Jim Florentine's 'Comedy Metal Midgets'
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Comedian Jim Florentine is no stranger to making people laugh. The co-host of VH1's 'That Metal Show' and Special Ed from Comedy Central's 'Crank Yankers' has made his mark on the comedy scene not long after his 'Terrorizing Telemarketers' prank CD exploded shortly after it's release. Jim's hilarious, unapologetic deadpan style has him not only among the top touring stand-up comedians in the country, but lending his unique comedic skills to a multitude of shows, films, comedy albums and radio programs including 'The Howard Stern Show', 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', ‘Chelsea Lately' and far too many others to mention. With 'Comedy Metal Midgets', Jim brings his comedy and heavy metal worlds together to form a unique blend of rock star and comic interviews, or drunken discussions from comedy clubs and baseball games. Subscribe now and be sure to get every single hysterical moment.
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If you're a fan of Jim Florentine, even remotely, you have to download these podcasts. Even when he's talking about something serious, he explains it in a hilarious way. And he's talking about stuff you actually wanna hear about
The Rudy Sarzo interview is classic. Jim Florentine is a genius. I'm glad he started this podcast.
Getting Too Good to Miss
It was a rough start. The Super Bowl podcast sounded like he just woke up. He was alone and there was nobody to play off of. You could hear him take every breath. Then there were more technical difficulties with a serious conversation with Rudy Sarzo. I had never had my speakers in the car turned up all the way. Rudy was out of range of the mic and I strained to hear some of what he said. It was great stuff though as Sarzo has been the Forrest Gump of metal bass players (played with a lot of high level bands).
I will say that you would have to have some familiarity with Jim before hearing his podcasts. If I didn't know him from That Metal Show, I probably wouldn't find these that interesting. Digging in though, I have enjoyed the stories of a journeyman comic finding his purpose in life. I can't imagine the highs and lows of that stand-up life. The waiting around between shows, the lack of reaction to some jokes and the euphoric high (or sometimes relief) of completing a show. I've really dug the war stories of the other people who have made a living at stand-up.
Last but not least are the words I love to hear on VH1 Classic: "Eddie, I don't know how this got in here..." Jim will then read an off-topic or incredibly personal question to Eddie Trunk and in anticipation, I'm laughing before the question even comes because of Florentine's set-up.