Today Banana’s Comedy Club presents The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling as we welcome truly one of the greatest Stand-Up Comedians of the modern era of comedy, the one and only Jim Florentine. Jim Florentine’s BRAND NEW comedy special and critically acclaimed one man show “I’m Your Savior” will be released on Friday April 1st via (iTunes and JimFlorentine.com) and features the life story of a kid from New Jersey’s journey from growing up as a huge WWWF wrestling fan through his affinity for heavy metal music and of course his constant pursuit of girls that seemingly always ended in disaster. With wrestling being the main theme of the show, Jim takes us back to the days of Superstar Billy Graham, Ken Patera, Bob Backlund and many other stars of the late 1970s and early 1980s as he shares his fondest memories of watching matches at Madison Square Garden and how he is sharing “old school” wrestling with his young son. In true form John and Chad also get the backstory as to how many of Florentine’s career highlights came to be such as getting into comedy, landing his role on Crank Yankers, his Terrorizing Telemarketers Anthology and how he managed to live out his dream of interviewing rock and metal ICONS as part of That Metal Show.
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How Pro Wrestling plays a major role in Jim’s BRAND NEW special “I’m Your Savior”:
The whole story is the story of my life starting when I was little kid through all of the troubled women that I've met throughout my life and that have always led to me being in these crazy relationships. When I was a kid I was into Heavy Metal music and Hard Rock and I was kind of like a loaner or an outsider so no girls really wanted me and I couldn't get a girlfriend. So I got into pro wrestling and that is what you did. All the kids in the neighborhood we didn't have girlfriends at 14 or 15 like most guys do so we were into Pro Wrestling and Heavy Metal. That was the other outlet that you had if you weren't going to house parties and trying to get laid.
Growing up a wrestling fan in the late 70s:
It was on Channel 9 (WWOR in New York) at Midnight on Saturday Night and me and the kids in the neighborhood for some reason just took a liking to it. We were into sports and stuff like that but it was Pro Wrestling that really did it for us because they were such characters back then like Freddie Blassie as a manager, The Grand Wizard and Captain Lou Albano. Superstar Billy Graham was my favorite wrestler when I was growing up too and he was on top for a long time which is funny because Hulk Hogan and Jesse "the Body" Ventura totally took his persona.
Watching Matches at Madison Square Garden:
You know what was weird about Madison Square Garden when I was a kid? You had to be sixteen years old to get into the matches and to get into Madison Square Garden because they would say in case there was blood during the matches and usually the ones at the Garden there was always blood because they weren't usually on TV, so somebody was always bleeding. I would wear my Mom's high-heels, like Gene Simmons almost 8 inch high high-heels with bell-bottoms so I could be taller and get into the matches.
The stars of that Era and the Garden being “Bruno Country”:
Bruno was always over because it was a bunch of Italians who would go to the matches. Bruno was the Italian guy so they kept him champ for a long time and then it was Superstar and I guess it was (Ivan) Koloff who won it for a little bit but it was Bob Backlund who was the worst champ of all time. The “boring-est” champ. I'm sure he is a great guy but just the character he played it was going from Sammartino who was a good guy but still exciting and would mix it up and fight to Backlund who was to me kind of just a dud until Hulk Hogan took over and took it to another level. He was more of a scientific wrestler and I was like nobody wants to see that as a champ.
Jim Florentine Also Discusses How He Got Into Comedy, Admiring Andrew Dice Clay, Landing His Role On Crank Yankers, His Terrorizing Telemarketers Anthology, Hosting That Metal Show on VH-1 Classic & His Comedy, Metal, Midgets Podcast
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