Brian Regan (comedian)

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Brian Regan
Birth name Brian Joseph Regan
Born (1957-10-02) October 2, 1957 (age 58)[1]
Miami, Florida U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television
Genres Observational comedy
Influences Steve Martin, The Smothers Brothers, Johnny Carson

Brian Joseph Regan (/ˈrɡən/; born October 2, 1957) is an American stand-up comedian who uses observational, sarcastic, and self-deprecating humor. His performances are relatively clean as he refrains from profanity and off-color humor. Regan's material typically covers everyday events, such as shipping a package with UPS and a visit to an optometrist. Regan makes frequent references to childhood, including little league baseball, grade school spelling bees, and science projects. Body language and facial expressions make his stand-up act atypically physical. His clean, off-center humor has been praised by critics and contemporaries alike and Regan enjoys a fan base that crosses age groups.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Regan was born in Miami, Florida, and was raised in Westchester, Florida,[2] with seven brothers and sisters. He attended Christopher Columbus High School. He is of Irish descent.[3] Regan was always a fan of Steve Martin, The Smothers Brothers and Johnny Carson. Though he attended Heidelberg College in Ohio with plans of being an accountant, a football coach there encouraged him to consider theater and communications. He played wide receiver on the football team at Heidelberg. He grew up as a known hater of cats. During his last semester in 1980, Regan dropped out of school to pursue stand-up comedy (he eventually finished his degree in 1997). Brian's brother, Dennis Regan, also makes his living as a stand up comedian.[4]

Recorded shows[edit]

Regan released his first CD, Brian Regan Live, in 1997. In 2004, Regan self-released a DVD of his performance at the Irvine Improv titled I Walked on the Moon and was also a featured comedian in a Comedy Central's animated stand-up series Shorties Watchin' Shorties.[5] In April 2007, Regan signed a deal with Comedy Central to star in two one-hour stand-up specials, release the specials on DVD, develop a show for the network, and headline a theater tour, “Brian Regan in Concert: A Comedy Central Live Event,” which began June 8, 2007.

Brian’s first one-hour special Standing Up debuted on Comedy Central on June 10, 2007. The special was recorded in April at The Barclay Theater in Irvine, CA and a DVD of the performance was released August 14, 2007. His second Comedy Central special, entitled The Epitome of Hyperbole, premiered on September 6, 2008.[6] A DVD of the performance was released September 9, 2008.

Brian's performance, All By Myself, is available via CD, exclusively on his website.

Most recently Brian recorded the first ever live special on Comedy Central, "Brian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall'.


  • 1997: Brian Regan: Live [CD]
  • 2004: I Walked on the Moon [DVD/MP3]
  • 2007: Standing Up [DVD]
  • 2008: The Epitome of Hyperbole [DVD]
  • 2010: All by Myself [CD/MP3]
  • 2015: "Live From Radio City Music Hall" [DVD/CD/MP3]


Film and television appearances
Year Title Role Notes
1989–90 The Pat Sajak Show Himself 3 episodes
1992 A-List Himself Also writer
1992 Something's Wrong with the Regan Boy Himself Also writer
1992 The Dennis Miller Show Himself 2 episodes
1993 Short Attention Span Theater Himself / Host Episode: "Comedy Bootcamp"
Late Show with David Letterman Himself / guest 28 episodes
1998 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Himself 2 episodes
1999 The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Himself Season 2, episode 82
2000 Comedy Central Presents Himself Also writer
2000 Open Mic Himself Deleted scenes
2002 Comic Remix Himself 2 episodes
2004/08 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself 3 episodes
2004 Shorties Watchin' Shorties Himself 3 episodes
2011 The Marriage Ref Himself / panelist
2012 Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Himself Episode: "A Monkey and a Lava Lamp"
2014 Top Five Engineer
2015 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Himself
2015 Brian Regan: Live From Radio City Music Hall Himself Also writer


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