv with people who already were, making award-winning videos and short films, being a regular contributor to an NPR comedy-variety show, writing for television, running a vibrant and exciting live comedy-variety hour that is in its sixth year and going strong, writing, performing and directing award-winning plays, appearing at comedy, theater and film festivals from Los Angeles to Edinburgh, I make people laugh, and I tell stories.

"You've been doing comedy in L.A. for 20 years with people who are now famous. Why aren't you?" Welllll, there are a lot of factors that go into that, including luck, swagger, accessibility of material, and luck. Also luck! Seriously, if I had to guess, I'd say my hatred of self-promotion (as I type this I've had to blindfold myself to get out all the brags), the eclectic nature of my comedy (for example, somehow in one of my most popular bits I embody a toilet speaking from the heart about segregation), and the fact that I like to DO TOO MANY THINGS. I truly love sketch, improv, stand up, and written humor. Hell, as a kid I dreamed of being a great cartoonist and I still design all my own posters and t-shirts and paint under the name of Carl Barlssen, my character who appeared at the late, great Meltdown Comics and RIOT LA festival and made some money painting portraits. You can see some of them here: facebook.com/CarlBarlssen. Anyway, I will keep doing too many things. It's in my nature.

"That's great. I like too many things. But like, what specifically?" I am delighted by your interest! At the moment (Through June 2018) I am producing my third original play at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, “The Last One-Man Show (Literally)”. At the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival my solo show “Tony Danza’s Letterz 2 2pac: an evening with Tony Danza” received the Producer’s Encore! Award, as did my nine-person play “Too Many Hitlers” in 2017.

I also have a podcast in the works. As a regular contributor to, and guest of, NPR's 'American Parlor Songbook' for the last three years, as lead character in Gary Lucy's brilliant narrative podcast 'Let's Get It On' in 2017, and as a guest on dozens of comedy podcasts for much longer than that, I have been inspired to plot my own forthcoming podcast, "Friends With Benaquist", the details of which I'll keep quiet about for now... Why spoil a surprise?

Videos. I have made over 40 videos and plan to make more, starting with a web series connected to “The Last One-Man Show (Literally)”. A steadier flow of Patreon income would allow me to make that output regular by paying for editor and camera crew.

The work I do as an actor and writer for other people's projects certainly brings me some satisfaction, but continuing to expand my original material is the most exciting direction for me, and that is why I have started this Patreon page: to connect with people who enjoy what I do, do more of it, and keep that cycle of creativity and support growing!

Steven Benaquist is a writer and comedian living in Los Angeles. He has been on Conan, written for Spike, History, BBC, and is a regular writer and performer on NPR’s ‘American Parlor Songbook’. On the Dreamworks series “Fishstick and Honeybear”, he is the voice of Honeybear. Steven is a graduate of Vassar College, where he studied theater and performed sketch comedy. He has performed sketch, standup and improv at clubs around the country and in many festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, RIOT LA, LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bass Comedy Festival, New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival and more. Steven is a member of SAG-AFTRA and represented by Aperture Talent.
Tiers
Three Dollar Bill tier
$3 or more per month
You're special! As rare as a three dollar bill. For this tier of support your name will be enshrined on the Page of Thanks on SteveBenaquist.com, and you will help support "The Last One-Man Show (LITERALLY)" . At the time of writing, I am engrossed in the production of this play and will be updating tiers with more detailed rewards in the near future. In the meantime, I am very grateful for the level of support you choose to give me!
Five Uneasy Pieces
$5 or more per month
...of the King's silver will aid me greatly. For this tier of support your name will be enshrined on the Page of Thanks on SteveBenaquist.com, and you will help support "The Last One-Man Show (LITERALLY)" . At the time of writing, I am engrossed in the production of this play and will be updating tiers with more detailed rewards in the near future. In the meantime, I am very grateful for the level of support you choose to give me!
Decameron Level
$10 or more per month
Ten dollars a month is certainly generous. Some physical thing, like a poster, will be added as a thank you gift for this. In the meantime, for this tier of support your name will be enshrined on the Page of Thanks on SteveBenaquist.com, and you will help support "The Last One-Man Show (LITERALLY)" . At the time of writing, I am engrossed in the production of this play and will be updating tiers with more detailed rewards in the near future. In the meantime, I am very grateful for the level of support you choose to give me!
Why Andrew Jackson?
$20 or more per month
Fortunately your contribution will be digital, so I won't have to think of the terrible things he did as president, so thank you! Some physical thing, like a poster, will be added as a thank you gift for this. In the meantime, for this tier of support your name will be enshrined on the Page of Thanks on SteveBenaquist.com, and you will help support "The Last One-Man Show (LITERALLY)" . At the time of writing, I am engrossed in the production of this play and will be updating tiers with more detailed rewards in the near future. In the meantime, I am very grateful for the level of support you choose to give me!
Goals
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When I reach $1,000 I will be able to pay for more advertising for my play "The Last One-Man Show (LITERALLY)", a PR assistant to help promote it, and for a professional video recording of the show to share with people who can't make it to the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June, and to show to interested theaters for future runs/performances.
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I've been making comedy all of my life. From my first sketch show in high school, to running my college's humor magazine and being in the premiere sketch troupe there, to doing stand up in Los Angeles with people who became household names, improv with people who already were, making award-winning videos and short films, being a regular contributor to an NPR comedy-variety show, writing for television, running a vibrant and exciting live comedy-variety hour that is in its sixth year and going strong, writing, performing and directing award-winning plays, appearing at comedy, theater and film festivals from Los Angeles to Edinburgh, I make people laugh, and I tell stories.

"You've been doing comedy in L.A. for 20 years with people who are now famous. Why aren't you?" Welllll, there are a lot of factors that go into that, including luck, swagger, accessibility of material, and luck. Also luck! Seriously, if I had to guess, I'd say my hatred of self-promotion (as I type this I've had to blindfold myself to get out all the brags), the eclectic nature of my comedy (for example, somehow in one of my most popular bits I embody a toilet speaking from the heart about segregation), and the fact that I like to DO TOO MANY THINGS. I truly love sketch, improv, stand up, and written humor. Hell, as a kid I dreamed of being a great cartoonist and I still design all my own posters and t-shirts and paint under the name of Carl Barlssen, my character who appeared at the late, great Meltdown Comics and RIOT LA festival and made some money painting portraits. You can see some of them here: facebook.com/CarlBarlssen. Anyway, I will keep doing too many things. It's in my nature.

"That's great. I like too many things. But like, what specifically?" I am delighted by your interest! At the moment (Through June 2018) I am producing my third original play at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, “The Last One-Man Show (Literally)”. At the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival my solo show “Tony Danza’s Letterz 2 2pac: an evening with Tony Danza” received the Producer’s Encore! Award, as did my nine-person play “Too Many Hitlers” in 2017.

I also have a podcast in the works. As a regular contributor to, and guest of, NPR's 'American Parlor Songbook' for the last three years, as lead character in Gary Lucy's brilliant narrative podcast 'Let's Get It On' in 2017, and as a guest on dozens of comedy podcasts for much longer than that, I have been inspired to plot my own forthcoming podcast, "Friends With Benaquist", the details of which I'll keep quiet about for now... Why spoil a surprise?

Videos. I have made over 40 videos and plan to make more, starting with a web series connected to “The Last One-Man Show (Literally)”. A steadier flow of Patreon income would allow me to make that output regular by paying for editor and camera crew.

The work I do as an actor and writer for other people's projects certainly brings me some satisfaction, but continuing to expand my original material is the most exciting direction for me, and that is why I have started this Patreon page: to connect with people who enjoy what I do, do more of it, and keep that cycle of creativity and support growing!

Steven Benaquist is a writer and comedian living in Los Angeles. He has been on Conan, written for Spike, History, BBC, and is a regular writer and performer on NPR’s ‘American Parlor Songbook’. On the Dreamworks series “Fishstick and Honeybear”, he is the voice of Honeybear. Steven is a graduate of Vassar College, where he studied theater and performed sketch comedy. He has performed sketch, standup and improv at clubs around the country and in many festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, RIOT LA, LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bass Comedy Festival, New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival and more. Steven is a member of SAG-AFTRA and represented by Aperture Talent.

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Tiers
Three Dollar Bill tier
$3 or more per month
You're special! As rare as a three dollar bill. For this tier of support your name will be enshrined on the Page of Thanks on SteveBenaquist.com, and you will help support "The Last One-Man Show (LITERALLY)" . At the time of writing, I am engrossed in the production of this play and will be updating tiers with more detailed rewards in the near future. In the meantime, I am very grateful for the level of support you choose to give me!
Five Uneasy Pieces
$5 or more per month
...of the King's silver will aid me greatly. For this tier of support your name will be enshrined on the Page of Thanks on SteveBenaquist.com, and you will help support "The Last One-Man Show (LITERALLY)" . At the time of writing, I am engrossed in the production of this play and will be updating tiers with more detailed rewards in the near future. In the meantime, I am very grateful for the level of support you choose to give me!
Decameron Level
$10 or more per month
Ten dollars a month is certainly generous. Some physical thing, like a poster, will be added as a thank you gift for this. In the meantime, for this tier of support your name will be enshrined on the Page of Thanks on SteveBenaquist.com, and you will help support "The Last One-Man Show (LITERALLY)" . At the time of writing, I am engrossed in the production of this play and will be updating tiers with more detailed rewards in the near future. In the meantime, I am very grateful for the level of support you choose to give me!
Why Andrew Jackson?
$20 or more per month
Fortunately your contribution will be digital, so I won't have to think of the terrible things he did as president, so thank you! Some physical thing, like a poster, will be added as a thank you gift for this. In the meantime, for this tier of support your name will be enshrined on the Page of Thanks on SteveBenaquist.com, and you will help support "The Last One-Man Show (LITERALLY)" . At the time of writing, I am engrossed in the production of this play and will be updating tiers with more detailed rewards in the near future. In the meantime, I am very grateful for the level of support you choose to give me!