Comedian Brian Regan returning to Tri-Cities

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerOctober 5, 2012 

It's been almost two years since Brian Regan stood on a Tri-City stage and belted out the funnies.

Well, Regan's back for another show, where his shtick is rarely planned out and the strongest language used is "damn" and "hell."

Regan admits to being capable of stronger language, but that usually only happens in the wee hours of the morning when he stumbles into something on the way to the bathroom.

Regan made his debut appearance on David Letterman in 1995, and since then has been featured on the show two dozen times, including a stint last month.

"I think what I love most about comedy is hearing the joyful laughs when I say something," Regan told the Herald in a recent phone interview.

But it's his kids who can evoke a good belly laugh out of him.

"My kids really do make me laugh all the time," he said. "And hearing their joyful laughs means a lot to me."

Regan grew up in Miami, went to college in Ohio and lived for a time in New York City and Los Angeles. But these days he calls Las Vegas home because that's where his kids are.

And though life on the road can be a lonely existence, the fun he has performing makes up for it, he said.

"I really like being creative comedically," Regan said. "And someday I would love to do a television sitcom."

Regan broke the record for most consecutive shows by a comedian in 2010 when he performed five sold-out events in Salt Lake City. The previous record was set in 2005 by Jerry Seinfeld.

And even though his humor is way more tame than most comedians, he's still a popular entertainer on the college campus circuit. His CD Brian Regan Live sold more than 150,000 copies and continues to rank high on the iTunes Top 10 comedy albums list.

His Tri-City show is at 8 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Windermere Theatre at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

Tickets to the Regan show are $39.75 to $45.75 plus service charges if purchased through ticketmaster.com. Tickets bought at the Toyota Center box office avoid service charges.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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