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Ben Roy

June 13, 2011

Ben Roy

In honor of Father’s Day, this week we’re featuring amazing gentlemen who are also dads. And we’re kicking it off with a bang!

The first thing you experience when you see Ben Roy live is his kinetic energy. You can feel his need to get some things off his chest and it comes out in his own unique blend of rant, sarcastic, observational, and high energy humor. Ben is considered one of the fastest up-and-coming comics that the Denver scene has to offer and it’s definitely not hard to see why.

He was recently featured in the book Mock Stars: Indie Comedy and the Dangerously Funny, alongside comedy greats Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, and Fred Armisen. Ben is also a member of Wrist Deep Productions; hosts of the wildly popular and controversial show Grawlix.  He has been a finalist in several local and national competitions, was selected to perform at the Boston Comedy Festival, The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, The Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, The MTV Comedy Showcase, and most recently The Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival.  After his performances on the New Faces show he was invited to perform on the Best of the Fest showcase. Ben currently resides with his wife and son in Colorado, and headlines several clubs nationally, including the world famous Denver Comedy Works.

1. What is your hometown?

I grew up in the small town of Winthrop, Maine. It’s about seven miles east of the capital.

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Sean Penn’s character in “I Am Sam.” I too feel retarded and overwhelmed when raising a child.

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

I’d like to be played by Marion Cotillard. Given her performance in “La Vie En Rose,” I think she would nail my drinking years and need for a masculine male voice. But it’s Hollywood, so I imagine it would be Rob Thomas, because everyone thinks I look like the fucker.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

There’s a very famous painting by Maxfield Parrish, titled “Ecstasy.” I know it’s a weird and kind of tacky choice, but it’s tied to my teenage years by a first love. It still moves me.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

I’m currently reading the book, “Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals,” by Hal Herzog. I’m fascinated by books about our need for pets. Not sure I’d recommend it yet, though. But I would recommend reading, “Suttree.” I felt like I needed a shower after every seventy or eighty pages.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

The Dead Boys: “We Have Come For Your Children,” The Gaslight Anthem: “American Slang,” “The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines,” The Kreators: “No Contest.”

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

The documentary, “Kicking It” got a tear or two out of me recently. It’s a moving story. Well, up until Colin Farrell would flash his feigned sense of sincerity on the screen. Then I would see red and contemplate a relapse.

8. Cat person or dog person?

Neither. I have a cat that was a gift but I’m just waiting for the thing to kick off. I don’t think it’s rational or responsible to own and keep a living creature, feeding it human-grade food while a sixth of the earth lives below the poverty line, just to provide you with a smile. I also believe they’re parasitic creatures whose “love” is an adaptation for survival weaved into an illusory experience needed by humans to fill an ever-growing void created by our inability to relate to each other differences. Enjoy picking up another animal’s shit, folks.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Kindness, because truth is relative.

10. How do you define sin?

An act or trait deemed immoral and improper by a person with little or nothing sexual to do on Friday and Saturday night.

11. How do you define virtue?

An act or trait deemed morally good or desirable by a person with little or nothing sexual to do on Friday and Saturday night.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

June 18th 1979 – June 18th 2179
How the fuck did he do that?

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Snookie. It would be a quick read, given that she wouldn’t be able to understand or define questions 2, 4, 5, 10, and 11.


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