Comic Jim Breuer is ‘in residence’ at Bergen PAC, and he guarantees no two reveals will the identical


Medical doctors do residencies at hospitals. Writers and artists have residencies at schools and universities. However do you know comedians do residencies, too?

Comic Jim Breuer is “in residence” on the Bergen Performing Arts Heart, performing 4 occasions on the venue in a seven-month span. Breuer’s first present was in April; his final is in October. The subsequent one is June 29.

“Somebody stated – and I don’t know if I like this reference – that I used to be ‘the Pearl Jam of Comedy. Each time I’ve seen you, you do a special present,’” stated Breuer, who stated every Bergen PAC present will likely be distinctive. “Typically there would be the identical topic I’ve been engaged on, however I’ve elaborated on it and it’s utterly totally different.”

Bergen PAC Bergen PAC Director of Programming Cory Ness stated Breuer has all the time been a draw for the venue.

“Jim Breuer is a North Jersey establishment so we’re proud that he selected Bergen PAC to accommodate his comedy residency,” Ness stated. “We’re excited to see what he plans to convey to our stage in every of his performances.”

Breuer has been a nationwide comedic presence since 1995, when he started his three-year stint at “Saturday Night time Dwell.” He’s additionally identified for films together with 1998’s “Half Baked” and recurring roles on tv packages together with “Chappelle’s Present” and “Kevin Can Wait.” His Patreon channel options arise clips, movies and audio diaries. He additionally hosts “The Jim Breuer Podcast,” accessible on iTunes of through his web site.

However stand-up is his most popular venue, giving him house to riff on household, work and life on this loopy world. His newest all-comedy album, “Jim Breuer Dwell from Portland,” was launched in February. The title of his Bergen PAC collection is “Comedy, Tales & Extra.”

One ingredient that units the Bergen PAC collection other than different Breuer performances is his elevated use of movies and pictures for example his tales, a lot of which contain his household.

“I attempt to relate,” Breuer stated. “I’m going out of my solution to keep extraordinarily clear of stories and politics as a result of that’s not my life. I’m not concerned in that.”

That’s to not say Breuer takes the straightforward manner out with pot photographs and floor humor. He makes use of comedy as a manner to deal with a few of his life’s largest challenges, together with his spouse’s ongoing struggle in opposition to most cancers and the deaths of his sister and father. He hopes that humor helps others heal, too.

“There aren’t so much, or not less than I haven’t heard of different comedians who discover that world in a really sincere, deep and all the time humorous method. I’ve to seek out the humorous,” he stated. “If I can convey you to the purpose the place you’re nearly in tears one minute and laughing so arduous the following and also you’ve healed a bit on the identical time, that’s once I get to make use of the present I used to be given.”

Breuer was born and raised on Lengthy Island, the place he did one other comedy residency final 12 months at The Paramount in Huntington. However he’s referred to as the Backyard State dwelling for about 20 years and “I can’t see myself each leaving. I really like New Jersey.”

Whereas Breuer doesn’t create place-specific materials, he does do plenty of off-the-cuff humor. At his first Bergen PAC present, he stated, he commented on a shirt an viewers member was carrying – he thinks it was a Mets jersey and Breuer is a diehard fan of the crew — and the riffing went on for about 20 minutes. He remembers that, partly, he poked enjoyable at himself for understanding each baseball stat from 1981 until now.

“Up to now, I’d suppose, ‘That’s a bummer. Nobody’s going to see that once more,’” Breuer stated. “However that’s the way it goes.”


Bergen Performing Arts Heart

30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood.

Tickets: $29-159, accessible on-line at June 29. Aug. 9. Oct. 19.

Natalie Pompilio is a contract author based mostly in Philadelphia. She will be reached at Discover her on Twitter @nataliepompilio. Discover on Fb.


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