Ben Hauck is an American actor, improviser, host, and voiceover artist. As stand-in for John Oliver over five seasons of HBOs Emmy-winning series "Last Week Tonight," Ben has been honored by the Television Academy in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 for his contributions to the variety talk series. A dynamic comic and dramatic performer, Ben won the Emerging Artist Award for his trademark "improvised sermons" at the 2013 Unscripted New York Improvised Theatre & Film Festival. Author of the book "Long-Form Improv" (Allworth Press, 2012), Ben is internationally known as a teacher of long-form improvisation, having taught and directed long-form improv in New York City, Toronto, and London. He is host of "The Acting Income Podcast with Ben Hauck," covering practical and controversial topics related to earning an income as an actor. Ben holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Otterbein.As a long-distance runner, Ben has finished over fifteen marathons including the 2011 and 2013 Boston Marathons.Ben is active on two boards in the field of general semantics, awarded the 2018 J. Talbot Winchell Award from the Institute of General Semantics for his outstanding contributions and service to the field of general semantics.