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Dennis Regan, the older brother of the popular Brian Regan, performs at Crackers Downtown this weekend with Stewart Huff.
  • Dennis Regan, the older brother of the popular Brian Regan, performs at Crackers Downtown this weekend with Stewart Huff.

As the second of six kids, it's always fascinating to me to see the dynamic between brothers in show business. Especially when the younger brother out-performs the older one— in my family that dynamic is usually cause for a much rougher family Thanksgiving football game. We take out our frustrations on the field, for the sake of my mother's sanity at dinner time.

Whoever the high-achiever is, there's always going to be excuses from the other. The difference is that when the older brother loses, he gets away with his excuses. When the younger brother loses, it's because he's weak and he sucks.

You can't tell me that it wouldn't have messed with Eli Manning's head if he was the one diagnosed with a career-ending spine injury instead of the oldest Manning, Cooper. But when it happens to the oldest one, it somehow seems more tragic— and if it happens to the youngest one, it's just nature taking its course.

Dennis Regan is performing with the great Stewart Huff at Crackers Downtown this weekend, which leads me to believe that he might be as good or better than his younger and more successful brother Brian Regan. I've written at great length about my affinity for Huff, so it's hard to imagine that Crackers would stuff him in as an opening act for a leach, mooching off of his younger brother's success.

However, if Dennis is getting a free ride on Brian's success, there will surely be comedic value in that as well. And if not that, Freudian value, for the middle child in us all.


Weekend Lineup:


Price listed is the lowest available, and all shows are Friday and Saturday, unless otherwise noted. Most also have Weds, Thurs., and Sunday shows; check their website for more info.


Crackers Downtown- Dennis Regan w/Stewart Huff, 8 and 10:30 pm, $15. www.crackerscomedy.com

Crackers Broadripple- April Macie, 8 and 10:30 pm, $15. www.crackerscomedy.com

Morty’s Comedy Joint- Al Lubel, 8 and 10:30pm, $15. www.mortyscomedy.com

ComedySportz- Improv, 7:30 pm, (and 10:00 on Sat.), $15, www.indycomedysportz.com

Comedysportz- $5 Improv Jam, 10:00 pm. Friday only. www.indycomedysportz.com

The Comedy Attic (Bloomington) — Doug Benson, 8 and 10:30 pm, $18. www.funnybonebtown.com

IndyPROV- at Talbott St. Nightclub, 10:30 and 11:30 p.m., no cover. Friday Only. www.IndyPROV.com


Coming Soon

Louis C.K.- Oct. 7, $32.50, at the Murat


More than most forms of entertainment, stand-up comedy lineups are subject to last-minute changes, as well as unexpected sell-outs. Please be sure to check the website of the venue (or call and reserve tickets) before heading out, and make sure to be aware of any updated times, prices, availability or performers.

If you are aware of any upcoming events or venues that are not included here, please feel free to comment them below or email aroberts@nuvo.net!

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