Pre-Heart Attack Kevin Smith Is Chatty in 'Silent But Deadly' Clip

Kevin Smith learns of "Mr. Story Time" reputation.

Kevin Smith is the best at what he does, and what he does is very funny. But on the night of shooting his ominously-named special Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly last February, the director of Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Dogma suffered a heart attack that required extreme emergency surgery. Thankfully, Smith survived to keep spreading his unique brand of humor.

Ahead of the special’s premiere on Showtime on May 11, Inverse has an exclusive clip of Smith recounting a very minor (and very funny) argument with his beloved wife.

In the clip, titled “Story Time,” the director recalls traveling with his wife, who “set up shop” in the hotel room by removing the mattress and laying it on the balcony “to create this chaise lounge affair.” Smith, hoping to smoke, has to deal with the fact he talks a little too much when he’s high on weed. Apparently, he takes umbrage with his reputation for being “Mr. Story Time,” but you’ll find few fans of Smith who have a problem with that.

Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly is Smith’s return to stand-up since 2012. Often behaving more like a Q&A than a stand-up comedy routine, Smith’s specials are known for extremely candid thoughts on the entertainment industry, his upbringing in New Jersey’s Atlantic Highlands, TMI details on his personal life, and hilarious insight into pop culture. Smith began exploring Q&As with 2002’s An Evening with Kevin Smith, which is famous for when Smith tells the story of his failed Superman movie, Superman Lives.

Since shooting Silent But Deadly, Smith has adopted a significant lifestyle change, including going vegan, that he’s chronicled on social media and through his podcasts.

While Smith is probably not directing a new film anytime soon, he is expected to continue a Jay & Silent Bob Reboot in the future.

Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly premieres on Showtime on May 11 at 9 p.m. Eastern.