The Late Movies: Reggie Watts, the Beat-boxing, Singing, Dancing Comedian
Reggie Watts is an entertainer with something for everyone, but what's weird is that he's awesome at everything he does. He's a world-class musician, standup comedian, dancer, playwright, and actor...you name it, he's done it, and he's done it shockingly well. He's probably best known for his beat-boxing musical improvisation, though this post will show you a little of everything. Please note: most of these videos contain a lot of swearing. That's why it's the Late Movies, y'all.
I Just Want To (Beat-boxing/singing/DJ)
One man, a sampler, and a microphone...this is a good example of what Watts does live. Sweet and soulful. His vocal style towards the end seems to channel Bobby McFerrin.
In this street skit, a confrontation takes an unexpected turn. "They got these salads there man, they [expletive] bad-ass."
Pop Tech Performance (Beat-boxing + Singing + Standup + Pseudo Tap-Dancing)
Live at the Pop! Tech conference. I really enjoy the standup -- the first part is reminiscent of the running gags in Stella where they intentionally mispronounce something for no reason. There's a part 2 that's well worth your time.
Big Muff (Beat-boxing + Crazy Visuals)
Director/videographer Jake Lodwick writes: "Reggie Watts fooling around in a feedback loop with his new reverb box. We set up a mirror so he could watch himself and interact with the colors live!" Note: "Big Muff" is the name of a famous distortion pedal for electric guitar and bass.
Love and Sandwiches (Live Performance with Piano)
A heartfelt song about Reggie's woman making some sweet sandwiches, but he has some problems with the bread.
Live at the Comedy Central Stage, 2006 (Standup + Singing)
This is straightforward indie/intellectual standup, followed by a fake Egyptian child's song, followed by a history lesson, followed by a discussion of robo-tripping, followed by...well, just go with it.
[Expletive] [Expletive] Stack (Music Video)
Watts takes a collection of words you can't say on TV and makes a song out of them, complete with a signature dance. It's a beautiful parody/celebration of rap videos. Sample lyrics: "Yo. Word. Adjective. Pronoun. Adverb. Run-on-and-on-and-on. Where my gerunds at? (Parenthetical.) [TONS OF EXPLETIVES.]" There's even a reference to The Shining.
Monday Night Standup (Standup + Beat-boxing + Rap)
Sort of a predecessor to the video above, preceded by some brief project management-related standup comedy. Watts's performance is interrupted/concluded by some Slim-Jim performance art.