Oswego native begins third season of TBS comedy June 24

Owen Benjamin, of Oswego, center, with Steve Byrne, left and Dan Lauria, right, in a scene from Sullivan and Son on TBS.
Owen Benjamin, of Oswego, center, with Steve Byrne, left and Dan Lauria, right, in a scene from Sullivan & Son on TBS.

Oswego native Owen Benjamin will begin his third season of “Sullivan and Son,” at 10 p.m. Tuesday June 24 on TBS.

“Sullivan & Son,” starring popular comedian Steve Byrne, was one of the most successful TBS summer series for the past two summers. The show is set in a popular pub in a working-class Pittsburgh neighborhood.

“Sullivan & Son” is executive-produced by Vince Vaughn (The Break-Up), Peter Billingsley (Iron Man) and show-runner Rob Long (Cheers). Fans can stay up to speed on the latest Sullivan & Son news online at http://www.tbs.com/shows/sullivan-and-son/

In “Sullivan & Son,” Byrne plays Steve Sullivan, a successful corporate attorney from New York who returned to his roots in Pittsburgh just in time as his Irish-American father, Jack Sullivan (Dan Lauria – The Wonder Years), and Korean mother, Ok Cha (Jodi Long – Beginners), are selling the family business, a bar known as Sullivan & Son.

Filled with locals and regulars, Sullivan & Son is the unofficial “town hall” for the neighborhood. Within moments of his arrival, Steve reconnects with his best friend, Owen (Owen Benjamin – The House Bunny); gets accosted by his long-suffering, under-appreciated younger sister, Susan (Vivian Bang – Yes Man); endures offensive comments from gruff barfly Hank (Brian Doyle Murray – Groundhog Day, Saturday Night Live); and gets hit on by tipsy cougar Carol (Christine Ebersole – Royal Pains, Amadeus).

He even feels a rekindled romantic spark with his former sweetheart, Melanie (Valerie Azlynn – Tropic Thunder).  It doesn’t take Steve long to realize that what he really wants out of life is to return to the old neighborhood and take over Sullivan & Son, even if it means giving up a lavish Manhattan lifestyle with the gorgeous Ashley.

And so begins Steve’s quest for a more meaningful and rewarding life away from the courtroom and behind the bar.

Owen Benjamin started his comedy career in music. While majoring in history at SUNY Plattsburgh, Benjamin honed his comedy skills. Owen has been featured on Comedy Central; last summer he had his own one hour special on Comedy Central called “High Five Till It Hurts,” available from amazon.com .

He has been a regular on MTV’s “Punk’d,” E!’s “Chelsea Lately”, Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” and Late Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Benjamin has had his own special “Comedy Central Presents Owen Benjamin.” He’s a regular on Nick Swardson’s “Pretend Time” as well as more than 10 appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His feature credits include “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,”and “The House Bunny,” where he played Marvin the Butler. He starred in “All’s Faire in Love,” with Christina Ricci and appeared in “Born to Be a Star,” with Nick Swardson and “Jack and Jill,” with Adam Sandler.

He has done stand up at the Aspen Comedy Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, a nationwide 18-city tour with Vince Vaughn and Kevin James as well as clubs and colleges across America, including SUNY Oswego.

He had a very successful run last November at the Funnybone in DestinyUSA in Syracuse.

“Sullivan & Son” is produced for TBS by Wild West Picture Show Productions, in association with Warner Horizon Television. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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