If you’ve been following veteran comedian and former Saturday Night Live star Jim Breuer’s stand-up comedy career over the last few years, you’re well aware the guy formerly most known as Goat Boy and uber pothead Brian from the cult comedy Half-Baked, has changed the focus of his joke-slinging ways.
The once hard-partying comedian has become, as he explains it, “domesticated.” During a chat this week with Breuer, he tells me he’s not the type of comic who’s into trying to relive his youth, or to relate stories that no longer represent who he is at present time. The reality is this: Breuer, who turns 46 this month, is a dedicated, loving father of three girls. He lives in a New Jersey suburb an hour away from Manhattan and he still hangs out with his childhood friends. He loves his wife. He’s happy.
And although happiness isn’t always part of the equation for great comedy, Breuer, as I see it, has never been better. Picking up where 2009’s Let’s Clear the Air left off, Breuer’s And Laughter For All – premiering tonight on Epix at 10 pm ET — is a wholly satisfying hour of comedy, replete with long-form stories of family life, how he really got started as a comedian (working in the Sears paint department has something to do with it) and his love of 1980s metal, despite nearly dying in a swarm of Slayer fans.
Filtered through Breuer’s ever-physical presence onstage, a story about his trip to a ride-through safari with his daughters – wherein he gets into an altercation with a pissed-off ostrich – best exemplifies Breuer’s approach to stand-up. And that is this: Despite not working blue (he doesn’t even swear), Breuer never goes vanilla and proves that comedy can maintain an edge without losing heart.
I highly suggest you check it out And Laughter For All tonight at 10 pm ET on Epix or you can stream it now at EpixHD.com. If you don’t have Epix, you can get a free trial. Check out the official teaser below!
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