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Brian Regan brings his off-kilter act to Yavapai College
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Comedian Brian Regan performs at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.
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Comedian Brian Regan performs at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.

For Jim Gaffigan, it's "Hot Pockets."

Eddie Izzard? "Cake or Death!"

At this very moment in time, Jerry Seinfeld is almost certainly being asked about airline peanuts and what their deal is.

When comedian Brian Regan comes to Prescott Thursday, Jan. 31, you can holler "Take luck!" at him and rest assured you've identified yourself as a fan. (And a bit of a cretin.)

Regan's catchphrase, a mix of "take care" and "good luck," was born in a self-deprecating anecdote - the stand-up comic's stock and trade. His humor revolves around the mounting ridiculousness of everyday scenarios - and the world keeps providing him bountiful material.

Infomercials, doctor visits and life's usual irksome quirks get a good-natured yet cryingly funny send-up, with Regan casting himself as an oafish everyman who must come to terms with whatever preposterousness comes his way. His incisively witty insights are all the more on-target when delivered by his dopey exaggeration of himself.

"I'm getting to that age where my body's starting to fall apart," he begins one routine with a strangely resigned confidence - or a strangely confident resignation. "If something breaks on me, it stays that way, you know? 'Ow, my hip hurts! I guess... forever.'"

"I'm losing my hearing too," he continues. "I've been watching the commercials for hearing devices. 'Sonic Ear!' They suggest that one of the great things about Sonic Ear is you can eavesdrop on other people's conversations. As if that would ever be a good idea! The example they show is a woman on the beach, and she passes two other ladies whispering to each other, "She looks great! I wish I could have a body like that!' ... Yeah. That's what they said. They didn't invent whispering for compliments! 'Get Sonic Ear - if you never want to sleep again!'"

Regan, a fan favorite and a comedian's comedian, is often lauded for "working clean," but he doesn't give the impression it's an effort. Profanity would sound unnatural coming from his goofball persona. As it is, his universal humor, unencumbered by abrasiveness, connects with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Regan first stepped into the national spotlight in 1995 on "The Late Show With David Letterman"; this year marked his 25th appearance on the venerable talk show. He has released two CDs - "Brian Regan Live" and "All By Myself" - and three DVDs: "I Walked on the Moon," "Brian Regan: Standing Up" and "The Epitome of Hyberbole" - but spends much of his time performing live across the country. His non-stop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005.

Prescott fans get their chance to see this comedy icon on stage at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. But you might need to take luck to get a ticket.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: C B

I'm just wondering why you would run an article a week before this event with tickets already SOLD OUT!!!
Don't you think you should of ran this a month ago?
Defeats the purpose of advertising Brian Regan and Yavapai College.

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