It’s no surprise that people such as Steve Martin, George Carlin and Richard Pryor influenced generations of stand-up comics. And while comedian John Roy was also influenced by those artists, his first exposure to stand-up was atypical. “On Sunday nights when I was 12, I would stay up waiting for Dr. Who on the local PBS station,” he says. “Before it came on there were these two British shows, Monty Python and Dave Allen at Large.” Of course, most Americans know the former, but not many are familiar with the latter. “He was this Irishman with a missing finger who drank whiskey, smoked and showed comedy sketches. It was a weird show,” Roy says. It wasn’t until after college and a few years dabbling in the music business that he tried stand-up at the behest of a friend. These days, he headlines clubs across the country.