Meet Ben Rosenfeld a New York City Based Stand Up Comedian and Book Author who performs all over Manhattan. His next show is this week!
Please introduce yourself (name, country, where are you from and what do you do, where do you live, what did you study and why, family etc – the usual stuff)?
My name is Ben Rosenfeld. I was born in Leningrad, USSR (aka St. Petersburg, Russia). I’m a stand up comedian and book author based out of New York City. In college (Rutgers University) I double majored in Economics and Philosophy, so I know how to make money, I just don’t see the point. Then in grad school (Caltech) I took a class in decision theory, which made me decide to quit grad school. I’m an only child of Russian-Jewish immigrants. I grew up in a frozen tundra, untouched by human kindness… Connecticut.
How did you end up in New York of all places?
I wound up in New York because I hate driving cars and most of my life has been spent within 100 miles of NYC. It also happens to be the best place to do comedy.
How do you find the lifestyle in New York compared to your hometown in Leningrad (housing, food, health care, education, nature, weather?
I grew up in Stamford, CT, which is less than an hour away from NYC, so it’s pretty similar. You just pay more in rent for a smaller space, and there’s way more pedestrian traffic. Compared to Russia, NYC is warmer weather and you’re more likely to get mugged than get your organs stolen 🙂
How do you make your living now – and how would you like to develop that career?
Do you see the differences between nationalities easily – yours vs. Americans vs. other Europeans?
What is the essence of New York to you?
What do you absolutely miss from your country/elsewhere heritage (food, culture, movies etc) … or elsewhere?
Workwise – how do you see you’re being different from your countrymen– also culturally, what stands out in your chosen profession?
When you think about what did you think about life in New York before you moved there – did you misconceptions that turned out to be wrong?
Knowing more about life and having lived with your decisions for a while (like work) – would you still choose to be there and why? Why not.?
What should everyone know and understand about your country and its culture?
What cafes or restaurants do you recommend to tourists to go to in New York and why? Or to do something else.
What would be your ideal life – with no monetary issues to make it happen?
Would you move back to your country full time – yes or no (why and why not)?
What has been the worst social/cultural issue to deal with in New York for you?
Anything else you would like sharing with us?
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