I am actor/comedian Kevin Nealon. Go ahead and ask me anything.
Hi. I'm Kevin Nealon. You might know my work from my years on Saturday Night Live, Showtime's 'Weeds' or many Adam Sandler films. If you are in San Francisco, April 25-27th come see me at Cobbs Comedy Club.
Thanks for all your questions! Sorry I couldn't get to all of them. If you have anymore I will be at Cobbs in San Francisco April 25-27th. Had a great time, THANK YOU! Kevin
Thanks, psycho I appreciate it.
It's been 15 years since we lost Phil Hartman. What was your favorite sketch you did with him?
Thanks for doing this AMA! I'm a big fan of your work.
A great talent. We used to call him 'the glue' because he kept all the sketches together. I think about him often. So many fav sketches with him. Tarzan, Tonto and Frankenstein...Mace...The olympian weight lifter...I'm sure I'm forgetting tons..
Can you comment on the Corpus Aristotelicum, the writings of Aristotle and their relevance in dealing with the problem of the rise of cheap/tasteless sushi joints in North America?
I'm so tired of that question! Once again, I don't see the problem!
1987 : Roxanne : Drunk #2
How do you feel knowing you're not drunk #1 ? ;)
Kind of like Buzz Aldrin
Kevin, I feel that sometimes my electric bill gets to be a little too high in the winter. What are some ways I could conserve the heat in my home so as to not have the heat on so often?
fart under the covers
What was it like during SNL's heyday when you had alllll those powerhouse comics and a exemplary writing staff? Bananas? And what was Chris Farley like when he was offstage?
It was an incredible experience. Loved it. No regrets. Farley offstage was everything you would expect him to be. Fun loving, reckless and often inappropriate. We had a thing -- If he was getting out of hand I would raise my eyebrows and he would respond with, "What? Take it down a notch?" Miss him.
Thank you for this AMA. I love your work as I grew up watching all the Sandler films!
Long shot, but would you be interested in coming on my podcast and nerding out?
I know people don't expect much when they preface their question with 'Long shot,' so...yeah, I'd be interested. What's your podcast called?
What do you consider a requirement for a career in comedy?
How much pot do you actually smoke?
What's the funniest experience you can remember from your time on Saturday Night Live?
P.S. Loved you on Weeds for so many years! You are hilarious!
One of the few times I almost broke character is when Chris Farley got hung up on the Weekend Update letters behind us as he was supposed to be hoisted up on a cable and flown over the audience. Too funny!
You were a highlight of SNL for me back in the day.
The farting hypnotist you did with Adam Sandler on his comedy tape had me in stitches.
Figure I should ask a question. Do you have any good behind the scenes stories from your snl days?
The farts were put in later (most of them) on the Farting Hypnotist. Every time a fart was supposed to be inserted during our dialogue Sandler would just point. Behind the scene stories from SNL -- I particularly remember the Saturday that Steve Martin was hosting with Sting as musical guest. The fire alarms went off that afternoon and we all had to rush down the stairs and out into the street. We weren't allowed back into the building until right before the live show. We went on with no rehearsal. Quite exciting. (just smoke in the building).
I almost hit you with a frisbee in the Boston Public Gardens about twenty years ago. Have you forgiven me yet?
No I haven't. I still flinch every time a plate is put in front of me.
Harness. Energy. Block. Bad.
I put in the quarter, I got on the horse, the horse did not move. What did I do wrong?
Thanks for this, you're hysterical.
Its circular. You forgot circular!!
are you doing this AMA by yourself, or do you have someone operating the computer for you?
how do you feel about nudity in movies and TV?
I'm doing this by myself although my good friend and very funny comic, Jay Black, introduced it to me a few days ago when we were doing a gig in NY. I love nudity in movies and TV as long as its not me.
I saw you with my girlfriend two years ago and you kept eyeing her like you wanted to take her back to your room and wreck her. Has this tactic ever worked and do you fuck groupies on the road?
Yes, it worked that night.
Most redditors are probably too young to know about parenting, or that you decided to have a baby with your much younger wife (lucky man) and write a book about it.
My buddy gave me your book, 'Yes, You're Pregnant, but What About Me?', a few years ago when I was expecting my first child, it was a great read. Your book was very well written and should be read by anyone, not just fathers-to-be. It was nice to have something with a comedic twist during such a stressful time.
Any chance you will be writing a follow up book? Perhaps about the trials and tribulations of parenting as an old man like yourself. If not, have any advice for a fellow "older" dad?
Thanks. Glad you liked it. I'd like to write another book but it probably won't be a follow up although I like your suggestion. Re being an older dad...make sure you have a baby girl and not a boy (less energetic) and marry a young athlete to take care of it.
Thanks, Kevin, for doing this AMA.
Which do you enjoy most, writing, acting, or standup?
Tough choice -- I really like writing but I'd have to say stand up is where I'm at right now.
What was it like having breasts on your head in Little Nicky? Did the actors around the set cop a feel? I have the feeling a story must have come out of wearing tits on your head between takes.
Loved having the breasts on my head. The make up dept. really made them authentic. Filled with condoms full of water. Everyone wanted to feel them, guys and women. At the end of the day when they were removed no one cared about me. It was then I realized how powerful it was to have breasts!
How hard was it to do "Mr Subliminal". I've tried to imitate it, but could never pull it off. Was it a natural talent for you, or did you have to work on it?
It was my first sketch I did on SNL. It was mind-boggling because you had two conversations going at the same time and it was SNL and it was live and oh, please don't remind me...
What was your favorite film to act in?
Aside from a home movie I shot with my brother...either Happy Gilmore or Roxanne. I was Drunk #2. Both were shot in British Columbia. Beautiful there. Worked with a bunch of funny people on both.
What line/scene from Weeds would you say is the most memorable for you?
What do you call that thing between an asshole and a dick?
(A coffee table)
Who is the least professional actor you have ever worked with? Why?
Sandler's brother and sister in a movie called Jack and Jill. I was in one scene with them which got cut out. I only say they were the least professional because they weren't professional actors. They had other careers which they were very professional at.
How close in real life would you say you are to your character in Weeds? I mean in terms of sarcastic wit in real life.
I suppose more so in some episodes than others, although I think I'm more passive aggressive in nature than sarcastic. I was about to put a smiley face here...
Honestly, how did you feel about the ending of Weeds?
I liked it a lot because it wrapped up all the characters nicely, but my friends say it jumped the shark a bit in the last couple seasons.
Also, I love your subliminal comedy. Miss you!
I agree with Justin Kirk who played Andy on Weeds..."I don't feel things when they are happening." At the time I was fine with it and looking forward to moving on to other things in life but now I am becoming a little nostalgic for it. We would have begun taping Season 9 this week. I have certain years that were my favorite on that run. I think when any show runs that long you are going to have some years that are stronger than others. I ran into Chevy Chase once and he said that with SNL a lot of people don't remember this but only one out of two SNL shows in the original years were good.
Dude, I freaking loved you on Weeds. Doug Wilson...amazing character.
You're awesome man, and probably one of the funniest people around, period. Love ya man!
Would you still refuse to take a shit in an Olive Garden? :)
Thanks. I could be talked into it now, I guess.
I loved the episode of Curb you were on. Will you do it again?
LOVED doing that show! Would love to do it again anytime!!!
Who was your biggest inspiration starting out?
Jerry Lewis movies...Stanley Myron Handleman, Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart, Steve Martin, Andy Kaufman, Albert Brookes
Hi! I just wanted to say that you make me laugh and I think we could be friends.
Big fan! Loved the book!
Any roles you regret turning down? Any roles on your "bucket list"?
As you may be able to tell I don't turn down anything. I'd like to be a character in The Game of Thrones. I'd like to be a King who can fly but has no control of his bowels.
Hello Kevin, do you have a favorite Weekend Update Anchor? In my estimation, you were incredible in "delivering the news". Thanks for the laughs!
So many good ones. Each anchor brings their own style and personality to it. I guess Chevy is the one that stands out in my head.
The info box says you are working a comedy club next week. What other projects are you working on, or have lined up?
I'm doing lots of stand up this year. You can check out my website Kevinnealon.com for tour dates. I just completed a film with Elizabeth Banks called Walk of Shame (out in September) and I will be going to South Africa in June to shoot another Sandler film called Blended.
Thank you. You are awesome!
I think you mean Weekend Update and not The Daily Show. Wish I was offered that! Lorne Michaels simply offered it to me after Dennis Miller left.
What was the worst you were ever heckled? (Doug btw was my stoner groups favorite character on WEEDS)
I once brought a friend of a friend to one of my shows and she proceeded to get wasted and heckled me mercilessly. She eventually passed out at her table and I had to physically carry her to my car and bring her back to her place and wait with her until her roommate returned. Nice guys finish last!
What's your favorite one-liner?
I liked that line that Tommy Lee Jones' character had in Lincoln. Someone knocked on his door and he yelled, "It opens!"
My girlfriend keeps saying she sees you, just driving around town every few weeks. We live in Vegas. Tell her she's crazy.
Wait, that's not a question. Tell her she's crazy???
I have been there a few times in the last six months
Are there any former snl cast members you worked with that you feel should have got more respect?
I love the stuff you do on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. What's she like? What's it like being on her show?
I've known Ellen since we both started out doing stand up. She's really cool and fun. I'm proud of her and her success. Its fun being on her show (again May 23rd-ish) because its a different type of audience and sensibility than the late night shows. Its a nice change.
What are your favourite late night talk shows to go on?
Are you from Canada?
Hi Kevin huge fan!
What has been your favorite part about filming Weeds? Except getting up close with Mary's boobs in the hospital room scene. That's too obvious.
Also is Alexander Gould anything like his character?
Thanks for doing this AMA! I love comedians on Reddit. :D
Aside from that, yes...playing Doug Wilson was fun. As you know he was quite oblivious to social manners and basically did what ever he wanted to do. i liked that I was on a show that people really seemed to watch and appreciate. From my vantage point, Alexander Gould could not have been further from his character. When he first started on the show he had to leave the rehearsal room before any profanity was read.
Out of every portion of entertainment that you have done such as, stand up, sketch, movies and television series. What has been your most memorable?
Doing stand up on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
In your time playing Doug on Weeds, how were the many sex scenes you did with Elizabeth Perkins and others? Was it awkward for you or did you have fun with it?
Im not good at remembering how many or how long but I think I had two or three with EP and a few pot induced flings with one or two others and of course the MLP rendezvous in the hospital if you want to call that a sex scene. I guess they are a little awkward but we did have fun with it. We always wanted to make them different and fun from your usual sex scene. Most included barking like a dog.
Thanks for the answer Kevin! I'm a huge fan! I really loved Happy Gilmore and your hanging/masturbation scene in Weeds. SNL too of course!
what is your worst fan experience?
Its always with drunk people that come up and get in your face or when you are on the phone and they grab you and want you to come back to their table.
What is your favorite Adam Sandler movie?
I like Fifty First Dates
If you were to host SNL, who would you want as the musical guest?
Good question -- Jason Mraz or maybe that black gal from the Oscars that sang that Bond song?
Who did you hate most on SNL? Who was your favorite?
I hated everyone. Kidding, that was just a new character I was trying out. My favorite character was the doorman downstairs at the elevator.
You are hilarious! Thank you for what you do! :-) Is anyone ever legitimately stoned on the set of Weeds?
Thank you. Not that I know of but...maybe.
Hi Mr. Nealon, Im a huge fan. I have two questions:
*Who came up with the "Legendary!" line in Weeds, did you improv it or was it in the script?
*When you guys were smoking weed in Weeds, what were you actually smoking?
Thank you so much for doing this AMA.
Jenji Cohen, the creator, came up with that line and she told me it was based on someone she knew. Honey rose herb
What is is like acting with Mary-Louise Parker? Thanks for doing this, I love your work!
It's intimidating and rewarding. I always feel inferior working with her and prayed that she didn't ask to have me replaced. She is such a great actress and I learned so much from just watching her work. And yes, easy on the eyes, too.
How is Billy the Elephant doing these days?
I haven't spoken to him recently but I'm sure he would like to be in an enclosure that gave him more room to be an elephant.
What is your favorite skit from SNL and who was the funniest person off camara? I love the Tonto, Tarzan, and Frankenstein.
My favorite sketch that I wrote was The Bathroom Attendant with Harvey Keitel.
Hey Kevin, huge fan - your Weekend Update was amongst the best ever!
Question: Was there any particular comic you grew up watching who got you interested enough in comedy to pursue it as a career? Also, what was your worst moment onstage as a comic? I'm sure every comic has one, just curious how cringe-worthy yours was...
Steve Martin, Andy Kaufman and Albert Brooks. Loved absurd comedy. I once had a drunk woman chase me into my dressing room afterwards and pour a rum gimlet on my head.
Hey Kevin, thanks for your time.
Do you see any similarity between your "Mr. Subliminal" and Stephen Colbert's "The Wørd"? The core idea is basically identical, but his is a lot easier to perform. Have you ever thought about going on his show and showing him how it's supposed to be done?
I've heard that it is similar although I'm not a regular viewer of the show so I've never seen it. I'm still catching up on The Wire.
How much do you think stage personality plays into the success of a comic?
Subliminal Man is a character who pops into my head from time to time and I crack up every time. Good job on that.
First off I love all your work. My question is simply what has it been like working with Happy Madison productions? Is Adam Sandler as goofy in real life as he is on screen? And last what is your favorite movie, skit or show you worked on?
Sorry if all these were asked already I'm just sorta fangasming right now :)
Working on a Happy Madison film is always fun. I get to hang out with my friends that I have known forever. When we're not shooting we are joking around, playing basketball or guitars or just knitting. Sandler likes to laugh and is truly fun to hang out with. My fav movie I worked on was Happy Gilmore. No, wait...Roxanne. I did like shooting Little Nicky , too.
IMDB says your "Trademarks" are your Towering Height and Your Baritone voice. Anything you would like to add? lol
I can also yodel a little but not in a baritone voice.
Who was the funniest actor on set for Weeds? Who was the most quiet?
Martin Short is always up there for me. Jason Alexander is very quiet.
Is stand up your favorite median or do you prefer sketch shows to get out your individual ideas
Stand-up trumps sketch at this time.
Hey Nealon, any advice for would-be comedy writers? I can't help but feel a kinship towards comedian writers/actors, but how does a non-Jew, Canadian, average chub become a comedian? By the way, I think your character in weeds is spot on, one of the reasons I kept watching the show. Also, Mr Cheezle was awesome, I guess any of your stoner characters are my favourite. Thanks for the IAMA.
Watch a lot of comedy. Write a lot. Read other successful writers works. Maybe find a writing partner?
Every scene you're in, you steal all the attention. I'm wondering; were you ever high on set? In the last scene of Weeds, when you all sat on the porch passing some joints, all of you actually looked high.
Alot of fans have been speculating if the last scene was real or not, to honor the show.
Can you give me the truth, Kevin?
I was never high on the set although the honey rose herb that we smoked gave us a light headed feeling. In the last scene I can honestly only speak for myself -- clear headed.
Huge fan of you Kevin. Can't believe you've made me laugh for over 15 years!
How were your first years as a stand up comedian? Did you bomb alot, or were you lucky? Can be such a brutal world.
Thanks. First years as a stand up were incredibly fun believe it or not. I loved doing open mike nights. I gave myself two years to see some progress or I was getting out. I guess I gave luck a chance and things worked out. Yes I did bomb some nights but they were few or I didn't realize I was bombing.
Did you find any difficulty in working with Lorne? I can imagine that he could be quite intimidating when you first meet him..
It wasn't intimidating as much as it was you wanted to please and impress him...at first. After a while you knew you couldn't live your life that way and you just wanted him to love you.
What was it like to act in the series "Weeds"? Any fun stories off the set with "Andy"? I loved your character in that series by the way.
Everyone thinks it must be a blast and a lot of fun to work on a show like Weeds and while it is fun at times to hang out with the other characters/writers/crew etc. it is also tedious and boring at times. Once you start filming, though, its fun acting with the others. Glad you liked Doug Wilson!
Favorite strain of cannabis?
You've done so much in your career so far. Is there something you've always wanted to do, but haven't yet?
Thanks for this AMA :)
A dark, romantic comedy film.
Did you keep anything from the set of Weeds?
Yes, but not my dignity. I kept some clothes. I actually have the Guru Doug costume. I'm not sure why. I hardly have room in my closet for my street clothes.
I would like to pursue comedy as a career, either as an actor or a writer or perhaps both. What advice would you give me?
Study chemistry so you have something to fall back on.
I am also a fellow native of Connecticut! What are the three best things you remember about growing up in the good old CT?
autumn, the smell of rain on tar and nutmeg.
This is really weird to me that this AMA is already an hour in and so few questions. I assume you travel a lot for your job/jobs. What has been your favorite travel destination to date?
Point Barrow, Alaska. No lie. in the 80's as a comic. Freezing but fascinating!
just one question....WHAT'S UP MR. CHEEZLE???
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