Comic Jim Breuer coming to Penn’s Peak Oct. 17
Comedian Jim Breuer is coming to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Oct. 17. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PHIL PROVENCIO
Penn’s Peak is welcoming Jim Breuer, one of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Standups of All Time,” for his “Live and Let Laugh Tour” at 8 p.m. on Oct. 17.
Well-known for his time as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (1995-1998) alongside Will Ferrell and David Spade, the New York-bred comedian is long past his days as Brian in famous stoner-comedy “Half Baked” and on to a new front as a family-oriented comedian who is proud to be F-word free for over 10 years.
Breuer found the inspiration to clean up his act when his three daughters started using the internet and asking him if he was on it.
After searching himself, he could not believe how many videos he found of himself using harsh profanity, which he thought was juvenile.
“I don’t want to do that anymore, I’m done with that,” Breuer said. “I started working harder to allude to a certain word or situations, which sometimes is a lot funnier.”
Breuer’s family also inspired a shift in his comedy act by showing him what is truly important.
“It’s all about inspiring (and) touching people’s lives. So many of us have lost touch with what a family is supposed to be like, what a community is supposed to be like, just taking care of one another,” Breuer said. “If that part of your life is not working, no matter how successful you are or how much money you make, your life will never go in a good direction.”
Back in 2008, Breuer set out on his “Breuniversity Tour” with his then 85-year-old, World War II veteran father, who passed away in 2014.
During the tour, a film crew collected footage to create “The Jim Breuer Road Journals” (2010) which detailed what life was like on the road with a comedian and his elderly father.
The footage also inspired the making of Breuer’s documentary titled “More Than Me,” which was shown at the 2009 Montreal Film Festival.
Since his first gig in Clearwater, Florida, back in 1989, Breuer has done numerous stand-up shows and has put out several specials including “Let’s Clear the Air” in 2009, which was dedicated to fatherhood and cleaning up his act, and “Comic Frenzy” in 2015, which focuses on caring for the elderly, loss, being a parent’s caretaker and what it takes to be, what he calls, a “marriage warrior.”
Breuer has also been featured on several talk shows and radio shows, including “The Howard Stern Show.” He hosts a podcast called “The Jim Breuer Podcast” and has previously hosted “Fridays with Jim Breuer” on Sirius XM, also known as “Breuer Unleashed.”
As a teenager, Breuer knew he wanted to be in the limelight as an entertainer, but he was not sure which path he would follow.
With inspirations like Eddie Murphy and George Carlin, Breuer didn’t just dream of becoming a comedian, but he also dreamed of being a frontman for a rock band and an actor — all industries in which he has worked in.
In junior high school and high school, Breuer entertained both in drama programs and doing standup comedy shows for his peers.
Breuer initially realized his skill in comedy when he set out on a mission to make a girl he saw sobbing hysterically laugh. He was determined to break her sadness, but in turn, she laughed because she thought he was weird.
He said, “I took that as a compliment and I realized it was a gift.”
After that moment, Breuer realized he wanted to spend his life not only making people laugh, but also healing people by allowing them a place to escape from the darkness of reality.
“I want you to laugh your ass off (and) feel good about your life … (if you) have something going on, you’re hurting or you’re going through trauma … come see me (so I can) change your world for that small time,” Breuer said.
Although he has some planned material, his shows are not scripted. He said, “at least 50% (of the show) is going to be whatever I’m feeling that night.”
Tickets to this relatable take on stand-up comedy can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets or at Penn’s Peak’s box office.
Breuer’s future plans involve creating new material for his loyal fans as well as possibly hosting a festival, but he said, “we are in very mild thoughts,” on the idea.