Published in L.A. Weekly
After Ben Ziek won big at the 2013 world pun championships, his life didn't change. He kept the same job he's had for 13 years, as a night auditor at the Burbank Airport Marriott. He gets in at 11 p.m., helps balance the books, does wake-up calls and deals with guest complaints before leaving at 7:30 a.m.
Co-worker Angelique, who sits at the desk nearby, does not appreciate his punning. "She doesn't like it all," Ziek says. "For 13 years I've joked that she doesn't have a sense of humor."
A 38-year-old gentle giant with a dark crew cut, Ziek has the fortune and misfortune of being among the best in the world at something many people disdain.