Doug Benson's 4th Annual 4/21 Show!
On Monday, April 21, Square Peg Concerts proudly welcomes to the WOW Hall comedian Dong Benson's 4th Annual 4/21 Show.
Doug Benson (Best Week Ever, Last Comic Standing) has been on an album-a-year schedule since 2008, plus he records a popular weekly podcast (Doug Loves Movies), does the occasional film (Super High Me) and TV project (The Benson Interruption), and keeps up a robust schedule of live dates.
Benson keeps up a busy touring schedule, yet somehow or other the High Times’ 2009 Stoner of the Year makes it back to Oregon to celebrate 420 in Portland and Eugene. As you most likely know, April 20 is celebrated as a holiday by pot smokers in Oregon and across the nation. It is not a police code for marijuana. According to Urban Dictionary, “the term 420 originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971, among a group of about a dozen pot-smoking wiseacres… The term was shorthand for the time of day the group would meet, at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur, to smoke pot. Intent on developing their own discreet language, they made 420 code for a time to get high, and its use spread among members of an entire generation.”
Benson was born and raised in San Diego and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He began doing stand-up after he and two other friends dared each other to. At the age of 22, Benson began performing regularly as a stand-up comedian, however it wasn't until 29 that he became a stoner, after a week's worth of gigs smoking pot afterwards alongside Brian Posehn and Greg Proops. He made his earliest television appearances as a stand-up in the late 1980s and early 1990s on programs such as Comedy Central's The A-List and Two Drink Minimum and was one of the featured comedians in the cast of Joel Hodgson's sketch-comedy pilot The TV Wheel which aired on Comedy Central in 1995. Along with comedian friends Arj Barker and Tony Camin, Benson co-created and performed in the comedy stage-show The Marijuana-Logues. He also hosted High Times ' 6th annual Stony Awards with rapper Redman.
Benson aims to record a new album every April 20 (with a subsequent summer release date) for as many consecutive years as possible. So far the output includes 2009’s Unbalanced Load, 2010’s Hypocritical Oaf, 2011’s Potty Mouth, and 2012’s Smug Life.
Benson started a weekly talk-show podcast, entitled "Getting Doug With High", where every Wednesday at 4:15 p.m PST, he invites featured guests to recreationally smoke marijuana with him on 4:20. He asks them questions and discusses topics (usually related to marijuana), and at the end of the segment, he shows them a card trick.
In 2008, Benson was the protagonist of Michael Blieden's film Super High Me (a play on the name and concept of the film Super Size Me), released on DVD on June 10, 2008. In the movie, Benson compares the results of not smoking any marijuana at all for 30 days versus the effects of smoking as much marijuana as possible for the same amount of time. The results of the experiment were that it had little or no negative effects on Doug's health.
Now if Obama really wanted to boost his popularity, he’d push for legislation making April 20 an official National Holiday. All police would get the day off with pay.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.