Ben Trovato is the author of thirteen books, although you wouldn’t think so if you had to see his living conditions.

His notorious trilogy of letters illuminated the darkest recesses of the human psyche, while his self-help guide went a long way towards boosting divorce and suicide rates. He also wrote a book that almost turned golf into a blood sport and brought out a survival manual that caused more harm than good.

With a background in print and television journalism, Trovato’s popular newspaper columns have earned him a wicked reputation and a fatty liver.

He can often be found surfing instead of meeting his deadlines. Trovato lives alone with two regrets and a hangover.

74 thoughts on “About

  1. John Holloway

    I refer to an old comment from Piet Stassen (May 23, 2016), who called you ‘cynical & obnoxious’. You told him to fuck off. I think you should accept compliments, even somewhat understated ones, with more grace.

  2. Trevor Dale

    I cancelled my Subscription on Monday 30th July. I was asked why I was doing so. I said that it was simply because Ben was bombed. Idiots!


    Howzit Ben

    I read about you being fired and I have to say I was completely agog.

    Not like that time I took your advice and tried LSD on the golf course (although I must have a word with you about that). More like most people feel like on a Monday. Not me though Monday’s are my favourite day.

    It looks like I’m not the only one who likes making a mockery of the week. I was wondering if you being let go had anything to do with our wonderful Ministers who love having their daily master strokes high-lighted in the press? They are the real pros at making a mockery of everything, especially the voters. I guess the Sunday Tribune editors must do their bidding before, well before they um get let go.

    I’m going to cancel my subscription.

    I promised myself yesterday that I would today, but well it’s Monday. Anyway tomorrow, and I sincerely hope I’m not alone. Viva freedom of the press from the press and by the press.

    Shit I think I’m gonna have another drink. Its a bit early I know, but it is Tuesday.

  4. Thathizwe Gumede

    Stuff the “wisdom” that is supposedly to come with age. Give me the agility and virility of youth any day. To wash it down, send me Trovato’s satire by the truckload.

  5. Colwyn Scheepers

    Hello Ben, thanks for your p*ss taking. Refreshing, especially living in Oz where do-gooders, the politically correct and the sensitive roam untethered, moaning about Everything. Right now the news has front face about the deputy prime minister making a junior staffer with child. The complaints are about using tax payers money inappropriately.
    If the opportunity arose for you to visit Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne,Australia, please take it. I am too poor to make it happen but you you surely have some rich friends. You will have fertile ground for p*ss taking, especially in Sydney. The locals surely will dismiss your work as puerile satire, but for those who enjoy life will follow you until the collection plate is passed about.
    All the best, Colwyn Scheepers

  6. Gillian

    Ben Trovato….oh…. may have hated your mother…but her lady bits initiated your miserable and vitriolic existence! You show no signs of gratitude…and sincerely hope all women you deal with are hiding their lady bits as obviously no joy from you. `hope a TG or manbits help you.

  7. Demmy James

    Cheers for your rants – you are a fucking laugh and three quarters. I’ll keep coming back and looking forward to it – it’s a bit late for me just now but i will write again. Until then – all the best to you. (Raising a glass of black stuff – ”Glug”.)

  8. Ok, so varsity is overrated. Now I know, having spent the last six or so years there.

    Anyway, call me a doos if you will, but I’ve only discovered and begun to follow your blog recently. It seem your balls are bigger than mine, and so I’ve enjoyed your posts, particularly such good advice on how to conduct one’s self during that interview which never seems to come.

    Sir Ben, I would consider it an inestimable honour if you could take some time out of your very busy schedule to follow my blog. You may be interested to know that I have heeded a call to duty and proceeded to do some gentle JuJu bashing. It now appears that I need to up the ante as the red berets have now proceeded to appropiate my favourite watering holes.

    Nevertheless, We’ll keep in touch. Yes?


  9. Paul

    It was quite legit – although Ben indicated he would not be interested in anything with a Christian slant – a feature of our film work. I did indicate that we would still be interested at looking at the synopsis he had already concluded for a third party. We still are….

    And yes, how did ‘Diana’ know about this. Who are you Diana?

  10. Diana

    During May this year he asked for your email address stating that he had a legit offer for you. I’m curious as to how legit it was…..

  11. Sarah Claire

    Trying to find images to add to an interview you’ve recently done. Found this site – – so whenever someone searched Ben Trovato, these half naked, suggestive images come up. hahaha. It’s great.

  12. Paul Nel

    I cannot seem to find your contact details. I have a film offer for you. Oh, by the way, I’m Paul from Watercolours International Pictures – and no, this is not a joke!

  13. chris mortimer

    Mourned the loss of your column In the Witness. Relieved to be able to return to reading the gospel of the insane. Thanks for brightening up my life!

  14. Peter

    What a pleasure to read your posts – nothing like a rare treat of genius to brighten up an otherwise miserably overcast and rainy Cape Town day!

  15. I always knew that you were a clever chappie, but now it is clear that you are an even more cleverer chappie than I first thought. I was looking up a word that I had read and didn’t know the meaning of. It wasn’t in my dictionary, but near to where it should have been, I found you. So, ben trovato, you are a very clever chappie. Most appropriate. dme27.

    • Dear Ben,

      Your vitriolic criticism of Errol Naidoo, a man who pursues the noble values of Jesus of Nazareth our blessed Saviour, was unkind and unnecessary. I also used to be like you, i.e. cynical & obnoxious, but Jesus Christ changed it all. The Bible says:

      [1 John 1:7 KJV] But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. [1 John 1:8 KJV] If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [1 John 1:9 KJV] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

      May God bless you anyway and by His precious Holy Spirit (the ‘Paracletos’ or ‘Comforter’) lead you to an appreciation for the ministry, teachings, sacrifice and righteousness of that humble carpenter-rabbi from Nazareth.

      Kind regards,

      Piet Stassen
      South Africa

    • Colin Stephenson

      A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
      Thank you for making us smile even when we want to cry!

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