Ben Roy

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.

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.

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.

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.