Rhetoric with a melody: Owen Benjamin talks comedy, music, and his CD/DVD, “High Five Til It Hurts”

Owen Benjamin‘s new special, which debuts on Comedy Central tonight and comes out in a combined CD/DVD package on July 2, finds him walking the streets of Austin, Texas, high-fiving strangers. It’s the opening for “High Five Til It Hurts.” Why Austin? “It’s such a cool city. It’s the combination of middle America and the coast at the same time. Chicago has that quality, too,” Benjamin told The Comic’s Comic this week. “I┬álike the coastal open-mindedness, and the values of middle America.” Then, picking a venue to record the special means finding just the right combination of elements, too....

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