COMEDIAN ON IDENTITY THEFT
Bennett Arron was the victim of identity theft. Today the experience has resulted in an acclaimed comedy show, several documentaries, and praise for his funny, honest and hard-hitting keynotes on identity theft and fraud. Among other things, Bennett has toured the world and has spoken at numerous anti-fraud and anti-corruption conventions.
A long time ago, stand-up comedian and award-winning writer Bennett Arron was in serious debt. He owed thousands of pounds to mobile phone companies, catalogues and department stores. Only it wasnt him. Bennett had been a victim of Identity Theft, the fastest growing crime in the UK. This theft was so devastating that it resulted in Bennett and his pregnant wife becoming penniless and homeless.
Years later, Bennett wrote about the ordeal and this resulted in 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 a Documentary for Channel 4. The Documentary, How To Steal An Identity, 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.
In the Documentary, Bennett proved the ease of ID theft, by first stealing the identities of the general public and then stealing the identity of the then Home Secretary, Charles Clarke.
This action resulted in Bennett being arrested in a dawn raid by Scotland Yard and given the code-name Operation Hydrogen.
Bennett now tours around the world, telling his disturbingly true yet funny account of what its like to have your identity stolen and but revealing the devastating consequences of making a documentary in the public interest.
He has performed as a speaker at many corporate events around the world. He was the Guest Speaker at the International Fraud Convention in Italy, the International Congress On Anti-Fraud & Anti-Corruption in Poland and he was the opening keynote speaker at Auscert in Australia on front of 1500 delegates.
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 Brothers Little Brother for Channel 4, and he hosted the comedy programme Glee Time for ITV. Bennett is also a trained actor and appeared in the film Dead Long Enough alongside Michael Sheen. He has written for many comedy programmes, including The 11 O Clock Show, Commercial Breakdown and the BAFTA winning Graham Norton Show. He has created two documentaries; How To Steal An Identity for Channel 4 (for which he was BAFTA shortlisted) and The Kosher Comedian for the BBC.