Chicago native Jill Benjamin began her comedy career at the age of 17 by taking improv classes at The Second City (she told a white lie to get in by saying she was 18). This rebel then became the founder of the improv group Full Frontal Comedy at Indiana University (and it's still going over 20 years later!). After graduating college, she had the honor of studying with the famous Del Close at Chicago’s Improv Olympic.
Benjamin performed regularly at Chicago’s Improv Olympic and The Second City. She later moved to Amsterdam, Holland, when she was cast as a member of the famed improv/sketch comedy theater Boom Chicago. There she met Seth Meyers (Late Night/SNL) and they created their two-person show PICK-UPS & HICCUPS, which played all over the world, including the West End in London, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Singapore Comedy Festival.
Benjamin also wrote and starred in her one-woman show PLAYING DUMB WITH JILL BENJAMIN at The Apollo Theater, which received "Critic’s Choice" by the Chicago Reader.
Benjamin currently resides in Los Angeles and is producing and starring in another staged reading of the movie "CLUE.” The first production received a standing ovation from a 250 sold-out crowd. All proceeds went to the Children’s Institute’s arts program to help families dealing with abuse. Benjamin serves on the board of the charity that sponsored the event. The next “Clue” reading will be in 2015 at the Largo Theater, where she will return to play the role of "Mrs. Peacock" (originally played by Eileen Brennan).
In LA, Benjamin has created and starred in multiple shows, including Deep Dish (Chicago style improv) at the Hollywood Improv, WIZARD FINGER (a variety show that ran over 5 years with comedic monologues, live music, and dance), and her one-woman show JILL BENJAMIN'S STUCK IN THE 80's at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.
Benjamin is married to comedian John Henson (Wipeout/Talk Soup). The funny couple can be seen on the Disney Channel playing Austin's parents Mike and Mimi Moon in "Austin & Ally." You can also see them performing stand-up and improv in comedy clubs around LA.
Some of Benjamin's TV credits include: The Middle, Henry Danger, Austin & Ally, Hot in Cleveland, Community, My Name Is Earl, Punk'd, Scare Tactics, Sleeper Cell and numerous commercial spots.
For video clips from her variety show check out: