CLEAN IS THE NEW SHOCK

Audiences recognize Jim Breuer because they loved his characters on Saturday Night Live or his role in “Half Baked,” but that’s not why they keep coming back to see his standup.

In an era of dark comedy, Jim Breuer delivers humor on the lighter side — focusing on those laughs in life that really resonate with everyone. Indeed, it’s rare to see a comedian try something as daring as clean comedy and pull it off the way that Breuer has. After commercial success with SNL and “Half Baked,” Breuer longed to step away from scripted characters and go back to his standup roots. He desired to deliver solid comedy that wasn’t dependent on shock value or stories of misery.

“Being clean is the new shock,” said Breuer in an interview with Popmatters. “I feel like the last decade was the grunge era for comedians in America. I’m exhausted by it. I want to laugh. I don’t want to hear about things that suck. When you’re paying money to come and see me, it’s my job to make you laugh. And laugh hard.”

Well-respected, and often described as the comedian’s comedian, Jim Breuer was named one of the “100 Greatest Standups of All Time” by Comedy Central. You can catch his show on September 15 at the Lincoln Center. Tickets start at $29.50 and are available at LCtix.com.