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Kevin Nealon talks Mr. Subliminal, Happy Gilmore and the 'Hans and Franz' movie

Before he joined Saturday Night Live in the late '80s, Kevin Nealon just wanted America to buy more beer. Click here for our podcast interview with the comedian. The print version of our interview is in the Tampa Bay Times today. Here are some highlights:

ON PEOPLE QUOTING HIM: "You know, I've done so many different things that are catchy. It's Happy Gilmore when I'm golfing in a pro-am tournament, people yelling out, "Feel the flow!" "Be the ball" "Harness the good, block the bad." Then there are the people who know me as Mr. Cheezle from Grandma's Boy. So they're quoting that, or Saturday Night Live stuff."

ON THE ABORTED HANS AND FRANZ MOVIE: "Yes, we wrote a musical! Hans and Franz: The Girly Man Dilemma. I wrote it with Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel and Dana Carvey. Arnold Schwarzenegger was co-producing with us, and he was going to star in it. We got it written, sold it to Sony. But I think Arnold got cold feet."

ON HIS MR. SUBLIMINAL ACT: "I remember right before going on to do that sketch — this was my first sketch on Saturday Night Live. It was nerve-wracking; it's like having two conversations at once. I remember seconds before going out, coming out of commercial, (show creator and producer) Lorne Michaels taps me on the shoulder — keep in mind, my first sketch ever — and says, 'Are you sure this is what you want?' "

[The comedian performs at 9 p.m. Friday at the Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. $35. (727) 367-4511.]

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:08am]


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