Comedian Jim Breuer, the freewheeling, New York-bred comic storyteller who made the list of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Standups of All Time,” returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 21 at 8pm. Meet and greet tickets are available! Some may remember Breuer for his 1990s “Saturday Night Live” character “Goat Boy” or for films like the Dave Chappelle vehicle Half Baked, but fans in the new millennium are drawn to his honest and hilarious look at marriage, family, life (in the small moments) and death in several Comedy Central and EPIX Stand Up Specials, most notably “Let’s Clear The Air,” one of the highest rated comedy specials in the network’s history. Howard Stern fans know Breuer for the many hysterical hours spent as a special guest on SiriusXM’s “Howard Stern Show.” Don’t miss this hilarious night of stand-up, part of Barts Tree Service Comedy Series. Media sponsor is WPLR.
Having evolved both personally and professionally since the beginning of his career, Breuer is pleased to say he’s been F-word free for more than 10 years. He is proud of the fact that parents can bring their teenagers to see his shows and both generations will likely find something they can relate to -- much of Breuer’s material is based on being the father of three teenage daughters. All Breuer aficionados know that family is everything to him, and his mission is to share the highs and lows, find the humor in the day to day, laughing with the triumphs and tragedies and using comedy as a tool to conquer fear – as he did when posting videos of his wife going through cancer treatments the past few years. In 2008, Breuer set out for his “Breuniversity Tour” with his 85-year-old father and a film crew. The footage that was captured blended together to create “The Jim Breuer Road Journals,” which showcased what life is like on the road with a comedian and his father. Videos from that tour also sparked the making of his documentary More Than Me, which was shown at the 2009 Montreal Film Festival. In line with his love of family. “Comic Frenzy” focused on what Breuer’s life (and all our lives) truly consist of: dealing with the elderly, becoming our parents’ caretakers and what it takes to be a “marriage warrior.”
“I’m a deep-rooted family guy with hardcore blue collar roots,” Breuer says. “My job as a comic is to talk about the many great loves of my life, recognizing that yes, we are all on borrowed time but we can still enjoy life with a passion and not get caught up in all the madness,”
Since 2015, Breuer has 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.
For tickets ($52.50 - $167.50) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.