Brian Regan has a clean act — a rare thing on today’s comedy circuit. He doesn’t swear, talk dirty or refer much to sex. It would be easy to say he’s old-fashioned, but his jokes are too funny and too contemporary for that.
“I like to work ‘clean’ because it feels kind of natural to me,” says Regan, who typically appears in large venues but has rare club dates at Cobb’s in The City on Friday and Saturday. “It’s how I think comedically — about everyday stuff.”
Regan’s “everyday” is what makes him so funny, especially in a bit about his increasing frustration with UPS, when, after multiple phone calls, he continues to be vexed by the overly complex measurement requirements, especially regarding girth.
“The info I was given regarding packaging and girth was so confusing, I ended up renting a truck — one about five times bigger than I needed — to bring the boxes myself to the UPS facility,” says Regan.
The joke circulated back to the UPS marketing team, which later sent some UPS T-shirts to Regan, who adds, “I wish they would’ve called me before shipping, so I could have explained to them the shipping requirements to send stuff to me.”
Regan, who first got the idea to be a comic while he was at Heidelberg University in Ohio, cites his father as his funniest and most consistent inspiration.
“He has a very dry sense of humor,” Regan says. “He says very ridiculous things with a very straight face. It’s fun watching people ‘get’ his humor. Sometimes it’s more fun watching people not ‘get’ his humor.”
Regan first appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” in 1995, and he has been on the show 24 times. He also has been on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and Comedy Central, and has released two DVDs and CDs, “Brian Regan Live” and “All By Myself.”
He is friends with Jerry Seinfeld, who considers Regan one of his favorite funnymen. In Seinfeld’s recent online series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” — which also has featured Larry David, Ricky Gervais and Alec Baldwin — the two pal around, cracking jokes while driving around Los Angeles in a cool blue Dodge Challenger.
At a coffee shop stop, Seinfeld laughs so hard at Regan’s “Cirque Du Soleil” bit — his description of a meeting with the creative director, a “guy who has never said no to anything” — that Seinfeld, holding his side, tips 90 degrees, nearly falling out of the booth.
IF YOU GO
Where: Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.
When: 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday
Contact: (415) 928-4320, www.cobbscomedyclub.com