About Reggie Watts
Amazing and unlike anything you have ever seen. Unless you have seen a comedic stream of conscious operatic beat-boxing marvel. Then it’s like that. – Eugene Mirman
Hilarious, brilliant, unpredictable comedian/musician Reggie Watts is a staple of the international performance scene. Reggie’s improvised musical sets are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and a looping machine. No two songs are ever the same. An avowed “disinformationist,” Reggie loves to disorientate his audiences in the most entertaining way. You may not know what Reggie is going to do, but that’s okay he doesn’t either.
As a solo performer, Reggie has played sold-out runs at Fusebox, SXSW, Bonnaroo, Soho Theatre (London), Brian Eno’s Luminous Festival at the Sydney Opera House, Montreal Comedy Festival, PopTech!, Vancouver Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, Sydney Festival, Outside Lands Festival and cities throughout the world including Amsterdam, Paris, Cologne, Madrid, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Melbourne, Cape Town and Rekjavik, among others. In New York, Reggie regularly performs at The Box, UCB, Comix, the Bellhouse, Slipper Room, Caroline’s, Union Hall and Moonwork. Reggie also received the ECNY Award (2009) and Andy Kaufmann Award (2006) for his brand of innovative stand-up performance.
On screen, Reggie has appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, HBO’s The Yes Men Save The World, Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues, Iceland TV, UK’s “Funny Or Die,” PBS’ revamped Electric Company and the music video “What About Blowjobs?” for College Humor. Currently, Reggie is filming short comedic interstitials for Comedy Central’s late night block.
As a musician, Reggie recently recorded the EP Pot Cookies through Normative Records, sang on Regina Spektor’s “Dance Anthem of the 80s” and contributed two tracks to DFA Records’ Spaghetti Circus. Also the frontman for Seattle rock outfit Maktub, Reggie and his band recently released their fifth album, Five.
Reggie also creates absurd comedic theatricals for modern performance spaces in collaboration with playwright Tommy Smith. Their stage shows Transition, Disinformation, Radio Play, Dutch A/V and Occurrence have played around the country at The Public Theater, On The Boards (Seattle), The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time Based Art Festival, Seattle Rep, MCA (Chicago), The Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), Ars Nova and others; they’ve also won numerous awards including the 2008 & 2009 MAP Fund and 2008 Creative Capital award.
“Sharp, wry and elusive … Reggie moves seamlessly from skits to songs to off-kilter stand-up, while talking in a subway train full of accents.” New York Times
“There’s no one out there like Reggie Watts. Reggie covers everything from ancient history and racism to pop-culture, in a heady mix of improvised music, comedy and social insight. This guy has to be seen to be believed. Truly awesome!” Time Out London
“Watts, with his cloud of black hair and surprisingly beautiful voice, is loads of fun to watch.” Variety
“Reggie Watts is a most unusual talent: a huge vocal range, a natural musicality, and a sidesplitting wit. Is he a comedian? A singer? A performance artist? I’ve seen him a few times since then and I still can’t decide. Whatever, he ain’t like nobody else.” Brian Eno
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