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Comedy of contrasting styles

CODY R. OLIVAS
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Tonight at Keystone’s pavilion, the audience will see a contrast of comedic styles and delivery.

Ben Roy – one of the fastest up-and-coming comics in the Denver comedy scene – opens tonight.

“I tend to be much more of a rant comic,” Roy said. “My delivery is much more animated. I tend to be very passionate and over the top; it offends some people.”

Then John Novosad, better known as “Hippieman,” will take the stage to headline the evening.

“People will leave probably liking John,” Roy said. “He’s a pro. I tend to be more aggressive, and you may not like me.”

Both comedians said they joke about politics, but that’s pretty much where their similarities end.

Hippieman, who’s been doing stand-up comedy for about 25 years, said he prefers performing live shows more than performing on television. When he appeared on the “Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” he was instructed to avoid using brand names.

“Live shows are much better,” Hippieman said. “If there’s something I can’t talk about, it’s in the back of my head. What I really like is doing live shows where I can decide what to talk about.”

Roy, on the other hand, likes the freedom that comes with being one of the contributors to the controversial show, “Los Comicos Super Hilariosos.”

“The reason I like it, opposed to clubs, is the limitations that come with a venue,” Roy said. “Being insanely dirty may not fly in a contemporary comedy setting.”

The reaction of tonight’s crowd, however, may be what determines which jokes the comics use. Each comic said they have core material or a set path they start on, but the crowd determines where they go with it.

“Sometimes I look over the crowd; if it’s older, I’ll use a lot of hair jokes,” Hippieman said. “If it’s a younger crowd, maybe I’ll use more language and a bit edgier stuff.”

“I tend to feel the crowd out and see what they’re comfortable with,” Roy said. “I do my material, and it depends how it goes.”

From Novosad, the audience can expect to hear about his plan for America. He takes current events and puts a “crazy hippie solution to them.” He said there will also be a “big hippie closer,” but didn’t want to spoil it.

From Roy, well, he said it “depends on whatever I’m pissed off at or feel like joking at, at that time.”

Besides all of the comedians’ differences, “if you’re funny, you’re funny,” Roy said. “This one will be entertaining because you’ll see different styles of comics.”


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