Comedian Kevin Nealon Is Serious About Vegetarianism

You probably know Kevin Nealon from his 13 years on Saturday Night Live or from his role as the marijuana-smoking CPA Doug Wilson on the hit series Weeds. If you’ve seen any of his brilliant work, then you know that Kevin Nealon is one of the funniest actors around, but did you know that this comedian is also a longtime vegetarian?

With his tongue-in-cheek addition to PETA’s vegetarian testimonial series, Nealon encourages people to explore vegetarianism. Portraying a compulsive liar, Nealon opens with, “Hi, I’m Brad Pitt for NASA,” then goes on to mention his youth “disguised as a ballerina with the Bolshoi.”

In a good-humored jab at meat-eaters, Nealon touches on the cruelty involved in eating meat and the negative effects it has on your health. “I can’t wait for mealtime when I can chow down on the decomposing corpse of a tortured animal,” he says. “I like knowing that eating meat makes me four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.”

But Nealon knows that the meat industry isn’t a laughing matter for the animals involved. That’s why he’s been a vegetarian for more than 18 years: “I became a vegetarian after I became aware of factory farming and slaughterhouses and the torture and inhumane handling of all these animals.”

Enjoy Nealon’s public service announcement, check out his witty interview, then try your hand at vegetarianism. Take PETA’s Pledge to Be Vegan for 30 Days, and we’ll e-mail you our tips on the best places to eat, our favorite recipes, the tastiest animal-friendly snacks, and the most delicious prepackaged vegetarian meals.

Interested in what other celebrities, such as Paul McCartney and Alicia Silverstone, have to say about vegetarianism? Check out PETA’s “veggie testimonial” site.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind