There are stand-up comedians who manage to wring humor out of the darkest, ugliest elements of human existence, who make you question your basic beliefs or revisit some of the most uncomfortable, painful experiences possible and laugh while doing so. And then there are comics who can have an audience doubled over with a five-minute story about trying to ship a package and being made to feel like an idiot by UPS support. Brian Regan falls squarely in the latter category. You could call him a “clean comic” if that term didn’t conjure memories of the awful hacks you may have seen on cruise ships, corporate functions or “comedy” defensive driving classes, or an “observational comic” if that didn’t bring to mind generic ’90s guys with mullets, the jeans-and-sportcoat combo and a thousand airplane-peanut riffs. Think more along the lines of Jim Gaffigan, except a more self-deprecating version who jokes about medical problems instead of food and laziness, and the absurd things you have to tell children, like, “Hey, don’t jump on my head” or “Buddy, don’t balance the juice cup between your chest and the table.” He performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave. Tickets ($47.50 to $57.50 plus fees) are at ticketmaster.com.
Sat., Jan. 7, 8 p.m., 2012