Who is Ben Kissel?
Ben Kissel was born in Steven’s Point, Wisconsin USA, on 21 July 1981 under the zodiac sign of Cancer, and so holds American nationality. He is best known for his acting career, while he is also a comedian, political speaker, and was also a political candidate.
Early life and education
There is not much known about Ben’s early life or his family; it is said that his father migrated to the US from Germany and worked as a truck driver for 25 years, that Ben has two gay brothers, and grew up in a house which served as a home for many foster kids, and helped dozens of abused children – Ben was considered to be a “class clown” there because he was always trying to make other kids laugh. His first interest was in politics rather than in acting, which started during the Iraqi war in 2001 and 2002. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science – he claims to be an Atheist which means that he doesn’t believe in God nor Satan.
TV screen career
Ben first started working as a stand-up comedian in 2005, as he always wanted to do something like that – he was apparently very good at it, and practices it even today.
Ben became famous after he began co-hosting “The Last Podcast on the Left” horror comedy show in 2011, with Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski – the show managed to win a Webby Award in 2017. The three of them (Henry, Marcus and Ben) were longtime friends before they started the comedy show, and have episodes of “The Last Podcast on the Left” released every Friday, about one hour long – Ben and his cohost are now mostly exploring the horrors of the world, both the real one and imagined one. Some of the topics which they covered before this serial killers, anything about UFOs, ghosts and some conspiracy theories. The opening theme of the show features some lines and other things related to serial killers, while the closing theme is a reference to “The Shining” movie. The trio is still filming new episodes for their show – they so far have 405 of them; it’s making a lot of money for them, more than $30,000 every month on Patreon just from their fans, as they have amassed a huge and loyal following. The three of them also starred in “The Last Stream on the Left” which aired on Adult Swim and works the same as “The Last Podcast on the Left”, as they just discuss random things – this show made it possible for them to go on tour around the US, and perform live shows.
Ben has appeared in ten more TV series throughout the years, including “Girls are Roommates” in 2013, “A Very Troma Christmas” in 2015 and “Watters’ World” in 2017, however, he only appeared in an episode or two in all of these, and they didn’t bring him added popularity.
Ever since Ben graduated from university, he’s maintained an interest in politics, and was somewhat politically active. In 2017, Ben ran on the reform ticket for the President of Kings County, New York State, and gained a lot of friends from both Reform and US Libertarian parties, and even though he was not able to win the final vote, he did manage to change the anti-cross dressing law in New Jersey, and is thinking about running for the Presidency again soon, saying that he will advocate the same things as before – he is going to support criminal justice reform, honest policing, legalize recreational marijuana use, and suggest vocational education for secondary students.
Other than his “The Last Podcast on the Left” show, he is also a host of “Abe Lincoln’s Top Hat” weekly political podcast, during which he talks about numerous political topics and social issues. He also works as a speaker on Cave Comedy Radio. He appeared and talked on a couple of political news shows too, most of which were aired on CNN, RT and MSNBC.
Ben either doesn’t talk about his personal life or he doesn’t have it at all – there are no rumors about him dating anyone, and he appears to be single at the moment and completely focused on his show and his political career. Ben loves dogs and has a German Spitz breed named “Puffin”, whose pictures you can find on Ben’s Instagram account.
Appearance and net worth
Ben is currently 37 years old, medium long brown hair, brown eyes, is 6ft 7ins (2m) tall and weighs around 167lbs (76kg).
Authoritative sources estimate Ben’s net worth at around $300,000 – his current yearly income is unknown.
Social media presence
Ben is very active on social media platforms which is something to be expected from a TV star – his Instagram account is followed by nearly 100,000 people while he’s posted 1,400 times – don’t be fooled by his profile picture as he is not that muscular guy. He also has a Twitter account which he opened in September 2012, and has so far gathered 64,000 followers and tweeted 17,300 times.
— Ben Kissel (@BenKissel) June 2, 2018
Ben got the idea of becoming a comedian when he was spanked by his high school’s principal, because he sang “All Along the Watchtower” on the same stage on which the school priest used to preach.
“I want to show people you can do it and hopefully a lot of young people will follow. I want to get people who were not at all involved, or who thought politics was full of stuffy, old douchebags — because in a lot of ways, it is — to break out of that and say ‘enough, let’s make it better.” – when asked why he decided to run for the President.
“A lot of politicians are sociopaths with no moral compass. Obviously not all of them, but we want the people that have scruples, morals, and are worried about their own failings.”