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Ben Kochan Winning Smile

A Token Event

Ben Kochan Winning Smile

Ben’s been keeping his eyes open lately and his nose well and truly to the grindstone. He’s tried to stop looking at his phone as much. He walks down the street, no phone. Sits in a waiting room, no phone. Gets an Uber, zero phone.

This show is not about Ben trying to use his phone less, he’s just telling you this because the decrease in phone usage means the observation uptake has been through the roof! He’s noticed stuff about moths, about how sometimes cows get stuck in tornadoes and definitely other stuff as well. Ben’s mind is open and yours probably has a little sign on it that says, “back in ten minutes.” No offence.

Ben has opened for Wil Anderson, Tom Gleeson and Dave Hughes, but he’s not just opening for other people, he’s also had Freddie McManus open for him. He’s performed at Splendour In The Grass, Comedy Up Late and recorded a comedy album called Hooley Dooley, What a Crowd that he recently found out has made him $43 from all the downloads.

'Kochan is a silly guy.' Beat Magazine

Suitable for audiences 15+

This show contains: Occasional coarse language.


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