Brian Regan always has been funny. He said his parents and seven siblings are funny and like to make each other laugh.
It wasn’t until he was in college, though, that he had that “aha moment” when he realized he liked making people laugh and he just might be able to make a living doing it.
Regan brings his family-friendly stand-up comedy to DeKalb’s Egyptian Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Tickets cost $39.75 each and can be purchased by visiting www.egyptiantheatre.org or calling the box office at 815-758-1225.
Regan didn’t always plan to be a comedian. “As a senior in high school, I thought to myself, ‘I should be an accountant,’” he said.
“After a few accounting classes, I decided I didn’t want to be an accountant, so I switched to communication and theater arts.”
He said one of his first classes in the new major was a speech class. He decided to make his speeches funny, just for the heck of it. Getting laughs from his classmates, he said he remembers walking back to his dorm room thinking he never felt that good after an accounting class.
Regan said he started seeking out opportunities to make people laugh and became an emcee for any event that would have him.
Although he didn’t graduate until 17 years later, Regan said his parents were supportive of his decisions. “They respected I was an adult and making a decision. I admire them for that.”
Known as a comedian with “clean” material, Regan said it’s not really a conscious decision; it’s just the way his mind works. He said he’s inspired by everyday life.
“You see something, you hear something, you experience something or read something and you have a eureka moment when you realize, that’s funny or that can be funny.
“Once you have the idea, the craft portion kicks in. You put some scaffolding around it, give it some words, a beginning, a middle and an end,” Regan said.
He admits he’s not the type of comedian that can sit down with a blank piece of paper and write jokes. ”I don’t know how to fill that out,” he said.
No matter what his process is, Regan is among David Letterman’s favorite comedians. Regan has appeared on his show 26 times, more than any other comedian.
“I just love the fact that he likes my comedy and allows me to come on his show as often as he does. He says really nice things about my comedy and I’m thrilled to be able to do his show,” Regan said.
He said he likes a lot of different comedians – Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Steve Martin, Maria Bamford, Gary Gulman, Bill Burr, Chris Rock. “A lot of people are doing some interesting things. The more unique it is, the more I like it,” he said.
Regan also appeared on Jerry Seinfeld’s web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”
“Nothing is scripted, nothing is planned,” Regan said. “It’s just two people in a car, doing what the title says.”
Regan said he would love to do a TV show, but it’s difficult to convince network executives.
“They’ll always listen to me,” he said. “They say ‘thank you very much for coming in today.’ I walk out the door and that’s the end of it.”
But, he said, people are taking matters into their own hands, so “we’ll see.”
If you go
What: Brian Regan
When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6
Where: Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb
Tickets: $39.75 at 815-758-1225 or www.egyptiantheatre.org