In this latest episode, I spoke with the incredible Bennett Arron.
In 1997 he was a finalist at the BBC New Comedy Awards alongside Justin Lee Collins and Peter Kay. He is a past winner of the BBC Wales New Writer’s Award and the TAPS Comedy Writer of The Year Award.
He has written and starred in the BBC Radio series Bennett Arron is JeWelsh and Bennett Arron Worries About…, both of which were nominated for a Celtic Media Award. He presented the BBC Television Documentary The Kosher Comedian in which he traced his family’s roots from Lithuania to South Wales and described a reason for the decline of Jews in Wales. In 2007, he wrote, directed and presented the documentary How Not to Lose Your Identity for Channel 4 which was based on his own experience of Identity Fraud. Bennett has also supported Ricky Gervais on his standup tour “Science”.
More recently he has playing the role of MORRIS in the Radio 4 Sitcom ALONE https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00094lp
“One of the best on the circuit… a Welsh Seinfeld” The Guardian
“Genuinely original and funny” The Times
“Hilarious… clever wit… razor sharp” The Standardcourtesy of http://www.bennettarron.com
What to expect in the episode.
Bennett was one of the first major victims of Identity Theft in the UK. According to the Police and credit reference agencies, he owed thousands of pounds to phone companies, banks and department stores. The only thing was, it wasn’t him. This theft resulted in Bennett becoming penniless and homeless
Bennett tours the world, telling his disturbingly true yet funny account of what it’s like to have your identity stolen and revealing the devastating consequences of making a documentary ‘in the public interest’.
He was the Guest Speaker at the International Fraud Convention in Italy, the International Congress on Anti-Fraud and Anti-Corruption in Poland (twice), the Security Forum in South Africa and the opening keynote speaker at AUScert, Brisbane in front of 2000 delegates.
In addition to this, Bennett also speaks to Management and Customer Service Staff on the subject of Data Protection and GDPR showing how the repercussions from clerical, computerised or face-to-face errors can be devastating.
“Bennett relays his personal experience of identity theft in an entertaining and funny way which has really engaged our staff across the organisation. The feedback we have received about Bennett’s presentation has been exceptional and people really understand the consequences of what can happen if things go wrong.” Gareth Conway, Programme Manager, NFU Mutualcourtesy of http://www.bennettarron.com
We discuss identity fraud and ways in which we can prevent this happening to us. For more information visit his website here – https://www.bennettarron.com/identity-theft/
Sitcom writing workshops.
Bennett started his career writing comedy scripts and has had over 30 sitcom scripts and a feature film produced on television and has written for several BAFTA-winning programmes. Before lockdown, Bennett had many gigs and speaking events lined up. However, this all dried up and Bennett had to think quickly. He created a sitcom writing work shop for aspiring comedic writers.
Have you always wanted to write Comedy? Do you have an idea for a Sitcom but don’t know where to start? Have you started a Sitcom script but don’t know how to finish it? This episode is for you.
“A brilliant introduction to the principles of sitcom writing and actually a whole lot of fun too” Iain Coyle, Commissioning Editor at DAVE
“We have used Bennett as a script consultant many times. You will learn tons about writing (and selling) really successful comedy scripts” Elaine Cameron, Producer of Men Behaving Badly and Sherlock
To learn more and to sign up to Bennetts next (and potentially last) workshop which is 1 hour a day for 5 days between the 17th – 21st August – please see here – https://www.bennettarron.com/gigs/