Ben Van Der Velde


Ben Van der Velde is a stand-up comedian, actor, improviser and presenter, who has spread joy and nonsense to all four corners of England, as well as the more choice bits of Wales and Scotland, over the past few years.

In 2009, he starred in improvised hit ‘Scenes from Communal Living’ alongside Rob Broderick of Abandoman and Carly Smallman for both its Edinburgh Fringe and London transfer run. Ben shared a bill with James Acaster and Andrew Doyle in Sex and Hugs and Forward Rolls (2010). He continued to gig all over Britain, earning himself a good reputation with audiences and comics alike. His consistency and persistance were rewarded when in 2011, he was crowned Comedy CafeNew Act of the Year. Ben went on to host Just the Tonic’s Big Value Comedy Showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012, impressing industry and punters alike across the month. A year later he took on his biggest challenge yet: Ben Van der Velde’s Chain Letter.
He has amassed a few residencies as an MC; most notably at Really Lovely Comedy and the legendary Free Beer Show, where he has featured alongside acts such as Omid Djalili, Reginald D. Hunter, Sarah Millican, Jim Jefferies and Andrew Maxwell Currently Ben is helmsman of the Chortle Award-winning Good Ship Comedy Club in Kilburn, where he can be seen spinning webs of nonsense and good humour every Monday from 8pm. (
Ben can be seen in most clubs across the UK and has gigged for the likes of The Stand, Komedia, Just the Tonic, The Backyard Comedy Club and Comedy Cafe.
On twitter at @benvandervelde