Bailey at the premiere of "Bad Parents"
|Birth name||Benjamin Ray Bailey|
October 30, 1970 |
Bowling Green, Kentucky, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up comedian, television personality/game show host|
|Genres||Observational comedy, Satire|
|Subject(s)||Everyday life, self-deprecation, marriage, pop culture|
|Notable works and roles||Host and executive producer of Cash Cab (NYC)|
Benjamin Ray Bailey (born October 30, 1970 in Bowling Green, Kentucky) 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.
Bailey was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky and raised in Chatham, New Jersey. He was born the youngest of four siblings. He attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, before moving to Los Angeles in 1993. Standing at 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm), he was offered a job as a bouncer for The Comedy Store after bumming a cigarette from a man in the parking lot.
According to Bailey, he was telling stories with some comedians after hours at The Comedy Store when Skip E. Lowe, who was emceeing at the club, 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 TalkBackTV. He narrated the Discovery Channel's series Smash Lab.
From 2011 to 2012, Bailey was the host of Who's Still Standing? on NBC. On May 13, 2012, it was announced that the show would not be renewed for a second season due to high production costs. He does television commercials for Michigan electric/natural gas company DTE Energy and ALDI.
As the host of Cash Cab, Ben 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 took home honors at the Daytime Emmy awards for Best Game Show in 2008, 2009, and 2010.