Brian Regan Friedman Bergman


Brian Regan

Nov. 10
8 p.m.

It’s Brian Regan against the world, or at least that’s how it seems when he’s onstage. “Years ago, I remember talking to my mom,” he says by phone from his home in Las Vegas. “I think she was talking about my emergency room bit.” One of his most popular, it’s the story of how he once had to go to the emergency room when he was having stomach pains and all of the obstacles to getting treatment, from having to drive himself there to convincing hospital staff that his situation was serious. “My mom was very complimentary, saying, ‘It was such a great routine that you got out of such a bad experience,’” he recalls, “and she was suggesting that maybe if I had more bad experiences, I could create even more bits like that. I don’t want comedy that bad. I don’t want to live a miserable life to make great comedy, I’d rather live a wonderful life and have no comedy.” Still, he has to be aware of situations in a way that’s different from most people. “As you go through life, you just tend to not only experience things normally but comedically if they happen to be funny,” he says. “I don’t know that I’m actively looking for funny things when I’m out and about, usually not. I just see something, experience something, or read something, and go, ‘Hey, that’s funny.’ It can end up being a bit.”