VIDEO: Ben Roy of Spells talks “Those Who Can’t,” K pop in the rain at SXSW
When he's not standing on top of a barrel rattling it until you're sure he's going to fall or screaming in a fan's face or rolling around on the stage, Ben Roy is a comparatively calm guy.
SPELLS will make you laugh, but the Denver punk band isn’t a joke
Early into SPELLS’ 7-inch release show at the Hi-Dive on Dec. 21, the moment comes for the big balloon drop. Singer Ben Roy spent the afternoon rigging a net of balloons suspended above the audience to release when he pulls a string.
Download “Outta Control” from SPELLS, exclusively from Steal This Track
You'd be forgiven if you didn't take the Denver punk band SPELLS seriously -- at first. The band uniform includes Polo shirts with technicolor argyle prints.
The Grawlix, T.J. Miller, Ben Kronberg added to official SXSW Comedy lineup
Locally-grown comics in The Grawlix troupe and Denver expatriates T.J. Miller and Ben Kronberg, both of whom have found success in Hollywood and on Comedy Central in recent years, will represent the Mile High City at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, March 8-15.
Why So Serious, Kumail Nanjiani? (Meltdown edition)
Contrary to the career aspirations of most comedians, Kumail Nanjiani was not desperate to land a series on Comedy Central. The 35-year-old Pakistan native, based in Los Angeles, enjoys a busy touring, podcasting and acting career with spots on "Portlandia" and "Franklin & Bash," and late-night sets for Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien.
Why So Serious, Mike Lawrence?
When Kayvan Khalatbari and Andy Juett dubbed their comedy show at the Oriental Theater a "Holiday Sausage Fest," they meant it. The Denver Relief MMJ dispensary co-owner and comedian/producer, respectively, aren't just putting on a show stacked with four excellent dude comedians.
The Grawlix announces Meltdown mashup, debuts star-studded “Space Cops” video on Funny or Die
The Grawlix isn't exactly looking for things to do. The Denver comedy trio, composed of stand-ups Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, is hard at work on a half-dozen new scripts for its top-rated Amazon pilot "Those Who Can't" and basking in the sold-out success of its New York Comedy Festival and San Francisco shows this fall.
UMS adds a comedy showcase featuring High Plains Festival talent
A little laughter might be the best change of pace after many hours of moshing, thrashing, dancing and whatever other -ing verbs you'll be taking part in during the Underground Music Showcase later this month.
High Plains Comedy Festival, Denver’s first all stand-up fest, to debut in August
Denver's growing live comedy scene will get one of its biggest boosts yet when the city's first all stand-up festival debuts on South Broadway this summer, Reverb has learned.
“Those Who Can’t,” the Grawlix sitcom pilot on Amazon, reaps perhaps the best review of all
"Those Who Can't," the sitcom pilot from Denver comedy trio the Grawlix that's currently competing for a full season on Amazon Instant Video, has been reaping largely positive reviews since it debuted on Friday, April 19.
Steal This Track Exclusives: Andrew Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland, and SPELLS
Spring has sprung, our little banditos. We've hidden the matzo and found the colored eggs robbed from the rabbit. Now, steal the milk of the Grawlix with exclusive comedy tracks from Andrew Orvedahl and Adam Cayton-Holland, as well as a new track from SPELLS, a punk band featuring Ben Roy.
Adam Cayton-Holland to make his “Conan” comedy debut on Jan. 29
As if we needed any more proof that the Denver stand-up scene was thriving: Grawlix comedy troupe member and Denver comic Adam Cayton-Holland will make his long-awaited debut on late night's "Conan" on Tuesday, Jan.
A. Tom Collins signs to Greater Than Collective, leads new cabaret night at Lannie’s (news)
The marriage of music and comedy is often an uneasy one, as countless bands and stand-ups have found over the years. But when it’s done right (see David Cross and his early 2000s Sub Pop tour, Bonnaroo’s comedy tent, South by Southwest, etc.) it provides a unique space in which the two art forms complement each other.
Why So Serious, Doug Stanhope?
Calling Doug Stanhope an underground comedy icon isn't quite fair. It discounts his devoted international fanbase and increasing exposure on shows like FX’s “Louie.” It downplays his years of road-dogging all over the country, and it ignores the accolades he's earned from comedy diehards in every English-speaking country in the world, as well as the fact that he regularly sells out theaters.
The Grawlix sells “Those Who Can’t” comedy script to Amazon Studios (news)
Denver comedy trio The Grawlix just keeps moving up in the world. Not only are its members -- Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy -- all rising and nationally-touring stand-ups, they've just sold a script to Amazon Studios.
Adam Cayton-Holland lands on Esquire.com, Wired.com, in Montreal for Just for Laughs (news)
When comedians do well they kill, or crush. When they don't, they die. Fortunately, for Denver comedian Adam Cayton-Holland, it's been a crushing, killer week.
The Nix Bros. like what they see in Denver’s camera-ready comedy scene
For a pair of filmmakers with no budget and only four days to shoot, Evan and Adam Nix packed a lot of Denver into their music video of the same name.
Steal This Track: Reed Foehl, Viretta and comedian Ben Roy
Bob Geldof doesn't like Mondays, but we sure do. That's because Mondays mean free Colorado music -- and comedy -- downloads from Steal This Track.
Why So Serious, Nikki Glaser?
Nikki Glaser is committed to comedy. After transferring from CU-Boulder to the University of Kansas, she lied to her professors to get excused from class (for four weeks!) to tape a part for NBC's "Last Comic Standing." She moved to Los Angeles right after college and quickly began climbing the comedy ladder, appearing at prestigious festivals such as Just for Laughs in Montreal and on late-night talk shows like "The Tonight Show." These days the 27-year-old is living in New York and co-hosting the "You Had to Be There" podcast with comedian Sara Schaefer, and the show just got some high-profile love from The New York Times Magazine.
Comedy Q&A: The Grawlix celebrates year of shows, new venue, sweet facial hair and tats
Whiplash, Comedy Meltdown, Big Terrific and Comedy Bang-Bang are familiar names to New York and L.A. comedy nerds, but they mean little to stand-up freaks in the Mile High City -- and even less to our casual comedy consumers.
Best of 2011: Stand-up shows, comedy albums, and video games
The past couple weeks Reverb has been looking back -- and not in anger, mind you -- at the year in music. So I thought I'd shake up the format with two things any mature, 34-year-old man should be deeply concerned about: comedy and video games.
Photo essay: T.J. Miller’s wild “Denver” video shoot at DIA, East High, Casa Bonita, Civic Center, the Wynkoop & more
Denver-bred comic and actor T.J. Miller has gained a lot of momentum in recent years thanks to movies like "Cloverfield," "She's Out of My League" and "Yogi Bear," but 2011 was his easily biggest year yet.
Why So Serious, Chris Fairbanks?
Chris Fairbanks cares not for your problems, your distractions, your pink eye-ridden housecats and mice. He came here to shred your brain into perfectly rectangular strips of mind comedy, and you're going to let him.
Why So Serious, Ben Roy? (UMS edition)
Along with a handful of other stand-ups, Ben Roy could make a legitimate claim to being the new face of Denver comedy. From the glossy pages of 5280 magazine to appearances at Montreal's Just for Laughs festival and clubs around the country, the 31-year-old Portland, Maine, native has proven that his act works far outside of the Mile High City.