Synopses & Reviews
A hilarious memoir from comedian Jim Breuer, with inside stories from his career in comedy as well as deeply personal moments from his life.
With his goofy smile, sleepy eyes, and stoner's laugh, Jim Breuer might not appear to be the most introspective comedian out there. The fact that he made his mark playing Goat Boy on Saturday Night Live and a recalcitrant toker in the stoner classic Half Baked likely doesn't help his reputation at all. But in I'm Not High, we meet a whole new Jim Breuer.
Jim dishes on everything from the SNL years to his early adventures in film. The cast of characters includes Chris Farley, Dave Chappelle, and Tracy Morgan-who all taught Jim lasting lessons about the high-stakes game of fame. He also chronicles the role family has played in keeping him honest. Whether he's arguing with his wife about religion, taking care of his kids, or helping his ailing father get through the day with his dignity intact, it's clear that some of Jim's best material comes from his best moments as a son and a dad and a husband.
"Funnyman Breuer, best known for his portrayals of Goat Boy and Joe Pesci on Saturday Night Live, shows that he is more than just a goofball in this engaging memoir. In incidents described with equal parts humor and solemnity, Breuer illustrates the important role that spirituality has played in his life: for example, he temporarily lost his memoir notes after daring the devil to take them; he kissed a friend the night before she died in an accident; and he felt strangely compelled to reach out to Chris Farley shortly before his death. Comedy has been another constant, and numerous SNL anecdotes will appeal to fans of the show. Breuer's memories of realizing as a child that he had the ability to entertain have a cinematic quality: 'Pretty soon a crowd would gather around...cheering me on like it was a real boxing match.' More interested in conveying himself as a multi-faceted man than fishing for laughs (though readers will still chuckle), Breuer succeeds in demonstrating groundedness, humility, and gratitude.
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With his goofy smile, sleepy eyes, and stoner's laugh, Breuer might not appear to be the most introspective comedian out there. This memoir reveals the complex man behind the simpleminded persona, bringing to life true stories from a career that has spanned two riotous decades.
About the Author
Stand-up comedian Jim Breuer was part of the Saturday Night Live cast from 1995-1998. He now hosts Sirius/XM radio show "Fridays with Breuer". In 2009, he headlined a one-hour Comedy Central special call "Let's Clear the Air," and he will appear in the Kevin James/Adam Sandler feature film The Zookeeper (2010). He lives in New Jersey with his family.