If you ask comedian Brian Regan why he’s so popular —on the eve of his record-setting 10-show Abravanel Hall stand Jan. 18-28 — he’ll be no help.
The 54-year-old comic says he has no idea. “If you asked 100 Americans about me, 98 would have no idea who I am,” Regan said. “It’s different when I go to get a sandwich in Salt Lake City.”
How can that be? Regan is far from a household word, having avoided TV and movies that generally launch comedians into the popular culture zeitgeist.
Yes, he is a clean comic, and that can account for some portion of the more than 25,000 tickets being sold for his Salt Lake City run. In addition, Regan recorded his 2010 comedy album “All By Myself” in front of an adoring Abravanel Hall crowd, so it has been obvious for a while that he’s a local comedy superstar.
But Jerry Seinfeld, too, is generally a clean comic, and also a comedy icon. And it’s Seinfeld’s 2005 record of four shows that Regan broke the last time he performed at Abravanel Hall.
“Doing 10 shows isn’t something I contend with regularly,” said Regan, who has never lived in Utah and isn’t member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “It’s an aberration. It’s very flattering. I’ve never looked at my work schedule and seen it look like this.”
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Comic Brian Regan is scheduled to perform a record 10 shows in Salt Lake City.
Where » Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City
Tickets » $40.50 and $45.50 at ArtTix and SmithsTix
When » Jan. 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, & 28, at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. at ArtTix and SmithsTix.
Info » Recommended for ages 8 and up