Comedian Jim Breuer to perform at Pittsfield's Colonial Theatre
Comedian Jim Breuer may be best known for his "Saturday Night Live" character Goat Boy, his spot-on impersonation of actor Joe Pesci or the constantly stoned Brian from the cult favorite film "Half Baked." But those characters are certainly not who he is, and he's eager to prove that.
"Brian and Goat Boy are my big sellers, I get that and I have no problem with that, I embrace it," Breuer told The Eagle in a telephone interview. "But you're not going to get that for an hour-and-15 minute show."
Breuer, who will bring his hard-hitting comedy to the Colonial Theatre tonight at 8, said his newest stand-up "And Laughter For All," goes back to his roots in comedy, heavy metal, family and jokes that make the audience think.
"Most of my act is about my kids, my wife, my parents and my dysfunctional family," Breuer said. "There's no cringe humor. It doesn't just end with a curse or a sexual innuendo. It's like Cosby with a Metallica shirt."
Before joining the cast of "SNL" in 1995, Breuer's comedy origin began in his senior year of high school in New Jersey. After going on stage a few times in Long Island, opening for rock shows instead of other comics, he and his parents moved to Florida. Four years later he was working in various comedy clubs, learning from Darrell Hammond, Tom Rhodes and Brian Regan, before returning to New York in 1991.
He said he was still immature as a comic back then, but since has honed his wit, sharpened his jokes and punched up his delivery to better connect with his audience and leave them wanting more.
"I have a lot of people come up to me after the show saying, ‘Did you live in our house the last three years?' " Breuer said. "I keep it edgy enough. I don't want to be clean and Disney, but I also don't need to drop an F-bomb. I want people walking away feeling they could bring anyone to the show."
That mentality and commitment to his craft has garnered him more and more shows at large college campuses, big casinos and performing arts centers throughout the country.
"I don't think there's anyone out there that does what I do," he said. "I'm more mature, I'm funnier, and I know these are going to be my golden years of my career."
Breuer's live stand-up special "And Laughter For All" will also appear on EPIX, at 10 p.m. on Friday.
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