Comic specializes in laugh lines

By Times Staff
Published May 24, 2007

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

But stand-up comic Arnez J (below) 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.