Several years ago, award-winning writer and stand-up comedian Bennett Arron was in serious debt. He owed thousands of pounds to phone companies, catalogues and department stores. Only it wasn't him. Bennett was a victim of Identity Theft, the fastest growing crime in the UK. The result of this theft was that Bennett and his pregnant wife became penniless and homeless.
Years later, Bennett wrote a comedy show about his experience. The show, a disturbingly true yet funny account of what it's like to have your identity stolen, was critically acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival and led to Bennett being asked to direct a Documentary for Channel 4.
In the Documentary, How To Steal An Identity, Bennett proved, through a series of stunts, how easy the crime of ID Theft is to carry out. He also managed to steal the identity of the then Home Secretary, Charles Clarke – and was subsequently arrested!
The Documentary was Pick of The Week in The Guardian and The Telegraph and was called 'Fascinating and Disturbing' by the TV Times. It went on to be shortlisted for a BAFTA.
Bennett Arron has spoken and performed at corporate events all around the UK and was the Guest Speaker at the International Fraud Convention in Italy and the International Congress On Anti-Fraud & Anti-Corruption in Poland. Most recently he spoke at Infosecurity Europe and was the Opening Keynote Speaker at Auscert in Queensland, Australia.
Comedian and Awards Host
As well as being a keynote speaker and after-dinner speaker on identity theft, Bennett Arron is also a much sought after comedian and Awards Host. He recently supported Ricky Gervais on some tour dates and was a presenter on Big Brother's Little Brother.
Bennett has been called; "Genuinely Original and Funny" by The Times "Hilarious... razor sharp" by The Standard, "A Welsh Seinfeld" by The Guardian and "Operation Hydrogen" by Scotland Yard.
I loved the way you let a serious point seep into everyone's minds through your story without ever lecturing or spelling out a 'moral'. It was one of the most well-composed and in some ways subtle ways of making an important point that I've ever seen.
Your presentation was the highlight at our IT security conference in Australia with 1000 delegates. I was pleased with how much positive feedback I received from the delegates, so I'm glad we chose you to be our opening keynote speaker. It set the mood for the following 3 days of conference presentations. You were entertaining, engaging and funny.
You brought a welcome realism to the consequences and frustrations of falling victim to identity fraud while at the same time avoiding making this a tale of woe. By combining humour and storytelling flair you achieved the seemingly impossible; making financial fraud entertaining!
Your terrible experience as a victim of identity theft combined with your talent as a comedian enabled you to put a serious message to an audience in a very engaging, entertaining and informing way.
It seems to me that the art of the compere is a dying art. Too many performers 'turn their hands’ to it as if it were a simple matter. However, in practice the need for sharp awareness of the potential for dead spots, to play off situations with a constant stream of ad libs and to control an audience without presenting 'the set’ is no mean feat and one that, as a booker, I can say is in short supply. However, in Bennett Arron we have not only a gifted comedian, but also a man who appreciates just what it takes to compere a trade awards show, such as the Fraud Awards, and have the audience loving every single minute. Outstanding!
The funniest after dinner speaker we have ever had
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