Exclusive Stand-up Clip: Josh Johnson Comes Face to Face With a Possum

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Josh Johnson's best performance came on a cloudy day in Miami on April 26, 2010, when the lanky right-hander struck out 12 San Diego Padres in a one-run complete game near the end of the first month of the season. That's a completely different Josh Johnson, though. Josh Johnson the comedian's best performance very well might have been when he recorded his excellent new stand-up album, I Like You, which will be released by Comedy Central Records on Friday, July 28. Take the track above: as Johnson unspools more details about his fateful run-in with a possum, his laconic delivery speeds up and grows more passionate but never spikes into the kind of volume-for-volume's-sake faux rage or panic often found with lesser comics. Josh Johnson has a voice, one that's all his own, and although he isn't stylistically like any of these guys, that uniqueness makes us think of such singular talents as Mitch Hedberg, Hannibal Buress and Steven Wright. "Possum" is just one small example from an album full of 'em. Hopefully this Josh Johnson has a longer career than the baseball man, and also doesn't rack up as many concussions as the third famous Josh Johnson, currently of the NFL's New York Giants, has probably had.