SHU Alum Kevin Nealon Pumps Up Audience at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts
|Kevin Nealon at SHU's Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts
Photo by Lisa DeTullio Russell
Actor and comedian Kevin Nealon summed up his appearance at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on September 19th with a dry-witted explanation. He was the headliner for a fundraiser held at the college he "went to, but for a high school that's somewhere else": St. Joseph High School in Trumbull – also his alma mater.
Before going on stage for "Sunday Night Live with Kevin Nealon," the former Saturday Night Live cast member reflected on his four years at Sacred Heart (he graduated in 1975) and how much his alma mater has changed since then. "I had a lot of great memories, but unfortunately, none of them were scholastic."
He has a few sports-related ones. Nealon played soccer for three years and served as a manager for the baseball team, "which meant that I did their laundry." He participated in intramurals, was active on a table tennis team, and attended mixers. He also remembers just hanging out in the campus parking lot near the Ryan-Matura Library, listening to eight-track tapes.
"It's just amazing how much it's changed," says Nealon about SHU in the more than three decades since he was a student. "I think the library was the only detached building here aside from the main building."
A 1971 graduate of St. Joe's in Trumbull, Nealon attended Sacred Heart due to its closeness to his family home in Bridgeport's North End. He now resides in Los Angeles.
Nealon earned a degree in marketing, choosing the major for practical reasons. He knew he wanted to do stand-up comedy or perform music for a living, "and marketing was something that was kind of an 'across the board' major in that I could use it with just about anything."
Nealon had a nine-year stint on SNL, notably performing as one-half of the body-building duo, Hans and Franz, with Dana Carvey, and anchoring the Weekend Update segment. He was nominated for an Emmy award as part of the SNL writing team.
Presently, Nealon provides the voice for the title character of the Nick at Nite stop-motion animated series, Glenn Martin, DDS, and is a cast member on Weeds, Showtime's hit series.
He will be seen again on the big screen with Jennifer Aniston and SNL co-star Adam Sandler in the film, Just Go with It, in 2011. He also is the author of Yes, You're Pregnant, But What about Me?, a comedic take on the subject from the male perspective.
Now, the question is, would he headline a Sacred Heart fundraiser? His answer: "Yes, but it would have to be at St. Joe's."