Stand Up and Away! with Brian Regan season 1, episode 3 recap


Episode 3 of Netflix series Stand Up and Away! with Brian Regan looks at spelling bee embarrassment, science project procrastination, and other stuff.

Stand Up and Away! with Brian Regan shies away from controversy yet again, highlighting some of the trivial, awkward aspects of socializing. Sometimes awkwardness doesn’t come from the questions we ask per se, but how we specifically ask them. Here Brian Regan takes on the question, “Is there any way I can get a glass of water?” In assessing the question, Regan introduces us to the secret of the glass rack and faucet. He also addresses the phenomenon of eating and talking at the same time.

Then Brian addresses spelling bee embarrassment, the so-called “I before E rule,” pluralization and the general complexity of language. While language was never my weakness (I was quite good at spelling bees), I can still personally relate to his jokes here. If nothing else, I screw up typing a lot. Also, I can say I was pretty bad at algebra and know how frustrating failing at a subject can be. In other words, Brian Regan has a funny segment here — although, if I’m being honest, those familiar with his stand up will have probably heard this routine already.

Science project procrastination

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While I didn’t care much for his “Don’t fire till you see the whites of their eyes” segment in this episode, the science project procrastination part is definitely relatable. In fact, I assume the vast majority of kids procrastinated on their science projects and got much help from their parents. Brian Regan jokes about a kid being afraid of his own volcano, addresses the obligatory “solar system kid,” and mentions how his own project was a failure from the start.

I find this relatable again because I struggled a bit with science-y stuff. I know my own project was about how a guitar amplifier works, and I probably only understood parts of what I was yapping about. Still, just about every kid who attends school faces this particular dilemma. Basically, unless you have a genius level IQ, you’re probably not going to fully grasp most topics in kindergarten through 12th grade. In fact, many people don’t understand much even while in college, or beyond!

In addition to that, what if you can’t remember something?  You know that you know it, and it’s on the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t jostle the info loose from the memory bank!  Anyone who’s attended a trivia night knows the feeling unless their mind is a steel trap for endless pieces of information.  So, oddly enough, Regan’s comedy bits here offer plenty of food for thought, and actually, challenge the awkward ways in which we treat children.  Is there sometimes a little too much pressure on them?  Probably.  I mean, honestly, even if a person struggles learning their ABCs (or whatever), it doesn’t mean they’re a bad person.  I think people easily lose sight of that.  So, for me anyway, this is the best portion of the episode.

Other stuff

Brian Regan is asked which city he doesn’t want to perform it again. As sort of a cop-out, he suggests he loves every city equally. There’s also a fake basketball commercial, and he discusses getting a new phone hooked up. This last segment might strike audiences as weird because most people just use cellphones now.

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Still, Stand Up and Away! with Brian Regan is sort of a grab-bag of different sketches, based mostly on jokes he’s already written. Not everything lands equally well, but that’s one of the risks of comedy — especially sketch comedy. Chances are there will be a few stinkers in the mix. Still, Regan is capable of making a good sketch, and fans will probably like many of his segments.

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