Brian Regan coming to WSU

MARIAH INMAN | Evergreen reporter

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Brian Regan hopes to bring a chorus of laughter to the parents and students of WSU for a Mom’s Weekend comedy show.

Beasley Coliseum Director Leo Udy explained that Regan was the number one pick for the event.

“Brian Regan was available, actually we booked him nine months ago,” Udy said. “He’s a very popular comedian. He’s clean and kind of the perfect thing for Mom’s Weekend.”

Regan entertains everyone with appropriate, relatable comedy, Udy said. His show will not put students in uncomfortable situations with their parents.

“He doesn’t have some of the name recognition that some big-name comedians do, but he’s definitely entertaining everybody with joy,” Udy said. “He’s high-energy and funny from start to finish.”

Although Regan has been doing comedy since 1980, he still brings excitement to the audience. Even in the interview, Regan joked to include the A.D. after 1980 so that people do not think he’s too old.

“When I first started, I did a little bit of everything. I had some dirty jokes, I had some props,” Regan said in an email. “Eventually, I settled into the kind of stuff I do now — whistles and confetti.”

Regan said he enjoys the adrenaline rush of performing his raw scripted and unscripted jokes in front of a live audience.

“Live is great. You’re onstage, in the moment, and you just have to figure it out how to get the job done,” Regan said. “It’s kind of like an acrobat having no net.”

Regarding his joke brainstorming process, he said the ideas come to him as he goes through the day.

“I don’t know how I come up with jokes,” he said. “I’m not being flippant; I just don’t know for sure how that works. You just see something and something happens in your brain.”

Regan’s jokes will be new to the older fans, but for anyone who saw recent shows, he may bring back some for more laughs.

“As far as Mom’s Weekend, I hope to be doing some stuff people haven’t seen before. But it depends on when you saw me last,” he said in an email. “If you last saw me in 1980, I’ll be doing new stuff. If you last saw me last night, the stuff won’t be very new.”

Regan will perform from 7:30 – 9 p.m. on Saturday in Beasley Coliseum. Tickets are sold online for upwards of $55.50 per person.

“I’m looking forward to the show. I hope people bring their moms,” Regan said in an email. “And I hope their moms bring their moms. But it should stop there. Anybody older than that might be too old and frail to enjoy the show.”