‘Class clown’ Jeff Dye brings his comedy to Mohegan Sun
Comedian and actor Jeff Dye is 33, but lately he’s feeling like the new son in a surprisingly unconventional family.
“I really feel like I have four new dads!” he said, discussing his starring role on NBC’s new comedy adventure series, “Better Late Than Never.” The show follows the travels of Henry Winkler, 70, William Shatner, 85, Terry Bradshaw, 68, and George Foreman, 67 — as Dye helps them find the adventures of a lifetime.
“When I agreed to be on this project, I knew it was gonna be different and very fun. I was sure that there would be a lot of crazy moments, but I had no idea how much I would learn from these guys,” he said. “At first they were just this fun group of old guys who seemed larger than life and it was sort of a boys club, but as the show went on, they would share things that revealed they are much, much more.
“They’re dads, they’re grandpas, they’re husbands, and they are men who have achieved the highest goals in their respective fields. Every time they spoke, wisdom leaked from them like light. It was awesome to get to know them. ...”
Dye began training for his life in entertainment as a young boy in Seattle, where he admits he was a bit of a troublemaker.
“I took many, many years off of my parents’ life when I was in school. School was not for me. My parents were constantly being called or informed of something I did or said, etc. ‘Suspended’ was a term as common in our home as ‘dinner.’ I am living proof that class clown is a profession.
“I’ve never stopped being silly and playful and goofy, and now I do it every day for a living. My parents weren’t a part of my decision to be a comedian, but when I did (make that decision), I recall them saying ‘Yeah, that’s it, he’ll be great at that.’ ”
Audience members can decide if Dye’s parents were right when he performs at Comix Mohegan Sun this week. Dye will be there Thursday, Nov. 10, through Saturday, Nov. 12 .
“My show is fun. There isn’t anything in my show that would make anyone upset or uncomfortable. Unless you’re the type of person who is easily offended, then of course you’ll be offended because you don’t know the difference between a statement and a joke. I don’t typically talk about politics, and when I do, I would say it’s very political.”
While Dye’s comedy is edgy, he has a mushy side, too. In fact, he says his true passion is bringing love and positivity through laughter to everyone he encounters.
“I love life. I love my job. I love people,” Dye said. “I wake up every day loving life and I believe that’s contagious. I want to encourage people to love this life and world. I want them to find their ‘happy.’ I feel like most people identify with negative things or bad habits and I want to make them laugh and think and realize that there is more.”
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