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Reganomics

Stand Up and Away!

Attend

What: Brian Regan

When: 7 pm Thu., Feb. 7

Where: Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

Cost: $43-$50

Info: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

During an interview prior to Brian Regan’s 2014 visit to the City of Subdued Excitement, I learned a few interesting things about the longtime comedian Vanity Fair has since dubbed the “funniest standup alive.”

Among other things, the Las Vegas-based funny fella admitted that even though he keeps his shows free of curse words and the ins and out of his sex life, he does indeed have a dirty mind. He also shared that he’s not a morning person, and that if he hadn’t become a renowned performer he might have tried his hand at syndicated advice columns or cartoon strips—both of which he supplied for his college newspaper.

In conversation, Regan comes across as a regular guy who just happens to sell out enormous venues on the regular. He seems humbled by the fact that people like Chris Rock, David Letterman, and Jimmy Fallon have supported his work both in the past and in the present, but allows that a certain amount of intellect is need to get onstage and make people laugh.

“It’s more than being funny,” he said. “In addition to crowd control, you have to juggle a lot of roles simultaneously. You can give the illusion that you’re being funny, but you have to be 100 percent in concentration mode. I don’t think you could be a moron and do it.”

Regan’s considerable talent for making things like elevators and crowded restaurants into subjects of mirth will again be on display when he returns to Bellingham for a Thurs., Feb. 7 gig at the Mount Baker Theatre. Those who want to study up on his unique brand of observational comedy may want to stream his 2017 Netflix special, Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers, or Stand Up and Away!, a new four-episode Netflix series produced by Jerry Seinfeld that showcases sketch-comedy shorts inspired by Regan’s past standup shows.

Recently, while promoting the series on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Regan remained seated while answering questions, but still managed to give the illusion he was in the middle of a standup set while he ruminated on everything from the impatience of New York City residents to the massage he’d gotten after flying into the Big Apple the night before.

As he described seeing the masseuse’s feet moving around for 10 minutes and wondering why she hadn’t started the treatment, there was a moment when it seemed as if Regan might be veering into racier comedic territory. But that thought was quickly quelled when he found out he was receiving a Reiki energy healing—meaning the practitioner never physically touched him.

“When she was done, I don’t actually touch my wallet, but my hand is just above it,” he relayed to Fallon, adding, “You should soon be receiving an energy payment.”

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