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Comedian  Jim Breuer coming to Frederick's Weinberg

September 14, 2012|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com
  • Jim Breuer hosts a radio show on Sirius/XM and will appear Friday at the Weinberg Center in downtown Frederick, Md.
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FREDERICK, Md. — Jim Breuer knew in sixth-grade that he was meant to make people laugh.

He was in a talent show and had written a sketch where his friend plays a security guard while Breuer's in the background stealing everything on stage. It ended with Breuer clocking his friend on the head, stuffing him in a bag and dragging him off  stage.

"I realized I could make people laugh," he said during a telephone interview from his Jersey Shore, N.J., home.

He didn't, however, win.

"I lost to a bunch of hacks lipsynching to KISS," Breuer, 45, said with a his recognizable laugh.

Breuer will perform Friday, Sept. 21, at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in downtown Frederick as part of his Heavy Metal Family Man comedy tour. And contrary to the name, there will be no lipsynching KISS hacks in sight.

That early exposure to laughter started Breuer on his quest for making more people laugh. His first time on stage doing stand-up was at age 17. He said his friend was in a rock band and he would go up on stage to introduce them and do a little routine.

"As soon as I turned 18, I went on a comedy stage on Long Island — and there was no turning back," he said.

Eventually, his comedy landed him on the stages of "Saturday Night Live!" where he created Goat Boy and did his dead-on impression of Joe Pesci.

He said he didn't know he was going to be part of the season until 10 days before the first show. He said he had already had three meetings with creator and producer Lorne Michaels, and Breuer said he was going to audition for another show.

Then the call came. "I never really got to celebrate," he said. "They called and said, ‘They need you tomorrow.'"

He worked on the show from 1995 to 1998.

Breuer said he learned a lot from his stint on "SNL."

"It taught me a lot about show business, about the good, the bad, the ugly, the harshness of it," he said. "It made me realize that I don't want to be a Hollywood person."

After "SNL," Breuer forayed into film with 1998's cult-favorite, "Half Baked." Over the years, he's continued to make appearances in film and TV.

In 2008, he got behind the camera with his then 85-year-old father in tow, along with a film crew, to document his "Breuniversity Tour." The video sparked the documentary "More Than Me," which was shown at the 2009 Montreal Film Festival.

And most recently, Breuer is again appearing on screen in the Nick Cannon-produced  "School Dance," which just wrapped filming this year.

Breuer said he loves filmmaking and has started writing a script he promises to have done by winter. "

"I want to do my own film," he said. "I'm ready."

And if the man isn't busy enough, he also hosts "Fridays with Breuer" on Sirius/XM radio.

He said as part of his stand-up, he was used to being in radio stations during promotions where sometimes he'd have to talk for an hour or more.

"I thought, well, 'Shoot, these guys are getting paid. Maybe I should get into radio," he said.

What he's learned is that "you don't only have to be funny on radio, you also have to be interesting."

The show, he said, is closer to "Jim Breuer: The Man" than anything he's done before. Breuer said he's had some interesting guests including Bill Cosby and Jerry Seinfeld who he said were "two of them were compelling and inspiring, they were just powerful."

One person he'd like to get on his show is "SNL" alum Eddie Murphy. He said he's never met him and he'd love to have him on.

But stand-up continues to be one of his favorite things to do. Breuer said he doesn't consider himself a writer when it comes to stand-up. "I'm an observer," he said.

And very unlike his "Half Baked" background, Breuer insists that he has a family-friendly show. He's been married for 19 years and has three girls ages 13, 10 and 7. He said he uses his life as inspiration but never crosses that line on anything that might make his family cringe.

Earlier this year, Breuer wrapped up a one-hour stand-up special called "Mid Life Madness," which centers on his life in his 40s.

But for Breuer, there's just something about stand-up.

"There's something to say about maneuvering and guiding a group of strangers and having them in the palm of your hand and making them laugh," he said. "That's a powerful tool. It's a rush better than any substance can be. It's a beautiful thing."



If you go ...

WHAT: Jim Breuer

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21

Where: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., downtown Frederick, Md.

Cost: Tickets cost $27 to $35

Contact: Call 301-600-2828 or go to www.weinbergcenter.org.


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