Comedian Reggie Watts's real name is Reginald Lucien Frank Roger Watts, but there are hundreds more characters living inside him. Launched from Brooklyn's alt-comedy scene, Watts's routines are a fluid mix of accents, personae, and musical interludes. They are as disorientating as they are genius. That's why Conan O'Brien handpicked Watts to open his recent "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour." Well, that and his great hair.
Haloed by a giant, trademark afro, Watts beat-boxes, hums, and raps, which he loops via a Line 6 DL4 effects pedal. And he channels a motley crew: Brits, New Jersey cabbies, effeminate southern men, his grandfather from Cleveland, and sometimes Bill Cosby. The Miami Light Project is bringing him to Miami and we're giving away two free tickets to his May 13 performance. Click on for a Reggie Watts video primer and for details on how to win.
Last year, Watts released his musical comedy album Why $#!+ So Crazy?.
The album's "Fuck Shit Stack" video (below, NSFW!), in which Watts
satirizes hip-hop songs, went viral -- thanks to the comic's stream of
consciousness profanity laced with social commentary. The video was directed by Waverly Films, the same guys
behind Otto and the Electric Eel at Borscht, and stars fellow comedians
such as Kumail Nanjiani.
And here's Watts on Conan discussing "Brown History Week" and why it's so hard to get down with brown before breaking out into song:
And finally, here he is just making a cool song with only his mouth and
that loop medal. Man's a mouth magician.
Watts performs May 12 and 13 at Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW
26th St., Miami) at 8 p.m. Presented by the Miami Light Project, the
event cost $15 general and $50 for VIP. Call 305-576-4350 or visit
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To win two free tickets to Friday's show, like us on our Facebook page and leave a comment with an accent/persona you'd like to hear Watts do. The winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, May 10, at noon. The Friday tickets will be held for you at the box office the night of the show.