January 30, 2007
Stand-up comedian Godfrey came to campus last Saturday night to perform. While you might not be very familiar with his act, I’ll bet you would recognize his face. Godfrey appeared in a string of 7-Up commercials (he was that black guy in the green sweater vest). More importantly, though, Godfrey had a memorable appearance in Zoolander. You know that scene where Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are trying to go under cover, and they disguise themselves (and are actually replaced with different actors)? Well, Godfrey was the black Zoolander.
Godfrey had actually been slated to perform during the fall semester, but illness kept him from coming. The
As a performer, Godfrey is edgy and energetic. His delivery is often loud with a high degree of physicality. I found most of his material to be genuinely funny, and so I don’t think his over-the-top presentation was a way to compensate for weak jokes. That’s just his personality. His jokes covered a variety of subjects, and the students enjoyed almost all of them. A few touched on some sensitive areas, but overall he was very well-received.
After the show, I stuck around with some friends to talk to the comic and get some pictures. The comedians who come to