Bennett Arron

Comedian and Identity Theft Speaker

Several years ago, award-winning writer and stand-up comedian Bennett Arron was in serious debt. He owed thousands of pounds to phone companies, banks and department stores. Only it wasn’t him. Bennett was a victim of Identity Theft – and one of the first major victims of the crime in the UK. This theft resulted in Bennett becoming penniless and homeless.

 

Years later, Bennett wrote a comedy show about his experience. The show was critically acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival and led to Bennett being asked to direct and present the Documentary How To Steal An Identity for Channel 4 in which he stole the identity of the Home Secretary. The Documentary was ‘Pick of The Week’ in The Guardian and The Telegraph and was called ‘Fascinating and Disturbing’ by the TV Times and went on to be shortlisted for a BAFTA. It can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-URDjwb0fS4

 

Bennett now tours the world, telling his disturbingly true yet funny account of what it’s like to have your identity stolen and revealing the devastating consequences of making a documentary ‘in the public interest’. He was the Guest Speaker at the International Fraud Convention in Italy, the International Congress on Anti-Fraud and Anti-Corruption in Poland (twice) and he was the opening keynote speaker at AUScert, Brisbane in front of 2000 delegates.

 

In addition to this, Bennett also speaks to Management and Customer Service Staff (satisfying compliance requirements) showing how the repercussions from clerical, computerised or face to face errors can be devastating. The talk is followed by a Q & A session in which both sides can ask and answer questions….

 

Bennett has spoken to staff and Management at several high profile companies including: Deloitte, CSC, Gartner, The Royal Mail, Experian and McAfee.

Testimonials

 

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. 

Nick Soulsby, Gartner

 

Your presentation was so funny but peppered with all the seriousness that comes with Identity Theft that is struck just the right balance. The feedback is all positive. Everybody loved you and want to see more of you, so that must be a good sign!

Jacqueline de Rojas, VP United Kingdom & Ireland, McAfee International Ltd  

 

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!

Owen Roberts, Head of Callcredit Check, Callcredit Limited

 

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.

Jim Hodgkins, Managing Director, CreditExpert, Experian

Biog

Bennett, who has recently been supporting Ricky Gervais on some of his tour dates, is a past winner of the TAPS Comedy Writer of the Year Award. His television work includes Big Brother’s Little Brother for Channel 4, and he hosted the comedy programme Glee Time for ITV. He has written for many comedy programmes, including The 11 O’ Clock Show, Commercial Breakdown and the BAFTA winning Graham Norton Show. He also wrote most episodes of Genie in The Housethe highest-rated children’s sitcom on Nickelodeon and The Slammer for the BBC. He has made two documentaries; How To Steal An Identity for Channel 4 (for which he was BAFTA shortlisted) and The Kosher Comedian for the BBC.