Kevin Nealon talks Andy Kaufman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, sticking with stand-up and more
Saturday Night Live is a fun gig for up-and-coming comics, but it's not the safest place to work. Just look at some of the hilarious people who either didn't make the cut or didn't last long: Jim Carrey, Stephen Colbert, Lisa Kudrow, Steve Carell, Kathy Griffin, John Goodman and Sarah Silverman.
Kevin Nealon, who patented memorable characters including "Mr. Subliminal," Franz of "Hans and Franz" and "Mr. No Depth Perception" while anchoring Weekend Update, lasted nine years. He never stopped performing stand-up comedy, even during SNL and a seven-year run on Showtime's Weeds, and brings his analytical and biting wit to the Palladium on Saturday.
"All I ever wanted to do was stand-up," said Nealon, 61, in a phone interview. "It kind of charges me and gives me a rush."
Nealon's show is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Palladium. Tickets are $37.50-$52.50. Click here for details.
For more with Kevin Nealon, click here for Andrew Meacham's interview.