SNL, Weeds Comedian Nealon is ‘Whelmed’

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Lynn El­ber

is the ac­tor-comedian’s ex­am­i­na­tion of his pho­bias that range from inoc­u­la­tions to cell­phones to chim­panzees.

“It’s things I’m not over­whelmed with, just con­tem­plat­ing,” Nealon said.

For in­stance, he said, the “whole flu shot thing.”

“Nowa­days it seems like any­body can give you a flu shot. You don’t know if they’re ex-junkies,” he said. His ad­vice: “If they wrap a belt around your arm, get out of there.”

The stand-up spe­cial, taped in Fe­bru­ary in Den­ver, is Nealon’s sec­ond for the Show­time ca­ble net­work in the U.S. He also plays er­rant politi­cian aDoug Wil­son on Weeds, the drug com­edy that stars Mary-Louise Parker and ends its eight-sea­son run Sept. 16.

“It’s al­ways bit­ter­sweet to say good­bye,” Nealon said. “But we all had a pretty good run.... When some­thing ends you hope you don’t get too de­pressed about it but look for­ward and be op­ti­mistic about what’s ahead.”

For the for­mer Satur­day Night Live cast mem­ber, that in­cludes chal­leng­ing him­self.

“About two years ago, I woke up and said I’d like to live out­side my com­fort range,” Nealon said. That led him to guest on the po­lit­i­cally and so­cially dar­ing Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO.

“For me it was a thrill I don’t get do­ing a lot of other talk shows be­cause they’re more ‘safe.’ Go­ing on ( Real Time) was ex­cit­ing be­cause it was out­side my com­fort box,” he said.

The other test was Howard Stern’s ra­dio show.

“I knew his in­ter­view­ing for­mat and he likes you to talk about other peo­ple, which I don’t like to do. But he caught me by sur­prise,” prov­ing both re­spect­ful and a sharp in­ter­viewer, Nealon said. “I think he’s un­der­rated as one of the best co­me­di­ans of our gen­er­a­tion.”

Nealon also puts his en­er­gies into help­ing an­i­mals, in­clud­ing tap­ing a pub­lic ser­vice an­nounce­ment for a nokill ini­tia­tive for Los Angeles an­i­mal shel­ters.

Has he adopted a pet for his fiveyear-old son, Gable?

“He just got five cater­pil­lars. All res­cues,” Nealon said. LOS ANGELES — Kevin Nealon comes across as a mel­low guy, which makes the ti­tle of his new com­edy spe­cial a proper fit.

Kevin Nealon: Whelmed But Not Overly,

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