The Open Mic Podcast with Brett Allan

Comedian Ben Gleib | The Nowhere Comedy Club and The Future of Live Entertainment

Episode Notes

Our guest today is comedian Ben Gleib. We chat about the "Nowhere Comedy Club that he co-founded with fellow comedian Steve Hofstetter, learning to pivot in comedy, ZOOM entertainment, lessons learned from an early career and much more. 

Ben Gleib was named by TBS one of the "funniest comedians working today."

He’s the host, head writer, and executive producer of the Emmy nominated "Idiotest" on NETFLIX. The hit comedy brain teaser game show originally had four seasons and 210 episodes on Game Show Network, and was their most watched original show.  

For 7 years he was one of the stars of “Chelsea Lately" on E! with over 100 appearances on the roundtable. He currently can be seen in the “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” movie, along with Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Chris Hemsworth, Rosario Dawson, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Recently he pulled a prank on David Beckham for “The Late Late Show with James Corden” which got 27 million views.

His hilarious hour-long standup special "Ben Gleib - Neurotic Gangster" which premiered on SHOWTIME is currently on AMAZON PRIME and is now available for free on YOUTUBE.

Gleib is also the first comedian to ever live stream a full headline set on Facebook Live, and did it in 8 straight cities on his 2016 tour, 100% improvised, getting almost 4 million views. His act is full of unique material, but he's also one of the best at crowd work, improvising with the audience on the spot. (Maybe don’t sit in the front row if his shows.)

His podcast “Last Week on Earth with Ben Gleib” on the Kevin Smith’s Smodcast Network debuted at #9 on iTunes Comedy, and was #1 on Stitcher for over 20 weeks. He comments on “everything” that happened during the last week in news, politics, pop culture, and weird stories, occasionally being joined by celebrity guests like Bryan Cranston, Chris D’elia, Meghan McCain, Bob Odenkirk, Moby, Blake Griffin, Adam Devine, Iliza Shlesinger, Aisha Tyler, Former Supreme Allied Commander and Four-Star General Wesley Clark, political pundits, standup comedians, and his parents. (You can subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.)

A social media addict, Gleib is always posting weird and funny things online. Follow him here:

· Twitter: http://twitter.com/bengleib

· Instagram: http://instagram.com/bengleib

· Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bengleib

· YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/bgleib

. Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/bengleib