Kevin Nealon: "I Think a Lot of Comedians are Frustrated Musicians"

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Can you tell us about the upcoming film Walk of Shame?

It's about an unlikely helicopter traffic reporter, and Elizabeth Banks is in it and she's trying to get to a really important newscaster interview at a certain time and she's up against all these obstacles. 

Did you go on any helicopter rides? 

Yeah, I had to fly in a helicopter over L.A. It was terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. I was a passenger. They had cameras set up kind of like Taxicab Confessions

Did you have to really act so that you didn't look terrified?

Yeah, that was probably the most difficult acting job, with delivering lines in a helicopter. We took off from the roof a building, which adds double to the scariness of it all. It's a small helicopter and I have really long legs, so I was cramped in the front, pressed up against the glass. 

Were the skies clear? 

It was actually a beautiful, clear day. It had been very windy the day before that and that morning. I'd been very concerned because it was so windy. It all worked out perfectly, and there was a very nice view from that height. The Hollywood sign, from the mountain, I'd never been able to see it before, that's how clear it was. 

You also made a Lance Armstrong joke on Twitter (When all is said and done, Lance Armstrong is still the fastest out of all the cyclists that dope. #LanceArmstrong) are you a big fan, or any thoughts on that? 

I think that steroids should be legalized only for medicinal purposes and recreational purposes, but nothing professional. It's unfortunate that all this has been going on and how commonplace it became where he thought there wasn't anything wrong with doing it. 

Do you have a favorite SNL cast, one that defines the show for you? The "golden years?"

I like the year that we came on the show. Originally, it was the most inspirational for me to watch. What we did was fun, because it was a great cast. Really fun people on the show. And to live in New York City was amazing, to work with all these hosts and musicians each week. I got to meet Paul McCartney when he played "Lady Madonna," all these icons that I grew up watching. Like Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon. It was amazing. 

Do you still listen to those musicians today or do you listen to new music? 

Yeah, I like Jason Mraz, I like Dave Wilcox. I like a lot of country music. I like Brad Paisley, Clint Black, Rascal Flatts. 

It seems a lot of comedians make music. Do you think there's a link between the two? 
Yeah, I think a lot of comedians are frustrated musicians and vice versa. It's amazing how many comedians know how to play an instrument. I think maybe that's what they started out doing and comedy came a little easier to them. 

Comedy seems a lot harder to do. Music can be more technical at times. Do you think comedy is technical? 

I think there's a certain part of it that's technical, as far as the core of it might be technical, but you have to make it your own personal instrument. 

What can we expect from your standup? 

My standup is very conversational. Lately, it's based on my life. I think the longer you do standup, the more personal it becomes. You start evolving. Mine is more a reflection of my personal life, but of course it's exaggerated and spun a little bit. 

I talk about some of my fears, I have a Showtime special called Whelmed... But Not Overly, and I kind of deal with that type of area. I talk about getting a flu shot. I haven't gotten one in a couple of years. I wonder if it's too late to get last year's flu shot. 

It just seems to me that these flu shots are too available now. You go to any CVS store, or Walgreen, and you can get a shot there, or at Target. I'm wondering who trains these people. If they wrap a belt around your arm, then you have to get out of there, it's not a good sign. I think like anybody that's even shopping at CVS is qualified to give you a shot now. 

Kevin Nealon. 8 and 10:30 p.m., February 8 and 9. Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Call 954-981-5653.

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Fort Lauderdale Improv

5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL

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