Jim Breuer isn't put off if you refer to him as a silly guy. After all, roles such as Goat Boy on "Saturday Night Live" and a stoner in "Half Baked" have made him famous.
Few people, however, know that Breuer has a serious side. Over the years, his comedic approach has changed so much that he doesn't have to say, "baah" to get his audience's attention.
"I'm no longer stuck in the 'Half Baked' or 'SNL' world," he says. "I think I conquered it well, but that's not who I am … not even close."
Fans of the comedian will get a chance to hear some of his new, "maturer" material at 8 p.m. Saturday, when he performs at the Parker Playhouse.
Onstage, Breuer pegs himself as a modern Billy Cosby. He shies away from dirty jokes, and prefers to take a cleaner approach.
"Cosby was a huge influence on me," he says. "We were on a radio show together years ago, and he was the one who told me, 'Inspire people. Always make sure to inspire people.' "
In Breuer's documentary film "More Than Me" and the book "I'm Not High (But I've Got a Lot of Crazy Stories About Life As a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior)" the comedian has shown he's not the jackass people expect him to be.
His biggest influence is his family. Breuer's octogenarian father lives with him along his wife, and their three children. The family has toured with him, as shown in "More Than Me."
Breuer says that experience made him want to create a "family-oriented" reality show.
Until then, he'll stick with the comedic healing.
"I really want people to laugh so much that they're miserable," he says. "I've had people being on the verge of divorce, and after the show, they thanked me. … To me, that is the most-endearing thing."
Jim Breuer performs at 8 p.m. at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $23-$33. Go to ParkerPlayhouse.com.