Jim Breuer brings the laughs to Dayton’s Funny Bone
By Zach Rogers
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.