Hi! My name is Bente Engelstoft (Ben-duh Angle-stoft). I’m an actor, writer and comedian based in Los Angeles. I’m a first generation American, born to a Danish father (see name) and a Mexican mother (see everything else). I’m also a woman. And queer. Representation matters!
I graduated with a BA in theatre from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. I wrote my undergrad dissertation on improvised theatre because I’m a big nerd and if there is one way to suck the life out of comedy, it’s to study it in theory! Realizing my mistake, I decided to take a practical approach and spent the next 7 years living it, in Chicago.
Back in the States, I improvised, wrote and performed for the stages of Second City, iO Chicago and The Annoyance Theatre, to name a few. You can read about all of that in my resume.
After Chicago, I made my way west to Los Angeles where I was a writer for the 2016 CBS Diversity Showcase. I couldn't get enough, so in 2017, I was an actor in the CBS Diversity Showcase.
These days I'm a writer for The Ellen Degeneres for which I just won my first 2 Emmys! That being said, I just had to google whether I used "for which" correctly! It's still unclear!
I also perform improv regularly. You can check out my SOCIAL tab for show dates and times.
Oh probably lots more that I’m forgetting, but have a click around and reach out if you’d like to know more!