|Born:||October 30, 1970|
|Birth Hometown:||Bowling Green, Kentucky|
|Occupation:||Comedian, Taxi cab driver, Host, Producer|
|Known for:||Hosting Cash Cab|
Benjamin Ray "Ben" Bailey (born October 30, 1970) is an American Comedian, licensed taxi cab driver and Emmy Award-winning former game show host and executive producer for Discovery Channel's Cash Cab in New York City.
Early Life[edit | edit source]
Bailey was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky and raised in Chatham, New Jersey. He attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, before moving to Los Angeles in 1993. Standing at 6 ft 6 in, he was offered a different job as a bouncer for a comedy club after bumming a cigarette from a man in the parking lot.
Career[edit | edit source]
- According to Bailey, he was telling stories with some comedians after hours when Lil Farrington found his stories humorous and offered him an opportunity at stand-up.
- Bailey was the host of the American version of Cash Cab, a TV game show played in a taxicab that Bailey drives around New York City, broadcast on The Discovery Channel. He also recently made an appearance on the new Shovio.com's TalkBack TV. Bailey narrates the Discovery Channel series Smash Lab. As of December 19, 2011, he is the host of Who's Still Standing? on NBC. On May 13, 2012, it was announced that the show will not be renewed for a second season due to high production costs.
- Bailey's name appears on many lists of who should replace Alex Trebek as the new host of Jeopardy! in 2016.
Awards[edit | edit source]
As the host of Cash Cab, Bailey received Daytime Emmy nominations in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 for Outstanding Game Show Host, winning in 2010, 2011 and 2013. The show itself took home honors at the Daytime Emmy Awards for "Best Game Show" in 2008, 2009 and 2010.