The High Road


Friday is April 20, otherwise known as 4/20, the unofficial holiday for pot smokers. Marijuana has long been fuel for comedians, but no comic since Cheech and Chong has embraced THC as enthusiastically as Doug Benson.

Benson gained notoriety in 2007 for the documentary “Super High Me,” in which he smoked pot for 30 straight days, a twist on Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me.” He’ll tape his next album this Friday, as has become a 4/20 custom for him.

So pot plays a big part in Benson’s career. But it’s not all that defines him. The two podcasts he hosts — “Doug Loves Movies” and “The Benson Interruption” — have nothing to do with pot. The former is a quasi-game show based on film critic Leonard Maltin’s guide to movies; in the latter, Benson invites his friends to do material onstage while he sits behind them and cuts in on their jokes.

Benson says he gets high before every show, which makes his quick, cunning wit all the more impressive. He’s also a constant workaholic, putting to rest the lazy stoner stereotypes.

Benson’s goofy humor is certainly pot-friendly, but you don’t need what he’s smoking to be in on the joke.

Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.
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