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Jim Breuer keeps his stand-up act rockin'
Comedian-actor Jim Breuer made news earlier this year by releasing a hard rock album called "Songs From The Garage." But stand-up is still his primary game for now.
"When I was a kid I wanted to front a hard rock/metal band, but comedy came along a lot easier than being a huge rock star," the 49-year-old "Saturday Night Live" alumnus says by phone from New York, where he resides with his wife and two teenage daughters and hosts a satellite radio show. And doing the stand-up shows has only gotten easier over time, he adds.
"I don't want to say this is the 'wing it' tour, but I've been crushing," Breuer reports. "It's almost like the more I don't plan, the harder I crush. I don't like politics, but I like the circus, so I talk a lot about the circus of politics and don't choose a side. I talk about the extreme difficulties of being a father to teenage girls who are starting to venture out and rebel, and about being a song to an elderly mother.
"I'm not worried about running out of material in other words."
Breuer isn't giving up on his rock 'n' roll dreams, however. "Songs From The Garage" is certainly a credible effort thanks to production by Volbeat guitarist Rob Caggiano and guest appearances from AC/DC frontman-in-exile Brian Johnson. And Breuer has his eyes on 2017 to create what he envisions as a rock and comedy tour that will let him give vent to both passions.
"I want to do this show where I'm mixing great stories and a little bit of stand-up and then segue into songs with a big visual going on behind me," Breuer explains. "I want parents to be able to come to see this...I don't even know what to call it. It's rock, comedy and more. It's a theatrical, visual, multi-media entertainment that you haven't seen yet.
"I'm the guy who grew up in the 80s and went to ever metal concert I could, and now I have kids but I still listen to that music. So as a fan I want to do the kind of show I'd want to go see."
But Breuer says he knows better than to put a specific time frame on when that will happen.
"It's not like all of a sudden I can be like, 'OK, now I'm a rock star,'" he notes. "But I've been waiting to do this for decades and I've taken my time with everything I've ever done and I'm gonna take my time presenting this as well. I want to make sure people go, 'I think this is the greatest show I've ever seen,' 'cause I'm a fan of the greatest shows that have been out there."
Saturday, Aug. 6. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.
Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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