REGGIE WATTS brings his unique style of improvised musical comedy back to COMEDY CENTRAL with the world premiere of â€œREGGIE WATTS: A LIVE AT CENTRAL PARK,â€ airing Friday, May 11 at 1am ET. In this all new special, the internationally renowned vocalist/beatboxer/musician/comedian performs live in Central Park using nothing more than his formidable voice, keyboard and a looping machine to create completely impromptu musical sets. Whether he’s explaining why Cingular was the only cellular provider to first offer him service, what his cue word is, or why guns will always be louder than knives, Watts continues to prove why he is a master of blending and blurring the lines between comedy and music. As a fun bonus to the special, a reoccurring sketch is woven throughout the stage sets where the adventurous Watts tries to determine whether his performance in the Park was real or just a dream.
‘Reggie Watts: A LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK’ CD/DVD will be released by Comedy Central Records on May 15. Watts’ new full-length contains both an album of storytelling and his best new songs, including the single â€œHaving Sex,â€ plus a DVD of the live performance and COMEDY CENTRAL special. ‘Reggie Watts: A LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK’ follows the release of Watts’ debut comedy album ‘Why $#!+ So Crazy?’ featuring his hit “F*ck Sh*t Stack,” and ‘Reggie Watts Live at Third Man Records,’ available on limited edition vinyl on Jack White’s Third Man label.
Reggie will also be striking out on a US tour which starts May 16 in Chicago and hits Philly, NYC, DC, Atlanta, Austin, Seattle and more. All dates below and tickets available at http://reggiewatts.com/info/upcoming/ . And watch for Reggie as musical cohort in the upcoming IFC series â€œComedy Bang! Bang!â€ which begins airing June 8.
REGGIE WATTS ON TOUR:
5/16 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater – http://bit.ly/H1y6dT
5/17 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop – http://tktwb.tw/H2zAll
5/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero – http://ticketf.ly/GJKOLs
5/20 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall – http://bit.ly/Hr9OYw
5/21 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club – http://ticketf.ly/H1sQJ0
5/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse – http://bit.ly/HqJlOu
5/24 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s – http://tktwb.tw/ISmYwB
5/26 – Austin, TX @ Scottish Rite Theater – http://bit.ly/H76N1Q
5/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom – http://ticketf.ly/HzEyaq
5/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda – http://bit.ly/GYnNp9
6/1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent – SOLD OUT!
6/3 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom – http://bit.ly/H879lk
6/4 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater – http://bit.ly/H7DRGK
It’s difficult to keep an audience entertained the performer’s back is towards them. Sure, the audience behind will still hear the same as everyone else, but they lack gestures, facial expressions, and other humorous cues that the audience facing the front of the performer is privileged enough to see. That is, of course, until the performer turns around.
Welcome to the Roundhouse, the London venue situated in an old trainyard that is perhaps the most aptly named creative space ever. It’s…perfectly round. Situated in th middle of this acoustic marvel was a small circle, topped with a keyboard and a couple of pedals. This tiny bit of equipment is to entertain the same amount of people who occupy that space for the iTunes festival. That’s okay, though, if you know how to use them. And, as evidenced by an hour and a half set of improvisation, music, and surreal experimentation into quantum mechanics, Reggie Watts knew how to use what he’s given, entertaining the entire room even when his back was turned.
From walking onto the stage Reggie exhibited confidence like I’d never seen in one of his performances before. Sure, he’d always gone on to ramble and rave, sometimes over music that he looped and made with his own voice, but there was a certain sense of giddiness that I’d never witnessed in his shows. He was loose, dancy, and perhaps thoroughly entertained with himself in a way that made the audience connect to bits that they would never understand without the assurance of Reggie’s own reassuring expressions.
There’s no formula to Reggie’s show. It’s almost like watching a dada-ist throw things at a wall to see what comes out, but somehow they come out as a Michelangelo. It’s if you took Virginia Woolf’s stream of consciousness and made it funny, entertaining, quirky, and so outlandish that being brought through Reggie’s mind through different impressions, accents, theories, and experimentation somehow make you understand exactly where he’s going with each segment.
It’s hard to explain, as no one will ever see the same show again, and explaining his “jokes” won’t do much justice, often lacking a punchline or premise, but you’re going to have to trust me on this. Even if you’re there for the musical element, Reggie using a loopstation and two microphones hitting against his throat or echoing glottal bassy sounds creates an impromptu album that Caribou or Burial would take a year to produce.
Seeing Reggie Watts is much like walking into a room and finally being able to understand that things don’t need to make sense or be logical to be funny and entertaining. With such a dynamic character, signature quirks, and something new to bring to the (round)table every show, Reggie Watts makes for a comedic experience that you wouldn’t get from any other comedian in a basement against a brick wall or an arena. Not to mention, the man can dance.
Reggie Watts fans can get an exclusive listen to the internationally renowned vocalist/ beatboxer/ musician/ comedian/ improvisor’s recent NYC performance entitled “On Life and Quantum Entanglement.” You can download previous episodes on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/reggie.watts?sk=app_178091127385.
The tracks were recorded live at Reggie’s sold out show at Skirball Center on Oct 23. In Reggie Watts’ world, no two songs are ever alike and no performances are ever repeated, so get em while you can as these live performance tracks are one of a kind, never to be performed or released again!
We’re extremely excited to be premiering “Gopher Cheeks” from “On Life and Quantum Entanglement” today!
Take a listen and catch Reggie live in Europe at the dates below
“Gopher Cheeks” (On Life & Quantum Entanglement – Part 10 of 11) by reggiewatts
Jan. 19th – Amsterdam, Holland @ Melkweg
Jan. 20th – Arenberg Theatre (Antwerp, Belgium)
Jan. 23rd – Roundhouse (London, England)
Jan. 25th – Parkteatret (Oslo, Norway)
Jan. 26th – Sodern Theatre (Stockholm, Sweden)
Jan. 27th – Bremen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Jan. 28th – Tavastia (Helsinki, Finland)
More info: http://reggiewatts.com/info/upcoming/
The Afro-punk Festival is returning to Brooklynâ€™s Commodore Barry Park for the 7th Annual Afro-punk Festival on August 27-28. The 2011 festival has the most stellar line up yet with Cee-Lo Green, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Jay Electronica, Toro Y Moi, Toshi Reagon, Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, Gordon Voidwell, Reggie Watts, Res, Joi, Rocky Business, Straight Line Stitch and more to be added! In addition, the NikeBattle For the Streets Skate and BMX Competition, the largest street skate and BMX competition in NYC will return this year with the nation’s top amateur skaters and BMX riders in a competition to be judged by top professionals in both sports including Nigel Sylvester.
There are some very exciting new additions to the festival this year! Over 20 of the NYC area’s hottest food trucks and vendors have been brought together for the Afro-Punk Bites and Beats Food Truck Festival, which will bring cuisine from around the world and the 5 boroughs to the festival. In addition, Chef Marcellus Coleman, Executive Chef of Alias Restaurant in NYC, will provide his eclectic contemporary American cuisine to the festival artists, athletes and VIP’s.
Afro-punk has invited Harley-Davidson and Brooklyn Black bike scene documentarians, Denim and Chrome, to collaborate on a custom bike show featuring dozens of exotic custom bikes created by black riders in the NYC area. The custom bike show will also serve as the backdrop for the Harley-Davidson/Denim and Chrome 2012 Calendar, photographed by Darius Vick, which will featureexquisite tattooed beauties each month for bike fans across the country. In addition, the festival has commissioned an artist to paint over 300 skateboards as part of one large mural aka The Skate Artwall. The boards will be contested to Afro-punk fans at the Festival and Afro-punk will follow the life of the boards over the next year whether on the wall, the street or the half-pipe.
Described by the New York Times as putting â€œrock and rebellion squarely in the category of African-American music,â€ the Afro-punk Festival has become a Brooklyn intuition, the focal point for the burgeoning Afro-punk movement. Over the past seven years, the festival has presented new artists before they hit it big, such as Grammy-nominated Santigold, The Noisettes and Janelle Monae. Afro-punk mainstays like Saul Williams, The Dirtbombs, and Dallas Austin have also graced Afro-punkâ€™s stages.
Afro-Punk 2011 Band Lineup
Toro Y Moi
Straight Line Stitch
Last summer, Watts met Jack White (Third Manâ€™s owner) while on tour as the opening act on Conan Oâ€™Brienâ€™s Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television tour. The two struck up a friendship and late last year Watts traveled to the Nashville-based labelâ€™s and recorded Live From Third Man Records in front of a live audience.
Reggie will celebrate the release of Live at Third Man Records with two performances at Brooklynâ€™s Music Hall of Williamsburg this week. The first show sold out so quickly that a second show later that night has been added!
3/30/11 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY (early show 8:30) SOLD OUT!!
3/30/11 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY (late show 11:30)
The LP and limited edition black/blue vinyl is available for purchase at the Third Man Records store in Nashville or online at www.thirdmanrecords.com