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Brad Paisley, stand-up comedian

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood delivered a surprisingly crisp and funny opening to the show, even with the now-obligatory "Gangnam Style" dance. Non-comedians trying to be funny in this kind of setting can be dicey, but Underwood and Paisley pulled it off. -- Rick Porter, Zap2it
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