By Nick A. Zaino III
March 07, 2019
Brian Regan doesn’t need to take chances. He has been one of
the best stand-up comedians in America for years, and he’s got the
resume to prove it: specials on Comedy Central and Netflix, capacity
crowds at theater shows like his two-night stand March 14-15 at the
Wilbur, and the admiration of comedic legends like Jerry Seinfeld. He
would be just fine if he remained the affable stand-up he’s been for
decades, with the goofy facial expressions and observational routines
about strange plural nouns and awkward conversations.
But lately, Regan has been pushing himself harder. He’s landed his first sizable acting role, playing a recovering addict named Mugsy, in “Loudermilk,” which has been picked up for a third season by The Audience Network. In December, he released a hybrid stand-up/sketch show called “Stand Up and Away!” on Netflix. And in his 2017 special “Nunchucks and Flamethrowers,” the first of two specials he will produce for the streaming service, he did something his longtime fans probably didn’t expect — he talked politics.
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