Writer / Director / Comedian
Los Angeles, California, United States
BENJAMIN-SHALOM RODRIGUEZ (he/they) is a queer, Mexican-Israeli-American writer, director, and comedian. He’s the child of a right wing Zionist mom, and a liberal formerly undocumented Mexican dad...They’re divorced.
Ben's currently developing his half-hour animated comedy, JESUS VERSUS ZEUS, with Sony, just wrapped season 2 of STONED BREAKUPS, which he created and hosts, and is in post on his feature, AMERICA’S NEXT TOP IMMIGRANT. He loves creating stories around underdogs that get petty (or characters that think they're underdogs to justify being petty).
Ben’s also an alumnus of Sundance Screenwriters Intensive, Ryan Murphy’s HALF, NHMC TV Writers Workshop, Fox Writers Intensive, CBS Diversity Showcase, Project Involve, and a recipient of Will & Jada Smith's Family Foundation feature development grant for his project, BAR MITZVAH BOY. Ben’s also written/directed the award-winning short BETTAS ("Best LGBTQ Short," IFS LA Film Festival), and the Apollo Award nominated short, ALPHA; his comedy works DIET & EXERCISE, STONED BREAKUPS: DANIEL, and STONED BREAKUPS: BONNIE have also screened at fests.