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Ben Bailey
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Bailey at the 2012 premiere of Bad Parents
Birth name Benjamin Ray Bailey
Born (1970-10-30) October 30, 1970 (age 53)
Bowling Green, Kentucky, U.S.
Medium Television, stand-up
Years active 1993–present
Genres Observational comedy, satire
Subject(s) Everyday life, self-deprecation, marriage, pop culture
Notable works and roles Host and executive producer of Cash Cab

Benjamin Ray Bailey (born October 30, 1970) is an American comedian.

He is best known for hosting the Emmy Award-winning game show Cash Cab in New York City.

Early life

Bailey was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and raised in Chatham Borough, New Jersey. He has an older sibling. Bailey graduated in 1988 from Chatham Borough High School as part of the school's 76th and final graduating class.

Bailey attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, before moving to Los Angeles in 1993. Standing at 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm), he was offered a job as a bouncer for The Comedy Store after bumming a cigarette from a man in the parking lot.


According to Bailey, he was telling stories with some comedians after hours at The Comedy Store when Skip E. Lowe, who was emceeing at the club, found his stories humorous and offered him an opportunity at stand-up.

Bailey is the host of the American version of Cash Cab, a TV game show played in a taxicab that Bailey drives around New York City, broadcast on the Discovery Channel and Bravo.

He also appeared on the new's TalkBackTV. He narrated the Discovery Channel's series Smash Lab. From 2011 to 2012, Bailey was the host of Who's Still Standing? on NBC. On May 13, 2012, it was announced that the show would not be renewed for a second season due to high production costs.

Bailey does television commercials for Michigan electric/natural gas company DTE Energy & ALDI.

Personal life

Bailey lives in Morristown, New Jersey. He met his ex-wife, Laurence, in a pub in Morristown in the 1990s. The couple married in 1997 and divorced in 2012. They have two children.

Bailey is a licensed taxi driver in New York City.


As the host of Cash Cab, Ben received Daytime Emmy nominations in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 for "Outstanding Game Show Host", winning in 2010, 2011 & 2013.

The show took home honors at the Daytime Emmy awards for Best Game Show in 2008, 2009, and 2010.


  • 30 Rock (2010)
  • After the Catch (2009)
  • Aspen Comedy Arts Festival in 2002/2004
  • Bad Meat as an FBI agent
  • Bertcast #331 with Bert Kreischer
  • Blue Bloods S11E13 (2021)
  • Brain Games (National Geographic)
  • Caroline and Friends (2018)
  • Cash Cab - host of U.S. version (2005–2012, 2017–2020)
  • Comedy Central Presents
  • Delivery Man (2013)
  • Don't Shoot The Pharmacist
  • The Haney Project: Ray Romano
  • Friends of the People (2015)
  • Hope & Faith
  • The Knights of Prosperity
  • Last Call with Carson Daly
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • MADtv
  • Premium Blend on Comedy Central
  • Road Rage and Accidental Ornithologist
  • Smash Lab - narrator (2nd season)
  • They're Made Out of Meat
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
  • The Today Show (April 2, 2008)
  • Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn
  • Unforgettable S04E09 (January 2016)
  • Who's Still Standing? - host
  • The World Stands Up
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