Comedian Mike Fine: Joe Franklin Star Maker

Jan 26, 2015 by

Joe FranklinAfter receiving the news about my dear sweet friend Joe Franklin, it was definitely not easy to get through the last 2 shows tonight. I thank God, for allowing me one last visit with Joe today, which from what I understand, turned out to be shortly before he passed. In the few moments by his side, I wasn’t really able to bring myself to say goodbye because I had great difficulty grasping the thought of Joe being gone. So many shows, conversations, inside jokes, and memories we shared, and I would give anything to have just a few more.

From the very first time my mentor Mickey Freeman, gave me Joe’s number and said to give him a call, right up till the end, Joe was always the sweetest, kindest, and most gentle soul one could ever hope to meet in the business. Joe gave infinitely to all the young comedians and entertainers that he came in contact with and yet never asked for anything in return. He taught so many of us younger performers, how to treat and give back to others coming up in the biz and he did so by example.

One of many memories that stand out, is from after a show Bob Greenberg and I co-produced at the Friars in memory of our dear friend Mickey Freeman, which Joe happily agreed to appear on. Joe told me that he really enjoyed my delivery and material, which was reminiscent of the borscht belt style of comedy he loved, and that he wished to interview me for his Bloomberg Radio show. Having played every type of show, for every type of audience, and written for some pretty big names, I could honestly say that I never truly felt like I was in the biz, till I finally got to sit in Joe Franklin’s office and be interviewed.

Joe would frequently tell many of us performers he came in contact with, that he was gonna make us a “Big Star”. For all that knew Joe, I think one of the things we’ll miss most, will be his unique ability to make us all actually FEEL like we were a “Big Star”!!!

Farewell sweet friend!!!

The Author: MIKE FINE is an American stand-up comedian and comedy writer making appearances at major clubs, colleges, and corporate events in the U.S. and abroad. With a sharp mix of an unpredictable demeanor, abstract observations, and deadpan delivery Mike’s comedy styling is reminiscent of the classic Borscht Belt comedians. He’s been heard on WOR’s The Joey Reynolds Show and numerous other radio programs. As well as being an accredited staff writer for the New York Friars Club Roast’s of Quentin Tarantino, Dennis Rodman, Padma Lakshmi, and Ricky Schroder, Mike has provided comedy material for many well known entertainers. Mike also produced, co-starred, and co-wrote three seasons of the cult hit cable show The Ferris Butler Program aired on Manhattan’s Time Warner Cable, with former Saturday Night Live writer Ferris Butler. Whether it’s performing at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, or a charity event for disabled children in the Hamptons, Mike’s ability to tailor his act for any audience keeps him in constant demand.

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