Doug Benson began performing stand-up in San Francisco when he was 22 years old, after some friends pushed him to try it out.
Doug Benson is a regular on VH-1’s “Best Week Ever.” Doug Benson also makes recurring appearances on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. Doug Benson has his own half hour special on Comedy Central, is a recurring character on “The Sarah Silverman Program”, and has appeared on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
With comics Arj Barker and Tony Camin, Doug Benson co-created the show “The Marijuana-Logues” – a play on Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues.” Except, obviously, about weed. The show was well reviewed and found an enthusiastic audience, running for a year Off-Broadway in New York. “The Marijuana-Logues” was later turned into both a CD and book.
Surprisingly, despite his connection with pot, Doug Benson did not actually try the drug until he was 27 years old. In 2006, Doug Benson was named “Stoner of the Year” by High Times magazine. Doug Benson resides in California, which has a law allowing medical marijuana. Doug Benson has a card that certifies he can use pot for medicinal purposes.
Doug Benson also made his own documentary, “Super High Me”, which documents him abstaining from using marijuana for 30 days and then spending 30 days using the drug every single day. The film which was released on DVD on June 10, 2008.
During auditions for season five of “Last Comic Standing”, Doug Benson failed to make the cut to perform when he tried out in Los Angeles. Comic and talent scout Ant told him his performance lacked energy. Doug Benson tried out again at the casting call in Minneapolis, performing the exact same set with what some might call a sarcastic amount of energy. Doug Benson did make the cut that time and continued to perform well in each subsequent round. Doug Benson finished in the top six.