Reggie Watts: Innovations in music and comedy

Reggie Watts has fronted a funky Seattle band (Maktub), been acknowledged for his brilliant brand of stand-up comedy (Andy Kaufman Award), and earlier this week, added the ECNY award for best musical comedy to his kudos. If you have seen Watts perform, you know he's doing something quite special. When I sat down with him in November 2007 at The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, I told him that in launching The Comic's Comic that weekend, I was hoping to innovate comedy journalism much in the same way that he was innovating and rebranding our collective notion of musical comedy. He continues to inspire me to do that.

Last month, I caught part of his performance at Liam McEneaney's Tell Your Friends show (Monday nights, free in the basement of Lolita bar in NYC's Lower East Side), and thought it'd be interesting to see how it looks to film someone filming Watts. So here that is.

Experience Reggie Watts tonight at the Webster Hall Studio.

Sean L. McCarthy

Editor and publisher since 2007, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter. Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News, Boston Herald and smaller dailies and community papers across America. Loves comedy so much he founded this site.

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