When comedian Brian Regan was first building his career, the Florida native would perform in spots around the Southeast, including locations in Augusta.
Regan now hits more than 100 cities a year, with Augusta a planned stop on his current tour.
"Things have changed so much since I got into (comedy), that whatever blueprint I used is kind of obsolete," he said in a phone interview with the Aiken Standard. "How to get into it, I couldn't tell people because it was different when I started. I use to take Greyhound buses from city to city to audition at comedy clubs. ... Augusta was one of the cities I performed in early on."
Regan said his blueprint has been overhauled by people being able to simply post their bits to YouTube.
However, he does have feedback on how prospective comedians can approach their work.
"The advice I give is pretty simple. Try not to figure out what other people would laugh at; try to figure out what you'd laugh at," he said.
Regan has gone on to create a successful career since those earlier days, garnering respect from his fellow comedians along the way.
"He is one of my favorite, favorite stand-up comedians," Jerry Seinfeld said, according to a news release.
Regan has appeared in Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" web series.
"No comedian in the world says, 'Yeah, I want to follow Brian Regan,'" Chris Rock said, according to a news release.
Regan has a featured cameo in the film "Top Five," written and directed by Rock.
"Honestly, Brian Regan's the best stand-up working today. Period," Patton Oswalt said, according to a news release.
Regan was on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" in March and was on "Late Show with David Letterman" 28 times.
Regan said he doesn't necessarily get nervous before his own shows but does get a bit anxious before certain occasions such as his talk show appearances.
"The less they know about me, the more I might get nervous; not debilitatingly nervous, but a little nervous," he said.
The comedian has at least three hourlong TV specials, three CDs and four DVDs. In 2015, Regan headlined Comedy Central's first live broadcast of a stand-up special, "Brian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall."
He will now be adding two Netflix specials to his repertoire, one of which has been filmed and is due to be released within the next couple months.
When Regan tried to describe his comedy, the word "observational" was the only concise description that came to mind.
"Most comedy has to do with observing the world we live in and commenting on it. I just like to talk about anything and everything that crosses my path," he said.
Regan will return to the area on Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. for his show at The Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St., Augusta. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $44.50 and $39.50.
"It's me on stage behind a microphone trying to be funny. I know that sounds pretty bland but that's part of the beauty of comedy. It really is that simple. That's what I like about it. If it works, it can be very funny for everybody, and if it doesn't work, it can be very awkward for everybody," he said, starting to laugh. "But let's hope it's the former and not the latter."
For more information on Regan, visit www.brianregan.com.
For more information on his Augusta show, visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com or call 877-428-4849.