Carl Rimi is originally from Weston, Florida. He was a jock in high school, went to college in Nova and majored in Oceanography. He has performed on Cruise Ships. He consistently performs at the Improv and he had been seen on Comedy Central, CBS, the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. He is also an actor and obtained roles in “Love and Hostages”, “Smothered by Mothers” and “Evil Intentions”.
What motivated you to start doing stand-up comedy?
I initially tried out acting & modeling, but at 24 my friend backed out of an open mic at “Boca Nuts” so I ended up taking his place and performing a week later.
What type of comedians do you enjoy watching?
I don’t really watch comedy now, but when I was growing up I enjoyed watching underground/unknown comics.
If you can have anyone over for dinner (alive or dead) who would it be & what would you serve them?
I would have Elvis Presley over for dinner and would serve him a peanut butter & banana sandwich. Growing up I wanted to be the next Elvis Presley, an actor or a model, but since that wasn’t an option at that time I resorted to stand-up comedy.
Who would you want to play you in a movie?
Me, because I am a really good actor.
What don’t you like about comedy?
The politics of it. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you are funny or not. It comes down to who you know & who the popular people are. Sometimes the club owners will book people that they like.
If I was a genie & I granted you 3 wishes; what would they be?
1) Take care of my family.
2) Make enough money to live off acting & comedy.
3) Stay healthy
On the occasion that you find time to eat; what types of food do you enjoy eating?
I eat healthy; mostly egg whites, chicken and salad.
Tell me more about your acting career?
Love & Hostages is my first big role in a featured film. I also obtained small roles in the film “Smothered by Mothers” and I have another role in “Evil Intentions”.
What advice would you give to new comics that are starting out?
Write as clean as possible & morph into your own voice. You won’t have a voice until around 5 years. It takes a lot of time to get good. You have to go in a 100% in order to have a shot. When I first started doing stand-up that was all that I thought about night and day. You will also most likely go broke starting out. I sacrificed my job as a bartender to take less money working days at a Cracker Barrel so that I was able to devote more time to doing stand-up at nights. Also don’t have a girlfriend until she thinks that you are very funny and is willing to go to all of your shows.
What is it about you that makes you so awesome?
I work hard & I am still working hard, because you always have to put the work in in order to get better.