Comedian Jim Breuer cancels shows due to venue vaccine rule: ‘I won’t be enslaved’

He canceled shows in Michigan & New Jersey
Jim Breuer
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ROYAL OAK (WWJ) -- Comedian Jim Breuer has canceled his upcoming Michigan & New Jersey shows because he refuses to comply with the venue’s vaccination policies.

The stand-up and “Saturday Night Live” alum was set to perform at the Royal Oak Music Theater on Friday, October 1 & Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey on December 3, but announced via Facebook Live over the weekend that he had axed the shows, “Due to the segregation of them forcing people to show up to prove you’re vaccinated.”

“I know I’m going to sacrifice a lot of money,” Breuer said, “but I’m not going to be enslaved by the system or by money and nor should anyone that wants to laugh or be entertained.”

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Beginning on October 1, AEG Presents will require proof of vaccination from audience members before allowing entry into its venues -- one of which is the Royal Oak Music Theater.

Breuer, 54, says he is taking a stand for his fans that choose to remain unvaccinated, saying patrons shouldn’t be “forced” or “bribed” in order to attend shows.

“…I’m telling you, Live Nation and AEG are holding hostage to all performers and telling these venues that they need to do it. I’d rather go bankrupt and make a stance and not segregate,” he said.

Along with the Royal Oak Music Theater, AEG also schedules local shows at Little Caesars Arena and the Masonic Temple.

AEG COO Jay Marciano said last month that he felt it was important to take a stand with their live events, noting “the Delta variant, combined with vaccine hesitancy, is pushing us in the wrong direction again.”

Concert promoter Live Nation, meanwhile, will require all attendees, artists and crew to show proof of vaccination or a negative test at their venues and festivals beginning October 4.