Brian Regan is making a stop in town as part of his nationwide tour and will be performing at the Dennison Theatre at the University of Montana on Thursday, Feb. 5.
Regan said he enjoys playing smaller stops like Missoula and mixing them into tours with bigger city stops. His stand-up sets are well known for being family friendly and not having any swearing.
While the specifics haven’t been set yet, Regan said he is hoping to record a new stand-up special sometime in the second half of this year.
“I’m kinda antsy to do another special. I hate getting material to the point where it should be recorded and then not,” he said.
Regan’s last stand-up special, “All By Myself” was released in 2010 exclusively through his website. He said there are pros and cons of doing one on your own as opposed to going through another outlet like a television network, which exposes his work to a broader audience, albeit with a smaller cut of revenue.
“Every few years you make the choice to take advantage of the fans I have or try to grab some new fans,” he said.
Because he has several specials of material that have already been released, Regan said fans come out to the show not only to hear his new jokes, but the occasional old favorite as well.
“That’s one of my favorite compliments after a show, ‘We saw you a few years ago and most of the stuff you did was new,' ” Regan said.
He said after he does his hourlong set, he usually comes back out for a short encore that tend to be his previous jokes.
“What’s fun for me is doing the new stuff, and hopefully my fans kind of understand that that’s the direction I want to head,” he said.
Regan has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” 26 times, more than any other comedian.
The Internet has opened up the avenues for people to get their creative work out there, Regan said. Where gatekeepers and an institutional vetting system used to control who published a book or got their own television special, that’s no longer the case.
“If you think you’ve got something and you don’t want to go the conventional route, you don’t have to,” he said.
Regan said “best writing always takes place on stage,” but that the ideas of his jokes come from his everyday experiences away from the microphone.
“I love the fact that there’s something weird about being on stage that forces you to cut through the cuteness of it. When you’re in front of the legal pad or computer keyboard, you get the idea to try to be clever. Like, look at me, all the cleverness pouring out of me,” he said.
Occasionally, a new joke won’t get the reaction Regan is hoping for from the crowd.
“The audiences will give you a couple of foul balls. In some ways it actually strengthens the other bits. They realize it’s not easy, it’s a craft,” he said.