Pushing hot buttons the Jay Mohr way
by Glen Schaefer
(snipped for Keanu)
Comedian Jay Mohr has been known to segue into celebrity impersonations during his act — his surreal recounting of an on-set conversation about dogs with Christopher Walken is a past highlight — but he's quick to point out that he's not just "doing" the celebs he talks about.
Mohr last year made a movie with Keanu Reeves, so that episode has made its way into his act — and it doesn't matter to Mohr that Reeves' spacey cadences have been done so often by others.
"I don't feel that there's a territory that I can't go into as far as impressions go, because the impressions that I do of people are conversations that I've actually had with them," Mohr says over the phone from a tour stop in San Jose. "So it's not like saying, 'What if Keanu Reeves and Richard Nixon worked at McDonald's?' This is a conversation I actually had with this person, that lets me give you an insight into the type of bizarre that they are."
Mohr co-starred in last year's cop thriller Street Kings with Reeves and Forest Whitaker, so conversations with both actors have become part of Mohr's live act.
"Keanu is this beautiful man. He's so handsome it's a little alarming; you actually find yourself between takes staring at his face. They say 'action' and you go wha ... what? I don't know my line, I was staring at Keanu's supple lips.
"Forest is very intense — a nice guy but when the camera's rolling you forget you're in a scene with him and you think he might kill you."