Douglas Steven "Doug" Benson (born July 2, 1964) is an American comedian, marijuana advocate, and actor who has appeared on Comedy Central Presents, Best Week Ever, Trailer Park Boys and was a contestant on Last Comic Standing in the show's fifth season.In 2007, he starred in the film Super High Me, a documentary about marijuana usage.Benson also currently hosts the popular Doug Loves Movies podcast along with his weekly marijuana video podcast show Getting Doug with High.
Benson was born and raised in San Diego, California, to parents Wendy (Young), a pharmacy clerk, and Robert Matthew Benson, a former English teacher turned salesman.
After attending Grossmont College, While in Los Angeles, Benson began doing stand-up after he and two other friends dared each other to.
One of them didn't show, and the other one signed up too late.
Benson claimed that "I went in anyway and did my three minutes of whatever I could come with and people actually laughed." At the age of 22, Benson began performing regularly as a stand-up comedian; however, it wasn't until 28 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.
One of Benson's earliest jobs in television was writing for the MTV game-show Trashed in 1994.
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 appeared on the comedy compilation album Comedy Death-Ray.
On August 4, 2009, Benson's second album, Unbalanced Load, was released by Comedy Central Records.
His third album, Hypocritical Oaf was released on August 31, 2010.