Originally posted August 11, 2015
Yesterday crowds of fans lined up down the block outside Caroline’s on Broadway in New York City to have a chance to listen to SiriusXM Host Ron Bennington sit down with everyone’s favorite comedian Brian Regan to tape an episode of Unmasked. The line stretched around the corner on Broadway and the excitement was through the roof. Many of the fans waiting in line said that Brian Regan was their absolute #1 favorite stand up comedian, and they couldn’t wait to hear him talk about his upcoming date at Radio City Music hall when Brian will make history by becoming the first person to broadcast a comedy special live on Comedy Central on September 26th.
Regan is one of the most beloved performers doing stand up today, not only by fans but also by his fellow comedians, and a long list of established and up and coming comics also packed into Carolines for the chance to hear Brian talk about comedy. Gary Gulman, Tammy Pescatelli, Dan Soder, Joe List, Sarah Tollemache, Tommy Pope, Rob Little, Emma Willman, John Nunn, Tim Warner, Jordan Temple, and Greg Stone, were some of the comedians who came out for the event, and asked questions during a special Q&A part of the show.
The Unmasked was full of great moments- the laughs were nonstop with stories of Brian’s awkward real life experiences that play a lot like his comedy, which is no accident. Most of Brian’s stand up is based on real moments he’s actually lived. There were also touching moments, including one where Brian got choked up talking about a fan interaction that was particularly meaningful to him, and unexpected moments. A story involving a rental car company and Brian’s rarely seen angry side, and a joke about Cosby surprised the audience and had everyone doubled over laughing.
For the comics in the audience, there was a chance to ask questions during the show which they were very excited about, and it was a very cool for the fans (and for Brian) to see the love and respect all of the performers have for Regan. Gary Gulman, started his question with “you’re an inspiration” before asking how Regan tries new material, since Regan doesn’t work out his comedy in clubs. Dan Soder called Regan “the greatest” and said it was humbling to have a chance to ask him questions, and asked him about living outside New York or Los Angeles. Tammy Pescatelli, who later said she was so excited Regan knew who she was, said that he’s her favorite comic and asked him about how he markets himself.
The love for Brian was gigantic. So many applause breaks, and a huge standing ovation at the end led by Gary Gulman who jumped out of his chair. Afterwards Brian and his brother, comedian Dennis Regan, stuck around talking with all the New York comics, answering and asking questions and said how much he appreciated their coming down to see the Unmasked.
We caught up with some of the comedians after the show to ask them what they thought.
“Oh my god it was awesome, it was hilarious it was insightful it was really enlightening and inspiring. I loved every moment of it. I was the proverbial kid in the candy store with just great guys talking about comedy. And I got to ask a question and it was really fun and I loved it.” — Gary Gulman
“I would have to say it was one of the top comedian moments I’ve had. I just love laughing at it was so nice to just sit down and have a good laugh.” — Sarah Tollemache
“I loved every minute of it! It was entertaining and touching at a couple times and hilarious.” — Joe List
“It was so surreal for me. He’s just such a pro that his conversational speaking style really is what his stand up style is. It felt like being a part of one of his specials. But the way he and Ron talk…so candid…I felt like we were hanging out in someone’s kitchen. And it was nice being here with New York comics— it really felt like a community thing which was cool. I had no idea this many people came out at 2:00 on a Monday.” — Emma Willmann
“I thought it was amazing. I really wasn’t expecting it to be this good. Cause when you hang out with comics all day long you get insight from everybody that seem to be the same types of answers and the same questions. But Ron did a great job and his answers were truly special.” — Tommy Pope
“I thought it was amazing, especially as a comedian. You know when other jobs go to seminars, this kind of felt like the funnest seminar to go to. He’s like standing five feet behind me and I’m still like, just say words so people don’t know you’re nervous. But he’s one of the greatest comedians of all time.” — Dan Soder
“The first time in my old lady life that I felt like a young comic. ‘I don’t know if you know me…’. The whole thing was amazing. I’m so glad I’m here in the middle of the afternoon.” — Tammy Pescatelli
“It was amazing. To hear someone like Brian talk about a career like that? It was amazing. To go so in depth, it wasn’t just a surface level interview, it was really going into his career and where he came from.” — John Nunn
— Carolines Comedy (@CarolinesonBway) August 10, 2015
SiriusXM has not yet released the air date for yesterday’s episode of Unmasked but it will air sometime before Regan’s September 26 Radio City date.
Regan is one of the top headlining comedians working today and has been routinely selling out theaters across the country for decades. He’s put out two hour specials, two CDs and three DVDs which have all been runaway hits and will forever hold the record for the most appearances of any comedian on Letterman. On September 26th, Brian Regan will perform for the first time ever at one of the most prestigious venues in the nation, Radio City Music Hall, and his performance will be broadcast live from Radio City on Comedy Central.
The Unmasked series documents the careers of the very best comedy writers, directors, filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, satirists, political comedians, comedic musicians and of course, stand up comedians in the business, with over 125 episodes so far. Brian was not only the most recent guest to sit down across Ron Bennington to tape an episode of Unmasked, he was also one of the first guests to be a part of the series, back in 2007. Past Unmasked guests have included Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, Amy Schumer, Dan Aykroyd, Simon Pegg, Tracy Morgan, Paul Feig, Jim Jefferies, Gilbert Gottfried, Bobcat Goldthwait, Louis C.K., David Brenner, Patrice O’Neal and over 100 more comedy greats.
Before and after the show fans took to twitter to share the excitement. Check out a few of the tweets below.
— Ezra (@BrotherEzra) August 10, 2015
— Andrew C Bly (@82acb) August 11, 2015
— Matt D (@TheBooglarizer) August 10, 2015
— christina huggins (@Iloveronnieb2) August 11, 2015
— ʀᴏʙ ʟɪᴛᴛʟᴇ (@roblittlecomic) August 10, 2015