The Benson Interruption

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S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Live comedy clips with sex jokes, language, fall flat.

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Positive Messages

Comedy is a tough business, and comics are always looking for a way to distinguish themselves. Benson’s bit is the “interruption,” meaning that he interjects his own free-form comments into another comic’s set. It’s a novelty that wears thin fairly quickly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Benson and his comedian pals seem to be having fun onstage, but when it comes down to it, he's being rude.


Many sex jokes, often told with suggestive language or gestures, including references to masturbation, orgies, and the comics on the show having sex with supposed comedy groupies.


Some words are bleeped, but other salty language isn't, including “nuts,” “piss,” “dick,” and “ass.”


All the performers are promoting their own personal brand; some are also actors who mention their TV shows and networks by name.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this collection of live comedy performances includes the typical risque stand-up comedy material, with jokes about sex (masturbation, orgies) and drinking and some swearing ("ass," "dick"; the roughest words are bleeped). The show's premise -- one comic interrupts others' performances -- is gimmicky and ultimately based on rudeness.

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What's the story?

Comic Doug Benson used to watch his friends’ stand-up routines, muttering his humorous asides to himself during the sets. Soon he realized that routine might work on stage. And so THE BENSON INTERRUPTION was born, with Benson sitting in his big, comfy armchair onstage right next to the comedian pals he has invited to perform. As they tell jokes, he interrupts whenever he sees fit, with an eye toward improving his friends’ material. (That’s the idea, anyway.) It’s a unique pairing of prepared bits and improv.

Is it any good?

On paper, The Benson Interruption is a fun idea. Why not riff on someone else’s comedy act the way that audiences in comedy clubs likely long to do? Still, the novelty doesn’t make this show entertaining. To be blunt: It’s different, but it’s not funny. It’s not totally Benson’s fault. His comedic guests deliver standard stand-up fare, but it’s rarely all that witty. Benson does what he can with the material, but the truth is, he doesn’t seem all that hilarious either.

Considering that the show is comprised of clips from live performances, this must be the best of the footage they collected. How bad were the jokes that ended up on the editing room floor? If this is the best they can cull, Benson’s future is, well, interrupted.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about stand-up comedy. What makes it challenging? Funny? Is this an innovative idea for a show? Do you think it works?

  • Do you think this show is funny? What kind of material are the comedians basing their jokes on? Do they ever rely on stereotypes? If so, why?

  • What’s the difference between using prepared material and improvising jokes on the spot? Which do you think is more difficult?

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