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Brian Regan - The Epitome of Hyperbole Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008
ImageI first heard Brian Regan do some stand up comedy back in 1998 at "Comedy Day 98" in San Francisco Golden Gate Park.  While it was only a brief segment, Regan left me with a splitting side ache from laughing so hard.  Everything in his comedy bit was common day occurrence, and yet he put a new spin on them unlike any other comedian.

Regan comes to DVD in "The Epitome of Hyperbole" in which he analyzes numerous topics, covering: reading, movies and parties, art and language, law, TV, space and marriage.  No stone is left unturned.

Brian has a sense of humor that sometimes doesn't agree with the typical audience.  Some comedy bits sound like a rambling tangent, which results in a punch line that is lost in translation.  Meanwhile, other times he nails the bit. 

Regan is a comedian that definitely needs to be seen as well as heard.  Much like Bill Cosby and Mitch Hedberg, he relies upon facial impressions and body language to convey a sense of comedy.

Regan's coverage of such a wide range of topics is the best part of his act as well as the worst.  There is something for everyone to connect to in his stand up comedy.  However, almost as fast as you connect with a topic, he has moved on and it is over.  He could have used a 90-minute comedy spot instead of 45 minutes.

The video quality is standard for the DVD.  The black levels are strong for its genre.  There is some vertical banding in the blue light cast from behind the background flats.  The details are strong with even the dust flying in front of the stage lights visible.  There is a layer of grain present throughout, but nothing too distracting for a stand up comedic performance.

The audio quality is surprisingly very good.  The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1.  The surround channels are filled completely with audience ambiences as well as discrete audience laughter.  At one point, someone shouts from the rear-right balcony and the sound comes through from the rear-right surround.  It is rare that this occurs, especially in stand up comedy on DVD.  The dialogue is even, but sometimes dips a little too low, usually when Regan pulls away from the microphone.

The disc contains a couple special features.  The Encore contains about three minutes extra footage, where he performs bits based on ideas shouted form the audience.  It is brief, but entertaining.  The other bonus feature is "The Backstage Story" which covers the setup and pre-production of the Brian Regan comedy tour.

For those interested, the performance on this DVD was filmed at the Paramount Theater in Denver, Colorado.  This is a great Brian Regan performance, and while it is brief, it should not be missed.

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