bill bodkin interviews stand-up comic Jim Florentine, host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show …
Pop-Break: Your a native of Old Bridge, N.J. What are your favorite spots to hang when you come home?
Jim Florentine: Club 516 Strip Club. I’ve been going there for over 25 years. It’s an old school place that doesn’t give lap dances. The girls come by and you only have to give them a $1. Inflation hasn’t caught up to that place yet!
PB: You we the voice of Special Ed on MTV’s Crank Yankers. One of your famous moments as the character was undoubtedly your VMA incident with Eminem. Was that incident for real, or did you two plan that whole thing out?
JF: We had the whole thing planned out. Eminem was a huge fan of the show and we already did prank calls together a few months before the awards show. I’m not a big hip-hop guy, but I do like Eminem. He writes from the heart. One song he writes about killing his wife and chopping her up and throwing her off a cliff, and then the next song he writes about how much he loves her. I think everyone in a relationship can relate to that.
PB: Many people might not know this, but you won an Emmy for Inside The NFL. What was your role on the show and did what was the reaction that you had when you heard your name announced as a winner?
JF: Don Jamieson and I did sketches on the show with some of the NFL players. We never imagined in a million years that we would win an Emmy for our immature humor. I was just excited to be working with my idol Dan Marino.
PB: As a metal head, how awesome is it to be on That Metal Show?
JF: It’s the greatest job in the world interviewing all my childhood heroes. If I wasn’t on the show, I would be watching it every week.
PB: What has been your Top 5 moments on that show?
JF: Interviewing the following people: Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, Bill Ward, Slash, Tom Morello
PB: What can we expect from the next season of TMS?
JF: MORE METAL.
PB: Non-comedy question: Top 5 metal bands of all-time?
JF: Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Motorhead, Rage Against The Machine, Buckcherry.
PB: You recently starred in the film A Little Help with Jenna Fischer and Chris O’Donnell. What role did you play in the film and where can we catch it? Is it hitting theaters, or can we pick it up on DVD?
JF: I play Jenna Fischer’s love interest in the film. The film should be released in the Spring of 2011 It has won numerous awards in film festivals so far.
PB: For those that have never seen you perform before, what can they expect?
JF: Plenty of dick jokes.
PB: You’ve performed at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., numerous times and you headline there almost every Memorial Day weekend, including this one. What is it about you and that room that clicks? What makes it special for you to come back and perform there every year?
JF: It’s a great club and he gives me free food.