Brian Regan to perform at Julie Rogers Theatre
Miami-born comedian Brian Regan, a master at pointing out the absurdity of everyday life in a hilarious stand-up style to which all can relate, is coming to Julie Rogers Theatre in Beaumont on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $37.50 each and are available at all Ticketmaster locations including the Beaumont Civic Center Box Office by calling (800) 745-3000 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. The Julie Rogers Theatre is at 765 Pearl St. in downtown Beaumont.
Regan’s routine is based on actual experiences in which he finds hypocrisy, zaniness and simply asks the question, why?
Regan sheds some light on the strange and ludicrous things people see on a daily basis but fail to question. One such illustration Regan shares involves what many would consider a normal experience he had while driving down the highway.
“So I was driving today and I came upon a truck pulling a horse trailer with a sign on the back ‘Caution: Transporting Show Horses,’ says Regan, opening his 2007 Standing Up act. “Oh, ‘10 and 2’ — we’re sharing the road with show horses. If I start to lose control, I’ll hit one of these cars with people.”
“You know every vehicle on this road has something alive in it — humans,” Regan explained when asked about the bit in an interview with The Examiner. “Why in the world would we be more cautious of the horses than everybody else? It just seemed so bizarre. It’s interesting to throw that concept out on stage and have people say, ‘Wow, I never thought of that.’”
Making people think might be a major goal of Regan’s, but his act is far from overly philosophical. In fact, in The Epitome of Hyperbole, a 2008 Comedy Central Presents special, he pokes fun at people who — in a quest for knowledge — religiously scour the newspaper every morning to soak in current events.
“I wanna learn. I wanna be a learner of things,” Regan jests, mockingly turning newspaper pages. “I don’t like reading the newspaper because first of all, it’s hard. They never wrap up a story on the front page, and I’m never curious enough to go inside to find out how anything ever ends. ‘And after a 9-year trial the jury finally came in with a verdict of … continued on page 22 column C.’ I guess I’ll never know.”
Regan has made 26 appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, having last performed on the late-night talk show Nov. 1, 2013.
“One thing that a lot of people don’t realize is when you’re out there and you’re doing your stand up, (Letterman’s) sitting at the desk behind you. You can hear him cackling — he has this very distinctive laugh,” Regan said. “He seems to like what I do, and that means the world to me. To have somebody of his caliber like your comedy is sort of like being knighted.”
Regan has visited more than 80 cities in theater tours across the United States each year since 2005, even selling out the historical Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Co. — an achievement he said he dreamed about as a young comedian.
“I remember visiting Red Rocks a long time ago,” Regan said. “I remember fantasizing, thinking: I wonder if I could ever … perform at a place like this. It was just sort of this absurd fantasy. To get to where it actually happened was pretty amazing.”
Regan made an Aug. 9, 2012, appearance on Jerry Seinfeld’s Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Seinfeld and Regan meshed well together, both specializing in observational humor. At one point in their episode together, “A Monkey and a Lava Lamp,” the two discussed toilet flapper chain problems over coffee.
“It’s always awkward when you have to tell your guests … when they excuse themselves … ‘You have to jiggle the handle,’” Regan said. “I always wonder, what is the highest echelon that has been expressed? ‘Excuse me, Queen Elizabeth. You’re going to have to jiggle the handle.’”
“If you’re going to go to that bathroom, you’re going to have to give it a little jiggle,” Seinfeld chimes in, laughing hysterically.
Regan, who opened for Seinfeld a handful of times over the years, said that when the multiple-award-winning comedian reached out and asked him to appear on the show, he was thrilled.
“I was honored,” Regan said. “The experience itself was a lot of fun. Partly what was fun about it was there weren’t any (episodes) on the Web yet. I didn’t have any to look at to see what it was all about. I had to freewheel it. We filmed for a few hours and I was happy with the final product.”
Similar to the sitcom Seinfeld, Regan’s show is full of relatable, common everyday happenings. Regan said, however, that he doesn’t purposely look for material while attending an optometrist appointment, for instance. Funny things just happen.
“Everything is fair game, as far as comedy is concerned,” Regan said. “But different comedians tend to focus on different things. The things I am interested in are incredibly mundane subjects. In fact I read a preview one time for a show of mine and the writer just wrote the subjects. It was something to the effect of, ‘Brian Regan, who talks about food, doctors and airline travel, will be performing at the nearby venue this weekend.’ I remember thinking, what kind of person is reading this in the newspaper going, ‘Oh! This is fantastic. Honey, we gotta go check this out. He’s exploring our favorite subjects!’”
When asked about the University of Vermont’s February 2013 finding that Beaumont was “the saddest city in America,” Regan said he hopes his act can cheer up Southeast Texans.
“I would love to feel powerful enough to tip that just a bit, so you’re the second saddest,” Regan joked about the ludicrous study based on Twitter feeds. “If you could move from the saddest to the second saddest in the United States, at least you’re headed in the right direction.”
But whether he’s performing in Beaumont or Buffalo, Regan said he doesn’t try to switch his act up too much.
“My comedy tends to be from an every man’s perspective,” he said. “I’m just a person living this life and sharing stories about it.”