Vic Henley is not only a top headlining comic, he also has a knack for spotting gold in the sets of other comedians. A few years back, for example, he told funnyman Jim Gaffigan to expand on a bit about Hot Pockets. Gaffigan was about to toss it. “He was having a hard time with the bit, and I told him since I was from one of the top-five fattest states (Alabama), he should stick with it,” explains Henley. “New York City isn’t really a Hot Pockets town, even though empanadas and beef patties abound everywhere.
I figured that all of America would love the bit, but he was field testing it in New York, so he wasn't getting the proper feel for how funny it really was.”
When Henley arrives in Cincinnati, he should be tan and rested. He’ll be coming from a cruise ship, where he performed, and will be anxious to get back into a club atmosphere. “Cruises are completely different than clubs and very restrictive in language and content,” he says via an email from the vessel. “I love the clubs the best, but thought I'd get out of the freezing New York winter and get paid. I've never seen so many old people in my life which is fine, but that doesn't mean I want to see them in bikinis and speedos.”�Vic Henley performs at Go Bananas in the Festival Market Place, Montgomery, Thursday-Sunday. $10-$15.
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