Comedy: Jim Florentine

Jim Florentine launched a career as a stand-up comic, but not primarily to crack wise in front of a roomful of strangers. "I'd always thought about doing stand-up and I saw all of my friends who were in bands and all the chicks they were getting," he say

"I would ruin (people’s) weddings on purpose because they were all uptight,” successful comedian Jim Florentine says of his days as a wedding DJ. “I would play Metallica while they were eating. I remember this one bride came up to me, she was like 300 pounds, and I was messing with the lights, turning them on and off. She was like, ‘I don't like the lights on and off,’ so I (said), ‘I figured you were used to it opening and closing the refrigerator all the time.’ ”

Not surprisingly he launched a career as a stand-up comic, but not primarily to crack wise in front of a roomful of strangers. “I’d always thought about doing stand-up and I saw all of my friends who were in bands and all the chicks they were getting,” he says. “I was like, ‘I gotta get on stage.’ I didn’t have any musical talent, so I did comedy because people always told me I was kinda funny.” Florentine performs 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Southgate House (23 E. Third St., Newport, 859-431-2201).

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Go here to buy tickets.

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