Famed Star Aims to “Destroy” Dayton with Laughter
By Jason Webber
Jim Breuer will always be remembered for his character Goat Boy and his perfect send up of Joe Pesci during his four-year run on Saturday Night Live, as well as his co-starring role in the ‘90s cult film Half Baked. But Breuer’s post-millennium comedy makes him much more than a nostalgia act and, if anything, he just gets sharper and funnier as the years pass. Breuer will be rocking the Funny Bone for one night only on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30. We caught up with Breuer to find out how he’s been and if he might be the one person on the planet that can stomach that Lou Reed/Metallica album.
You could discover a cure for cancer and you would probably still be best remembered as Goat Boy and for playing Brian in Half Baked. Do you ever get tired of those two roles being your main legacy?
No, not at all. I’m an entertainer. I’m not out to start a revolution or change the world. I’m out to make people happy. If their all-time favorite role is the SNL stuff, great, if it’s Half Baked, that’s great too. If it’s none of that and it’s just me as a comedian, then great. Whatever brings them out is fine with me. [Jim Breuer]
You’re known for being a huge Metallica fan. What did you think of that album they recently did with Lou Reed?
Never listened to it, probably won’t. It’s just not my style. I can’t listen to Lou Reed — it’s like listening to a cat being maimed. [JB]
What’s your favorite Metallica song to have sex to?
If I had to, it would be “Nothing Else Matters,” I guess. But I’ve never made love to their music. It’s pretty aggressive and that’s just not my (lovemaking) style. [JB]
Your Half Baked costar Dave Chappelle lives near Dayton. When you come to town are you guys going to try and meet up?
I wish he would. I always considered him a friend and not just a business partner, but I haven’t heard from him in a couple of years. It would mean a lot if he reached out. I got to know Dave better than probably anyone else. [JB]
How old were you when you first smoked weed?
I was a senior in high school, so I was going on 18. All I remember about it is that I don’t think I had ever made people laugh so hard in my life. [JB]
My favorite role of yours was when you played Joe Pesci on SNL. That time when Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro showed up on The Joe Pesci Show, was that planned or was that a total surprise?
It was a planned surprise. It was planned but it almost didn’t happen because De Niro had never been on television before. That was his first live TV appearance and right before it started he was backing out. So I seem really surprised in that sketch because during the dress rehearsal, he was backing out of the bit. So I had no idea they were even there until the sketch was nearly over and they walked out. But I think that ended up being one of the best bits ever. [JB]
Have you been using any of the Republican debates as fodder for your standup acts?
I don’t get into politics. I don’t believe in politics, I think it’s all a scam. I don’t even believe that we even get to vote. I think it’s really no different than any other nonsense, ridiculous country except that their sales pitch to us is that “You’re free.” [JB]
Did you know there’s a petition on your IMDB page to get you cast as The Joker in the next Batman movie?
[Laughs] No, but I’ll take it! That was always my dream role as a kid. That’s freakin’ hilarious. I would destroy that role. [JB]
What can people expect with the show you’re doing in Dayton?
Well, I’m really taking it to a new level with the new special I’m working on. I’m confident this is going to raise me to the same level where Cosby was at one time. I love what I do and I’m going to destroy the place. [JB]
Jim Breuer performs at the Funny Bone in The Greene on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30. $25. 937-429-5233.
Reach DCP freelance writer Jason Webber at JasonWebber@DaytonCityPaper.com.