Comic Jim Florentine says he’s always puzzled about folks coming to a comedy club who get easily offended.
“It’s comedy, a chance to laugh at the world and yourself,” he said. “I can’t help it if some of the jokes hit a little too close to home.”
The nationally known comedian is making a special appearance at the Comedy Cabana this week from Wednesday through Saturday.
He took some time out to discuss his career and some special projects he has in the works.
The New Jersey native said his start in the comedy business wasn’t all that spectacular.
“I got on stage one night, told a few jokes and loved it,” he said. “And now I get to do what I like, when I want to and I’m my own boss.”
And living close to New York City provided lots of venues to ply his craft with comedy clubs dotting the city from one end to the other.
His comedic inspiration was Andrew Dice Clay, who Jim said joked about any and everything and approached comedy like a rock star.
And Florentine’s talent hasn’t gone unnoticed, appearing on a huge list of TV shows from “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to being a mainstay on Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers.”
That gig came from his popular “Terrorizing Telemarketers” CDs. He’s up to Volume 6 in that series.
Doing what everybody would love to do, Florentine becomes a telemarketer’s nightmare if they catch him on the phone at the right time.
“That’s how I got the ‘Crank Yankers’ job,” he said. “I sent them some tapes of my actual conversations and they liked it.”
He’s also proud of the fact that he went to the heart of Afghanistan to entertain the troops on a USO tour.
“It was pretty cool. They flew us by Blackhawk helicopter into some of the smaller bases that don’t get the shows,” he said. Some of them only had 30 or 40 guys to perform for.”
And since it’s a war zone, any close calls?
“Yeah, near Kandahar which is close to the Pakistani border, the base got bombed right after we finished our show,” he said. “We had to spend a couple of hours in a bunker until everything was cleared. It made for some great stories that came in handy back home.”
In addition to traveling the country doing standup, Jim has a book and a comedy special coming out in the fall.
In the meantime, you can catch his deadpan comedy that hits on just about any subject you can imagine at the Comedy Cabana at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 7:30 and 9:30 Friday and Saturday.
Tickets are available via phone at 843-449-HAHA (4242) or online at www.comedycabana.com.
Comedy Cabana is at 9588 N. Kings Hwy.