Jon Bennett is a world renowned comedic storyteller and 6 X JUST FOR LAUGHS AWARD nominee.
Jon’s comedy career began in his homeland Australia, and after 14 years in the business he is now known as one of the most prolific storyteller-comedians touring the world.
With a total of 8 one-hour-long individual comedy shows and appearing in over 65 festivals, Jon is constantly performing across the globe making people laugh through exceptional comedic storytelling.
He has received multiple 5 star reviews in reputable publications world wide and won awards such as Funniest Show Award in the London Fringe, Critics Choice Award for Best Solo Show at the Orlando Fringe and a Golden Gibbo Award nomination at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
He has performed at a number of prestigious festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs in Montreal and multiple times for the illustrious Moth Main Stage Storytelling in the USA.
In 2015 Jon performed at an impressive 24 festivals over four continents garnering even more awards and accolades.
For Jon's 2016 tour dates see touring.
“Armed only with self-deprecating wit and memories, Bennett reminds us that ordinary people lead extraordinary lives. ★★★★★” – The Sunday Mail (AUS)
“Bennett is the patron saint of storytelling. ★★★★★” – Broadway Baby (UK)
“Hilarious. ★★★★★" – Edmonton Sun (CAN)
“Incinerates your expectations of the solo confessional, this flammable Australian is in a league of his own. ★★★★½" – Edmonton Journal (CAN)
“Bennett is a joy to watch. This is bold, honest, engaging and different to a lot of standard comedy on offer. ★★★★★” – Fringe Guru (UK)
Before he became better known for pretending things were his cock, Jon Bennett began his comedy career doing regular stand up shows at the age of 19.
After a brief foray into TV and radio, which included writing and acting in Channel 31 comedy shows such as the award-winning The Ugly Stick, Bennett decided to change to a more storytelling style of comedy.
In 2007, he began performing in storytelling nights around Melbourne, including Northcote’s popular Willow Tales, which he now hosts.
In 2009, Bennett realised his talent for placing his groin next to inanimate objects and created the hugely popular internet photographic phenomenon Pretending Things Are a Cock. What started as a joke between friends has now spawned a successful book, exhibition and countless critically-acclaimed live performances.
The PTAAC live show has wowed audiences the world over, with Bennett bringing his phallus-laden performances to comedy festivals in Melbourne, Vancouver, Just For Laughs in Montreal, Edmonton, Winnipeg and the Edinburgh Fringe. PTAAC was also nominated for Montreal’s Just for Laughs Best Comedy award in 2010.
Aside from his prolific cock-making tendencies, Bennett continues to perform and tell stories around the globe. He hosts several storytelling nights around Melbourne, and has brought his stories to Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Montreal, London, Edinburgh and New York, where he has performed at several of the famous The Moth storytelling nights where in 2013 he won The Moth Story Slam.
In 2012, Bennett introduced his show My Dad’s Deaths at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and also toured extensively throughout Europe and North America earning him a 2nd Just For Laughs Award Best Comedy Award nomination. ‘My Dad’s Deaths’ performed to sell out crowds and glowing 5 star reviews in the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe.
In 2013, Jon presented his newest show, Fire in the Meth Lab, the unbelievable story of Bennett’s wayward older brother. The show has received glowing reviews from it’s debut performances at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth Fringe (Best Comedy Nominee), and the Montreal Fringe Festival where he was nominated for a 3rd time for the Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy and the Centaur Award for Best Production.
Since 2014 Bennett has been touring worldwide with his 4 one man shows. PTAAC was awarded the converted ‘Critic’s Choice Award’ in the San Diego Fringe and the latest show ‘Story Whore’ received great reviews and a 4th nomination for the Just for Laughs Award in Montreal. Jon took an impressive 3 separate shows to the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe: Pretending Things are a Cock, Fire in the Meth Lab and his first foray into a family friendly show called AAA Batteries which sold out the entire run of 26 shows!
The beginning of 2015 opened with Jon being nominated for not one but TWO Perth Fringe World Awards for best comedy, the coveted Golden Gibbo Award nomination at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and 5th nomination for the Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy in Montreal. Bennett went on to be awarded the Critics Choice Award for Best Solo show at the Orlando Fringe and Funniest Show Award in the London Fringe. Jon performed in an impressive 24 festivals over 4 continents.
Jon continues to tour throughout 2016 with shows and festivals all over the globe.
Click here to see Jon's current touring schedule.