10 Questions with Ben Roy

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by Ryan Meehan

Taking comedy audiences by storm since 2004, Ben Roy brings an unparalleled energy and unique voice to stage. Roy cut his comedic teeth in Denver at the legendary Comedy Works. Since then, he has been selected to perform at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, LA Riot Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, Austin’s South by Southwest festival, and many more. 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); and on the Comedy Central Show Adam DeVine’s House Party. Roy’s debut stand-up album, I Got Demons, was released in 2012 and ranked one of the “10 Best Comedy Albums of the year” by Laughspin. His second stand-up album, No Enlightenment in Sobriety, was released 2014. Most recently, Roy recorded his third stand-up album in March 2015 at Comedy Works. Roy and fellow Denver Comedians Adam Cayton-Holland and Andrew Orvedahl (who collectively perform as The Grawlix) recently moved to LA where they are shooting 10 episodes for their new TruTV series Those Who Can’t, which is expected air in early 2016. Following that announcement, Variety named The Grawlix trio one of their “Top 10 Comics to Watch in 2015”. In addition to stand-up comedy, Roy is a prolific musician, currently the lead singer of SPELLS and I am very lucky to have him as my guest today in 10 questions.  Continue reading

10 Questions with Johnny Kelly of Danzig

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by Ryan Meehan and Blade Mancano

Prior to 1994, Johnny Kelly was living the dream touring the country as a drum tech for Type O Negative. Their most recent record at the time “Bloody Kisses” would eventually go platinum, but then percussionist Sal Abruscato was about to leave the band and Kelly saw his golden opportunity come to fruition right before his very eyes. Type O Negative went on to sell out massive concert venues worldwide, and Kelly would eventually go on to pursue other musical ventures which would make him one of the most sought after drummers in the heavy metal communities. Aside from doing a brief stint with Black Label Society at the end of their 2011 European tour, Kelly also toured with Seven Witches and two years ago replaced Vinny Appice in Rex Brown’s Kill Devil Hill. But possibly his most challenging task to date would be the decade and a half he’s toured as the chief skin-basher in Danzig, although in the middle of that tenure he would encounter an unexpected loss that would change his life forever. While working on material for the follow-up to Type O Negative ‘s 2007 critically-acclaimed album “Dead Again”, frontman Peter Steele passed away suddenly of heart failure in 2010. Shortly thereafter Johnny and the rest of the members would announce that Type O was no more, but Kelly has remained a very busy man to say the least. We are very honored and humbled to have Johnny Kelly of Danzig as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading