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Jon Benjamin Has a Van

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

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Although he's often credited as H. Jon Benjamin (the "H" is for "Henry"), Benjamin drops his first initial for this chuckle-worthy Comedy Central sketch show that he created with help from co-writer Andrew Steele. And while most people probably aren't familiar with Benjamin's work -- not to mention his face -- many will appreciate his odd kinship to break-out star Zach Galifianakis with an awkward camera schtick that, at times, feels like he's channeling Galifianakis' popular "Between Two Ferns" spots on FunnyorDie.

Not every sketch is a winner, of course, and some play much better than others, but the show's opening on-camera interview with a whispering Army recruit who sustained a serious "voice injury" while screaming out of fear at basic training camp is a definite high point. As is a segment featuring a special musical performance by a preeminent jazz air guitarist whose earnest technique is pretty priceless.

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