Mitch Benn is one of the foremost exponents of musical comedy in the U.K. A regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and Radio 2’s It’s Been A Bad Week, he now has two of his own BBC Radio series. Mitch Benn’s Crimes Against Music and The Mitch Benn Music Show on BBC Radio 7.
A natural crowd-pleaser, his barnstorming delivery makes him one of the most sought after acts on the comedy circuit . His first album, The Unnecessary Mitch Benn, proved hugely popular and as did his second album – Radio Face. His songs are also featured on the BBC Worldwide compilation CD of The Now Show. His albums include, Too Late To Cancel, his first with The Distractions and a follow up album, Crimes Against Music was released to coincide with a national tour.
Television credits include The Last Word (E4), Today With Des & Mel (ITV Network), The Comedy Store (Channel 5 & Paramount Comedy),The Stand Up Britain Final (Granada),The World Stands Up (Comedy Central USA; Paramount Comedy UK; Comedy Channel Australia),The Warehouse (Carlton), Pulling Power (Central ), Gas (Channel 4), Live At Jongleurs (UK Gold) as well as presenting Out There for Carlton World, an investigative program on the Paranormal.
He released a live album entitled “Official Bootleg Edinburgh” which was recorded whilst performing at the Edinburgh Fringe. This coincided with the start of another national tour. His ‘Sing like an Angel’ featured Rick Wakeman on piano. In 2009 Mitch & The Distractions (with Ivan Sheppard now permanently installed as drummer) completed the Where Next? tour, in support of the album of the same name.
In 2010, Mitch & the band completed the Rhyme Lord tour and also released the highly popular single “I’m Proud Of The BBC”, for which Mitch received the Media Blog Media Hero Of The Year Award.
“Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny” The Guardian
“Fresh, original and simply marvellous” Cue
“Song after song of exquisitely crafted satire” The Scotsman
“Mitch Benn was the star perfomer – loved him. Can you pass on my thanks to him for bringing the house down once again!” Debbie Beaton, Project Development Manager, Farmers Weekly Group