Jim Florentine

born August 18, 1964

James"Jim"Florentine(born August 18, 1964) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, voice artist, and performer. He is best known for hostingThat Metal Showon VH1 Classic , dating Robin Quivers, as well as performing Special Ed and Bobby Fletcher onCrank Yankers.Currently, he is touring the country performing solo and with Don Jamieson and is part ofThe Killers of Comedytour.

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 Jim Florentine's Early life

on August 18, 1964. In 1993, he began his career in comedy clubs in New York City .

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 Jim Florentine's Career

In July 2001, Florentine releasedTerrorizing Telemarketers Volume 1. After numerous plays on theHoward Stern Radio Show, his CD ranking on Amazon.com went from 282,363 to number 2. The only artist ahead of him was the Backstreet Boys . Later that week, Florentine's CD came in at #17 on the Internet Billboard charts.

After the release ofTerrorizing Telemarketers Volume 2in late 2001, Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla took a liking to Florentine's prank calls and hired him for a show to debut in June 2002 on Comedy Central calledCrank Yankers. Florentine played Special Ed , a mentally retarded teenager, and Bobby Fletcher , a despicable, alcoholic slob who is the older cousin of Ed.

After season 1, Eminem took a liking to Florentine's characters and flew him out to his Detroit studio to do prank calls together for the upcoming season ofCrank Yankers. The following year in 2004, Eminem and Florentine did a bit together on the MTV Music awards show where Eminem beat up Special Ed, who kept annoying him (and tore his leg off).Crank Yankerslasted three seasons on Comedy Central. The show moved over to MTV2 in 2006 for one season. Florentine's Special Ed character that he created is still played at various sporting events at stadiums across the USA.[citation needed]

Florentine was featured on the series premiere ofDown and Dirty with Jim Norton, a stand-up comedy series that aired on HBO on October 3, 2008. The series spotlights new and established talent, including Artie Lange , Bill Burr (Chappelle Show), Patrice O'Neal (Scary Movie 4), and Andrew Dice Clay . Lemmy , leader of the heavy metal band Motörhead , serves as the musical director.

Later that year,That Metal Showwhich Florentine hosts made its debut on VH1 Classic. It is described[by whom?]as "The Tonight Show for AC/DC fans". He is also co-hosting along with Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson.

Florentine has been seen onThe Apprentice, Comedy Central'sMother Load, HBO'sInside the NFL,The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,The Opie and Anthony Show,The Howard Stern Show, Spike TV 'sVideo Game Awards,MTV Music Video Awards,Jimmy Kimmel Live!,Last Call with Carson Daly,Tough Crowdwith Colin Quinn on Comedy Central, VH1'sThe List, and Louie Anderson 'sComedy Showcase. He also voiced the redneck radio host Bobbie Ray in the video gameGrand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

Terrorizing TelemarketersVolumes 1–5.The CDs feature a series of recorded telephone conversations, often with Florentine receiving calls from telemarketers , wherein he turns the tables on often aggressive salespeople by being deliberately difficult and creating awkward situations.

In 2004, he worked one season on HBO'sInside the NFLperforming various comedy sketches. The show won an Emmy that season and Florentine has proudly said in various interviews that when he was single he kept it on his night stand and it would close the deal anytime he had a date over. He called it his "Mariano Rivera".

At the same time, Florentine released two hidden camera DVDs calledMeet The Creepswhere he and his partner Don Jamieson pull outrageous pranks on people. The DVD has got in the hands of someComedy Centralexecutives and they broughtMeet The Creepsto their broadband channel calledMotherload. After the two successful seasons, Comedy Central did aMeet The Creepspilot for the network. The pilot was deemed too mean spirited and the show never made it on the network.

Between 2004 and 2008, he made three appearances onJimmy Kimmel Live!on ABC . He also appeared onThe Late Late Show Craig Kilborn. In 2007, Florentine appeared on the last episode ofThe Apprenticein season 4 doing his edgy stand-up comedy at a conservative charity event. He asked Trump's partner George if he wears a diaper. He has not appeared onThe Apprenticesince.

He is an occasional guest on the late-night Fox News Channel showRed Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld.

Later in 2010, Florentine appeared in the feature filmA Little Helpas Brian.

In 2011, Florentine launched his weekly podcast calledComedy, Metal, Midgets. It is one of the most popular comedy podcasts landing in the top 20 every week. http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jim-florentine-podcast/id427360363 .

On October 25, 2011, Florentine released his stand-up CD on Metal Blade Records calledCringe N Purge. It landed at #3 on the Itunes charts and #5 on the Comedy Billboard Charts.

In June 2012, Florentine hosted the OMA Awards for MTV that aired worldwide. In August 2012 That Metal Show that Jim co hosts on VH1 Classic will be going into its 11th season. Florentine also opened for the band Metallica at Orionfest festival which attracted over 50,000 fans.

On September 4, 2012, Florentine released his second CD on Metal Blade Records calledAwful Jokes From My First Comedy Notebook. That CD also landed at #3 on the Itunes Charts and No. 10 on the Comedy Billboard Charts. Jim is only the third comedian ever to have two CDs land in the top 10 in the same year. The concept for this CD was that Jim stumbled across his first comedy notebooks from when he first started doing comedy back in the early 1990s. He could not believe how bad his early jokes were and decided to share them with his fans and went into a recording studio and read his awful jokes directly out of his notebook. The CD has received critical acclaim in the comedy world for taking a huge risk.[citation needed]http://www.comedy-reviews.com/2012/09/jim-florentines-awful-jokes-from-my.html .

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 Jim Florentine's Filmography

1998 White Chicks, Incorporated Bill
2002 Rock Bottom Miller Davis
2003 Secret War Getty
2004 Grace and the Storm Gio
2005 Eminem's Making the Ass Special Ed/ Little Em' Voice only
2006 Beer League Crispino
2010 A Little Help Brian

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 Jim Florentine's Television work

1997 Apt. 2F Comic
2003–2007 Crank Yankers Special Ed / Bobby Fletcher
2008–present That Metal Show Self

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 Jim Florentine's Video games

  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.... Bobbie Ray (2006)

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