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Godfrey
Godfrey at a 2007 American Music Awards after-party
Born
Godfrey C. Danchimah, Jr.

(1969-07-21) July 21, 1969 (age 52)
OccupationActor/Comedian/Podcast Host
Years active1995–present
Websitehttp://www.godfreycomedian.com/

Godfrey C. Danchimah, Jr. (born July 21, 1969), professionally known as Godfrey, is an American comedian and actor[1] who has appeared on BET, VH1, Comedy Central, and feature films, such as Soul Plane, Original Gangstas, Zoolander, and Johnson Family Vacation. He was also a spokesperson for 7 Up during the popular '7up yours' advertising campaign and a cast member on the first season of The It Factor, a reality television show. Currently, he is a regular performer at the comedy club Comedy Cellar in New York City. He is also known for doing the voices of Mr. Stubborn and Mr. Tall (Season 2) in The Mr. Men Show and hosting the FOX game show Bullseye. Godfrey also hosted his own radio show on SiriusXM until he parted ways with the show on July 1, 2019. He now owns and hosts a podcast called ‘In Godfrey We Trust’ on the Gas Digital Network. He is also known for collaborating with other social media stars such as King Bach, Destorm Power, etc. He used to be a regular guest on VladTV.

Biography

Godfrey's parents are from Nigeria. Their Nigerian heritage is of the Igbo tribe. They emigrated to the US to escape the Nigerian Civil War. Godfrey is a nephew of Nigerian musician Sonny Okosun.[2]

Godfrey was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 21, 1970. Soon after, the family settled in Chicago where Godfrey grew up. He attended Lane Technical College Preparatory High School and received an academic scholarship to the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where he majored in psychology.

At the University of Illinois, he made the varsity football team and performed at a traditional talent show for new team members. He stole the show, performing impressions of his coaches and teammates and discovered his comedic talent.

Career

Godfrey honed his stand-up skills at the All Jokes Aside comedy club in Chicago in the early 1990s. In 1995, Godfrey made his New York debut at Carolines on Broadway and the Comic Strip Live and was soon signed by the William Morris Talent Agency. He began working regularly in television, first behind the cameras as a warm-up comedian for The Cosby Show and Soul Man. His first on-camera appearance featured him performing stand-up comedy for NBC's Friday Night Videos, followed by more small television and film roles. In 2000, Godfrey appeared in the Aspen Comedy Festival and on Comedy Central's Premium Blend. He also played a comical role in the movie Soul Plane, acting as an African pilot. He has also been in numerous episodes of BET's Comic View.

A self-styled karate master, he continues to do film and television work alongside his stand-up career in New York. His first one-hour special, "Godfrey: Black by Accident" was shot for Comedy Central on January 22, 2011 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City to a standing room only audience.[3]

As a guest of Mike Ward's show called "F*ck les varietes", part of the Just for Laughs 2012 festival of Montreal, his performance was highly acclaimed.[4] In the following year, he had his own solo show called "The Godfrey Complex" in the same festival for a whole week.[5]

His second one-hour special, "Godfrey: Regular Black" was shot in Chicago, his home town, on August 12, 2016.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Original Gangstas Marcus
Joe's Apartment Cockroach (voice)
Chain Reaction Chidi Egbuna
2000 In the Weeds Stan
2001 30 Years to Life Comedian
Zoolander Janitor Derek
2002 Comedian Himself Documentary
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Motorcycle Cop
Soul Plane Gaeman
The Cookout Jasper
2005 Virginia Griffin
Short Fuse Dogan
2006 Phat Girlz Akibo
2007 Dead Body Perry
A Dennis the Menace Christmas Santa/Bob The Angel
Careless Sabio
2008 Stand Up Dante
Show Stoppers Final Judge
Bum Boot Camp Bum Short/Writer
Don't Shoot the Pharmacist! Kevin
The Sweep Jerome
Unemployed Jamal
2009 Omar Saved from Cheating Omar Short
Dane Cook, 30 Premeditated Acts Himself Video
Stand-Up 360: Edition 4 Himself Video
2010 Sexcut TV Actor Short
A Man, a Woman, a Genie, a Gun Genie Short
I Am Comic Himself Documentary
2011 Stars & Music Himself Documentary
2012 Bronx Warrants TJ TV Movie
40 Greatest Feuds 3 Himself Documentary
The Science of Doctor Who Himself Documentary
Pauly Shore's Pauly~tics Himself TV Special
2016 Like Lambs Officer Michaels
The Hudson Tribes Mayor Joubert Lafitte
2019 Rapid Eye Movement Marcus Crawford
2020 The Binge Hags' Father
The Truth About Santa Claus Herbie
2021 Americanish Gabriel Jackson
Athazagora Stan the Driver Short

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Midnight Mac HBO Executive Episode: "Episode #1.1"
1999 LateLine Mfune Umbwebwe Episode: "The Minister of Television"
2000 Thunderbox Himself/Host TV Series
Rock of Ages Himself/Host TV Series
2001 30 by 30: Kid Flicks Himself/Host TV Series
2002 The It Factor Himself TV Series
I Bet You Will Himself TV Series
Late Friday Himself TV Series
It's Showtime at the Apollo Himself Episode: "Queen Latifah/Godfrey"
Third Watch Ricky Episode: "Blackout"
2003 The Celebrity Look-Alike Show Himself/Host TV Series
I Love the '80s Strikes Back Himself TV Series documentary
2004 I Love the '90s Himself TV Series documentary
Retrosexual: The 80's Himself TV Series documentary
2005 I Love the '90s: Part Deux Himself TV Series documentary
Black in the 80s Himself TV Series documentary
Comedy Central Presents Himself Episode: "Godfrey"
All Shades of Fine: 25 Hottest Women of the Past 25 Years Himself TV Series
Made You Look: Top 25 Moments of BET History Himself TV Series documentary
I Love the '80s 3-D Himself TV Series documentary
I Love the Holidays Himself TV Series documentary
2006 BET's Top 25 Countdown Himself Episode: "Moments in Black History"
I Love Toys Himself TV Series documentary
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 Himself TV Series documentary
100 Greatest Songs of the '80s Himself TV Series
Celebrity Paranormal Project Himself Episode: "Pearl's Story"
Bring That Year Back 2006: Laugh Now, Cry Later Himself TV Special
2006-14 Comics Unleashed Himself 11 Episodes
2007 What I Learned About... From the Movies Himself Episode: "Sports"
2008 I Love the New Millennium Himself 6 Episodes
NESN Comedy All-Stars Himself Episode: "Episode #1.4"
What's at Stake? Himself TV Special
BET News Himself Episode: "The First Black President?"
truTV Presents: World's Dumbest... Himself 2nd Season
2008-09 The Mr. Men Show Mr. Stubborn/Mr. Tall/Mr. Metal (voice) Main Cast
2009 30 Rock Rick Episode: "The Bubble"
Z Rock Pure Dark Episode: "Z Will Rock You"
Black to the Future Himself Episode: "Hour 4: The 00s"
CH Live: LA Himself TV Series short
100 Most Shocking Music Moments Himself TV Special
2009-10 Just for Laughs Himself 2 Episodes
2009-11 Comedy.TV Himself 2 Episodes
2010 Undateable Himself 5 Episodes
2010-11 Louie Godfrey 2 Episodes
Latino 101 Himself 20 Episodes
2010-12 Laugh Factory Himself 5 Episodes
2011 The Heart, She Holler N-Word The Robot Episode: "Fear Is Dog Spelled Bassackwards"
Love Lust Himself Episode: "Love Lust & Secret Societies"
2012 20/20 Himself Episode: "Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time"
Just for Laughs: All-Access Himself 2 Episodes
2012-18 The Ha!ifax Comedy Fest Himself 3 Episodes
2013 Juste pour rire Himself Episode: "Gala Fuck les Variétés"
PITtv Himself Episode: "Godfrey: Shout-Out!"
The Montreal Experience Himself TV Special
Insane Clown Posse Theater Himself Episode: "Godfrey"
Upload with Shaquille O'Neal Himself/Co-Host Main Cast
Inside Joke at Moontower Himself 2 Episodes
2014 Deadbeat Shaky Hands 2 Episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Adam Church Episode: "Reasonable Doubt"
Black Dynamite Al Sharpton (voice) Episode: "Roots: The White Album"
2014-16 Steven Universe Kofi (voice) 3 Episodes
2015 Benders Rajon Tucker Recurring Cast
Bullseye Himself/Co-Host TV Series
World's Funniest Himself/Panelist Episode: "Cat's Entertainment"
Get Your Life Himself Episode: "Girl Get Your NYPTSD"
2016 Above Average Presents Eric Simms Episode: "The Kicker: For Fans. For Fun."
2016-19 King Bachelor's Pad Himself 2 Episodes
2017 Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter Plaid Jeff Main Cast, Season 2
2017-18 Lucha Underground FBI Agent Winter 5 Episodes
StarTalk Himself/Co-Host 2 Episodes
2018 Glimpse Christian White Episode: "Esperanto"
Our Cartoon President Barack Obama/Cory Booker (voices) 3 Episodes
Back to School Just for Laughs Himself TV Special
This Week at the Comedy Cellar Himself 3 Episodes
2019 CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival Himself Episode: "Just My Luck"
2020 Tournament of Laughs Himself Episode: "And A Round of 32 We Go, Part 2"
2021 That Damn Michael Che Calvin Recurring Cast
Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready Himself 7 Episodes
Wild 'n Out Himself/Cast Member Season 16
The Loud House TBA (voice) Episode: TBA
The Ghost and Molly McGee TBA (voice) Episode: TBA

Comedy releases

Year Title Notes
2011 Godfrey: Black by Accident Special
2016 Godfrey: Regular Black Special

See also

References

  1. ^ Yeung, Bernice (January 28, 2007). "Step Into the Attic. Enter the Jazz Age". New York Times. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "Episode 611 - Godfrey". WTF with Marc Maron. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "Godfrey: BLACK BY ACCIDENT". www.theblacklistnyc.com.
  4. ^ "Gala F*ck les variétés: vulgaire et choquant à souhait - Stéphanie Vallet - Juste pour rire". 19 July 2012.
  5. ^ [1] Archived 2015-07-24 at the Wayback Machine?