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95 Star Starred
Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401
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2.3 / 5 Rated by 3 members
Review from John

In my forty-odd years of theatregoing, this was probably the worst evening I've ever experienced in the theatre. The writer/performer was shockingly unprepared and he actually admitted that he had not bothered to attend the one scheduled...continued

reviewed Jul 10 2011 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“I love this story! It’s the ultimate comedian story. It’s so vile and hideous, I just love it!”  —Roseanne Barr
“A hilarious tale of hero worship and dreams … and the death of them all.”  —Paul Provenza
“Steven exists on the very edge of unlikable showbiz American, like a cross between Danny DeVito and Sgt. Bilko, which makes him all the more entertaining to watch.” —_The Scotsman _


When comedian and producer Steven Alan Green invited comedy icon Jerry Lewis to headline at the London Palladium, little did Green know that his life would be completely turned upside down. Now nearly a decade later, Green is still trying to find deeper meaning from that fateful decision.

I Eat People Like You for Breakfast! is a serio-comic tale of friendship and betrayal, fame and perception of fame, and what it’s truly like to be a comedian. But Breakfast is also about growing up and how Jerry Lewis reflected both Green’s self-absorbed ambitions as a comedian himself, as well as Green’s unresolved issues with his own father. A story of self-discovery, the show premiered at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2003 at The Gilded Balloon and at The New End Theatre in London in 2004. 

Starting in 1981 at The Comedy Store as a paid regular and house emcee, Green established himself as a comedy force to be reckoned with. After five straight years of struggling to find his true comedy voice and “get discovered,” Green went up on stage and announced to the crowd present that he was “through with showbiz” and therefore was doing his farewell performance. Sixteen years and over 5,000 farewell performances later, Green moved to London, England, where he quickly established himself as a headlining comedian.

When he hit a glass ceiling (partially due to the fact that he is American), Green created High On Laughter, a comedy charity show for Turning Point Scotland, a drug and alcohol charity launched by Princess Diana. After two very successful HOLs – the first one starred George Wendt and Zach Galifianakis – Green brought the show to the famed London Palladium and soon _High On Laughter III _became the most talked about comedy show in both London and Hollywood.

Only one problem: Green needed an international star, someone big enough to bring in the live audience in London, but also help sell the filmed show to American television. Green needed an icon.

Enter Jerry Lewis. I Eat People Like You for Breakfast! is the story of what happened next.

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