Kevin Nealon laughs in the face of aging

Kevin Nealon doesn’t pull any punches when he talks about getting older.

The 55-year-old funnyman admits it surprises him when fans in their mid-30s approach him to say they grew up watching him on “Saturday Night Live.” Yet, he turns the realization around and uses the guise of his advancing years to hilarious effect in many of his routines.

Springing from stand-up to mainstream success as a cast member of “SNL” from 1986-95, Nealon has since starred in films and appeared on other TV shows, like “Weeds.”

He has consistently performed live, too. He comes to Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco for three nights this week, coinciding with the release of his new DVD special, “Now Hear Me Out.”

“It’s really good having that immediate connection,” Nealon says of doing live stand-up. “You don’t get that anywhere else, and you’re in complete control of it.”

In the one-hour special, taped live in Holly­wood last year, Nealon riffs on various subjects, particularly the recent birth of his first child, along with idiosyncrasies he finds in himself as he ages.

He successfully mined the material for his first book — “Yes, You’re Pregnant, But What About Me?” — in which he further explores the joys and tribulations of becoming a father later in life.

“It was such a life-changing event, when you’re about to have a baby, you start thinking about your childhood and your parents, and that brings up a lot of memories,” Nealon says. “It was very cathartic to write about it.”

At his live performances, Nealon meets a lot of fans, including misinformed followers of his marijuana-smoking character on “Weeds.”

“A lot of people think I’m a pothead because I’m on the show, and they’ll offer me a joint. I say, ‘I don’t smoke pot, thank you,’ but they don’t believe me,” he says, laughing. “I wonder if the actors from ‘The Sopranos’ have people come up to them at dinner and say, ‘Hey, you want to whack a few people after your steaks?’”

 

IF YOU GO

Kevin Nealon

Where: Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $25.50 to $30.50
Contact: (415) 928-4320, www.cobbscomedyclub.com

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