You've probably seen or heard Godfey in a number of interesting places: as a voice on the popular cult cartoon series Mr. Men (as Mr. Stubborn and Mr. Tall), guest starring on Louis CK's acclaimed Louie, or in films like Soul Plane and Zoolander. In January, he'll launch a show on Tru-TV with basketball great Shaquille O'Neal called Upload. "It's kind of like Tosh.0, but with me and [comedian Gary Owen]," Godfrey explains. "We'll do sketches and make fun of videos." Godfrey will arrive in the Twin Cities fresh from a tour of Canada. While he enjoys our northern neighbors immensely, he's anxious to be back in front of American audiences. "When it comes to pushing the envelope, it seems like they're so apologetic. It's like white guilt on steroids," says Godfrey of some Canadian comics. It extends to the audience as well. "They feel American comedy is aggressive," he notes. "It's like they almost react like Europeans, like there's this small disconnect. You're just above us, how can you be so different?" A global citizen of sorts, Godfrey was born in Nebraska to Nigerian parents and was raised in Chicago. Being a comedian wasn't on the list of things he wanted to be when he grew up. An accomplished athlete through college, he gravitated toward standup after he became interested in acting. "I figured I could really hone my skills as a standup," he says. "Standup seemed more freeing. I would be able to say what I wanted to say, and I was very opinionated. I am opinionated, but I can make it funny in an original way." 18+; 21+ later shows.
Dec. 5-9, 8 p.m.; Dec. 7-8, 10:30 p.m., 2012