Reprinted from the Independent Weekly

Doug Benson just did a film about smoking marijuana every day for a full month but still doesn’t consider himself a “pot comic.” The comedian, who starred in the documentary Super High Me and co-starred in the Off-Broadway hit The Marijuana-Logues plays Goodnight’s starting tonight but isn’t worried about police frisking him for illegal substances. “I don’t think any policemen actually saw Super High Me,” Benson says. “I do tend to ask ‘Is there a cop in the audience?’ It gets a laugh, but I am really curious.”

Benson, who recently released a live album, Professional Humoredian, promises a unique performance. “Pretty much every show is different—I have some set material I rely on for a while until I get sick of it,” Benson says. “Even the performance on the live CD has a lot of twists and turns and comments I haven’t made before or since—and even when you’ve heard a joke of mine before, chances are it’s not going to be told exactly the same way.”

Benson’s most recognizable as a regular commentator on VH1’s current-event-riffing Best Week Ever, which he credits for helping make it okay for people to hate mediocre celebrities. “When I was growing up, if you hated Zsa Zsa Gabor, there weren’t too many people talking smack about her on TV. Now, when you hate a celebrity, you can turn on the TV and watch us make fun of them, and it’s a bit of a release.” He admits there are some “Celebreality” shows, particularly the ones on E!, he doesn’t like. “When the point of the show is, ‘We’ll just follow them around each week and not much of interest will happen,’ those are the ones that drive me nuts,” Benson says.

Though his most recent album was recorded on the marijuana-friendly holiday April 20 while under the influence, Benson says his Goodnight’s performance will be done without the aid of chemical additives: “I don’t want anyone to show up to see some rambling mess of a person who can’t get to a point.” He does warn that he might engage in some alcohol consumption: “If it’s a two-show night, I might have some drinks after the first show. That’s something for the people in Raleigh to look forward to.”

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