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Jim Breuer did his first official standup gig in Clearwater, Florida, 1989.
Not long after Jim Breuer did his first official standup gig, industry folks began asking him,
“What’s your point of view?”
“I don’t know…” He searched for a meaningful response to a ridiculous question. “To make people laugh?”
Global Touring Sensation
Jim Breuer is a freewheeling, New York bred comic storyteller. He made the list of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Standups of All Time” and is now hotter than ever. He is a global touring sensation with a regular presence on radio and television whose rabid audience, he’s thrilled to note, is filled with “lifetimers.” Once folks see him live, they’re hooked. Breuer estimates that 78% of his fans have seen him “five, six, seven” times. It’s becoming a family thing. Parents even bring young teens to see the family man. As a father of three daughters, he provides genius “dad” material for his sets. Having evolved both personally and professionally since the beginning, Breuer’s pleased to say he’s been F-word free for ten years and counting.
Breuer came to national attention during his seasons on Saturday Night Live (1995-98). This was a rebuilding era whose cast featured Will Ferrell, David Spade and Norm McDonald. But don’t call him “Goat Boy” (one of his characters on SNL), or ask him to do his Joe Pesci impression. Those things are eons ago. Some even still associate him with “Half Baked,” a stoner comedy flick from around that time that starred Dave Chappelle and featured cameos by Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Tommy Chong.
Now, Breuer has fans in the new millennium. They were drawn into his whirlwind journey through his Comedy Central specials such as “Hardcore” (2002) and “Let’s Clear The Air” (2009). “Let’s Clean The Air” is one of the highest rated comedy specials in the network’s history. It’s popularly known as his “coming out party” as a dad. He cleans up his act and focuses on the fun, and faults, of family life. His next special “And Laughter For All” (2013), became the highest rated original comedy special on EPIX to date, earning its spot as a family favorite for it’s relatable, and multi-generational humor. His latest special “Comic Frenzy” (2015) is currently available on Amazon Prime.
Many of Breuer’s newer fans also know him from a different platform. They know him from the many hilarious hours he’s spent as a guest on Sirius XM’s “The Howard Stern Show.” Howard’s hosted some of pop culture’s biggest comedy icons over the past 30 years. However, Breuer gets people telling him he’s their favorite guest ever.
“Howard’s audiences know comedy,” he says. “If they come and I’m not funny, they’re not coming back.”
That’s never happened, and is never going to. Breuer was also the host of “Fridays with Jim Breuer” on Sirius XM, originally known as “Breuer Unleashed.” He currently hosts a podcast called “The Jim Breuer Podcast,” which is available on iTunes and JimBreuer.com.
Over the years, Breuer has been something of a multi-media sensation. He currently appears alongside Kevin James in “Kevin Can Wait”, on CBS. Not to mention popular films such as, “Zookeeper,” “Dick,” “Titan A.E.” and “Beer League”. He has also hosted MTV’s popular “Beach House” and VH1’s “Web Junk 20”. He is featured on “Comedy Jam,” “This Is Not Happening,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and “The Marriage Ref.”
Since 2015, he’s shared his dual passions for comedy and baseball (particularly his New York Mets) with thousands via his video recaps of games that he posts on Facebook. Their viral impact has been massive. With clips airing on the MLB Network and ESPN Sportscenter among others, and even inspiring Mets fans in other cities to hang with Breuer to root their team on.
A die-hard metalhead, Breuer made his musical debut, Songs From The Garage, in 2016. Produced by Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, Volbeat), the album features tracks such as “Raising Teenage Girls,” the throwback anthem “Old School”, and “Mr. Rock n’ Roll” with the one and only Brian Johnson of AC/DC.