Bryan Callen

Bryan Callen will perform Friday through Sunday at the Palm Beach Improv. (Bryan Callen/Courtesy / April 23, 2010)

Bryan Callen has a slight case of Peter Pan syndrome.

"Maturity, you can keep it," the comedian says. "It's the slow acceptance and realization that I'm never going to be a rock star, superhero or even a sex God. But I haven't completely given up. That's why I work out all the time. ... One day, someone might ask me to save the world."

An original cast member of "MADtv," the late-night, sketch-comedy show that ran on Fox from 1995 to 2009, Callen currently is poking fun at his humdrum life during the Man Class World Tour, which will arrive this weekend at the Palm Beach Improv. He spoke via phone from Los Angeles about his podcast, "The Bryan Callen Show," and what he loves most about South Florida.

What bores you most about adulthood?


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Waiting in line, being polite, having to be appropriate, not being able to speed, having to set an example. And monogamy.

Doing the podcast must be fun.

Yeah, it's actually become quite popular. I just did an interview with Kevin Hart inside his trailer on the set of our new movie, "Ride Along" with Ice Cube and John Leguizamo. [Hart] pretended to be drunk, but really wasn't. I'm lucky that I have a lot of access to high-profile and successful people. I get to talk to them for an hour and find out what makes them tick. I interviewed a huge porn-star director that has been in the business for 25 years. They had just finished shooting a movie, and there were baby wipes everywhere. It was pretty gross.

Is there anyone you'd like to interview but haven't?

You might think I'd say an actor or celebrity, but they're always a letdown. I'd like to talk to authors, and people who want to make a difference. The innovators from Silicon Valley, or a politician. I met Arnold Schwarzenegger at a dinner once, but wouldn't mind asking him [on air] what it was like running California.

What's your favorite thing about performing standup in Florida?

I love the sticky, warm weather and the smell of fresh grass. It fills me with mischief. I love the crowds, too. They are the greatest in the world.

Is there a historical character you would like to play?

Joan of Arc or maybe Betty Crocker. Everyone will say I never knew Joan of Arc had an Adam's apple and check out her manly loins and muscular jawline.

Bryan Callen will perform May 10-12 at the Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $20. Go to PalmBeachImprov.com.