Comedian Ben Roy on motorcycles, politics and how he's like Bill Cosby

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Comedian and Westword cover boy Ben Roy is about as widely known as a comedian can get in Denver. In addition to performing at this weekend's High Plains Comedy Festival, Roy will be headlining a show at the downtown Comedy Works at 7 p.m. on August 25. We recently caught up with Ben to discuss his politics, being a comedy outsider, his motorcycle, his non-fictional reading habits and how he's like Bill Cosby.

See also: -Westword Book Club: donnie betts on reading from the bottom shelf of the library -Everybody Loves Ben Roy: Denver comics weigh in on their longtime colleague -Comedian Nathan Lund on Vonnegut, serial killers and the proletariat

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Byron Graham is a writer, comedian and gentleman thief from Denver. Co-host of Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game, the deathless Lion's Lair open mic and the Mutiny Book Club podcast, Byron also writes about comedy for Westword. He cannot abide cowardice, and he's never been defeated in an open duel.
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