This Saturday, September 26, Comedy Central does something it has never done before in the history of the network: it will air a live hour-long stand-up special, and veteran comic Brian Regan—your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian—will have the honor of telling the jokes.
The idea actually began with Regan, who wanted to craft a special for his new hour and pitched the idea of going live to Comedy Central. Brian Regan: Live From Radio City Music Hall will only contain a single commercial break, essentially breaking Regan’s new set into two 28-minute subsets, all of which is entirely fresh. “One time I was doing a show, and I wasn’t even getting ready for anything, but I did like half an hour of stuff that wasn’t on anything I had recorded,” says Regan. “I needed an old joke to use as a transition to get into another new joke, and I did the old joke and a guy in the back yells ‘Heard it!’ And I was like, ‘Oh, that’s why there’s violence in the world.’ If that guy comes to Radio City Music Hall, there will be no place for that heckle.”
Brian Regan: Live From Radio City Music Hall will air live on Comedy Central at 9 PM this Saturday, September 26. It’ll be available on the Comedy Central app the next day, with an extended version available on multiple platforms on October 2.
Regan recently appeared in Chris Rock’s movie Top Five and was a guest on the inaugural season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and over the summer he showed up for the 28th time on The Late Show With David Letterman as one of the final stand-ups to appear on the legendary late night host’s show. “I heard Dave Letterman himself liked my comedy, which was pretty cool, and the fact that I got to be on one of his final shows was a huge honor to me,” Regan says. “You go out there and you’re doing your stand-up, and he’s behind you. He’s got this very distinctive cackle, so you can hear him laugh. It makes you feel like a million bucks when you hear him laughing at his desk. You almost want to stop and go, ‘You know folks, I could care less about the rest of you. That guy behind me at that desk is laughing, and that’s all I need right now.’ To have someone like that behind you and to think you’re funny is a tremendous feeling for a stand-up.”
Regan has been working the stand-up circuit for years and believes this is an excellent time for the form and has lived through the highs and lows of the comedy world. “When I first started, comedy got really hot so I was able to perform in comedy clubs all over the country right from the beginning,” Regan says. “Then it kind of dried up and the novelty wore off, which I always assumed would be temporary, because people are always going to want to laugh. It goes in cycles, but laughter isn’t going to go away. Nobody is going to have a big meeting and go, ‘All right, we’re done with this! We laughed for a few years and now we’re moving on to other emotions.’ I knew there would always be a place for stand-up. It’s so beautifully simplistic.”
Check out Brian Regan: Live From Radio City Music Hall this Saturday, September 26, at 9 PM Eastern on Comedy Central. He’ll be hitting a theater near you soon, and tickets for Regan’s tour in the new year go on sale on Monday, September 28. Check out all of his dates here.