Jim Breuer might have tamed his language a bit but the comedy hasn't settled down in the least. This May 21st through 23rd (Thursday through Saturday) Breuer will be shaking up the Irvine Improv and because in rock you gotta hit it two times, you can also see the premiere of his new comedy special “Comic Frenzy” May 29th on EPIX. Breuer has been good to us over here at the Weekly with past Q&A's and listing out head banging songs so this time around when we talked to him, we got the details of his upcoming gigs (because we're professional) and then went off the rails with a crazy train of randomness. (Apologizes to Mr. Breuer for that awful metaphor.)
OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): I heard your Christmas song in December, what's going on with the full album?
Jim Breuer: We'll be finished at the end of July so we're looking at a January or February release for it. I feel like I have a pocket of magic. It's just this big stash of magic in my pocket that no one will ever see coming. I feel this is a tsunami of rock and a tsunami of entertainment that people just have noooo clue is coming. I'm really excited.
I'm so excited! I was blown away by the one song I heard and I knew you rocked but I was like, what is happening in my ears right now?
[Laughs.] I can tell you this, it puts that song to shame. Every song on the record is on such a different level than that one. I'm going to be shocked if it doesn't get some major radio play. If I were to put the record out now, I'd put that Christmas song dead last. Like yeah, we just tried to throw that one in. When it comes out I'll have to tell you about it and we'll have to do a listening party or something.
Yes let's! I'm also beyond excited for your new special to air.
Here's the thing, it's the first time in my life that I've be able to do everything the way I wanted 100%. That means I got to put the material out the way I wanted to, I got to watch it be edited, I filmed it where I wanted to film it on Long Island where I grew up, and I got the director that I wanted that I've known for years so, this is the best representation of me ever. I'd say this is a very authentic piece for me because this is the way I am, it's the style I do it in, it's storytelling, it's animated, and I love it. It crushes! I want belly hard laughing and I think I nailed it. And if I remember correctly, when I walk out on stage you can sort of hear the music playing. That music is just a riff in one of the songs in my upcoming record. [Laughs.] But only you'll know because I'm only telling you. Everyone else will just think, ohh it's just whatever.
I'll let a few people know for you and bravo on tying it all in together! If it's cool, I thought I could hit you with some left field shit so we could mix it up. Like, what are a few things on your bucket list?
That's interesting because one I'm doing later which is, calling an evening at the Mets game. So that's one. Performing on stage with Brian Johnson. Although I did it already, I want to do it with one of my songs. Something else on my bucket list would be something boring like, take off for three years and travel the whole world. Like, live in places for a month at time.
That doesn't sound boring at all. You'd have to do a lot of Rosetta Stones.
[Laughs.] I can use Google translate.
If you could only listen to one album for a month straight, which one would you pick?
Hmmm…what's a really good one? Although someone will go, ughhh what did he pick? It would definitely be in the metal world…hmmm…I'm going to have to say [Metallica's]Master of Puppets. I was also contemplating a Priest one but with Master of Puppets I can literally in my head visualize different scenarios and thoughts with each song.
I respect the thought that was put into that. What do you keep under your bed?
Actually nothing but only because my bedroom is being renovated. [Laughs.] So right now there's nothing under there but normally, and this is kind of funny because it's in the special but, normally there are tennis balls under there, a golf club, and my friend Lucy. People will have to guess what Lucy is.
My mind is going straight to dirty so moving on, what's the most expensive thing you've ever broken?
Oh! At a comedy club I broke this huge monstrosity of a mirror. This was in like 1990 and Kevin James was there, his brother, the owner and manager Richie Minervini, and Adam Ferrara. I was in the back of the room clowning around while telling a story and I did this karate kick and smashed the mirror. [Laughs.] I smashed the piece so hard the whole mirror and glass thing shattered and it came off the wall. Every time I see Richie he always goes, “Remember the time you broke my mirror? It cost me thousands of dollars.“
Well you just dispelled the myth that breaking mirrors brings bad luck. What's the most bizarre thing you've ever bought?
[Laughs.] Years and years ago when I was a teenager, Matthias Jabs of the Scorpions wore these leopard skinned pants and I wanted them so bad. I was like, 16 and I ordered them. I remember I put them on and was like, alright, this is not going to happen. They were really tight and my father was looking at me like I was going to turn a different corner. I spent three paychecks on those stupid things!
Oh we've all been there. I'm an advice collector so what is the best advice you've ever received?
The best advice always is, you're not in control so don't stress. My dad would tell me that all of the time and it seems to always be true. You just never know what's going to be around the next corner. You put all of your emotions into planning but at the end of the day, you just don't know what's waiting.
Wait a sec. Speaking of your dad, what's up with the book you were writing about the places he shit?
[Laughs.] Oh yeah! I gotta do that! I definitely need to write that one!
Check out Jim Breuer at the Irvine Improv May 21st through 23rd, 31 Fortune Drive Irvine, CA 92618, (949) 854-5455. For tickets go to www.Improv.com. Also be sure to tune in for “Jim Breuer: Comic Frenzy” on EPIX on Friday May 29th at 10pm. For more information check out www.EpixHD.com, www.OfficialJimBreuer.com, Jim's Facebook, and follow him on Twitter: @JimBreuer.
Ali Lerman knows much about comedy, basketball, and celebrating Wu-Tang Wednesday. She’s been writing for sixteen years and still calls her mom with grammatical questions.