"Kids don't appreciate things anymore," says comedian Godfrey. "Simple things like McDonald's would excite me when my father would take us there. My brother and I would have convulsions." That's the same father Godfrey famously compared, at least vocally, to The Lion King's Mustafa. Friends who called the young Godfrey often heard a voice close to James Earl Jones's saying, "Godfrey is not here." Natives of Nigeria, his parents fled during the unrest in that country in the mid-'60s. Godfrey sometimes thinks the family's hardships may have been exaggerated. "They tell you anything," he says. "'We were so poor that we only had one shoe and we shared it.'" To which Godfrey now responds, "Really? I think you were lying." Both he and his brother were born here, while his older sister emigrated from Africa. "I'm still going to turn her in," he laughs. He may have trouble finding the time. A fixture on VH1 ("I'm a regular talking head"), he has also turned up on Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed talk show, has had a Comedy Central special, appeared in several films, and even voices a few characters on Cartoon Network's Mr. Men Show. 18+; 21+ later shows.
Sept. 15-19, 8 p.m.; Sept. 17-18, 10:30 p.m., 2010