Originally from Winthrop, Maine, Ben Roy currently resides in Denver, Colorado. In addition to being a standup comedian, Roy is also the lead singer of 29th Street Disciples. He feels most music sucks, and that his band might very well be included in that summation. "That's why I do standup," he writes on his MySpace page. "It's one of the last art forms in which views can be expressed without having to pander to or coddle four or five other sissies who fear losing a shot at their 'big break.'" In terms of comedic style, he might be found in the same aisle as Lewis Black, David Cross, and the late Bill Hicks. The Onion's A.V. Club describes him as a skinny, punk-rock Sam Kinison. Add a shot of Denis Leary, and you get a good feel for his style. Targets of his comedy include dude bros, with Roy performing a mini, one-man sketch about how those fellas hang out and interact. It's a terrific piece of physical comedy. Once the audience is comfortable, or as comfortable as they're likely to get, Roy may regale them with tales of Las Vegas strip clubs. "I love strip clubs," he tells the crowd, "but not in a fun bro-type way. More like in a 4:30 in the afternoon, by myself, creepy kind of way. But it's the only place where a dollar still has value, I love it." 18+; 21+ later shows.
June 15-19, 8 p.m.; June 17-18, 10:30 p.m., 2011