About Ben Roy
Taking comedy audiences by storm since 2004, Ben Roy brings an unparalleled energy and unique voice to stage. Often compared to Louis Black or Bill Hicks due to his passionate, ranting approach, Roy has a style that is definitively his own. Equal amounts aggression and engagement, acerbic wit and magnetic charm, Roy tempers the volume and intensity of his delivery with a deep intelligence and undeniable likability.
Originally from Winthrop, Maine, Roy cut his comedic teeth in Denver at the renowned club Comedy Works. Roy was invited to perform in the "New Faces" division of the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, and invited back for both its 2012 Nasty Show, and for his own one-hour show in 2014. He was also given his own one hour show at the New York Comedy Festival. He has been selected to perform at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, LA Riot Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, and many more. Roy is also one of the only (if not the only) person to be invited to Austin’s illustrious South by Southwest festival to perform as both a musician and a stand-up comedian in the same year. He's also been featured on HBO's Funny as Hell series; in the John Wenzel Book Mock Stars: Indie Comedy and Dangerously Funny (alongside comedy greats like Patton Oswalt and Fred Armisen); truTV's Talk Show the Game Show; and on Comedy Central's @Midnight and Adam DeVine's House Party.
His debut standup album, I Got Demons, was released in 2012 and ranked one of the 10 Best Comedy Albums of the year by Laughspin. His second standup album, No Enlightenment in Sobriety, was released April 15, 2014. Roy recorded his third standup album on March 8 and March 11, 2015 at Comedy Works.
In June 2012, Roy and fellow Denver Comedians Adam Cayton-Holland and Andrew Orvedahl (who collectively perform as The Grawlix) produced a pilot for Amazon called Those Who Can’t, a comedy about three inept Denver high school teachers. Turner network TruTV paid the trio to rewrite and re-filmthe pilot in December of 2014. In February of 2015, the network announced they were ordering 10 episodes of the series. That same year, Variety named The Grawlix one of its annual Top 10 Comics to Watch. On the back of its critical success and cult comedy status, Those Who Can't will be airing its third season in the spring of 2018.
In addition to stand-up comedy and television, Roy is a prolific musician, heading up more than a dozen punk bands over the years. He is currently the lead singer of SPELLS, a Denver-based “vacation rock” band that has released numerous 45s and digital singles; made Maximum Rock N' Roll's "best listens” in March 2013; and was an official invitee to the 2015 South by Southwest festival.