Jeremy Piven On 'Boomer And Gio': #MeToo Accusations Not Behind Move To Comedy

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September 11, 2019 - 11:34 am
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Jeremy Piven is more stand-up comedian than actor these days. In an interview on WFAN's "Boomer and Gio" show Wednesday, the "Entourage" star insisted he wasn't forced out of Hollywood by #MeToo accusations but rather he chose to return to his stage roots.

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"I grew up in Chicago, and I was on the stage at Second City doing sketch comedy," he said. "And so that's part of my background. I'm an improvisational actor. And all roads lead to stand-up at this point. It's the only arena that I haven't done. I love doing it. And people see my name and they go: 'Is it a screening? Is it a Q & A? What is it?' And it's stand-up. It's observational humor and stories and impressions, and it's an hour of comedy."

Piven's current tour will take him to the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on Sept. 21. 

The actor faced several allegations of sexual misconduct in 2017. He not only denied them, he took a lie-detector test in an attempt to discredit them.

Asked repeatedly about the accusations and how they've impacted his career, Piven kept steering the conversation back to his comedy, but added: "I have nothing to hide. And when you have something to hide, you do indeed hide." 

To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.