Kevin Nealon always wanted to be a stand-up comic, not an actor. Still, most people remember him from his work on the Showtime drama “Weeds,” appearances in Adam Sandler movies or his nearly decade-long stint on “Saturday Night Live.”
But stand-up was always his first priority, Nealon told The World-Herald, and acting came second. Still, a fellow stand-up told him that it might not be a bad idea to take some acting classes, so he did.
“Sure enough, all that stuff happened,” Nealon said.
Though many know him from doing the Mr. Subliminal character on SNL, Nealon still does live comedy. This weekend, he comes to Omaha for four shows at the Funny Bone.
He said he'll be doing material that includes Mr. Subliminal as well as things you may have seen in his last couple of Showtime comedy specials. Anticipate some new material as well as a few jokes localized to Omaha.
“At this point, I'm talking about my paranoias and things that whelm me, but not overly,” he said, laughing. “As you get older, subconsciously you start thinking about mortality and protecting your offspring. It opens up a whole new avenue of life experiences.”
After his years in film and television, Nealon's audience has a wide age range. Young people know his pot-smoking character, Doug, from “Weeds” while others know him from SNL. He still gets people who walk up to him and quote lines from his films and shows.
“I get a lot of ‘Where do you get your weed from' (from ‘Grandma's Boy') and certainly the ‘Feel the flow. Be the ball,” (from ‘Happy Gilmore'),” he said.
Aside from continuing his onstage comedy, Nealon is also working on new projects. With “Weeds” over, he's working on a TV pilot that is based a little bit on reality.
“It's about an older first-time dad married to a younger wife,” he said. “Basically, I'm a people pleaser who has a knack for disappointing.”
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