By Megan Daley
Updated October 09, 2015 at 06:54 PM EDT

The first time stand-up comedian Brian Regan took the stage at the Miami Seaquarium, his set ended before it even had a chance to begin.

For EW’s Greatest Story Ever Told video series, Regan describes walking onto the stage to perform his set as overwhelming nerves quickly caught up with him. He thought invoking the name of Hugo, the killer whale, would be a good way to kick off his set — but, the timing of his joke could’ve been better.

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For the full story, watch the video above. And for more stories, check out clips featuring Joe Manganiello, Judy Greer, Sam Heughan, and more.