We first became acquainted with Adam Cayton-Holland during his stint as a Westword staff writer and “What’s So Funny” columnist a few years back. So it wasn’t a huge stretch when, in 2009, Cayton-Holland departed the weekly and made his part-time standup gig a full-time routine. Three years later, he’s come into his own as one of Denver’s most irreverently amusing voices. With a nerdy wit that can quickly devolve into raunchy punch lines, Cayton-Holland has the kind of stage presence that’s less in-your-face, more social commentary that hits home underneath the provocative monologue.
Anyone who can turn his personal adversity into a source of success deserves a pat on the back—not to mention that Blue won Last Comic Standing, and, well, he’s just hilarious.
There’s a reason that local Comedy Works headliner Ben Roy’s website is called benroyyellsalot.com. He does yell. A lot. And he swears. A lot. But in between his ranting about kids (he has a four-year-old son) and his hollering about how terrible jail is, you’ll find yourself gasping out laughter. Even if you haven’t woken up with a nasty hangover and a blank slate where your memory of the previous night should be, you’ll get it. Roy is a tatted-up everyman—and he leverages that with the audience.