Denver stand-up comedian Chuck Roy will have his RVA premiere at Richmond Funny Bone this week, starting Wednesday, January 29th. Roy will be performing for six nights, featuring shows that are both family- friendly and adult-oriented.
Roy, who simply goes by “The Bear”, got his start in comedy after he flunked out of college. “I was a young, gay Republican Party operative in college, and I was climbing very hard up the wrong ladder,” said Roy.
Without knowing exactly which route to take, Roy began to look towards comedy. “I was twenty years old,” he began, “and I had people laughing in a moment they should be, and I had somebody said, ‘Hey, you should be a comedian.’ I had nothing going, and it hit me. I thought, ‘I should try that.’” Thus, he got into the business of stand-up, and he has been doing it ever since.
Roy has not travelled much in the past, and does most of his shows at what he calls “the best comedy-theatre in the world”—Red Rocks Amphitheater. It was there that Roy began working with more well-known comedians, including Tammy Pescatelli, who we will be performing with over the next week here in Richmond.
Roy is excited to be travelling to RVA, and hopes to go new places in the future. “I have been traveling more, and I want to travel more. This is a really good opportunity: I am working with a great comedian, at a cool club, and in a new city,” he said.
However, he hinted to the true reason why he liked traveling: learning about the best coffee, the best draft beers, and the best gay-bars. “I want to know where to get coffee,” he remarked. “I want to know if there is a spot to see when it comes to coffee or beer on tap… I’ll see if there’s a gay-bar, that’s always fun to do.”
He then began to reminisce on one of the few times he traveled out of Denver. “I like to go look at the parks,” he stated. “Last time I was on the road, I went to Austin Texas. I made fun of the landscape on the way to the club because there was nothing to see. Well, [the audience] was so offended that they gave me tips to four or five different places to go. Maybe that’s a new thing I’ll do—make fun of the parks, and get a list of terrific things to see.”
Regardless of what brings Roy to RVA, he is excited to perform his material in front of a new audience. He said that some of his content during earlier shows will be family oriented, but later shows will feature more mature, adult-oriented content. “My late shows will be a little more ‘Filthy Animal,’” he said.
(Check out some of Roy’s NSFW comedy below)
More information on Chuck Roy, the “Bear”, can be found on his website www.chuckroy.com , which features some videos of shows Roy has done in the past. For ticket information, visit www.richmondfunnybone.com .
Antony Shipman is a student at Bennington College, and is interning with GayRVA/RVA Mag for the months of January and February. Antony, who is relatively new to the world of journalism, is hoping to learn more about the business by working closely with the staff of GayRVA/RVA Mag. When not at work, Antony is likely to be found giving affection to a cat or sitting in his apartment with a book in his hands.
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