Tampa comic Artie Fletcher talks life on the road, sobering up and losing friends Patrice O'Neal and Greg Giraldo
For more than 25 years, Tampa-based, nationally touring comedian Artie Fletcher has been entertaining crowds. This week, the veteran performer released his memoir, Comedy on the Road as Seen Through a Comic’s Bloodshot Eyes. The book is Fletcher’s firsthand account of his trials and tribulations from his childhood to his growth as a comedian to his current position as a host of his own radio show.
"The trials and tribulations of what a comic and actor goes through — people see the end result and say, 'Oh, he had it easy,'" Fletcher said. "Well, it’s not like that. That’s why I wrote the book. They can see the rejection. My whole thought process was that it was a dream and you should always follow your dreams and not give up. I mean, sacrificing your family life, children, and my divorces. That’s pretty much what this entails."
Fletcher will sign copies of his book from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. From 9 to 11 p.m., he’ll sign books at Harlie’s Nite Club, 7020 49th St. N, Pinellas Park.