Ben & Ed… and Little Red
Ben Monkaba is a musician and entertainer with Williams Syndrome. Ben has an unusually sunny personality and innate musicality and is a natural performer who is happiest when he is making others happy with his music. He sings and plays spoons and a jig doll named Little Red, while Ed Roseman accompanies him on keyboard, guitar, and clarinet. Their personal and musical rapport shines through in their performances, and is infectious to the audience. Their repertoire is comprised of familiar songs ranging from pre-Tin Pan Alley through Broadway and oldies from many different decades. Ben is a great fan of Sinatra, Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Michael Bublé, and the Everly brothers, to name just a few; they appear in the show through Ben’s presence.
Ed says, “I find Ben to be a source of inspiration — survival with a smile. Ben has overcome multiple medical conditions and procedures both as a child and as an adult, and come out the other side still wearing a smile. In fact, of all his medical conditions, the one that he will never be cured of is his highly infectious smile, which is sufficiently contagious that it causes an outbreak — a veritable rash — of smiles wherever he goes.”
Watch our two short video demos below.
Shows are normally forty-five minutes to an hour. Ben and Ed are happy to perform gratis, although Little Red wouldn’t turn down payment if offered. 🤡
Recent performances include Providence House, Elaine Center, Linda Manor, and Christopher Heights.
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“What a delightful time we had with Ben and Ed and Little Red. Ben and Ed are such warm, genuine people, my residents spent the afternoon all warm and fuzzy and feeling good.”
~ Lauri Osip, Activities Director, Providence House in Holyoke
“What a show Ben, Ed and Little Red put on! The personalities of both brought ear-to-ear smiles from all the audience ranging from ages of mid 20s to 100. They don’t just sing and play, but put on a great show with jokes and little stories along the way. We can’t wait to have them back! The residents here had so much fun and raved about them for days after!”
~ Nicole Vallan, Recreational Director, Elaine Center in Hadley
“Ben and Ed’s show runs like clockwork with a seamless connection not seen since the great two-man teams of Abbot and Costello and Martin and Lewis. They are hand in glove, a well-oiled machine who thoroughly enjoy, along with the audience, every minute. There is a subtle communication between Ed and Ben that allows Ben to do what he does best and appears to enjoy most — and that is to entertain people. Ben’s perpetual smile engages everyone while Ed will often give voice to the audience as he supports and moves Ben along to the next routine, bringing the audience into the program. There is real talent in Ben’s offering, from his drumming to the pure joy of delivering a joke with Little Red and the presentation of a musical number.”
~ Sandra Farnsworth, Activity Director, Linda Manor in Leeds
Enjoy our two short demo videos.
Singin’, strummin’, spoons ’n’ toots