April 30, 2008 9:42 PM Subscribe
posted by ornate insect (31 comments total)
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The performer Reggie Watts
(wiki) is truly sui generis: comedian, musician, stream-of-consciousness performance artist, he rolls his talents and laid-back, slightly stoner persona together into something quite unlike anything you've seen or heard before
(that's a long-ish video, but well worth it, BTW). Imagine Spalding Gray mixed with Andy Kaufman, channeling a hiphop Sly Stone while reading Gertrude Stein on LSD, and you still won't get what it is that makes Watts so great.
That vimeo link (just linked to) remains the best introduction to Watts' work, but the guy is all over the map: here is a brilliant NSFW hip-hop parody of sorts
that is like Richard Pryor channelling Flavor Flav, and here is an hysterical fake ballad called 'Sara'
that comes across like a lounge singer one card short of a full deck.
features a recent performance, and among his many youtube clips this song
about a robot with a "special" feature, is recommended. Although Watts has been posted about on MeFi once before
, that post is over a year old and was mostly about his talents as a "human beat box."
From what I've been able to gather on the web, Watts has an unusual background: the son of an african-American father and a French mother, he was born in Germany and raised in Montana. Trained as a kid on classical piano, he appears to have spent some time in Seattle in rock bands and the alternative comedy circuit. He now lives in New York.