Jim Breuer

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Jim Breuer
Jim Breuer headshot.jpg
Breuer in 2017
Birth nameJames E. Breuer
Born (1967-06-21) June 21, 1967 (age 53)
Valley Stream, New York, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film, radio
Years active1988–present
GenresObservational comedy, improvisational comedy, character comedy, music
Subject(s)Everyday life, marriage, parenting, self-deprecation, heavy metal music
Dee Breuer
(m. 1993)
Notable works and roles

James E. Breuer (born June 21, 1967)[1] is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and radio host. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 1998 and starred in the film Half Baked.

Early life[edit]

Breuer was born in Valley Stream, New York, on Long Island.[2] His father was a veteran of World War II.[3]


Television career[edit]

Breuer's career began on the little-known Uptown Comedy Club weekly television show, based in Harlem, New York.[4] He then joined the cast of Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 1998.[5] On SNL, Breuer's characters included "Goat Boy" (who hosted the fictional MTV program "Hey, Remember the 80s?") and Glen Henderson, the elder brother to Chris Kattan's Todd Henderson/Azrael Abyss character in the "Goth Talk" skits. He has previously guest starred in Home Improvement. That appearance gave way to the short-lived sitcom Buddies. He was originally scheduled to have been the co-star alongside friend and co-worker Dave Chappelle, but was pulled from the role after filming the pilot.

Among his impersonations was that of actor Joe Pesci, who hosted his own talk show, often accompanied by Colin Quinn playing fellow actor Robert De Niro. In a 1997 episode of SNL, both Pesci and De Niro made surprise appearances to "confront" Breuer.

In 1998, Breuer hosted The Jim Breuer Show on MTV, which aired week days at 5:30 PM and again at 1:00 AM during the summer. It featured Breuer performing skits as different characters as well as stand-up comedy by guests including Judah Friedlander, Jeff Ross and Tracy Morgan.[6]

Breuer has also hosted several episodes of Premium Blend on Comedy Central as well as several appearances on other comedy shows.

Breuer hosted the third season of the VH1 show Web Junk 20. The season began on November 17, 2006. He replaced Patrice O'Neal, who hosted the first two seasons of the show.

In 2002, Breuer's first one-hour Comedy Central special, Hardcore, premiered. The same year, he released a comedy album titled Smoke 'n' Breu.[7]

Breuer featured in the 2005 VH1 documentary When Metallica Ruled the World, in which he spoke about songs by Metallica through the years.

On July 25, 2009, Breuer's second one-hour Comedy Central special, Let's Clear the Air, premiered and became one of the highest-rated comedy specials in Comedy Central's history.[citation needed]

Breuer appeared in Pizza Hut commercials, advertising the cheese crust-filled pizzas using the catchphrase "Jackpot!"

Beginning in 2016, Breuer has appeared in the recurring role of Father Philip on the CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait, which is set and filmed in Breuer's native Nassau County, New York.

Radio career[edit]

Breuer was a sit-in comedian on the Opie and Anthony Show for many years during their WNEW-FM tenure. "Breuer Bits" were often played whenever the show was on hiatus.[citation needed] With the XM/Sirius merger complete, Breuer returned to the Opie and Anthony Show for the first time in six years on August 8, 2008.[8] He remained a frequent guest.

Breuer is the host of Fridays with Jim Breuer, (previously known as Breuer Unleashed) which can be heard each Friday afternoon from 4-6PM (EST) on the Sirius Satellite Radio channel "Raw Dog Comedy." He credits Joe Pesci with jump starting his career as he mentions in his comedy concert "Hardcore". During one show, while Breuer was singing the Judas Priest song "Devil's Child," Rob Halford, lead singer of Judas Priest, entered the studio and joined Breuer in song.[9]

Other work[edit]

In 2008, Breuer went on his first tour in six years known as the "Breuniversity Tour" where he toured over 20 colleges and comedy clubs across the country. The footage was used in his documentary More Than Me, as well as his 4-hour DVD The Jim Breuer Road Journals, both of which were released in 2010.

On October 5, 2010 he published a book called I'm Not High (But I've Got a Lot of Crazy Stories about Life as a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior).[10]

In January 2011, he launched a podcast called "The Podcast Masters" with fellow comedian Pete Correale.

In December 2011, Breuer presented at Metallica's 30th Anniversary shows. He was the opening act for the band's 2018 tour.

Personal life[edit]

As of 2005, Breuer lives in Chester Township, New Jersey, with his wife, Dee, and three daughters.[11]

He is a self-described "superfan" of the New York Mets.[12]


1. Thrash (Jim Breuer / Rob Caggiano / Joe Vigliotti)
2.Raising Teenage Girls (Jim Breuer / Rob Caggiano / Metal Mike Chlasciak/ Mike Tichy)
3.Old School (Jim Breuer / Rob Caggiano / Desmond Child /Metal Mike Chlasciak / Joan Jett)
4.Be a Dick 2nite (Jim Breuer / Rob Caggiano / Mike Tichy / Joe Vigliotti)
5.My Rock 'n Roll Dream (Jim Breuer / Rob Caggiano / Mike Tichy)
6.Mr. Rock 'n Roll (Jim Breuer / Rob Caggiano / Brian Johnson)
7. Who's Better Than Us?! (Jim Breuer / Rob Caggiano)
8.Family Warrior (Jim Breuer / Rob Caggiano / Chris Chicinno / Metal Mike Chlasciak)
9.Sugar Rush (Jim Breuer / Rob Caggiano / Mike Tichy)
10.Wannabe (Paul Bond / Jim Breuer / Rob Caggiano)
11. The Unexplained (Jim Breuer / Rob Caggiano / Larry Schneidmuller)

Jim Breuer: Vocals
Rob Caggiano: Guitars
Mike Tichy: Drums, Bg Vocals
Joe Vigliotti: Bass, Bg Vocals

Brian Johnson: vocals on 5 & 6

Touring Band:
Jim Breuer: Vocals
Mike Tichy: Lead Guitar, Bg Vocals
Joe Vigliotti: Bass, Bg Vocals
Allison Woest: Rhythm Guitar
Eric See: Drums


Year Title Role Notes
1995–1998 Saturday Night Live Goat Boy Cast Member
1995 Home Improvement Jim Episode: "Talk to Me"
1995 Clerks: The TV Show Randal Graves TV Short
1996 'Buddies Jim Unaired Pilot
1998 Half Baked Brian
1999 Dick John Dean
2000 Titan A.E. The Cook Voice
2000 Once in the Life Pizzaman
2001 One Eyed King Paddy O'Donahue
2002 American Dummy Tony Metropolis Short
2003 Crooked Lines Chris
2006 Beer League Football Guy
2010 More than Me Himself
2010 The Jim Breuer Road Journals Himself
2011 Zookeeper Crow Voice
2012–2013 Motorcity Tooley Voice, 11 episodes
2013 The English Teacher Narcissist Man
2014 Family Guy Joe Pesci (voice) Episode: "Brian's a Bad Father"
2014 School Dance Officer Lagney
2015 Quitters
2016 Bling Mr. Glump Voice
2016 Rock and a Hard Place Pastor Darren
2016–2017 Kevin Can Wait Father Phillip 4 episodes
2017 Liv & Maddie Himself Episode: "Big Break-A-Rooney"


  1. ^ "Jim Breuer Biography". Starpulse.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  2. ^ "Jim Breuer". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on February 20, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Bacon Brothers, Jim Breuer Honor Fathers by Supporting Troops". DoDLive. March 25, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  5. ^ "Jim Breuer: Stand Up Videos and Funny Clips | Comedy Central's Jokes.com". Comedians.comedycentral.com. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  6. ^ "The Jim Breuer Show (1998– )". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  7. ^ Michael Cusanelli. "Smoke 'n' Breu – Jim Breuer | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  8. ^ "Opie and Anthony Show Rundown for August 8th, 2008". 923krock.com. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  9. ^ "Breuer and Halford Duet". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  10. ^ Breuer, Jim (October 5, 2010). I'm Not High: (But I've Got a Lot of Crazy Stories about Life as a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior). New York: Gotham Books. ISBN 978-1-59240-575-6.
  11. ^ Keller, Joel (October 16, 2005). "In Person; Mr. Breuer's Neighborhood". The New York Times. Retrieved October 28, 2007. Mr. Breuer's stand-up comedy often revolves around stories about his childhood in Valley Stream, N.Y., on Long Island, his marriage and his neighbors. Living in Chester speaks to how he wants to live.
  12. ^ "Jim Breuer: Why Would You Boo the Mets?" – via www.youtube.com.
  13. ^ "Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy". Metal Blade Records. Retrieved January 17, 2017.

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