Heavy metal Cosby kid

Jim Breuer brings the laughs to Dayton’s Funny Bone

By Zach Rogers

Photo: Jim Breuer will perform at Dayton Funny Bone on April 25 and 26; photo: Gregory Pallante
Goat Boy. “Half Baked.” Metallica. All of these things could easily be used to describe comedian Jim Breuer, yet they’re all just one side of the famous funny man. He’s been in the comedy business for over 20 years, and he’s pretty much done it all. Movies, television, standup, podcasts … you name it, Breuer has probably dipped his toes in a little bit. With his most recent comedy special “And Laughter for All” receiving great acclaim, Breuer is back out on the road doing what he does best. I was lucky enough to speak with the comedian before his upcoming appearance at Dayton’s Funny Bone April 25-26, where he talked candidly about his life, his career and how music fuels his comedic spirit.
You’re coming to Dayton’s Funny Bone in April. What can you tell me about the shows you’re doing right now? Well, my shows are basically like Cosby with a Metallica shirt, I mean that’s probably the best way to describe it. It’s funny, it’s cutting edge and you leave thinking I should have been dirty and cursing, but I don’t do any of that stuff. I’m a visual person, and I like to tell a story, so I just take things out of my everyday life and bring it to the stage. It’s like my therapy, and that’s always been my approach. – Jim BreuerWhat were your early years in comedy like? Did you start out by performing a lot of standup? 

Oh yeah, I played a lot of clubs. I really just played anywhere and everywhere I could! I played tiki lounges, high schools, old people’s homes, you name it – all I wanted to do was be on stage. I did a couple different talent contests too, and a lot of times I was the only one who wasn’t over the age of 75 in the room. Anywhere I knew I could get a little time, I would do it. – JB

Who are some of your favorite comedians that had the biggest impact on you and your comedy? 

Eddie Murphy was huge for me. Steve Martin, Richard Pryor and George Carlin – in my mind those guys started it all. Sam Kinison was another monster influence, and Bill Cosby. Those are my all-time favorites. That’s the cream of the crop right there. – JB

Let’s talk about your last comedy special “And Laughter for All.” What made you want to do another special? 

I was ready! I’d been on tour, and as a comedian we kind of do the opposite of what musicians do. A musician usually makes a record first and then takes it out on the road, but comedians tend to tour the material first before they film it or release it as a special. After I film a special, that’s usually when I put the material on the shelf, lock it up and go to work on the next one. – JB

You talk about a lot of things in the special: family life, settling down, getting older, etc. But more specifically, your wife often comes up as a sort of supporting character in your standup. What does she think about you referencing her and the rest of the family in your act?

She completely gets it. You know, once in a while she’ll battle me on some stuff, but at the end of the day she knows I’m just trying to make people laugh, and it’s better than paying for my therapy. So yeah, she’s alright with it. – JB

You also talk about music a lot in your standup. How important is music to you in your own life? 

I absolutely live for music. As a matter of fact, right now I’m in the middle of completing a heavy metal comedy album. It’s funny, it rocks and we’ve got a great producer working on it, and hopefully it’ll be out later this year. Eventually, I want to do a dual-headlining tour where it’ll be me headlining with the band as well. It’d be like the best of both worlds. – JB

You also just joined the show “Gotham Comedy Live” on ASX TV as a consulting producer. What can you tell me about your show and your role there? 

That show is awesome! I get to hand pick a bunch of different comedians, and it’s really like having your own comedy club in your house. There’s no editing, there’s no laugh track and everything is completely live. I’m looking to get some comics on there that can destroy a room without even being a big household name yet. It’s the best show to watch for really great, really funny standup in the comfort of your own home. – JB

What else is on your plate for the rest of the year? 

I want to continue touring, and I want to finish my new standup special by the end of the year. The record will be coming out, too, so I’ll have both the record and the new special out to promote, which I’m really excited about. I’m looking forward to touring with both. – JB


Jim Breuer will perform on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at the Dayton Funny Bone, 88 Plum St., Suite 200 at the Greene, Shows each night  at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. The show is 21 and up. For tickets, please call 937.429.5233 or visit funnybone.com. For more information, please visit officialjimbreuer.com. 


Reach DCP freelance writer Zach Rogers at ZachRogers@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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