Comedian Brian Regan returns to Tri-Cities on March 14

By Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldFebruary 27, 2014 

Brian Regan

COURTESY JERRY METELLUS

Brian Regan is a straight-up goofball who might be sarcastic with his observational humor of every day life, but his material is totally family funny.

And that clean comedy has nothing to do with him being a Mr. Goody Two-Shoes, either.

"I just like to talk about things that interests me, hopefully in a funny way that makes people laugh," Regan told the Herald in a phone interview.

The funny man returns to the Tri-Cities on March 14 in the Windermere Theatre at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. Showtime is 8 p.m.

Most of Regan's humor comes from how he observes life, then turning it around and sharing his silly view of it all.

Not too long ago he spent an afternoon with Jerry Seinfeld riding around Los Angeles in a souped up 1970 Dodge Challenger TA. The segment was part of Seinfeld's inaugural web series called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Seinfeld created the unscripted series as an outlet for 100 percent creative freedom, Regan said. Each hilarious segment features Seinfeld and another well known comic talking about stuff in a car as they head for a coffee shop.

"That was shot about a year and a half ago when Jerry first started Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," Regan said. "I was honored when he asked me to be a part of it. I had a lot of fun with Jerry that day, and it felt good to make him laugh because he always makes me laugh."

Regan's Kennewick comedy show marks his second visit to the Tri-Cities. His first appearance was in 2011.

Though his fame was earned more from live shows than TV appearances, he has been featured on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and since 1995, he's been a regular guest on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Regan isn't the only funny man in his family, either, he's proud to say. His brother Dennis also is a stand-up comedian.

"And Dennis is very funny too," Regan said. "There are eight kids in my family. Two firefighters, two school teachers, two salesmen and two comics."

It was while he was in college studying to be an accountant that he decided comedy might be a better future for him when a buddy filmed him talking about all kinds of quirky, silly stuff, he said.

He also liked the fact that comedy gigs were at night and that meant he could sleep in until 3 in the afternoon, he joked.

"I'm really not a morning person, though sometimes I have to get up to catch a flight, or get interviewed on the phone," he joked sarcastically during a 9 a.m. phone call. "I'm just more into my game later in the day."

Regan has been featured on Comedy Central and has released three DVDs and two CDs since 2005. He figures it's the quality of his material that makes his shows appealing to the public.

"I really have never been able to figure out what the secret is to appealing to the public," he said. "But that's a good thing. I don't believe we should ever think we have it figured out because staying in the dark just might be the secret."

Tickets to the show are from $37.75 to $47.75 plus services charges through ticketmaster.com. Tickets purchased at the Toyota Center box office avoid service charges.

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

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