Jason Mewes would have been a roofer if not for Clerks

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Jason Mewes
On Thursday, February 2, movie theaters across the country will screen a one-time-only film: Kevin Smith: Live From Behind. The evening will comprise a live recording of Kevin Smith's podcast with longtime pal (and film sidekick) Jason Mewes -- but you probably know him better as the Jay to Smith's Silent Bob -- followed by a live question-and-answer session where audience members can interact directly with Smith on the big screen.

Mewes and Smith's podcast (appropriately dubbed Jay and Silent Bob Get Old) is always live; the duo have traveled far and wide to record their shenanigans, but this is the first nationwide film event. We talked to Mewes -- who is astonishingly sweet and didn't utter one curse word -- about the podcast, addiction, his favorite project so far and what he would be doing with himself if he weren't entertaining people for a living.

Westword: How did you get started doing Jay and Silent Bob Get Old?

Well, it was both of our ideas. Kevin's been doing podcasts for about three years now, and I've filled in for Scott Mosier (who runs SModcast Internet Radio with Smith) a couple of times. And then I did one on my buddy Malcolm's (Ingram) podcast. I like it, I was like, "I want to do a podcast!" And I tried to do it with a couple of different friends, tried to think of what to talk about and what the structure and the concept would be, and it didn't really work that well. So it was my idea that I wanted to do my own podcast, but it was Kevin's idea to call it Jay and Silent Bob Get Old and to do it live.

I had a little over six years sober, and I got surgery and I got painkillers and got out of control. I was only supposed to be taking them for a week and took them fourteen or fifteen months. And Kevin asked why I went back to getting high every day and abusing it again after six years, and I thought it was because I hadn't been going to meetings and talking about it, I wasn't accountable to anybody. And he said, "You've been asking me to do a podcast, and you didn't know who to do it with or what to talk about." He was like, "Why don't you and I do one, and you can talk to me, and we can talk about everything that's going on, how we met, how you started using drugs, and not only will you be talking about stuff, you'll be accountable to everybody who listens." It was both of our ideas.

It's been really awesome because it's been really helpful, and it's really been nice because each week it's been helping me share and talk about stuff, it's like therapy to me, but it's been really nice. I just got a Twitter message a few days ago from a girl I've talked to on Twitter here and there, and she's coming up on a year sober, and she thanked me and said look, I wanted to say hello again and I'm coming up on a year sober, because she listened to the podcast from the beginning, and when she was going through her withdrawals and felt like getting high, she listened to our podcast and it would help her not use and stay on the right track. That's really awesome that it's helping me, but it's helping other people, too. So not only do I have fun and I get to travel and hang out with my best friend and my wife, because my wife is a big part of the company, I get to entertain people and help people.


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