I chatted with author James Breakwell about his comedy and his new book
When did you know you wanted to be a comedian?
I actually knew in High School. I had this Computer Literacy class where we learned about Microsoft Word. Let’s be honest, you don’t need an entire class about Microsoft Word, you just pull it up and start typing. I had a LOT of free time needless to say. Just like any good Catholic school kid, I used my free time for blasphemy. I started writing a book about telepathic penguins and monkeys that sold cheese. I thought this was pretty funny so I emailed them to two of my classmates. I watched them open it and watched them laugh. That was sort of my dark decent into comedy writing.
You have over a million Twitter followers and several social media accounts, including a Luke Skywalker parody account. How do you keep up with all of them?
I don’t sleep very much. I’m always on the lookout for new material. I stay up late working on this. You only get 24 hours in a day and I use them very poorly.
What is it like being last man standing in your household?
I don’t notice it that much. Little kids are androgynous. I have four daughters: seven, five, three and two. They like princesses and fancy dresses. They also like “Star Wars” so I don’t really notice it that much. One time we were going to a wedding and it took me thirty seconds to get ready. I walk into the bathroom and there were five dresses hanging on the shower. I was like ‘Oh my God, I am SO out numbered.’
Why did you decide to write the book “Only Dead On The Inside: A Parent’s Guide To Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse.”
My Twitter account went viral and agents were getting in touch with me to write a book of tweets. I didn’t want to do it that way. I didn’t want to sacrifice my best material for a book. Also, not all my tweets are true. My comedy is like all comedy..some of it’s real, some of it’s exaggerated. I decided to write a book that was exaggerated but you could still relate to some of the material.
Since we ALL KNOW it’s going to happen eventually, do you think you could actually survive the zombie apocalypse?
Even though I wrote the book, I probably have worse odds than most. I’m not a hunter. My best chance would be to hunker down in the house with the wife and kids and stay put. If I went out like they did on “The Walking Dead”, we would NOT stand a chance. There would be a temper tantrum in a zombie filled area and we would be eaten in seconds. No question.
James’ book “Only Dead On The Inside: The Parents’ Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse” is available now!
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