Brian Regan talks about the minuscule serving sizes on food labels.
This week, I talked to comedian Brian Regan to preview his Friday night show at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Comedians are always interesting to interview, because you're never quite sure what you'll get. Some go into performance mode, and you feel like you're getting a one-on-one show. For instance, maybe my favorite answer to a question ever came from Chris Rock when I interviewed him years ago. Rock was not too far removed from Saturday Night Live, and we had just seen a bunch of movies based on SNL characters. Rock said he'd like to make a movie about his character, Nat X, the militant who had the only 15-minute talk show on television because, "The Man wouldn't let me have 30 minutes."
What, I asked, would Nat X do for a 90-minute movie?
"He'd be a hell of a lot funnier than Stuart Smalley was for 90 minutes," Rock said, referring to Al Franken's character who believed, "Gosh darn it, people like me" -- Franken hasn't gotten much love at le blog this week.
Anyway, Regan was fun to talk to, but he was also somewhat contemplative of his craft. Here are a few clips from our conversation.
On playing theaters vs. clubs:
How mundane aspects of life become comedy to him: