Dennis Regan is an accomplished stand-up comedian specializing in CLEAN, corporate comedy. His television credits include multiple appearances on both the “Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, as well as A&E’s “Evening at the Improv,” Comedy Central and Showtime. He wrote for the Kevin James comedy “The King of Queens,” from its sixth season to its ninth and final season. Dennis was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He started doing stand-up comedy in his early thirties. Before that he had many different jobs. He bussed tables, bagged groceries, killed bugs, threw luggage, waited tables, painted houses, worked construction, and ran an asphalt business called “Tars and Stripes.” Starting out in small local comedy clubs, he soon moved to New York where he worked his way through the Manhattan comedy scene.
A true comedy veteran, Dennis has headlined most of the major comedy clubs in the States. Audiences all over the country have experienced his comedy, from nightclubs and cruise ships to colleges and corporations. He’s even performed at Carnegie Hall. His brother, Brian Regan is also a successful, in-demand comedian. Whether he’s entertaining millions on TV, thousands in concert, or just a few dozen at a private corporate event, Dennis has the experience and creativity to delight everyone in the audience.
When I was young, I was on track to fulfill my dream of becoming an NFL quarterback. Unfortunately I blew my knee out when I was in kindergarten. I came down a little too hard on the teeter totter one day. Right then and there, I realized I was going to have to find another way to make a living. I reassessed my skills. I asked myself, “what are you good at?” The answers came easily. I liked daydreaming, goofing off, staring out the window, and cracking up my friends. Okay, I made up the part about being a quarterback. My knee is fine! The true story might not be quite as fascinating, but here it is:
I am a comedian. I wasn’t always though– I started doing stand-up comedy in my early thirties. Before that I had many different jobs, starting at age fourteen, I bussed tables, bagged groceries, killed bugs, threw luggage, waited tables, painted houses, worked construction, and ran a business just to name a few. I hit my first open mic night at Coconuts Comedy Club in north Miami in 1987. I did okay. Four months later, I won a local contest. A month after that, a club owner paid me $30 a set to do my ten minutes on the weekend. I loved it! I still love it! Can’t think of anything I would rather do for a living.
The next year I moved to New York City. I started doing late night shows and started to break into the main line-up of all the important clubs: The Improv, The Comic Strip, The Comedy Cellar, Catch A Rising Star, and Dangerfields.
Some people think I”m pretty good at it. I don’t like to argue with these people. They have a right to their opinion. I’ve been on television dozens of times. Multiple appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I’ve also been on Showtime and Comedy Central. You probably would have seen me if you didn’t have 800 channels. I’ve been doing comedy for over 20 years. I headlined most of the major comedy clubs in the States. I’ve traveled to every one of the 50 states except for maybe Arkansas. I don’t remember ever being in Arkansas. I work cruise ships, colleges, Vegas, Atlantic City, traveled to China and Ireland.