Probably the only artist in history to receive equal love from Brian Eno and the Comedy Central television network, comedian/musician/performance artist Reggie Watts combines spoken word, human beatboxing, rapping, and standup comedy for his innovative and unclassifiable material. Being outside the norm started at childhood for Reginald Lucien Frank Roger Wattson as he was born in Germany but raised in Great Falls, MT. He grew up with a need to entertain, and at 18 he moved to Seattle to study jazz at the Cornish College of the Arts. He soon became involved in many Seattle-based acts including playing keyboards for Wayne Horvitz’s 4+1 Ensemble and fronting the groove-oriented Maktub. He began playing solo in 2002, at first just putting his voice through loops and delays for musical effect, but being a fan of improvisational comedy influenced him to incorporate some humor into his work. Still, his debut album, Simplified, from 2003, focused on more serious neo-soul and was released by the Non Linear label. Moving to Brooklyn in 2004, he hooked up with comedians Eugene Mirman and Bobby Tisdale and appeared in the duo’s forward-thinking variety show Invite Them Up. In 2006, he won the Andy Kaufmann Award for his innovative standup performance along with the Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award. A year later he began collaborating with playwright Tommy Smith on a series of theater pieces, and in 2008, he released the EP Pot Cookies. In 2010 he was invited to play Brian Eno’s Luminous Festival at the Sydney Opera House and then made his proper comedy debut with the Comedy Central television special and CD/DVD release Why $#!+ So Crazy?. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
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 was handpicked by Conan O'Brien to open nightly on Conan's entire North American "Prohibted From Being Funny on Television" tour. Reggie was featured as "Hot Comedian" in Rolling Stone's Hot Issue 2010, named SPIN Magazine's "Best New Comedian" and "Best of CMJ" 2010, and a featured profile in GQ's Man Of The Year issue 2010. Reggie released his debut comedy cd/dvd 'Why $#!+ So Crazy?' on Comedy Central Records in May 2010. He has a new album entitled 'Reggie Watts Live at Third Man Records' which will be available limited edition vinyl Spring 2011.