SHIPPENSBURG — The walls of the H. Ric Luhr’s Performing Arts Center in Shippensburg will be echoing with laughter when national touring comedian Brian Regan brings his non-stop comedy tour to the area.
One of the most respected comedians in the country, Regan is a legendary performer selling out theaters from coast to coast and earning praise from the press, the public and fellow comedians. He will be entertaining audiences at the theater on the Shippensburg University campus at 8 p.m. May 2.
Regan’s comedy is a blend of observational, sarcastic and self-deprecating humor, typically covering everyday events such as shipping a package with UPS or a visit to an optometrist. His material lends itself to the clean side of comedy, as Regan does not tend to use curse words or sexually explicit situations in his material.
“It is mostly because that is the stuff that interests me as a comedian, just every day subjects,” he said. “In fact, that to me is the challenge, trying to get comedy out of the most mundane subjects imaginable and try to find peculiar stuff within that world. That to me is what is intriguing. I’m going to speak metaphorically, there is a big mine and some comedians are coming out of it with their miners hats on saying ‘well that’s been picked dry there is nothing left in there.’ Well I want to put my miners hat on and go in and go ‘well, there is something else in there’ and try to get some laughs out of some stuff that people had already thought had been picked clean.”
Regan says that coming up with new material keeps him interested as well as the audience.
“The main reason is selfish, I get bored doing the same stuff over and over again. That is part of what I love about being a stand-up comedian is being able to think of things during the day and hop on stage that night and throw it out there and see what happens,” he said.
Regan’s non-stop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005 and continues through 2014.
“I’m just pretty much constantly rolling along man. I’ve been on tour since 1984, it is a non-stop never ending tour,” he said. “I pretty much live in the stand-up comedy world. That is what I love doing. Hopefully people will come out, check it out and have a couple laughs.”
Regan has previously performed in Shippensburg, saying he is glad to be returning to the area.
“I was even given a shirt backstage, which I still have. It has that ‘Shipp happens’, that borderline risqué comment. It was a fun experience and I look forward to coming back,” he said.
Regan has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman more than any other comedian, setting a record of 26 appearances since 1995.
When asked about Letterman’s impending retirement news, Regan said he hopes to appear on the show again before that happens.
“He has been around along time, he has been a TV host in late night for 30 years. He has had an incredible run and I am honored to be a guest that he seemed to like having on his show,” he said. “His kind of comedy was very, very fun and different and edgy and that kind of comedy will be missed.”
Regan said his first appearance on the show was “monumental”
“That was a show that comedians wanted to be on. And to be able to get on their and actually have a good enough set where I felt like ‘wow they might invite me back,’ it was a tremendous experience,” he said.
He said the 25th appearance was also a great experience, as Letterman highlighted the fact Regan had been on the show so many times.
“He talked to Paul and said ‘hey you know our next guy, he is making his 25th appearance here’ and he made a little something out of it,” he said.
Regan’s first album released in 1997, Brian Regan Live, has sold over 150,000 copies and consistently charts in iTunes Top Ten Comedy Albums.
Brian’s most recent performance, All By Myself, is available via CD, exclusively on his website.
Though he attended Heidelberg College in Ohio with plans of being an accountant, a football coach there encouraged him to consider theater and communications. After switching majors, he said he fell into comedy and it “got into my bones.”
“I remember one time getting the class laughing and when I was walking back to my dorm I said to myself ‘ I have a feeling inside of me here that I don’t have inside of me when I’m walking back from accounting class,’” he said.
Tickets for the show can be obtained by visiting www.luhrscenter.com or calling 717.477.SHOW.