Godfrey was born in Nebraska in 1969. 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. Godfrey honed his stand-up skills at the legendary All Jokes Aside Comedy Club in Chicago in the early 90′s. 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 television and film roles. 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 Theater in New York City to a standing room only audience.
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