Comedian Godfrey on Phat Girlz, Snoop Dogg, Alec Baldwin, and White Women's Workout
Maybe the name Godfrey doesn't immediately ring a bell (and no, it's not Gilbert Godfrey). Ever seen Soul Plane? Phat Girlz? Zoolander? Cheslea Lately? We're going to guess to answer "yes" to at least three out of the four.
Well, the sexy comedian himself that has been featured in all of the above was in town this weekend at the Improv in Coconut Grove. So as he arrived in Miami, Cultist sat down with the funny man to ask him about everything (especially his Funny or Die video that got lots of possibly racist buzz).
New Times: It was just election day. Do you do any politics in your stand-up?
Godfrey: I do a little politics. Maybe a little Obama -- never anything too deep. I try to always talk about things I know and of course, shit that is funny. People can expect funny! When you come to a comedy club, you want to leave and just think, "I'm not sure what the subject was, but it sure was funny."
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Who makes you chuckle?
My fellow comics. Babies really make me laugh, between 1 to 3 years old, hilarious. That makes me laugh hard. Oh and old crazy people.
Monique and Chelsea Handler are really killing it in late night. Are lady comics doing better than ever?
I have known Monique for a long time. She is amazing. She has done so well. I was in Phat Girlz with her and now she has an Oscar. Its good stuff. There are a lot of female comics and they are all holding their own. There have always been a good amount of lady comics, but more than ever ladies are doing big stuff. Ellen Degeneres, Sherri Shepherd, Whoopi Goldberg--all are amazing.
Did you always know you wanted to be in the entertainment business?
In college I did. I was a pre-med in college. Then I wanted to be an athlete and then all of a sudden I wanted to be an actor and I just caught the bug. Sounds corny, but I just knew what I wanted. I wasn't sure where it was going to take me, but I knew what I wanted it. I didn't know at what capacity, but I just knew what I wanted.
Who has been your favorite person to work with?
Snoop Dogg was great to work with. He was one of my favorites on Soul Plane. It's hard to have a bad time with him. Alec Baldwin was brilliant on 30 Rock. He was really fun.
Your Funny or Die video "White Women's Workout" has over a million views and is so funny. Did you write it?
I wrote it. It was my idea. A few of my buddies put it on Funny or Die and it got some million hits. I didn't know it would go viral like that. But I hope to capitalize on that and do a little more.
Where did it come from?
It came from my head. Just watching young white women jogging at night all the time--bad idea. We shot that in like an hour in L.A.
It is mildly racist. Did you get any shit for it?
No. You know what was weird? It ended up on some white supremacist websites. They called me a racist, which I thought was hilarious. And also some exercise websites. Super random. I didn't care--the more hits the better. It opened up everyone's fears. I thought it was genius. There is going to be White Women's Workout Two! Or White Women Workout Extreme!
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