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Jim Breuer talks 'SNL,' 'Half Baked,' Tampa Bay gigs and more

Kelly Hartmann / SeaLight Entertainment



Jim Breuer says he doesn't remember his first Saturday Night Live show.

But ask him about his days starting out in standup in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, and suddenly the floodgates open.

"The days from '89 to '91 doing the comedy clubs down there — Ron Bennington's Comedy Scene, the Comedy Corner, Coconuts — I can probably tell you every one of my sets, half the shows I did," Breuer said.

Now the comic, radio host and SNL and Half Baked actor will return to Tampa Bay for a standup show Friday at the Straz Center. (Tickets are $24.50 and up; click here for details.)

Breuer, who still has friends in Holiday and until recently family in Palm Harbor, was the house emcee at Ron Bennington's in Clearwater. While there, he met comics like Brian Regan, Paula Poundstone, Larry the Cable Guy (then Dan Whitney) and Darrell Hammond.

"It was such an amazing time and I learned so much about everything — about life, about the road, about becoming a comedian," Breuer said. "Everything back then, I have nothing but great feelings."

For more with Jim Breuer, click here for Jimmy Geurts' interview.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:31am]


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