With his lazy eyes, wide grin, and off-the-wall sense of humor, Jim Breuer has continued to make people laugh over the course of his lengthy career as a comedian and actor.
Perhaps best known for his Goat Boy character during his time on Saturday Night Live and starring along side Dave Chappelle in the cult stoner favorite Half Baked, the comedian remains one of the biggest names in entertainment today. Included among Comedy Central's “100 Greatest Stand-Ups,” Breuer's one- hour special, Let's Clear the Air, earned the highest ratings in the network's history. Along with countless film and television appearances, Breuer hosts his own Sirius/XM radio show every Friday at 4pm, which has featured everyone from Bill Cosby to Tommy Lee.
His stand-up is often inspired by his family, which consists of his wife of 19 years, his three daughters, and his aging father. Through his recent book, I'm Not High (But I've Got a Lot of Crazy Stories About Life as a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior), and his stand-up material, audiences get to see Jim Breuer the husband, the father and the son. The comic is slated to return to Atlantic City Friday, Nov. 2, 8pm, at the Borgata.
In a recent phone interview with AC Weekly, Breuer talked about his tour, upcoming special, and what success really means to him.
So, you’re heading back to Atlantic City Nov. 2 for your upcoming show at Borgata. What will this tour be like?
Yeah, this is part of a new tour called “Something For Everyone.” I’ll be filming this special and the special will be called All Grown Up. A brand new one-hour show like the one we did last year.
And you were just here in August for the Metallica Orion festival, how was that?
It was freakin' awesome! It was so awesome. What’s cool about that is it brought me back to playing with a band, which I used to do years ago, and which I’m actually in the process of doing again. This is probably the last stand-up tour you’ll see for a while, toward the end of next year I’m going to start coming out with the band again.
I think one of the most interesting things about your comedy is that you continue to make people laugh without cursing or discussing inappropriate topics.
That’s why I call it “Something for Everyone.” I like the people who are catching on saying, “Oh I can bring my wife, or my girlfriend, or my kids, or my grandparents, or my aunt!” Everyone can find it hilarious. And that’s very crucial.
In watching your specials, your stand-up, and reading your book, the audience really gets to see a different side to you than the Half Baked stoner persona with whom many people may associate you. You really are a family man at heart it seems.
You know, I will never shy away from Half Baked; it’s a hilarious, great movie. But people do mistake me for being that guy and I’m the furthest thing from that guy. I got three kids, my father lives with me, most of the stand-up is powerful, funny, edgy, dark family material. So, I don’t talk about pot, I’m the furthest thing from that guy.
You have been in this business for so long, from SNL to present day. In a society where there are so many failed marriages and broken families, especially those in the spotlight, you’ve seemed to really keep it together. You’ve been married for 19 years, have three daughters. What is your secret to holding everything together while juggling the roles of performer, son, husband, and father?
Well at the end of the day, with every aspect of every magazine, and every dumb show, and what we hold at a high standard is Hollywood, CEO’s and “be all you can be,” and “make all the money you can.” It doesn’t matter how successful you are in the world of making money and being a star. It matters how successful you are being at home, and that’s what makes and creates and gels lives. So, that’s where you need to be most important. And that’s where you need to be the most successful. If you’re not successful there, then really, no matter the amount of money you make, or how famous you are, you’re chasing dreams that don’t exist.
"That’s part of what I’ll talk about when I come to town. I’ll talk about my daughter. I’ll talk about getting older. I talk about how kids aren’t kids anymore and I’ll get political and I’ll talk about the dysfunctional. My daughter is 17 and she’s driving and I can’t help but worry. She goes to a private school and what’s bad about that is there a lot of entitlement. It’s hard raising my daughter but it’s good for material."
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