We anticipated a high-energy, laugh-filled evening with Jim Breuer at The Carolina Theatre of Durham on Friday, May 8th. What we didn’t expect was one-two punch of two truly first-rate comedians.
As expected, Breuer kept the house in stitches. His anecdotes are especially funny, because they keep us off-balance with one laugh after another. His antics, his facial expressions, his impersonations, and the multiple voices and accents add a richness to each scene that he plays out for us. Sound effects? Breuer can make his microphone impersonate a soccer ball, a tennis ball, a shot gun, and anything else that might get bumped or that might deserve a good swift kick.
Who would have thought it possible to milk so much humor out of hair-in-the-shower, grandpa-in-the-back-seat, or lions-on-YouTube?
Jim Breuer began his show by letting any “newbies” know: “I’m gonna look like this the whole show.”
And at the end, he pleased fans of vintage Jim Breuer with a “special guest appearance” by Goatboy and one of his classic dead-on impressions of — sorry, not telling!
The opening act — Rich Aronovitch — was also quite pleasing. Accents and voices seem to come natural to him. Boston, British, Indian, Italian, New York, “Southern” — he slips seamlessly back and forth between them. He has the definitive explanation for why GPS has the voice of an English lady. And he took us quite by surprise when he realized that a group of people that he thought were Italians were actually not Italians. (You had to be there.)
“Time flies when you’re having fun.” Jim Breuer and Rich Aronovitch proved that beyond the shadow of a doubt. Their styles are different; and depending on your cup-of-tea, you might enjoy one more than the other, but you will enjoy them both. If at all possible, catch a performance on this tour. (Dates appear here and here.)
SECOND OPINION: May 7th Durham, NC Herald-Sun preview by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/showcase/x1222489963/JIM-BREUER-Comedian-actor-and-soon-to-be-rocker. (Note: You must subscribe to read this article).
JIM BREUER (The Carolina Theatre of Durham May 8 in Fletcher Hall).
SHOW: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/jim-breuer and https://www.facebook.com/events/329972540546142/.
VIDEO PREVIEWS: http://officialjimbreuer.com/videos/. THE TOUR: http://officialjimbreuer.com/tour/.
PRESENTER: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/, https://www.facebook.com/CarolinaTheatreDurham, https://twitter.com/carolinadurham, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolina_Theatre.
Jim Breuer (comedian and actor): http://officialjimbreuer.com/ (official website), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0108028/ (Internet Movie Database), https://www.facebook.com/JimBreuer (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/JimBreuer (Twitter page), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Breuer (Wikipedia).
Rich Aronovitch (comedian and actor): http://www.richisfunny.com/ (official website), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3604669/ (Internet Movie Database), https://www.facebook.com/richisfunny (Facebook page), and https://twitter.com/richisfunny (Twitter page).
Pamela Vesper has been a Raleigh resident for more than 20 years. A local attorney for licensed professionals, when she’s not in court, Pam can be found watching or participating in local theater productions or enjoying the vibrant Raleigh music and craft beer scene. She also loves indie and foreign films and was an anchor on the local cable show, Movie Minutes. Pam has an opinion on just about everything; just ask her. Kurt Benrud is a graduate of Cary High School and N.C. State University, and he has taught English at both. He first became involved in local theater in 1980. He has served on the board of directors for both the Cary Players and the Cary Playwrights’ Forum. He is also a volunteer reader with Triangle Radio Reading Service. Click here to read their reviews for Triangle Review and Triangle Arts and Entertainment.