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Facilitators of Mirth

Benji Waterstones


Benji Waterstones

Awards & competitions

Benji Waterstones

Appearances & credits

Benji Waterstones

Writing credits

Benji Waterstones

Media & press


Benji Waterstones is a practising NHS psychiatrist and stand-up comedian. His award-winning comedy gives a fly on the padded-wall account of mental health services whilst busting some myths along the way. 

Being a psychiatrist as well as a comedian makes for some very different, often dark, but very funny jokes.

Benji has won the Frog & Bucket World Series, was runner-up in Piccadilly New Act and Comedy Knights, and a finalist in So You Think You’re Funny, Leicester Square and the Magners New Act competition.

"Perfect and hilarious”
– Buzzfeed


He's twice been nominated for the BBC New Comedy Award and was short-listed for Best Newcomer at Brighton Fringe for his show ‘The Ayahuasca Diaries’ about healing plant medicines. Outside of conventional psychiatry he is involved in research into psilocybin (magic mushrooms) for major depression.

He raises mental health awareness writing for The Guardian, The Independent, The Huffington Post and Chortle. 

"The cardigan, slouch and world-weariness of a young Jeremy Hardy”
– Chortle


Benji co-hosts The Moth storytelling night in London, and appears at clubs nationwide. Benji is an experienced host/MC and is regularly hosting events across the UK.

"Absolutely brilliant gags”
– Kate Copstick


He is writing his first book – a memoir about his experiences as a psychiatrist in the NHS.  As a subject of interest, mental health isn’t going away anytime soon: Benji is willing and able to talk about mental health and offer insight from a health professionals point of view. This psychiatric medical memoir ‘You Don’t Have To Be Mad To Work Here’ will involve stories from the front line, but will be changed to preserve patient confidentiality.. and to make them funnier.

"Delivery so smooth you could pour it over your pancakes”
– Tamer Kattan


"A must see show”
– John Fleming



  • Winner - Frog & Bucket World Series
  • Winner - You Must be Joking
  • Finalist - So You Think You're Funny
  • Finalist - Leicester Square New Act Competition
  • Finalist - Magners New Act Competition
  • Runner Up - Piccadilly New Comedian Competition
  • Runner Up - Comedy Knights Competition
  • Runner Up - Bath New Act Competition
  • Nominee - Best Newcomer, Brighton Fringe 2018
  • Shortlisted - BBC New Comedy Award 2018
  • Shortlisted - Brighton Fringe Best Newcomer

Currently appearing at:

Gag Reflex look after Benji's private and Corporate engagements

Contact hannah@gagreflex.co.uk to enquire about his availibility / suitability for your next event

Please direct all other enquiries to The Galton Agency  / andy@thegaltonagency.com  /  07901554191 / 0203 696 1334

Writing credits

  • Medical Memoir ‘You Don’t Have To Be Mad To Work Here’
  • A-Z Mental Health Atlas- Solo Show
  • Articles for The Guardian, The Independent, The Huffington Post and Chortle
  • The Ayahuasca Diaries - Solo Show
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