Brian Regan could not wait any longer to place out his second stand-up particular for Netflix, so he filmed it within the nice open air of a packed Tuacahn Amphitheater in Utah this previous October, in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Was it price it?
The Gist: Brian Regan is undoubtedly some of the common comedians of his technology, not simply amongst followers but additionally his fellow comedians.
That he isn’t a family title at this level might merely be an element of his by no means succumbing to the temptations of sitcom stardom, or as a result of most of his earlier stand-up specials got here and went on Comedy Central earlier than he lastly made the leap to Netflix in 2017 with Brian Regan: Nunchucks And Flamethrowers. Regan adopted that up a yr later with a hybrid stand-up and sketch collection for the streaming large, Stand Up And Away! With Brian Regan, executive-produced by Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld additionally has featured Regan on two separate episode of his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Chris Rock gave him a plum scene-stealing alternative as a DJ in Rock’s film, Top Five.
For Brian Regan: On The Rocks, the comic nonetheless finds himself baffled by the strangers he interacts with, though not less than he has his OCD below management, proper?
What Comedy Specials Will It Remind You Of?: Regan’s family-friendly comedy — he is nonetheless the one stand-up who has pulled off a stay particular on Comedy Central — has influenced lots of his friends, in addition to those that have adopted in his wake. Perhaps the 2 which will come to your thoughts quickest are Jim Gaffigan and Pete Holmes.
Memorable Jokes: Now 62, Regan’s hair has gone white, and he is fast to actually make gentle of that.
Hardcore Regan followers will keep in mind his 2004 particular, I Walked On The Moon, which he opened with a traditional bit about score his ache on a scale of 1-10, when he returns to the physician’s workplace now, questioning why he has to nonetheless fill out a clipboard, and in addition working by numerous situations in his head about docs and their specialities, the awkwardness of massages, and his personal bouts of OCD. He know his OCD would not evaluate to different sorts of struggling, and but, he is received a knack for making us snicker at his ache. “How come whenever you need issues so as they name it a dysfunction?”
Regan likes to faucet himself as a wise man who typically finds himself trying dumb, and he acts this out to nice impact in the course of the hour because the man strolling in on social gathering discussions led by strangers he deeply disagrees with, however can not determine disagree with them with out turning into ostracized himself. Can he even make mates at the present time? It’s maybe the closest Regan will get to politics. Actually, his solely express joke on politics is a sarcastic bit concerning the energy of social media to alter anybody’s thoughts.
Regan’s equally sarcastic in an inadvertently topical bit, questioning why we have to ship rovers to Mars to search for rocks, water and indicators of life.
Regan, like each Seinfeld and Gaffigan, continues to show a mastery of taking observational comedy to the acute, investigating matters with a fine-tooth comb, besides when Regan does it, he is additionally including a deft physicality each together with his legs and his facial expressions. So when he demonstrates the futility of a phrase comparable to “do not do the crime if you cannot do the time,” or the awkwardness of orchestra pits and marching bands, you do not have to image it. Regan’s carried out the entire exhausting be just right for you, bringing his sketch concepts to life onstage.
Our Take: Would it shock you to study that Regan’s an enormous fan of mayonnaise?
Here’s a greater query, although: We typically ask whether or not you possibly can separate the artwork from the artist, however are you able to additionally separate the artist from the pandemic? When the very first thing you see is a packed amphitheater in 2020, it would not matter that they are all outdoors and masked when there’s near 1,900 individuals sitting on high of one another, does it? You simply begin pondering: Wow, superspreader occasion. That we did not hear of an outbreak is inappropriate, though comforting. Or that Regan himself saved his distance from the lots gathered for him. And but. Regan filmed this particular on the finish of October, and revealed in early December he had contracted COVID-19. He’s OK now, presumably. But nonetheless. It’s a bit bonkers. The venue’s update of June 25, 2020, stated Regan’s show was the primary one again. And as of now, the venue is practicing social spacing, too?
Is my drawback with it itty-bitty or teensy-weensy?
I’d reply with a callback to Regan’s set. Perhaps animals are smarter than people, in any case.
Our Call: STREAM IT. That stated, in the end I might separate the artwork from the artist and the scenario, and Regan’s comedy nonetheless satisfies. Just strive not to consider whether or not stay comedy really kills on this pandemic.
Sean L. McCarthy works the comedy beat for his personal digital newspaper, The Comic’s Comic; earlier than that, for precise newspapers. Based in NYC however will journey wherever for the news: Ice cream or information. He additionally tweets @thecomicscomic and podcasts half-hour episodes with comedians revealing origin tales: The Comic’s Comic Presents Last Things First.