Brian Regan

Brian Regan returns to the Kennedy Center after a sold-out run in 2019. Entertainment Weekly dubbed him “your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian,” and the sentiment seems to be true: Norm Macdonald, Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon, Patton Oswalt, and others have praised Regan’s work. This is perhaps surprising, given that Regan’s comedy is often described as “clean.” Going against comedy world norms, he avoids profanity and adult-oriented subject matter. He doesn’t need it given his focus: His work, full of observational stand-up about childhood and everyday life, feels like exactly the kind of thing your dad would watch on a Saturday afternoon. But Regan has also earned critical acclaim for his dramatic work on Peter Farrelly and Bobby Mort’s dramedy series Loudermilk. His grasp of what’s funny, and why, is grounded in a deep understanding of how humans tick. Brian Regan performs at 8 p.m. on April 7 and 8 at the Kennedy Center. $62–$73.