Comedian Jay Mohr recently used his popular podcast, Mohr Stories, to call Brian Regan the funniest comedian in America.
That was news to Regan.
I didnt realize he said that, but Im quite honored. That means a lot to me, him said. Compliments are always fun, but when they come from people who do what you do, theyre even nicer to hear. I dont think of comedy as a competition. Im just trying to be funnier than I was the day before onstage. I just like to do my thing, keep working at it.
Currently on a nonstop national theater tour, he has a punishing schedule that rivals some of the biggest musical acts.
The rule of thumb is I do four nights in a row Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and I try to do every other weekend. So it ends up being probably a hundred shows or more a year, he said.
Still, Regan said he has no complaints about his career. He just made his 25th appearance on Late Show with David Letterman and released his 2010 stand-up special, All by Myself, on CD.
In the biz for more than 30 years, he shows no sign of stopping now.
Im doing one show a night. Sometimes Ill do two, depending on the venue and the situation, but life is good, he said.
After years of performances at small clubs, Regan said he considers larger venues like the Rose State Performing Arts Theatre somewhat of a graduation, but confesses that he misses the club circuit.
In fact, this past summer, I did five comedy clubs just to re-experience it, and I had a blast. It was fun to be in that world again, he said. I especially miss the camaraderie among the comedy club staff [and] the other comedians hanging around.
Nostalgia aside, Regan considers Rose State as his performance home in the Sooner State, having played there his last three times in the metro.
Oklahoma audiences are great. Sometimes with individual shows, its kind of hard to have distinct memories from one night to the next, but that area of the country. I love performing there. It just feels historic, he said. Crowds, when you gravitate toward the center of the country, are more lenient. Theyre respectful and appreciative that people are coming to their town to perform. Its a nice feeling.