|Ben seen during the 2016 Toledo meetup. Photography by Aerial.|
May 7th, 1981
Smoking pan everyday.
"Oooh. Feck yeeeaaah!"— Ben's catchphrase.
"Coming to you live, from the frigid armpit of America. This is The Drunken Peasants Podcast with Ben and TJ, bringing you opinions of the news from an altered perspective!"— Ben at the start of every episode.
Ben is the mononymous founder, tech aficionado, and social media manager self-styled as The Cold. He is a co-host of Drunken Peasants alongside TJ, Scotty, and Paul. For the length of the show's history, Ben has always been the driving force of most behind-the-scenes work involved in the show since it's inception and he has also been referred to as the star of the show by TJ.
In 2013, he approached his friend TJ Kirk about making a podcast revolving around news, entertainment, and politics. The show was bolstered by TJ's existing audience and thanks largely to the help of Ben, it quickly became his most successful side project to date. Little is known of his life outside the show, but some say that during his free time, he is a luchador-themed gimp and is often locked in TJ's basement while the show is off-air.
Ben is the host who does all the behind-the-scenes bitch work and manages the Drunken Peasants' YouTube channel and social media. He is essentially the backbone of DP that keeps the show running. Ben's chilled out demeanor and comparative optimism serves as a foil to TJ's more eccentric and blunt personality. Paul has commented that Ben has strong argumentative structure and often wins through attrition. Ben's cackle is among the most iconic sounds on the show and he's probably the biggest stoner on the podcast, able to clear out a fully loaded Vader in a single hit. Physically, TJ has noted Ben's physically small stature on the show and his Asian-styled tattoos, most noticeably on his left arm which is a full sleeve. He is known for having a strong affinity for punk rock and he himself is a guitar player."Uhhh, moving on."— Ben at least once during every episode of the podcast.
Other personal interests shown on the podcast include; Star Trek, hockey, Geography and WWE Wrestling. He has also played a ton of games varying from Star Trek Online to Madden. Ben is a fan of Howard Stern and has regarded him as an inspiration, despite Stern being out of touch in regards to podcasts these days. He is said to be pretty fit and once claimed to run three miles a day. Dusty Smith has described him as skilled with talking to women.
Ben is from Toledo, Ohio as first mentioned during his appearance on The Pimpmunk Show and has described it as "the most ghetto city in Ohio". He also attended Catholic school during his youth, which later pushed him to the religion of Communism for a brief period. At some point during his life he also took part in amateur wrestling. Ben has lived much of his life in Ohio, but lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a period of several years. During earlier episodes, he brought up a band he once joined while living there entitled So Called Murder.
He eventually became an atheist with views comparable to the other hosts and later befriended TJ through their mutual friend, Holly. For most of the show's lifespan, he lived in Columbus, Ohio nearby TJ and Scotty, where Ben's house was declared hallowed grounds after the formation of the podcast. In August of 2016, Ben and the other peasants moved to Seattle, Washington and began to hold the show in TJ's house until they were able to rent out a new studio.
On Drunken Peasants
"I don't fuckin' know!"— Ben when something on the show is being a pain in his ass.
The peasants have often eluded that Ben was the one who came up with the idea of Drunken Peasants, a YouTube channel that currently has over 140,000 subscribers and 51,000,000 views. He handles almost all the technical sides of the podcast including; social media management (along with community manager Drunken Fancy), the overlay and videos played during each given show, editing the videos, and smoking the most pan. He sometimes uses soundboards on the show and disliked when Egghead tried to take his gimmick. He occasionally gets white girl wasted on the show (most notably seen during episode 28, climax of episode 300 or the notorious Episode 307). Drunken Peasants scholars speculate Ben's blood to be at least 80% ABV. Ben also considers the show to be "a danger to his liver" due to all the alcohol they consume.
There was for a long time a controversy over what Ben's face looked like as he never appeared on camera. Ben was briefly caught unmasked live on the podcast and has done a few streams on RAGE FEED without it, though he still sometimes wears his luchador-style mask to add to his show persona. Ben formerly used a hockey mask to hide his identity but he found it was sweaty, leading to his new choice in a wrestling mask. He has since incorporated several different wrestling masks to keep viewers guessing. When not wearing his mask, he often has aviator glasses on similar to those of PaulsEgo. His reasoning for retirement of the mask is that it was uncomfortable for long periods of time, while he originally wore it just to annoy people who wanted to know what he looked like.
Ben's trademark laugh of is probably the most beautiful sound in the universe. Scientists have observed it and found that it has the ability to cure cancer, ISISbola, and many other diseases. It was voted the best sound in the universe by every rational person ever. However, his villainous laugh sounds just like Wario's.
Main Article: AnitaGate
While Ben was out on the town, he forgot to check his fucking privilege and decided to externally rape Anita Sarkeesian's by taking a photo with her in the background. A journalist for the Daily Kos soon discovered that not only was taking this picture a crime punishable by death, but that Ben had actually been stalking her for over 85 years, following her all over the world. He was quickly arrested and put on trail for his crimes. The trail lasted years, as completing the trial was one of Anita's fundraiser goals. In the end, Ben was found guilty. He was then castrated and hanged for his crimes.
Main article: BenPlex
BenPlex is a dietary supplement intended to give you muscles and shit like Ben. The peasants first pitched their idea for BenPlex during episode 268, a miracle cure that lets you lose weight by doing absolutely nothing. TJ revealed it was all a scam, but speculated that the fans would buy it regardless to appease Benpai's wishes. BenPlex is actually an amalgamation of black market drugs the peasants found in a strip-club with Dusty Smith during their meetup in New Orleans.
Main article: Puking DogDuring episode 272, TJ nominated Puking Dog from the DP Action News intro for president and Ben announced himself at his running mate. Dog-Ben 2016 ran a hard fought campaign in the 2016 presidential election, but the movement was ultimately shattered when the two came into political differences. Puking Dog ended up endorsing Hillary Clinton as mentioned during episode 279, which significantly damaged it's political reputation. After the election was over, it was shown that some members of the DP community actually did end up vote for the Puking Dog, though Ben was not among them as he was likely politically scarred by his running mate's actions and instead voted for Jill Stein.
Ben frequently performs impersonations on Drunken Peasants. The following is a list of individuals he has impersonated:"Genocide is fine as long as you're killing the right people."— Ben's impression of Bugs Bunny.
- 1950s advertisement narrator
- Alex Jones
- Barack Obama
- Bill Clinton
- Bugs Bunny
- Dale Gribble
- Donald Duck
- George Takei
- Jar-Jar Binks
- John Cena
- Krusty the Clown
- Obi-Wan Kenobi
- Rush Limbaugh
- The Vigilant Christian
- Stereotypical homosexual male
- Mask Guy
- Ben Ghazi (by TJ)
- Gender Bender (by TJ)
- Benpai (by adoring fans)
- Rey Mysterio Looking Motherfucker (by Brett Keane)
- BenGay (by himself)
- Beezy Weezy
- Bennywise (by Paul)
- The Joker Guy
QuotesMain article: Quotes by Ben
"Welcome to the Drunken Peasants Podcast, where we DP the fuck out of the news!"— Ben opens up an episode of DP.
"I'm choking Onision with my snake-cock and I have an awesome pair of tits!"
"Elves live in my shoes! See? My shoes exist, so there must be elves there!"— Ben gives an example of an unfalsifiable hypothesis.
"Maybe if I wear my wife's underwear and twerk in front of the camera..."— Ben gives Tim a suggestion if he gets low views.
"If only employers would let their employees do cocaine. Productivity would go through the fucking roof."
- Ben is the cold.
- The episode where Ben gets the most trashed he's ever been in the show's history was episode 28, as noted many times by the peasants. The only episode to come even close has been episode 300 or episode 307.
- Ben is of Irish, Polish & Québécois descent.
- He has expressed interest in serving as the VP to Puking Dog.
- Ben is known to have three dogs: Hera, Theia, and Athena. They are all named after pagan gods. At least one is a long-haired chihuaha.
- Ben is the only peasant who voted in the 2016 election. He voted for Jill Stein.
- He has been called fat by association.
- Ben formerly did not enjoy being called Benpai.
- He is allergic to cats.
- Ben drives a 2014 Dodge Charger.
- Ben's most expensive guitar is a Gibson Firebird.
- Paul has mentioned that Ben stays up all night and is somehow always the first one awake.
- He considers Anthony Fantano to be a good friend of his, they also share a love of punk rock.
- Ben mentioned that he likes to do acid during episode 100. The peasants later did acid prior to episode 291, after their move to Washington.
- TJ revealed in episode 115 that 99% of the DP profits go to Ben. The other 1% is split between TJ, Scotty & Paul.
- During the trip to Europe, TJ tried to fuck Ben with a banana.
- He has made some guest appearances on The Pimpmunk Show.
- His favorite animated TV show was The Maxx.
- Ben's favorite wrestler is Randy Savage.
- He considers Howard Stern to be one of his heroes, though he objected to his more recent Feminist leanings, as well as his open dismissal of podcasts as a profitable medium.
- Ben has also stated that he is friends with the main singer of Sex Twister.
- Repzion seemed surprised by Ben's age. We think he's a sexy motherfucker.
- Ben has sleep apnea.
- TJ wore Ben's masking during episode 43.
- Ben was formerly an adherent of Catheterism, but he doesn't practice anymore. He described it as "painful."
- Scotty and TJ have also been known to taunt him by saying his real name is "Ben Cena".
- In the early days of DP, Ben added a segment to the show where he was graphically sodomized by John Cena. This segment was met with mixed reviews, and was discontinued after 13 episodes.
- It is an ongoing joke that Ben tends to assume everyone featured in the Troll or Not a Troll segment is a troll.
- During earlier episodes of the show, Scotty and TJ would pretend to be John Cena fans just to annoy Ben.
- It turned out Ben's hatred was so strong that he couldn't even pretend to like Cena as an act.
- He has his own shirt featuring communism.
- Ben is very finicky about beer. He dislikes Budweiser and prefers European brands.
- Ben once dreamed of period sex with Barbara Bush.
- His birthday, May 7th, has been celebrated on a few episodes of the show.
- He is friends with Vegan Gains, despite their differences.
Ben during Episode 250.
Ben threatens to fist TJ following Vader.
Ben alongside Egghead.
Ben with Vader.