Comedian Ben Roy to headline The Temporary
The Aspen Times
IF YOU GO …
Who: Comedian Ben Roy
Where: The Temporary at Willits
When: Friday, Dec. 8
How much: $22/advance; $27 day-of
With an edgy style and witty punk rock sensibility, comedian Ben Roy became a darling of the Denver comedy scene and, with the albums “I Got Demons” and “No Enlightenment in Sobriety,” rose in the ranks of indie comedy over the last decade.
Roy emerged out of the fertile Front Range scene as a member of The Grawlix troupe. He currently writes and stars with fellow Grawlix members Adam Cayton-Holland and Andrew Orvedahl on the TruTV sitcom “Those Who Can’t,” a show about a trio of dysfunctional high school teachers. The show drew him away from Denver to settle in Los Angeles.
The TV show recently finished taping its third season, however, which has given Roy time to hit the road with new stand-up material and play some shows with his Denver-based punk band Spells. The demands of television production keep him off-stage for long stretches these days, but he’s been itching to perform in Colorado and play the Roaring Fork Valley for the first time since the old days of the Rooftop Comedy Festival.
“Once you’re a stand-up, you’re always a stand-up,” he said in a recent phone interview from Los Angeles. “I can’t wait to get back on the road and get in front of crowds.”
Roy will headline the Temporary at Willits Town Center on Friday night. He’s the latest in a string of Denver comics to play the new midvalley performance space, including Troy Walker and Cayton-Holland.
A Ben Roy set often ranges from observational bits about traveling and phenomena like photo radar traps on highways to biting social critiques about issues like marriage, monogamy and the social stigma around heroin addicts.
He’s avoided doing material on President Trump. Roy chalked that up to his life in the punk scene, which has bestowed upon him a dim view of government and humanity overall since his teen years. That girded him for the Trump era, he said, and inoculated him from the outrage and surprise that many comics are voicing these days.
“Being in that scene, the world has always been dog shit,” he said with a laugh. “I’m blessed in that regard. The punk and hardcore scene has always been talking about how shitty the world is for tread-upon people and minorities and women.”