Bellamy joins 'Express Written Consent'

'Let's Ask America' host is challenged to game of "Start, Bench, Cut"

Bellamy joins 'Express Written Consent'

Bill Bellamy has been around for a while, dating back to the early 1990s when his stand-up comedy routine became part of pop culture, stemming from his many appearances on Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam.

Now 49, Bellamy's charismatic personality is remembered by a generation of hipsters thanks to his regular presence on MTV for years, serving as host of several programs including "MTV Jamz" and "MTV Beach House." He also solidified staying power by appearing in a host of movies over the better part of a decade.

He's that guy that when you see him now, you think, "Oh yeah ... I know him!"

Bellamy was our most recent guest in the "Express Written Consent" booth at Dodger Stadium, where he reflected on a pretty good life that is more about how well his family is doing than any personal accomplishments he's reached -- even though, to date, he's still reaching them.

"I'm excited about this year for me," Bellamy said to MLB.com host Jeremy Brisiel. "All the chips are falling into place. My kids are thriving. I feel like everything is full throttle."

Married for 13 years to his wife Kristin and a father of two, Bellamy is, understandably, a happy guy. He has taken over as host for the "Let's Ask America" game show, debuting on national syndication this week. He also hosts "Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes?," a one-hour televised stand-up comedy competition that airs on the cable TV network TV One.

He has also spearheaded a comedy tour on Showtime, bringing together some of comedy's best male performers in a show titled "Ladies Night Out."

In other words, Bellamy is busy. But he still found time to drop by Dodger Stadium, even though deep down, he is a Yankees fan. That started at an early age, which isn't surprising, given he grew up in New Jersey.

Still, the Dodgers are, like most transplanted L.A. residents who flocked to California to try their hand at show business, Bellamy's adopted favorite team, and the team he encourages his kids to root for.

"I look at what the organization is doing," Bellamy said. "More and more star power, the stadium is gorgeous, a great place to bring your family. It's baseball. I want my kids to know baseball. It's a great sport, it's a lot of great history. Baseball is one of our pastimes that we can't let slip."

Given Bellamy's comedic background, he was the perfect subject for a few games we like to play at EWC, including "Start, Bench, Cut" -- an exercise that sometimes causes a little stress for our guests.

They are given three names and are asked who they would start, who they'd bench, and who they would give the heave-ho. That last one isn't so easy, especially when the three choices are all start-worthy.

Bellamy found himself in quite a predicament when he was asked to rank these three comedic legends: Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and George Carlin.

The start part was easy -- Pryor.

Bellamy then opted to bench Murphy - "He hasn't done anything in a while," Bellamy said. "Let him rest."

So, then, cut Carlin? Well...

"You don't really cut him," Bellamy said. "What you do is put him in the Hall of Fame. You're retiring him. You don't cut him. He gets the whole shrine."

In the game "Three Up, Three Down," Bellamy was given a handful of baseball phrases and was asked to label different aspects of his life using those terms.

Asked about the future of Bill Bellamy, the comic chose "Moneyball."

"You can't do nothing without that money," Bellamy barbed. "That Moneyball is taking me to the promised land. I'm going to the Hall of Fame of success, achievement and fun. I'm doing it in a fun way."

Looks like he chose the right profession for that.

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.