From Worms Knowledge Base
Squirminator2k is the community alias of Ben Paddon, a British writer, actor and stand-up comedian living and working in Los Angeles.
In the Worms community
After running The WormsDC Experience from 1999 to 2001, he was added to the staff of Wormtopia due to his extensive knowledge of Worms: The Director's Cut. After Wormtopia closed down he briefly founded The WorMatrix, a website focusing on the entire Worms series. In 2004 he founded Dream17, a website focusing on Team17's entire body of work. In 2009 he handed off operations of the site to WorMatty and SupSuper.
He is credited as contributing to "Update Testing and Research" in the readme for Worms Armageddon.
Currently, Ben is the writer and host of PortsCenter, a webseries which looks at unique and interesting ports, conversions and re-releases of video games. Two episodes of the show have featured Worms titles - the first looked at the entire series from Worms up to Worms Reloaded, while the second focused exclusively on Worms: The Director's Cut.
In 2009 Ben began co-hosting the SoulGeek Singles Night in Hollywood, CA along with voice actor Dino Andrade (World of Warcraft, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Brütal Legend). In 2010 the event moved to Van Nuys, CA, and in 2013 they were joined by an additional co-host, actress Heather Harris (Star Trek Into Darkness). In 2017 Heather stepped down, and was replaced by San Diego-based improv actor Mazz Mazzacano.
Ben is often found working conventions in California. He was the MC at the first San Diego Who Con in 2016, and is due to return for the 2017 event. In 2017 he MC'd at WhedonCon 2017. He has moderated panels and events at Gallifrey One, Long Beach Comic-Con, Long Beach Comic Expo, and SacAnime. He has also performed standup at Anime California, NinjaCon, and Anime Expo where, in 2016, he was one of the six finalists for the Late Comedy Showcase. In 2015 he was a panelist at the RetroWare panel at MAGFest.
Ben has contributed to two songs by YouTube musical acts Random Encounters, including vocals for "The People of Smash Bros." and working crew for "Legends of Zelda: Tales of the Wind Waker". In 2014 he appeared as a guest on the Chainsawsuit Podcast, playing a British radio DJ for the first segment and himself for the second and third segments.
Other creative exploits include:
- Jump Leads, a scifi-comedy webcomic about parallel universes, which Ben plans to reboot as an audioplay podcast series.
- Boomer's Day Off, a four-part mini-webseries parodying the Valve game Left 4 Dead.
- British Candy Authority, a blog where Ben reviews American chocolate, initially produced for Kill9 Studios, now produced for Chainsawsuit Original.