It’s easy to call porn star Colby Keller a bundle of contradictions. In fully reductive terms, Keller could be described as a Communist who’s voting for Donald Trump, a gay man raised in the Pentecostal church—his mother is still unaware of his profession—and an intellectual whose primary career and source of income centers around the physical. He’s tough to peg, although at one point during our conversation he does suggest that more women try pegging.
But I have no interest in pinning Colby Keller down—in the abstract sense at least. (He is, after all, super hot.) Keller, like any interesting person, isn’t simply defined. The guy is highly educated, someone who speaks with authority on topics as wide-ranging as today’s current political landscape, the gay liberation movement, climate change, the fashion industry, the art world, and yes, sex. He speaks passionately, and he’s fantastically, almost viciously self-aware, making jokes about aging—he’s 35—and life in his chosen profession. Keller’s sense of humor may be one of his best qualities. He laughs easily and often, and he’s surely the funniest, most easygoing Communist I’ve ever met. While his political beliefs come from an honest, informed, and well-intentioned place, he’s still able to poke fun at them—like appreciating the irony in the fact that his partner’s name, hilariously, is Karl Marks.