I very much enjoyed Brian Regan Live From Radio City Music Hall. Considering the fact my taste and interest for stand-up comedy has fallen quite a bit lately, this is a bit of an accomplishment. I would not go as far as the blub on the back of this Comedy Central DVD and say “Brian Regan reinvigorates comedy” but he does give a solid, clean, and very entertaining show.
Regan does touch upon the usual comedy tropes of doctors, hotels, and silly expressions like “don't shop when you're hungry” but they are but a small part of the show. The rest is funny, original stuff that bears repeated watching.
I really enjoyed the routine about his first job at IHOP and the story about the guy who got the part doing Godzilla's voice in the movie. Also good are the segment about the new complexity of trying to do a cash transaction at the store, why is the “Catch of the Day” always fish, dump questions sports reporters ask, and how hard it is to dance.
Another highlight is the bit about how difficult it is to feel comfortable and mingle at parties. Anybody with a bit of shy in them will relate to this material.
A couple of the routines here are a bit dated and that includes the one about the mortgage meltdown. Brian Regan could have at least changed the premise that the economy was in the tank as it is certainly doing better than when he first did this bit. Fortunately, 90% of the material on this comedy DVD is fresh and funny.
Other Brian Regan Reviews
Brian Regan Live: This stand-up comedy CD is one of the best choices anyone can make
Standing Up : Not bad, not great. Second half of this stand-up comedy show is better.
The Epitome of Hyperbole: Regan is uneven but excellent in this comedy special.