Metal Blade Records to release new comedy album from Jim Florentine
Agoura Hills, CA – April 11th, 2011 – Metal Blade Records is pleased to welcome comedian and fellow metalhead JIM FLORENTINE to its roster. JIM FLORENTINE is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, comedian, voice artist, and performer, who is currently co-hosting VH1 Classic's hit heavy metal talk show series "That Metal Show" alongside Eddie Trunk and now label-mate Don Jamieson. JIM FLORENTINE is best known for his work on Comedy Central's show Crank Yankers where he performed the voice of Special Ed, a mentally challenged teenager, and Bobby Fletcher, a despicable, alcoholic slob who is the older cousin of Ed. Recently, JIM FLORENTINE opened up the American Carnage Tour for Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer in arenas across the country. JIM FLORENTINE comments; "performing in front of 13,000 Slayer fans every night was insane! It was like emceeing a rape!" JIM FLORENTINE also appears in the feature film A Little Help (in theaters June 24) starring Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesley of The Office) and Chris O' Donnell (Scent of a Woman). JIM FLORENTINE plays the character Brian, who is Jenna Fischer's love interest in the film. A Little Help has already won best film in several different film festivals and fans will get a chance to see JIM FLORENTINE when he hits the Jimmy Kimmel Show on June 22 to promote the movie.
"Being a fan of the Metal Blade label since its inception, it is truly an honor to be part of the family now. I will try my hardest to make the heaviest comedy album ever. So expect plenty of fat jokes!" comments JIM FLORENTINE.
Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel adds: "I have always been a big fan of comedy and Jim is a great comedian. He is also a metal head and friend so I am so excited to welcome him to the Metal Blade Family!"
JIM FLORENTINE has also been in involved in shows such as HBO Inside the NFL, Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Chelsea Lately on E, The Howard Stern Radio & TV Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, MTV Music Video Awards, Spike TV Video Game Awards, HBO Down and Dirty Comedy Show, and The Apprentice just to name a few. Stay tuned to MetalBlade.com for further details on JIM FLORENTINE's upcoming comedy album.
Fans can catch JIM FLORENTINE at the following dates:
April 7-10 @ Funnybone in Richmond, VA (www.Richmondfunnybone.com - 804-521-8900)
April 16 @ Boulton Center in Bay Shore, NY (www.Boultoncenter.org - 631-969-1101)
April 22 @ Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ (www.Mexicalilive.com - 201-833-0011)
April 30 @ Mount Airy Casino in Mount Pocono, PA (www.Mountairycasino.com - 877-682-4791)
Fans can sign up for Jim's Pod Cast HERE and follow him at the following locations:
History (taken from artist's page on Wikipedia):
In July 2001, Florentine released Terrorizing Telemarketers Volume 1. After numerous plays on the Howard 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 of Terrorizing Telemarketers Volume 2 in 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 called Crank 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 of Crank 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 Yankers lasted 3 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.
Florentine was featured on the series premiere of Down 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 Show which Florentine hosts made its debut on VH1 Classic. It's described as "The Tonight Show for AC/DC fans". He is also co-hosting along with Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson.
Florentine has been seen on The Apprentice, Comedy Central's Mother Load, HBO's Inside the NFL, Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The Opie and Anthony Show, The Howard Stern Show, Spike TV's Video Game Awards, MTV Music Video Awards, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central, VH1's The List, and Louie Anderson's Comedy Showcase. He also voiced the redneck radio host Bobbie Ray in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
Florentine has a series of prank call CDs known as Terrorizing Telemarketers Volumes 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, Florentine worked one season on HBO's Inside the NFL performing 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 called Meet The Creeps where he and his partner Don Jamieson pull outrageous pranks on people. The DVD has got in the hands of some Comedy Central executives and they brought Meet The Creeps to their broadband channel called Motherload. After the two successful seasons, Comedy Central did a Meet The Creeps pilot for the network. The pilot was deemed too mean spirited and the show never made it on the network.
Between 2004 and 2008, Florentine made 3 appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC. He also appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. In 2007, Florentine appeared on the last episode of The Apprentice in 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 been asked back on the apprentice since. He is an occasional guest on the late-night Fox News Channel show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. Later in 2010, Florentine appeared in the feature film A Little Help as Brian, the love interest of Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesley of The Office).
Jim's TV & Radio Appearances:
VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show"
HBO "Down and Dirty Comedy Show"
Comedy Central's Mother Load
HBO "Inside the NFL"
"Late Late Show" with Craig Kilborn
Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers"
Fox News Red Eye
Chelsea Lately on E
Spike TV Video Game Awards
MTV Music Video Awards
Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC
Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC
Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central
The Howard Stern Radio & TV Show
MTV's "Beach House"
VH1's "The List"
Louie Anderson's "Comedy Showcase"
The Joy Behar Show