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Godfrey
Black by Accident (Comedy Central)

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<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5

Godfrey's sound effects and facial expressions are reminiscent of classic Looney Tunes. His impressions of Barack Obama, Denzel Washington and Ahnold Schwarzenegger are so spot-on, the DVD is important proof that he hasn't taken any of these people hostage.



Keith Lowell Jensen
Cats Made of Rabbits (Apprehensive Films)

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<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5

Jensen is someone who stands out in a regular-guy-in-beige-corduroy kind of way. His "dry dreams" of dendrophilia—that's having sex with trees—might sound weird, but his language and delivery get the laughs before anyone considers the WTF factor.



Dan Levy
Congrats on Your Success (Comedy Central Records)

Time Out Ratings :

<strong>Rating: </strong>3/5

Levy describing his roommate's accidental pot-cookie OD: "North Face winter jacket, North Face hat, no pants, no boxers, boots and a PowerBar." He's the funny kid at a house party who never leaves the kitchen because he's surrounded by people listening to his simple, direct stories about being Dan Levy (or e-mailing another guy named Dan Levy).



Doug Benson
Potty Mouth (Comedy Central Records)

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<strong>Rating: </strong>3/5

Pot and poop jokes are a comic's old standbys, and Benson is proof that they work. His stoner documentary, Super High Me, has made him a toker's idol, and the album is funniest when he explains how that movie changed his life. Now, even the TSA guy gives him props for smoking up, and everywhere he goes, his fans want to roll him a spliff: "Come with us. We live about 2.5 hours away in the middle of a swamp."



Patton Oswalt
Finest Hour (Comedy Central Records)

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<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5

In Oswalt's words, a mundane ham purchase or religious tradition explodes with humor. To the latter, he applies his sense of the absurd: "What if I believed a thousand percent that there was a giant invisible anus hovering over me, and if I wasn't nice and helpful the anus would appear and suck me up into it?" You don't have to believe, but you probably should laugh—and also forgive him for hating on NYC because of a crack-addict oral-sex incident.



Wyatt Cenac
Comedy Person (Comedy Central Records)

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<strong>Rating: </strong>5/5

Comedy person is too generic of a title for a guy as smart, generous and hilarious as Wyatt Cenac. Whether or not you agree with him about PETA supporters, TV haters or racial slurs, it's impossible not to laugh at his cracks. And you can cry, too, at his thought that old people voted for Obama just so young people would hang out with them. "Give the young people back! We made lemon squares!"



Rory Scovel
Dilation (Stand Up! Records)

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<strong>Rating: </strong>3/5

It's easy to pretend you're sipping your way through a two-drink minimum while listening to Scovel's comfortable chatter. He's best when talking about drugs—"Driving a car on mushrooms is as close as anyone is going to get to flying a spaceship"—and wins over his audiences, whether in the theater or at home, by managing to include them in his jokes.


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