Long Island comedian Jim Breuer isn't high all the time - he just perpetually has "bloodshot stoner eyes."
"I've been dealing with that since the second grade," said Breuer, perhaps best known for his role in the 1998 stoner comedy Half Baked. "I made it a career and a living now."
But even though marijuana-themed jokes would surely land in B.C., it's unlikely they'll be part of his set in Surrey this week. Breuer is part of the latest Just for Laughs tour, billed as the Relationship Edition and set to take over Bell Performing Arts Centre on Friday, Nov. 23.
"This is the first time anywhere outside of Montreal, to be honest with you," said Breuer of his tour history in Canada. "I think maybe I played Toronto once three years ago, but this is the first time playing any other cities in Canada."
Breuer is labelled as "the Modern Family Man" and will appear onstage alongside John Heffron ("the Domesticated Male"), Godfrey ("the Ladies' Man") and Debra DiGiovanni ("the Single Cat Lady"). His closing set includes bits about marriage, parenting his three kids and ordinary, everyday life.
"I am the only person on the tour that's been married for a very long time," said Breuer, who's been married to his wife Dee for nearly 20 years. "I'm the only one with children and I'm the only one who has elderly parents (who) live with them. I'm like a family warrior."
With three generations of Breuers under one roof, the 45-year-old comic has a lot to talk about and, a few weeks in, the fans have responded well.
"Canadians are good people," he said. "They've got a good sense of humour."
That is, when they're not waiting for Metallica to take the stage. Breuer recently opened for the thrash metal pioneers on two nights at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, and the anxious metalheads weren't quite Breuer's biggest fans.
"The movie producers wanted me to do five minutes of just getting the crowd excited," he said, adding that they were nervous the Canadian fans wouldn't be rowdy enough. "I get there and the Metallica people are like, 'Listen, screw what (the producers) say. We just want our fans to become your fans. Go up there and give us 40 minutes.' Forty minutes of what?! It was like walking into a gladiator situation."
Breuer said he suggested doing a roast of Metallica, but ultimately, it was just him onstage the first night. To prevent a negative reaction the next night, he "took a hostage" by bringing a 12-year-old fan onstage for most of his set.
Breuer isn't expecting a hostile crowd in Surrey this week - for the most part, the audiences have been a mix of old faces and curious newbies. So far, no one has brought up Goat Boy, Breuer's '80s-loving character from his three-year stint on Saturday Night Live.
"It's weird, I can't figure out if they're really that big of fans or if they're really coming to see that," he said. "I think most of my fans know my stand-up side is just so much bigger and more powerful than going into that direction."
Breuer, Heffron, DiGiovanni and Godfrey take the stage at 7: 30 p.m. Friday, Nov.
23. Tickets cost $51 each and are on sale through Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1-855-9855000.
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