By Walter Lesczynski
Richmond was treated to the comedy of Saturday Night Live veteran Jim Breuer Monday night in Brock auditorium. Fans who braved the chilly, drizzly weather were not disappointed in their quest for heavy metal humor.
Breuer is best known for his work with Dave Chappelle in the classic weed flick Half-baked, and as the character “goat boy” on Saturday Night Live.
Breuer was part of the cast from 1995-1998, working with Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan.
He had kind words for his former coworkers.
“Will Ferrell? The guy’s a wack job. He’s just weird,” Breuer said.
The stop at Eastern was part of the Breuniversity 2008 tour, which covers campuses across the country, and was hosted by the Student Activities Council.
In his regional opening, Breuer got a healthy round of applause when he mentioned that his father was from the area.
“My dad was born in Kentucky-in Dayton,” he said, drawing both laughter and puzzled expressions.
“Is this a party campus?” Breuer asked, attempting to segue into a bit on college drinking.
The question was met with total silence from the crowd-unless you count the crickets-so Breuer switched tactics.
“No? Ok, is there a bar on campus?” While many shouted out “T-Bombs,” Breuer said the acoustics in Brock were giving him trouble.
“Look I don’t know what the deal is, but it sounds like you guys are saying ‘t-balls’ from up here,” he said.
It wasn’t a shock that Breuer devoted a good portion of the jokes to getting drunk, and the often-outrageous notions that enter the minds of the inebriated.
“It’s after you approach your limit, and then pass it, that you start to get really strange ideas-stuff that doesn’t even make sense,” he said. “Like let’s go mate with a duck. No, let’s steal a zoo animal. No, let’s take off our clothes and knock on my grandma’s door.”
Breuer said that although many people think of him as a stoner and party animal, he doesn’t drink anymore.
“Drinking is fun when it’s sneaky, when you’re not supposed to do it,” he said.
His family life provided the background for much of his material.
“Me and my wife call each other f*ggot-it’s hilarious,” he said. “Like, she’ll say, ‘take the garbage out, f*ggot.’ It’s even funnier when the kids mess it up-dad, take the garbage out, you ferret.”
Anecdotes about his father’s exploits were among the best-received parts of the show.
He told stories about his dad’s bowel upheavals and of taking him to SNL rehearsals to meet some of the hosts.
“He wanted to come meet John Goodman, so I flew him up to New York from Florida,” Breuer said.
While the two initially got along great-drinking beer at noon and telling stories together-Breuer was surprised to later find his dad sulking alone.
“What happened? I thought you two were hitting it off?” Breuer asked his dad.
Breuer said his dad paused a moment.
“He drank five of my six Busch Lights,” his dad said. “He’s an assh*le. Fat b*stard.”
Audience members were still laughing in the lobby after the show. As a bonus, Breuer stayed an extra hour, signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans.
“That part about the dog taking a sh*t was so funny I almost peed my pants,” said Megan Bradstreet, a graduate student from Dayton. “His Dave Chappelle impression was hilarious.”
Whether you attended the show or not, you will be able to relive the laughs online at jimbreuer.com
“Starting in June you can watch all the road journals of everywhere I’ve been,” Breuer said.
Even an hour of comedy has more to it than just yuks and giggles.
Asked after the show about an underlying theme of his routine, Breuer said that there is a reason so many of his jokes center around his life and family.
“Life is short, and it’s precious. Take it while you can,” he said.