|Indianapolis Star and News Saturday January 9th, 1999|
|By Vic Ryckaer
Greenwood, Ind. -- Rob Larkin
and Jay Penn are Metro South's own not-ready-for-prime-time players.
Despite the rough start, club owner Dave Wilson (that's WIBC AM 1070 radio's Dave "The King" Wilson) soon told Penn he was going to host the shows regularly.
"I said, ' I need you to go on stage. Get your butt up there and be funny," Wilson said.
Penn eventually was funny. He kept performing and got better every night.
Larkin followed a similar path. The 25-year-old Washington, Ind., native began as a bouncer in 1997 but pleaded for some mike time.
The club manager let him go on stage if he promised to bring a bunch of friends in.
"I did really good my first night," Larkin recalled. "The next three months were pretty bad."
Wilson saw some talent and, maybe as a way to stop Larkin's incessant begging, he let him host, too.
"A lot of comedians say, 'I'm in it to make people laugh. I just want to be famous.'" Larkin said. "There's nothing cooler than standing up on stage making people laugh."
Larkin lives in Greenwood and by day works for a computer consulting firm that contracts with the Indiana State Department of Health.
He had a brush with fame when he starred in a commercial for Hoosier Park. He played a crazy shirtless football fan painted blue and white from the waist up.
The theme was, don't pay a bunch of money to sit next to this guy when there is a more civilized sport at the horse track.
Penn had his own brush with fame.
"I was on The Tonight Show," Penn Said. "You can see my back. I was sitting up front.