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Jim Florentine Interview

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Jim Florentine is an American comedian best known for his characters "Special Ed" and "Bobby Fletcher" created for a series of prank phone calls featured on the Comedy Central television show Crank Yankers.
He 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, at 12:00-12:30 a.m. ET/PT. 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 Kilminster, leader of the heavy metal band Motörhead, serves as musical director.
He is also co-hosting "That Metal Show" on VH1 Classic with Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson. The second season will premiere on March 7th.
Florentine has been seen on The Apprentice, Comedy Central's “Mother Load,” HBO's "Inside the NFL,"Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, 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.
He has a series of prank call CDs known as Terrorizing Telemarketers Volumes 1-4. 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.
On more than one occasion, Florentine has had police show up at his home because the victims of his pranks, believing the fictitious and often heinous scenarios he presents (including allusions to murder and conducting home abortions) were true, call-traced the prank-calls and then contacted authorities.
Florentine has recently come out with a series on's "Motherload" called "Meet