Kevin Nealon spent nine years on "Saturday Night Live," and in that time established himself with a deadpan calm that lead to many stealthy laughs, with characters like Mr. Subliminal, and one-half of the weight-lifting Schwarzenegger-parody duo Hans and Franz.
After leaving the show, Nealon continued securing movie and TV roles, but never really found a way to establish himself the way "SNL" had until the Showtime series "Weeds," where his pothead accountant Doug Wilson became the perfect outlet for Nealon's mellow irreverence.
Now, Nealon has found another appropriate outlet, and this one is significantly less mellow. His new book, "Yes, You're Pregnant, But What About Me?" (excerpt available from publisher Harper Collins details his time as a 53-year-old, first-time expectant father, and serves as both a guide for fellow fathers-to-be and a humorous look at the most jittery, nerve-wracking time in a man's life.
Bankrate spoke to Nealon about the book, his career, the travails of fatherhood and financial planning.
Bankrate: How did this book come about?
Kevin Nealon: I had run into (publisher) Judith Regan a year-and-a-half, two years ago. She was at an event I was doing stand-up at, and she asked me if I had ever thought about writing a book, and I said that I had, and it seemed like a lot of work.
She encouraged me to write a book because she liked my material, and for a while I was trying to think of what to write about. My wife got pregnant a year later, and I was writing every day during her pregnancy, and I said to Judith, maybe I should write a book about what it's like for a guy to go through his wife's pregnancy, because there doesn't seem to be a lot of books in that area -- what to prepare them for, and to let them know that they're not alone during these crazy times. I think it's a good book for the wife to get the father of their baby.