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Whoever said there's nothing new under the sun probably hasn't heard of comedy fishing.

By DALIA WHEATT
Published May 23, 2007


Whoever said there's nothing new under the sun probably hasn't heard of comedy fishing.

But stand-up comic Arnez J is in production on such a TV show, called Arnez J Fishing in Your Back Yard.

When he isn't casting a line, the 47-year-old, born Arnold Johnson, brings his brand of "truth comedy" on the Funniest Damn Comedy Tour Ever, a lineup of African-American comedians that includes Anthony Anderson (Hustle and Flow, Kangaroo Jack), Earthquake, Kevin Hart, Rodney Perry and funny lady Sommore (The Queens of Comedy, Soul Plane).

Last week, Arnez J roadtripped with family and friends from his hometown of Atlanta to the Florida Keys to shoot footage for his fledgling show. He said in a phone interview while fishing that he looks for humor in everyday situations.

"You have to go out there with a sense of confidence and a sense of professionalism and also a sense of caring when you talk about your comedy, " he said.

On Sunday, he'll be looking for laughs in Tampa. The Funniest Damn Comedy Tour Ever is at 8 p.m. Sunday at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. Tickets are $45.50 plus service charge. Parking is $10. (813) 974-3111 or www.usf.edu/sundome.