“Benn Farrell is superb..a growing comedic talent.” – Mark Arnest, Colorado Springs Gazette
“Surely, there’s an audience out there ready to gag and hack in laughter at this kind of material. Chances are, Farrell will find them.” – Owen Perkins, Colorado Springs Independent
“[Benn] worked within his budget, was masterful in his recognition of priorities, met deadlines and he did it all while maintaining excellent relationships with people inside and outside our organization. I can’t recommend Benn highly enough for your creative needs,” – Jeremy Bangs, former managing editor at CCM
I am originally from Providence and Foster, RI, and ended up in Colorado Springs in 1991. In college, I studied film, literature, theatre and television and nearly all formats of writing and scripting. Helping pay my way through college, I started producing video archives for events around the region.
After graduating with an Associates of Arts degree with a major in English, I soon took a position as a general assignment reporter and photographer for the smallest daily newspaper in the state of Colorado where I was required to file three fully researched and source attributed stories every day. My stories covered a wide variety of subjects including education, local government, agriculture, sports and human interest. After more than three years with this outlet, I took a job in Geneva, Switzerland for six months.
When I returned stateside, I took a position with what is presently known as Colorado Community Media which published newspapers for nine communities in South Metro Denver. I was responsible for covering the sports beats in those areas with a staff of one full time and five freelance reporters under my management as well as two freelance photographers. During my eight years with this outlet, I consistently met both weekly print and daily online deadlines and I earned two Colorado Press Association awards (first place 2009, first place 2011) for my sports column at the time.
After leaving this outfit, I went into sales management for a storm restoration company where I had worked and learned about the multiple facets of exterior and interior home restoration, renovation and construction. However, I continued to freelance for a variety of clients in an effort to not lose my highly developed skills as a journalist, writer and researcher.
In my younger years, I have appeared in several theatrical productions including The Day They Shot John Lennon, Jeffrey, Da, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and Inherit the Wind.
I have written and produced–sometimes directed, sometimes appeared in–several video motion picture projects under the name DockRat Entertainment and Comatose Picturez since 1993 including In the Darkness, Between Friends and Wonderbred. In 1999, I partnered up with regional stand-up comedian Napoleon Hudson to create the Rocky Mountain-based sketch comedy television show Loosen Up, which aired on cable TV in Colorado Springs and Denver for two seasons before I left the show to enter the field of journalism.
My first full length stageplay saw its world premier in 2000, in Colorado Springs, titled 24 Hours and Something Original. The production had a successful run and was welcomed with great to good reviews from regional critics. Since then, I have written written several other stageplays including The War Over Tigger, Slow Kidz at Play, The Twilight of Nantucket, This Girl from Providence, Mourning News, Fat Farm, Ink’d, Skin In the Games, Hook and Ladder, Simon and the Great Gap and the musical Dadly Intentions, two of which I wrote during my six month stint in Switzerland. More information and samples from each of my stage works are available by clicking on “Stageplays.”
From 2006-2010, I produced a popular movie review podcast titled Brian and Benn’s MP3 Movie Talk Show with cohort and fellow thespian Brian G. Felts, which until its end had been downloaded nearly 20,000 times by online subscribers. It was also used as a pre-loaded source of entertainment for many MP3 players sold in stores at the time.
In 2012, I made the greatest decision of my life and married Heather MacDougall-Farrell, a talented chef and entrepreneur. Since then, our family has grown by three children including boy/girl twins.