Join witty master of banter Ben Sorensen every Tuesday of the Festival at the Belgian Beer Cafe for a very special trivia night on the big screen.

With great prizes each week, there’ll be bad jokes and lots of fun, plus entry is FREE but you must RSVP!

​This is our second fab year at Melbourne International Comedy Festival… So don’t miss out!

Don’t have a team? Don’t stress… You’re still very welcome on our solo table, or Ben can slot you in with one of our friendly regular teams!

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How would you describe your show to someone who knew nothing about it?

A plethora of curious questions masked by tangential witty conversation, stories, a smattering of puns, with a side of bad dad jokes…. And some prizes for the lucky few.

But isn’t the real prize our togetherness and learning?

What/Who was its inspiration?

I’m inspired by my overactive neurodiverse autistic brain, which I keep constantly fuelled with antidepressants and caffeine in equal measure.

An Engine is only as good as it’s fuel! Cough, cough.

It’s that energy and constant curiosity that keeps me quick and nimble mentally and enables me to bounce off audience comments and energy.

What do you think its best quality is?

The weird feeling of connected comradery as we emerge from the trivia trenches having been in competition, yet oddly had the realisation that the competition was only with ourselves.

It’s competitive, non-competitive trivia… which now I say it makes it sound like the Schrödinger’s cat of game shows.

Why should people see it?

Because it’s wonderfully irreverent fun… and an excellent way to chat to natter and learn about each other in an endearing way… not in a group therapy /weekly meeting kinda way.

If there is one thing you would like to say to your fans, what is it?

Fans should be standard in all homes – particularly ceiling fans. Gentle airflow is essential for comfort.

I feel like fan isn’t an accurate descriptor, it’s more friends that you don’t invite over for dinner, but still enjoy time with? Maybe a non-traditional agreement of mutual understanding by which we share unique non-replicatable moments where we entertain each other using me as both the instigator and catalyst and occasionally raw fuel to inspire laughs.

Who or what has been the greatest influence on your career?

My autism has been a massive help and hindrance and is constantly a love hate relationship… and oddly I’m inspired by range of experiences and observations it offers.

I love the intelligent, thought-provoking humour of Shaun Micallef, the classic genius of Monty Python.

Who makes you want to create

My landlord – Benny has rent to pay! 😂

For me, inside my head, it’s about the personification of ideas and their development and growth into a successful coherent show, and looking back, knowing the tiny spark of an idea that started it all.

Acorn to oak tree journeys are the best!

When did it become clear to you that comedy and entertainment were your passions?

As a kid when my autism caused my social skills to stagnate… I tried to use my hyper focus to be on my weakness; social skills so I could upskill to fit in.

I found entertainment and comedy to be a wonderful way to break down walls and connect with people… and to simply be “included” and to be “part of a community” which is still a new concept for me.

What does comedy, creation and entertainment mean to you?

It’s connection, it’s the identification and exploration of the human condition through the mechanics of observation, language, social comment, and most of all play.

Comedians are the bards of our day, making comment, telling stories of our world, and playing them back through the lense of entertainment.

What are 3 words that describe you?

Quirky, eclectic, irreverent? (Not in alphabetical order)

What are 3 things that would surprise people to learn about you?

I love animals so much! I’ll always stop to pat the puppies, and hug anything that will let me – even if it has the potential to kill me!

I enjoy flashing lights, trains, antidepressants, and chicken nuggets – stereotypically autistic stuff but I mask very well, and love that shit!

I’m as much an introvert as I am an extrovert! So best of both worlds, I guess?

How excited are you to be performing in front of a live audience again after the devastation that w of the Covid shutdowns?

I pivoted hard and fast, upgraded my home studio and built a green screen studio, upgraded my internet connection; all so I had the best shot of continuing to work in uncertain times.

I did what felt like billions of zoom shows during lockdown all over the world, for both ticketed stuff and corporates and it was a life saver, along with royalty payments from past works. I was incredibly lucky compared to many.

But what I did discover, is that performing on zoom calls is infinitely more draining than the 2-way energy flow of a live, vaccinated audience!

There’s something magical to share a physical space with people, to laugh together, to bond over a show or experience that is unique in that moment – to be captured by the moment, and not by our phones or screens.

Touring, and live shows bring me so much adventure and joy, and I value it lots more after 2+ years of zoom in my own soundproof studios.

 What is next for you?

Cup of tea and a lay down lol

I love comedy festival, and I’m excited to strengthen my involvement within the comedy and arts community here in Melbourne. I’m very open to collaborating on amazing projects.

I’ve got an east coast tour hosting shows for Supanova, my comedy trivia shows, and some theatre stuff just over the horizon!

Can’t wait to share more with everyone… but till then, follow my ramblings on social media – @bensorensen1 on everything because some other human took Ben Sorensen and that’s a whole other story!

​All Ben Sorensen’s events are always LGBTQIA+ friendly.

No vax, no entry.

PS: There is usually a hint every Tuesday on Ben’s Instagram. 

https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2022/shows/ben-sorensen-s-micf-tuesday-trivia