Arts & Culture
Comedian Brian Regan Doesn’t Want to Hurt You
Published: January 15, 2014
Mormons love Brian Regan. In 2012, he had a record setting 10-night run in Salt Lake City, reportedly based on the popularity he gained from LDS missionaries passing around his albums. Your grandma who complains that Jack Benny never had to work blue to be funny would also love Regan, but decidedly dirtier comics such as Marc Maron, Pete Holmes and Bill Burr routinely name Regan as one of the best in the business. That may be because unlike most modern comics, Regan sells out theaters based on the strength of his standup alone. He doesn’t have a podcast and almost every credit on his IMDB page lists him as “self.” If it wasn’t for every article ever written about Regan calling attention to his G-rated, family-friendly material (sorry), you and Grandma would both probably be laughing too hard to notice.
Where do you think the people who come to your shows first saw you? On the road or on TV?
Well lately it’s been on the computer. … It used to be, “We saw you on TV,” and now people say “My kids and I watch you on the YouTube.” It’s like, “Wow, OK, I hope you enjoy me on the YouTube.” But hey, it’s me and I’m doing stand-up and they liked it and they bought a ticket to come out to see me so I have no complaints.
YouTube is kind of a tricky thing for comics, though. There are things that I’m sure you approved of on there and right below are videos that are bootlegged from your performances.
We’ve tried to control it. If something is brought to our attention, like my entire album being on YouTube, we’ll try to get it taken down. But it’s becoming so overwhelming that sometimes it’s best to say, “Ah, to heck with it.” … I want to enjoy my life and not feel like I’m waking up every day just trying to take content off the internet. You’re never going to get it all anyway, so part of me says to just let it go.
Chris Rock said he sells theaters with his relationship material, because that’s the one universal. You seem to do a lot of universal material without talking about relationships.
The thing that interests me might not interest other comedians, but I tend to like to explore the idea of a human being that doesn’t mean any harm. I don’t want to hurt anybody, I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, but get out of my way. Don’t hurt my feelings, don’t step in front of me in line, or else I’m gonna come after you comedically. My perspective is just a person trying to get through life who doesn’t want to leave too many footprints, but other people are getting in my way and diverting things. There are a lot of other people who are exploring more of a mean spirited thing … but that’s not what I do.
7pm Sun, Jan 19
Lila Cockrell Theater
200 E Market