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Friday, October 24, 2014

Brian Regan: It's Just Him and a Microphone

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Was it that guy at that moment that you figured it out?

Yeah. You know: Come on buddy, give me a break. You get up here and do an hour of stand up that no one else has ever heard.

I think one of the weird things about comedy is that it's just you and a microphone; you're just talking. So some people can be lulled into thinking that, "Well, it must be easy because you're just talking." If you're sitting in the audience, you go, "Well, I can talk. So, then I can do that." You don't realize that somebody's done it night after night after night, year after year, and you keep working towards trying to make it look natural and comfortable.

And in turn, makes it look easy.

You want to make it look easy, but that doesn't mean that it is easy. I think most people get it. Most people realize it's a craft and you put work into it, but you're going to have your goofballs out there who just don't want to think things through and just might want to think, "Oh, well if that guy can get a laugh, I can get a laugh."

I've thought of comedy as being an educational, teacher-and-pupil model.

Believe me, there's a lot of psychology involved. You're a standup comedian, sure, but you have to figure out how to do mob control. You've got a room full of individuals, and you have to make them one, and you have to be like a pied piper and get them going a certain direction.

I think that's something that a lot of people don't necessarily realize or are tuned into. There are different and very specific directions to go about getting a laugh.

What's weird with comedy is that other art forms have subdivision labels -- not that that's good -- but you look in the music world, you can hear a song or a band and go, "That's a country song" or "That's a rock song." Or "That's classical," or "That's reggae." And everybody likes music, but not everybody likes all kinds of music.

Absolutely. You walk into a record store and say, "Oh, I want to go look over at the blues section," or "I want to go the metal section or the hip-hop section." Whereas comedy is just one section.

That's right. And I always use the analogy of, we have these clubs that are called comedy clubs and it's like, well, that's a pretty broad thing.

You can go in there, and it could just be a marching band or it could be like one guy with a pan flute. You don't know what's going to be in there. So comedy, I guess, that's why they tend to put labels on it. Like I get that clean label, which I'm not thrilled with that label, but because there are so few labels in comedy that when people come up with one they likem they use it.

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