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The Pin (comedy act)

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Years active
2013 – present

The Pin (comedy act)

Theatre; Radio; Television


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The Pin is a comedy double-act composed of Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen.


They write and star in their BBC Radio 4 show of the same name.


The double act met at the University of Cambridge, where they joined the Cambridge Footlights. Whilst members they co-wrote and performed in two international tour shows: 2010's 'Good For You,' directed by Liam Williams and Daran Johnson, and 2011's 'Pretty Little Panic' directed by Keith Akushie and James Moran.

The Pin was formed when the pair left Cambridge in 2012, and started developing shows at the Invisible Dot comedy club to take to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


Their shows at Edinburgh have garnered great critical acclaim from the likes of The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, and more.

In 2015 the pair's debut BBC Radio 4 series aired, attracting praise from the likes of David Walliams, Ben Stiller, and Arthur Matthews.

In February 2016 the BBC announced that the "highly acclaimed" show would be returning for a second series.

In August 2016 they announced that the "much-loved" show would return for a third series, and this time in the 6.30 pm slot, and with half-an-hour long episodes.


The Pin were the 2013 winners of London Sketchfest's prize for 'Best Act,' and the first series of their Radio 4 show won them the award for 'Best Comedy' at the 2016 BBC radio awards.


The Pin (comedy act) Wikipedia