From wrestling to stand-up comedy

Wed, Dec 2

You spend 25 years wrestling and you decide to call it quits.

What do you do? How about try stand-up comedy?

Yep, that's what King Kong Bundy (Chris Pallies) decided to do a few years ago. He jumped on stage and started telling jokes. Thursday, he performs at Jokers Comedy Club in Milwaukee.

"It's always something I've wanted to do. It's like wrestling. You work at night and you're not on stage forever," said the New Jersey-based Pallies, who has performed 47 times, 15 minutes at a pop. "I tried to keep my show clean, but it was hard. It was like splitting an atom. So I had to get a little dirty."

Pallies, 58, spent more than 20 years wrestling the likes of Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant but doesn't miss it.

"It was a job. I was never a wrestling fan," said Pallies, who has dropped from 460 pounds to a "svelte" 320. "The traveling, getting spit on by fans and the egos of some of the wrestlers. I had had enough."

So how long will you do comedy? "I'll do it until I drop dead."