Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson Talk Shop About Metal
Jim Florentine (above left) and Don Jamieson may be comedians by profession, but the pair are passionate, dyed-in-the-wool metalheads for life. The duo, who co-host VH1 Classic’s ‘That Metal Show,’ are using their celebrity, fame and very public profession to promote the music they’ve loved since they were teenagers.
“Music gets you through so much shit in your life,” Florentine, a Howard Stern Show regular, told Noisecreep. “You put on good music and it helps. Any metal head knows that. Metalheads are loners or they’re f*cked up. That’s why we know every little fact about every metal band. We had the bad mustaches and mullets, and would follow Anvil around for five days because we weren’t getting chicks. It’s a lifestyle. I still go to concerts and wear the t-shirts and I have since I was 17-years-old. It’s still fun for me and always will be.”
For Florentine, going to metal shows is as much as fun as making prank phone calls as Special Ed and Bobby Fletcher on ‘Crank Yankers,’ the Comedy Central show on which he was once a staple, known for frustrating folks on the other end of the line.
Jamieson concurs, saying, “I was a metal fan before I started telling jokes on stage. I once did something on Bravo and it was a real serious thing. Everyone at the taping wore suits. I wore my Shadows Fall t-shirt because I wanted to help my friend’s band.” Clearly, Florentine and Jamieson are just like us, continuing to hold their horns high. The second season of ‘That Metal Show’ premiered on March 7 and airs Saturday nights at 11 PM ET.