I saw Brian Regan at Chrysler Hall a few years ago with my mom. We’ve both enjoyed Regan’s goofball everyman humor for years, but seeing him perform together was particularly special, because I have never witnessed my mother laugh so hard. Ever.
The reason Regan can appeal to my mom and every other person with a sense of humor on the planet is simple: every joke is based on something we’ve all been through. Saying the wrong thing. Going to the eye doctor. Mingling at dinner parties. Combine that subject matter with his unabashed goofiness, and you have to laugh. So check him out this weekend. Take your mom. Also go to his website, brianregan.com, and purchase his new album, All By Myself.
AltDaily: 26 times on Letterman—that’s pretty amazing!
Brian Regan: I’m pretty fortunate with that show, you know? I’ve been told by his staff that Dave likes my standup. He’s not the type of guy you hang out with before or after the show; I’m not going to go there a couple days early and go to Central Park and fly kites with him or anything, but he’s said nice things about me on his show, and it’s a really really amazing feeling to be embraced by a show like that. It feels pretty good.
You recently did a sold out performance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, a pretty amazing venue. Are there any other cool venues you’ve performed in that stick out in your memory?
One time, I performed at the Miami Seaquarium. It was like a charity/variety show or something, and I didn’t realize until I got there that I was performing across from a moat. There was water in-between, and that’s where the dolphins did their stuff. So the audience was on one side, and there was this body of water, and on the other side was this stage, and I had to get on this stage and talk across what seemed like a vast ocean.
Since you are on the road a lot, what do you like to do in your transportation vehicle? [Brian didn’t want to call it a “tour bus.” He keeps it real.] Do you listen to music, read, work on material, etc.? What’s your favorite time-killer?
My favorite time-killer is sleep. My nickname in college was Rip, for Rip Van Winkle, and I can log some crazy hours. I take a nap before almost every show. There’s something about going to sleep at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, waking up at 5 in the afternoon, and having no idea where on the planet Earth you are, and then having to wake up and do a show, but it’s just something I really enjoy. I mean obviously I work on my act, and I like to read, but if I could only pick one activity, it would be sleep.
Are there any show locations that you make time for to be touristy? Or is it more about doing the show and moving on to the next one?
It really depends on the travel schedule. Sometimes you can stay in one city more than one night, but sometimes you’re literally getting into town a couple of hours before the show, doing the show, and blowing out of there. There’s really no rhyme or reason to it. There are times when you get to experience a city, and there are times, when, not so much!
Do you have any memories/recollections of Hampton Roads/Norfolk/Virginia Beach?
Well, I just remember that it’s the most fantastic place on Earth!
I did pass on my mother’s offer to show Regan around the Butterfly House at Azalea Gardens. He graciously thanked her for the offer and politely said he’d consider it. No wonder moms (and so many others) love him.
And about that butterfly reference: