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Comedy In The 239: Brian Regan pokes fun at line cutters, rewards cards

June 23, 2014

By Dave Osborn, Naples Daily News, Fla.

June 23--Comedian Brian Regan says he enjoyed most of his Disney World visit with his two children last week.

"The only thing I don't like about Disney World is the other people," he told the crowd Sunday night in his 75-minute show at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers.

Regan -- who poked fun at everything from his childhood to cashiers -- told the story of how another family had the audacity to cut in front himself, his son and daughter on a ride.

The comedian imagined grabbing the other father's pocket contents and the mother's purse, flinging the belongings and watching them land in a nearby flower bed. Regan said, in response to such anarchy, he had even prepared a speech.

"When you stepped in front of us in a clearly marked line, I thought that was the end of all reason," Regan said.

Regan's material comes from his everyday life experiences. His brilliance is conveying that with comical visuals of facial expressions and body language.

In one bit, he wondered if there's a checkout lane in America left where the cashier does not ask, "Do you have a rewards card?"

"No, and I'm begging you that this be the end of our conversation," he replied.

He touched on current events, mentioning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racial remarks in a cellphone call to his girlfriend. Regan said, if he was Sterling, he would have just said, "I like everybody," in phone conversations to the woman.

A Miami native, Regan said he one day would like to own a second basketball team in his hometown. When people would ask the name of his team, Regan said he would respond: "It's not the Heat, it's the Humidity."

Regan also wondered whether the inventor of the bagpipes was finished yet.

"How can you tell if anyone is playing it well?" he asked.

Regan performed for 65 minutes straight and took a minute break before returning to the stage to perform a 10-minute encore of his old material.

For fans who know his comedy well, several members of the audience shouted out requests. Regan remarked about how he wasn't a good student in school, and never liked when he and other students had to participate in spelling bees. He tried to improvise, and some in the audience tried to correct him doing his own material.

"I know how it goes, but I appreciate your help," Regan said, laughing.

Wisconsin native Jackie Kashian opened for him, performing for 25 minutes. She made reference to the perils of online dating.

"You meet someone again and again and again until you find someone who isn't horrified by your appearance," she said.


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