NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jim Breuer on Saturday announced that he will not be performing at some locations that are requiring proof of vaccination.
In a Facebook live, Breuer said he would not be performing at the Wellmont Theater in New Jersey or the Royal Oak Theater in Michigan.
The 54-year-old comedian said he was refusing to perform at the venues “due to the segregation of them forcing people to show up with vaccinations.”
“I know I’m going to sacrifice a lot of money, but I’m not gonna be enslaved by this system, or by money and nor should anyone that wants to laugh or be entertained,” Breuer said in the video.
The comedian said getting vaccinated was a choice and felt Americans were being “forced,” “bribed” and “dictated” into getting the shot.
He did not say if he was vaccinated or not.
Breuer went on to accuse LiveNation and other ticket sellers of holding venues and performers “hostage” by telling them they need to require proof of vaccination.
He acknowledged it may be due to mandates set by governors, or personal choice, as well.
“They gotta do what they feel they gotta do – but I’m telling you, the Royal [Oak] Theater, and I love that theater, not doing it. Wellmont, New Jersey – not doing it,” the comedian said.
Breuer said he would be open to performing in “backyards” and other non-official venues that are not requiring COVID-19 protocols.
The venues have not publicly commented on Breuer’s decision to cancel his shows.
According to NBC News, fellow comedian Patton Oswalt recently canceled shows in Florida and Utah after venues there refused to comply with his request that all attendees show proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test.